Holidays to Goa for 2016 / 2017
If you think your budget won’t stretch to exotic long-haul holidays – think again. Goa package holidays offer the chance to explore India’s tropical west coast at a budget price. We at Coop Travel have bargain holidays to Goa’s most sought resorts, allowing you to discover this fascinating tropical paradise for yourself.
Goa holidays are perfect for those venturing to exotic climes for the first time. Once a centre for back-packing Hippies, today cheap Goa holidays are booked by more conventional tourists. Remnants of the Flower Power movement are restricted to areas like Arambol, a beautiful and remote beach with a distinct Bohemian atmosphere. Elsewhere, the resorts once populated by hippies have become respectable tourist destinations and last minute Goa holidays are booked in modern hotels rather than beach huts.
Goa is an exotic blend of Portuguese and Indian influences, harking back to its days as a Portuguese colony. This is reflected in both the cuisine and the architecture. When it comes to late deals in Goa, many people head for the vibrant, culture-rich resorts of the west coast. A west Goa holiday offers Mediterranean-style churches and colonial architecture on one hand, and Hindu temples and Dhaba restaurants on the other. Candolim, one of Goa’s top beauty spots, is crowned by a 17th century fortress, with a lush green backdrop fed by numerous natural springs.
Calangute, another Portuguese outpost, is a popular haunt of families, with a safe shallow beach, although further out the rip-tides can be dangerous. Colourful bazaars selling everything from hand-made crafts to Indian sweetmeats can also be found in the area. After hours, night owls can dance till dawn at the Anjuna and Vagator beach bars. Goa package holidays in nearby Sinquerim are popular with trendy young singles as the beach offers a range of watersports.
East Goa package holidays offer a gentler, more relaxed way of life. At Coop Travel we offer late deals in Goa resorts like Arrosim and Cavelossim, which boast tranquil white beaches and turquoise waters, with an interior of superb natural beauty.
Booking Ahead - Goa Holidays 2017 / 2018
If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? - Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Goa holidays in 2017 / 2018.
Booking ahead for your 2017 / 2018 holiday to Goa has many advantages. Especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.
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Goa - Holiday Destination Information
Key Information: Goa is a very exotic holiday destination and is located in the south west of India. Being ranked the best placed state for its infrastructure and quality of life, you can be sure to find everything you need on a Goa holiday. While a lot of holidaymakers visit Goa for its beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather, there’s also the fascinating culture and history with makes this the perfect holiday destination for families.
Ideal Time to Go: Goa has a tropical monsoon climate which means hot and humid summers and cold and wet winters. For those who want to bask in the sun, then you should book a holiday to Goa around March to May. These are the summer months and provide consistent sunshine. If you are looking to book cheaper holidays to Goa, then we recommend booking holidays around November to January. Although the weather may not be as hot as the summer months, you won’t have to worry about rainfall and the hotel rates are much cheaper.
Weather: Goa’s tropical monsoon climate provides hot weather and sunshine consistently throughout the year. The hottest months are March to May with temperatures reaching 30°C, whereas the coldest months are November to January with temperatures hovering at 25°C.
Flight Time: Direct flights to Goa from the UK can take around 9-10 hours depending on your airline. Connecting flights may take longer.
Time Difference: Goa is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of the UK time.
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Fun Fact: Goa is home to the largest church in Asia. The Se Cathedral in Old Goa is 250 feet in length and 181 feet in breadth.
Top Tip: Mosquitos are present in Goa, so we recommend carrying insect repellent and wearing long sleeved clothing.
Places to Visit on Your Goa Holiday
Goa may be a small state in India, but it also offers a huge range of attractions and activities which are suitable for kids and adults. Here are a few recommended places to visit during your Goa holiday:
Dudhsagar Waterfalls – This is the largest waterfall in the state and offers the some of the best natural splendours in India. To experience the waterfall, you should book a waterfall walk, which takes you close to this beauty.
Lamgau Caves – These caves are filled with delicate and spectacular sculptures and can be found in Bicholim. There are impressive displays along the beams and ceiling in the shrine.
Bascilica de Bom Jesus – This church has been listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list and provides spectacular views of the Baroque architecture. Constructed in 1605, this destination is rich in culture and history.
How to Get There
Connecting flights to Goa are available at airports across the UK. A few airlines do fly directly to Goa, but will require a stop for refuelling. Flights should be available all-year round as it is a popular holiday destination.
Map of Goa