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Goa Holidays

While the smallest state, Goa is one of the most popular Indian destinations - and with good reason. Stretching along the Arabian Sea in western India, Goa boasts myriad charms. Sun-kissed beaches, sumptuous seafood and sprawling spice gardens are only a few. Pair this with grand colonial architecture and an electric nightlife and you’ll soon understand the appeal of Goa holidays.

Goa’s best-known feature is its string of sublime beaches. Beaches with every setting for a paradisal experience. Palm-fringed and dusted in golden-sand, these are beaches you’ll want to write home about. Whether you’re dreaming of cocktails with a bay view, avoiding other tourists in a laid-back fishing village, or padding from a luxurious resort to a sweep of sand that’s pretty and pristine - there’s something here for you.

Goa travel: more than just a paradise beach

Spend time on your Goa trip discovering the state’s Portuguese colonial history; in the baroque cathedrals, white-washed churches and extravagant forts. The Basilica of Bom Jesus wonderfully preserves ornate sixteenth-century Portuguese architecture. The vast and intricate Se Cathedral, impressive Terekhol Fort and Church of St. Francis Assisi are other masterpieces well-worth a visit during a Goa holiday.

If you’re searching for outdoor excitement, find it here. Dive into balmy waters for diving, dolphin-spotting or parasailing. Head to Goa’s dense jungles for hiking expeditions and spot mischevious monkeys and prowling panthers at one of the Wildlife Sanctuaries. Spice Garden tours introduce you to a heady world of tropical herbs, spices and medicinal plants.

The love of spice is evident in Goa’s predominant talent: cuisine. Aromatic curries and fresh fish are best enjoyed with toes in the sand, and here, every wish is fulfilled. Enjoy al fresco dinners under the stars, and don’t leave without trying the fabled Goan fish curry.

Goa is home to an array of stunning beach resorts and boutique hotels. With an abundance of India travel expertise, we’ll craft you the perfect holiday in paradise. Pair your beachside bliss with cultural discoveries in India’s Golden Triangle, or stay south and explore Kerala’s plantations and backwaters.

Destination Highlights
  • Flit from heavenly beach to heavenly beach, finding every paradisal dream met and exceeded
  • Discover Goa’s architectural wonders, from the Basilica of Bom Jesus to Se Cathedral
  • Take part in some outdoor adventure, whether it’s jungle hiking, diving or parasailing
  • Visit one of Goa’s spice farms (such as Sahakari Spice Farm), learning about the abundant spices, fruits and medicinal herbs

Our favourite hotels

Goa is home to an array of gorgeous hotels and beachfront resorts. Browse some of our favourites and get in touch to discover more.

The Leela Goa

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The Leela Goa

ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa

Goa

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ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

Goa

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

Alila Diwa Goa

Goa

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Alila Diwa Goa

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland via Delhi to Goa.

Currency

INR - Indian Rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken

Health Information

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

Best time to go to Goa

The best time to visit Goa is during the dry season between November and March when the weather is warm but clear and breezy and there is little rainfall. Humidity and rain occur during monsoon from June to September.

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
24ºC
8mm
Nepal
9ºC
13mm
Mumbai
24ºC
Kerala
28ºC
21mm
Delhi
13ºC
20mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
25ºC
3mm
Nepal
12ºC
14mm
Mumbai
25ºC
Kerala
28ºC
26mm
Delhi
17ºC
25mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
28ºC
5mm
Nepal
16ºC
10mm
Mumbai
27ºC
Kerala
29ºC
40mm
Delhi
22ºC
25mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
33ºC
1mm
Nepal
20ºC
29mm
Mumbai
29ºC
Kerala
29ºC
119mm
Delhi
29ºC
8mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
38ºC
Nepal
22ºC
70mm
Mumbai
30ºC
20mm
Kerala
29ºC
216mm
Delhi
33ºC
41mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
40ºC
Nepal
23ºC
129mm
Mumbai
29ºC
494mm
Kerala
27ºC
341mm
Delhi
32ºC
97mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
41ºC
Nepal
22ºC
325mm
Mumbai
28ºC
735mm
Kerala
27ºC
239mm
Delhi
31ºC
190mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
41ºC
Nepal
22ºC
239mm
Mumbai
28ºC
530mm
Kerala
27ºC
156mm
Delhi
30ºC
201mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
39ºC
Nepal
22ºC
175mm
Mumbai
28ºC
348mm
Kerala
27ºC
175mm
Delhi
29ºC
134mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
36ºC
Nepal
20ºC
67mm
Mumbai
29ºC
91mm
Kerala
27ºC
268mm
Delhi
25ºC
10mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
31ºC
2mm
Nepal
15ºC
7mm
Mumbai
28ºC
Kerala
27ºC
192mm
Delhi
20ºC
2mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
26ºC
8mm
Nepal
11ºC
8mm
Mumbai
26ºC
Kerala
27ºC
69mm
Delhi
15ºC
9mm
  • “For an exciting day trip, take a car or a train to Dudhsagar Falls - Goa’s largest waterfall, falling from an impressive 603 metres. The surrounding landscape is rich in tropical fauna and lovely for a walk.”

  • Jas, Destination Specialist

    Jas

    Destination Specialist

    “The north and south parts of Goa offer different experiences for tourists. North Goa is more developed, with a greater number of hotels and restaurants and a thriving nightlife. South Goa is quieter and more rural, with far less development than the north. Where you should go depends on what your holiday aspirations in Goa are.”

  • Goa Carnival

    Goa’s capital, Panjim, comes alive during Goa Carnival from 22-25 February. Celebrations include vibrant float processions, live bands and dancing shows.

  • Holi Festival

    Holi Festival - The Festival of Colours - is celebrated with much vigour all over India in March. Marking the coming of spring and good harvest, it is celebrated with an abundance of colourful paint and water. Join the celebrations in Goa for beachside fun.

  • Goan Fish Curry

    When in Goa, trying the fish curry is a must. One of the region’s best dishes, this curry uses local fish, in a creamy coconut sauce, brimming with spices and flavour.

  • Feni

    Feni is a local spirit produced in Goa. There are a number of different variants, the most popular are cashew feni and toddy palm feni.