Flights from Bangalore to Goa
Unique multicultural state on the west coast
Goa is a small Indian state with Portuguese influence and a blend of cultures that attracts numerous visitors enchanted by its peaceful atmosphere. From gorgeous beaches to religious buildings, and cultural institutions, there are many things to marvel at in this coastal state of western India.
Goa's annual highlights
The best moment to travel to Goa is during winter, from mid-November to mid-February, when the temperatures are comfortable, hovering around 28°C. The monsoon season starts in early June and is best avoided. Several cultural and religious events are organised throughout the year, starting with the Goa Carnival in February. In August/September, the Hindu god Ganesh is celebrated over ten days during Ganesha Chaturthi, while Diwali, the festival of lights, occurs in October/November. Christian holidays are also important, in particular Christmas and Easter.
Useful preparatory information
While the official language in Goa is Konkani, locals also speak Hindi and Marathi. Travellers planning on visiting during important festivals such as Christmas and New Year, the Carnival, or Ganesha Chaturthi, should start booking their accommodation and transportation well in advance. Food prices are usually lower here than in New Delhi and you can order cheap thalis for around Rs 150, or have a meal in a restaurant for about Rs 400. As for shopping, it's worth knowing that a lot of shops are shut during the siesta, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Otherwise, most shops close at 8pm in Panaji.
Goa airport transfers, local transport and hotel rooms
When arriving at the airport visitors can take pre-paid taxis after looking at the official taxi rate board located outside airport arrivals. For instance, it costs around Rs 700 to go to Panjim, about Rs 1,000 for Anjuna, around Rs 1,400 for Aramabol, and about Rs 1,500 for Agonda. Travellers who prefer using non pre-paid taxis or autos should always negotiate the fare beforehand. Public transport within Goa includes bus services, with a minimum fare of around Rs 3 for 2 kilometres and Rs 1 for every additional kilometre. Motorcycle taxis are the cheapest option, but similarly to taxis and autos, the price must be negotiated before boarding. As for accommodation in Goa, the options start with basic lodging at around Rs 700. For mid-range rooms, the cost is approximately Rs 2,500, while luxury accommodation is about Rs 4,000 per night.