Travelers have been coming to Goa on India's western coast for decades, not just for unparalleled relaxation on the pale gold sands, but also for superb food, wild parties and adrenaline sports. On top of all that, there's a rich, multicultural history to explore, as well as some amazing nature and marine life.
The beaches are a great place to start, whether you've just touched down at the airport or you've been touring the country's incredibly hectic cities overland. For peace and quiet, try Patnem beach. It's tranquil and lined with palms, but there are beach bars and cafes for when you need a restorative. For a livelier beach experience, try Calangute, a party destination with multiple water sports.
Direct flights to Goa Airport (GOI) depart from a number of Indian cities including Chennai and New Delhi, as well as London and Abu Dhabi. The airport is around an hour south of Calangute beach by road. Use taxis to easily get to and from the airport.
Some amazing Portuguese colonial buildings survive; Menezes Braganza is one such mansion which offers tours of the interior, much of which contains original fixtures and furniture. Goa is a good base for both novice and experienced divers to see coral reefs and tropical fish.
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