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Goa

Goa is a state in western India, located on the country’s southwestern coast. It is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Goa is bordered by the Indian states of Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. The state is renowned for its beaches and places of worship, and tourism is its primary industry.

Goa has a long history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the 3rd century BC. It was ruled by several Hindu dynasties before being annexed by the Portuguese in 1510. The Portuguese held the region for 450 years and left a lasting impression on the culture, architecture, and language of the region. Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule in 1961, and it was made India’s 25th state in 1987.

Goa has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and high humidity year-round. It has two main seasons: a hot, dry summer from March to May, and a cooler, wet monsoon season from June to October. The state is home to a variety of flora and fauna, with the Western Ghats mountain range providing a habitat for a variety of animals, including tigers, leopards, and elephants.

Goa is also known for its vibrant culture and festivals. Hindu festivals such as Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Holi are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Popular Christian festivals include Christmas and Easter. The state is also home to a variety of music, including traditional Konkani folk music and modern electronic music.

Goa is an important tourist destination in India, with its beaches, churches, and temples drawing visitors from around the world. The state is also home to a number of casinos, which attract tourists from all over India. Goa is also known for its rich cuisine, with seafood being a particular specialty.

Excursion tips for a day in Goa

Goa is a popular tourist destination in India, renowned for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in Goa in just one day, including:

1. Exploring the enchanting beaches of Goa – from the serene shores of Arambol to the bustling nightlife of Baga and Calangute.

2. Visiting the historical sites and monuments of Old Goa, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral.

3. Enjoying a boat ride along the Mandovi River, with views of the stunning Goan coastline.

4. Shopping for souvenirs in the lively markets of Panaji and Margao.

5. Taking a tour of the spice plantations in Ponda and savoring the delicious flavors of Goan cuisine.

6. Enjoying the nightlife of Goa, with live music and dancing at the beach shacks and clubs.

7. Partaking in some watersports, such as jet skiing, snorkeling, and parasailing.

8. Visiting the Dudhsagar Falls and other natural attractions in the Western Ghats.

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The climate in Goa

Goa has a tropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. During the summer season, the temperature can reach up to 35°C and the humidity is high. The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and strong winds from June to September. The winter season is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The climate in Goa is generally pleasant throughout the year, making it a great destination for tourists.

Cruise weather for Goa

Our weather forecast for Goa helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 25.6 °C
23.4 m/s
43.9 m/s
69.5 %
5.9 m
85.5 %
1,007 hPa
06:11:45
19:07:40
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 25.5 °C
20.9 m/s
37.8 m/s
87.9 %
6.0 m
86.1 %
1,008 hPa
06:12:03
19:07:31
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 27.2 °C
min: 25.5 °C
20.9 m/s
39.0 m/s
96.0 %
6.9 m
86.2 %
1,007 hPa
06:12:21
19:07:21
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 26.3 °C
min: 25.6 °C
22.3 m/s
41.8 m/s
100.0 %
10.1 m
85.8 %
1,007 hPa
06:12:39
19:07:10
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 24.9 °C
20.9 m/s
40.3 m/s
100.0 %
13.8 m
85.6 %
1,009 hPa
06:12:57
19:06:57
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 24.9 °C
23.4 m/s
42.7 m/s
100.0 %
14.4 m
82.0 %
1,009 hPa
06:13:14
19:06:44
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 25.8 °C
27.7 m/s
50.0 m/s
99.1 %
10.1 m
84.3 %
1,007 hPa
06:13:31
19:06:30
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 27.2 °C
min: 25.7 °C
26.6 m/s
47.9 m/s
100.0 %
4.5 m
86.0 %
1,006 hPa
06:13:49
19:06:15
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 25.8 °C
22.0 m/s
43.9 m/s
83.2 %
4.6 m
84.9 %
1,007 hPa
06:14:05
19:05:59
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 25.6 °C
21.2 m/s
42.1 m/s
75.2 %
7.5 m
85.6 %
1,008 hPa
06:14:22
19:05:43
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 25.5 °C
25.9 m/s
46.1 m/s
84.0 %
6.7 m
85.6 %
1,007 hPa
06:14:38
19:05:25
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 25.9 °C
25.9 m/s
50.0 m/s
90.6 %
8.0 m
85.1 %
1,007 hPa
06:14:54
19:05:06
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 26.5 °C
28.8 m/s
52.1 m/s
99.5 %
7.7 m
83.9 %
1,005 hPa
06:15:10
19:04:46

Cruises to Goa

Would you like to travel to Goa on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Goa.

Scheduled ship calls in Goa, India
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 12th 2024 Tuesday, 12th of Nov. 2024 MS Europa 12:00 pm 07:00 pm
Nov. 16th 2024 Saturday, 16th of Nov. 2024 Vasco da Gama 11:30 am 11:30 pm
Nov. 27th 2024 Wednesday, 27th of Nov. 2024 Azamara Pursuit 09:30 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 20th 2025 Thursday, 20th of Nov. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 09:30 am 04:00 pm

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