Resources

  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/india/goa) A great first go-to point for information.
  • Goa Tourism (www.goa-tourism.com) Goa’s state tourism body.
  • Goacom (www.goacom.com) Listings, information and recipes.
  • What's Up Goa (www.whatsupgoa.com) Listings, events and more.
  • Goa Streets (www.goastreets.com) News and entertainment weekly.

Top Tips

  • Unless you're here specifically for Christmas and New Year's Eve parties, avoid the overpriced peak season (22 December to 3 January).
  • If hiring a moped/motorbike/car, make sure you have an International Driving Permit as well as your home licence. And always wear a helmet.
  • Swim on patrolled beaches – undertows can be deadly.
  • Don't get stuck on one beach or in one village all holiday – explore neighbouring beaches or further afield.
  • Even if you're not a Christian, visit one of Goa's beautiful churches.
  • Dress respectfully away from the beach. Topless or nude sunbathing is illegal on Goa's beaches.
  • Try using the Goa Miles ride app for cheap taxi rides.
  • Shop for produce or street food snacks at local markets and buy alcohol at liquor stores.

What to Take

  • A reliable padlock.
  • A torch to navigate poorly lit streets and negotiate frequent power cuts.
  • Driver’s licence and International Driving Permit.
  • Your bank card/credit card.
  • Something long-sleeved to throw on when visiting churches, temples and mosques.

What to Wear

Goa is generally hot and humid, though it can get cool at night over the winter months. Light cotton fabrics are best. Being a beach state, shorts and skirts are acceptable attire but always pack a lightweight pair of trousers or ankle-length skirt for evening wear or for visiting churches or temples. Likewise, T-shirts and strappy tops (for women) are generally fine but it pays to have a long-sleeve top. A wide-brimmed hat works wonders as well.

Some smarter Goan bars/restaurants/clubs may impose a dress code (eg no sandals or shorts).

Any type of clothing you might need, including shawls or dupattas, salwar kameez (traditional dresslike tunic and trouser combination) or kurtas with trousers, can be purchased cheaply in Goa.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport has six months validation past your arrival date and two blank pages.
  • Apply for an e-tourist visa (eTV; www.indianvisaonline.gov.in), if required, a minimum of four and maximum of 30 days before you are due to travel.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading to India to avoid security blocks.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance and vaccinations.