Self catering Homestays in Goa
Goa, India's small coastal state, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. Goa's historic architecture, beautiful beaches, nightlife and markets make it perfect for a beach holiday.
Finding a homestay or a self-catering villa in Goa is easy on HomeAway.in. Choose from luxury villas, or sort guest houses and apartments by price to find a bargain. No matter what accommodation suits your holiday, staying in a self-catering guest house will let you soak in the culture of this splendid region. Most kitchens are fully equipped for preparing meals if you choose. Your guest home host can offer details on shopping for local ingredients and finding restaurants and entertainment nearby.
Things to do in Goa
Goa is a noted exotic destination in India. Apart from stunning coastline, beaches, and views, you will find a number of things in Goa.
Olive Ridley Marine Turtles attract universal interest, and you may get a glimpse of them laying eggs during the nesting season (October-March months). One single turtle can lay as many as 100 eggs, and the incubation period is for 45-50 days. Morjim, Agonda and Galgibag are the major nesting sites.
In Palolem Beach you can go for dolphin spotting trips. The local boats will take you for the ride and you can watch the local dolphins in their natural habitat. Paragliding facilities are arranged at Anjuna and Arambol. The spectacular sandy beaches add to the dramatic effect.
Festivals of Goa
- Sunburn Festival
- Goan Carnival
- Sao Joao Festival
Top 10 places to visit in Goa
Goa, small as it may be, has plenty of interesting places to see. Goa is divided into North Goa and South Goa..
- Fort Aguada – is one of the most important landmarks in Goa. It was built in 1612 to protect the Goan borders and it still remains the largest fort in Asia.
- Dudhsagar waterfalls – probably because of the milky white colour of the waterfalls, Dudhsagar waterfalls is known as the “sea of milk”. If you are coming from Bangalore, there are trekking expeditions that will lead to it.
- Old Goa – very important in the history of the country because it was the colonial capital during Portuguese rule.
- Calangute Beach – you can see the Arabian Sea from this beach. One of the popular beaches in North Goa.
- Elephant Safaris – unforgettable elephant rides and safaris offered to spice plantations.
- Anjuna Flea Market – the Wednesday flea market by the hippies makes your trip memorable. It is an age old tradition.
- Water sports – numerous thrilling water-based activities await your arrival.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus – situated near old Goa, this church contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Saviour.
- Ponda – a temple, constructed during the Maratha rule in 1738.
- Panaji – the state museum in the Goan capital displays numerous Portuguese artifacts.
Best time to travel to Goa
While Goa is a good destination any time of year, a prime time to travel to Goa will be somewhere between Mid-December and Mid-January. The three main seasons in Goa are Summer, Monsoon and Winter.
While you will want to avoid Goa during the rainy Monsoon season if your plans are to sun on the beaches, the historic sites and indoor venues will be uncrowded. Summer could be a bit harsh, but if you are looking for a summer tan, the temperature will be around 35 degree Celsius. The winters are beautiful from late September and an ideal season for a holiday at the beach.