HOW TO GET THERE
The railway stations of Margoa, Vasco da Gama, and others in Goa can be accessed from most places in India by rail. Goa is located on the picturesque Konkan Railway that runs between Mumbai and Trivandrum.
Goa International Airport at Dabolim is the entry point to Goa. Dabolim is 29 km from Panaji.
Goa lies 600 km from Mumbai on the National Highway 17 (NH17), often referred to as the Mumbai-Goa highway, which passes through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.
WHAT TO CARRY
Sunscreen lotion, sunglasses
Light cotton casuals
Summer: 25°C - 40°C
Winter: 15°C - 25°C
Monsoon: 900 mm avearage
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Any time of the year is a good time for Goa though the season from October to March has the most pleasant weather and calm seas for water sports.
Note that the week between Christmas and New Year is absolute peak season in Goa; beaches and restaurants are crowded, and rates for everything from hotels to water sports are much higher.
Goa Carnival in February is a four-day celebration that begins on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Led by King Momo, the carnival has its own rhythms of guitars, drumbeats and folk songs with a colourful parade of floats and dancing troupes. Again, the carnival draws huge crowds, so you should decide whether you want to attend or skip it.
Feast of St Francis of Xavier on 3rd December every year is a major celebration at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in old Goa.