Goa on arrival

Ever wondered where you'll eat, shop or stay when you land in a city for the first time?
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In this extract from Lonely Planet India’s Goa On Arrival, we look at some basic information that’ll come in handy for when you land in Goa.


Languages: Konkani, English, Hindi and Marathi.

Internet access: Wi-fi and fixed-line Internet cafes are quite easy to come by. Many coffee shops and hotels provide complimentary wi-fi services.


November–February is peak season, where evenings are very pleasant and days are comfortably warm. July to October is low season, a perfect time for an eco-tourism tour.


  • Light wash-and-wear clothes and swimwear
  • Flip flops for the beach and shoes for long walks
  • A dressy outfit
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and mosquito repellent


From airport: Dabolim airport at Vasco da Gama operates domestic and a few international flights. It is 30km from Panjim, the capital.

Taxi: The airport has a prepaid taxi counter inside and another one outside. Rates differ for AC and non- AC taxis.

Bus: The bus stop outside the airport has buses till Panjim, but if you have too much luggage, the conductor might refuse to take you on board.

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