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Fast Facts about Goa

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All visitors coming to Goa from outside of India require a visa except for citizens of Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. There is no provision for granting of visas on arrival in India. You should apply to the Indian Embassy or the High Commission of India in your respective countries. Visitors who are planning to stay beyond six months have to apply to the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office within a fortnight of their arrival.

Goa is a malaria risk area and vaccination can be taken as a case of precaution if you wish. The nearest connection to Goa from a port or an important in city is from Mumbai. You can travel to Goa from Mumbai by air, bus or by train. There are over twenty direct flights from Mumbai to Goa each day. You have to book at least a week ahead in the winter season. Dozens of buses make the fourteen hour trip from Mumbai to Goa. There are daily departures. Trains leave for Goa from Mumbai at five separate times each day.

Goa has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius from November to April and up to 40 degrees with high humidity from May to October. The monsoon lasts from early June to late September with the rains becoming heavy in July.

Old Goa was once one of the world’s great cities. It used to be bigger than London and was home to adventurers and slave traders. The surviving churches and convents have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Goa is also well known for its beaches and colonial architecture.

Goa’s landscape is varied. It ranges from thickly forested Western Ghats mountain range on its interior border through thick river valleys to the beaches of its seventy-five mile long coast