This former Portuguese colony, located in the west of the subcontinent on the Arabian Sea, is now the smallest state in India and famous for its climate, architecture, scenery and people. Those wishing to visit India's smallest state by air on a shoestring budget may be interested to learn about a range of cheap flights to Goa on offer which can help you visit the state without burning too great a hole in your pocket.
Goa International Airport.
Located in the city of Dabolim, the Goa International Airport is the only airport in the state and takes both domestic and international flights. There are two terminals, one catering to domestic flights and the other receiving international flights. This civil airport resides on a military airbase and is run by the Airports Authority of India in cooperation with the Indian military. This airport, an inevitable destination to anyone flying into the state, has undergone a series of projects for modernization and expansion making your time here more comfortable and convenient than ever.
The town of Calangute boasts the largest beach in the north of Goa and one of the most popular beaches in the entire state, with its peak tourist season occurring between December and May. Whether you sunbathe on the beach, swim in the warm sea water or engage in sporting activity, Calangute Beach is a fantastic place to visit whatever your preferred activity. The many food stalls set up along the beach provide an opportunity to satisfy one's hunger with exquisite Goan cuisine and the numerous bins lining the beach front provide a place to dispose of rubbish.
No trip to Goa would be complete without visiting Panaji, the state capital and administrative centre of the North Goa region. During Portuguese rule the city was known as Pangim or Panjim and at one time had been the headquarters of Portuguese India. Today, the Portuguese no longer rule but their legacy remains in the city planning and architecture and also some place names, such as Praça da Igreja which is the historic city centre. In the magnificent city western and eastern influences meld to create something unique and unforgettable.
Explore the city via its acacia avenues and cobbled streets that wind between its balconied, colonial buildings of concrete and red tile. Those interested in religious architecture will find particularly satisfying due to the various churches and temples that can be found here, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Shantadurga Temple and the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Panaji, located on the seafront, also has its own beach where you can relax on the sands or venture into the waves for a spot of swimming or bathing.
Salim Ali Bird Santuary.
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located on the west end Chorao, an island situated in the estuarine waters of the Mandovi River. Established in 1988 and named after the late Salim Ali, the renowned Indian Ornithologist, the sanctuary consists of an approximate 440 acres of mangrove forest which proves a habitat for a variety of birds and other fauna. A paved walkway was created for visitors to explore the walkway by foot, to enable observation of the herbaceous and avian surroundings, including bitterns, knots, snipes and avocets, with minimum impact upon the habitat.
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Go on a cruise and witness the most perfect sunset off the coast of the city. Book yourself on a cruise with Goan dancing and traditional fare for that perfect evening.
Sip on refreshing coconut water while walking down Goa’s sandy shores.
Enjoy water sports such as snorkelling, windsurfing, paragliding and jet skiing.