Goa was once the colonial outpost of the Portuguese and has managed to retain its old-world charm despite its new-found reputation for being a party hotspot. Thousands of tourists, both domestic and international, visit this state for having a fun-filled vacation which can be both action-packed and relaxing - as one chooses.
Attractions: Goa’s numerous beaches are its prime attractions. From isolated and serene ones like Palolem and Cavellosim to bustling ones like Baga and Calangute, where water sports are conducted, tourists are spoilt for choice here.
Those interested in visiting religious places can head to its synagogues, churches and temles that dot this state. One can also come across charming and quaint bungalows painted in vibrant colours as one drives through the various locales of Goa.
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Activities: Water sports like parasailing, banana boat ride, jet skiing and snorkeling are possible at several beaches in the North of Goa. For those of you interested in wildlife, Dudhsagar Falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are the places to head to.
Bird watching, boating, photography, water sports, and sightseeing – there is no dearth of activities that one can indulge in while on a longer weekend getaway from Hyderabad to Goa.
Location: Western coast of India, bordering Karnataka and Maharashtra
Best time to visit: November to February