One of the smallest states in India, Goa lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea. A popular vacation destination, it is known for its rich history, sandy beaches, scenic views, and heritage buildings. This coastal paradise was once a colony of the Portuguese. Its strong influence is reflective in many of the buildings across the state. With Panjim as its capital, the State is divided into North and South Goa. The former is popular for its markets, nightlife, and tourist-filled beaches; while the latter has resorts, most of them with a private beach access.


Goa has become synonymous with beach vacations, parties, and festivals - that are a must-attend. It is not just music festivals, but also arts and cultural events that have found its place in this much-loved city. So much so, that visitors come from around the world, not just from different Indian cities, to experience them. Over the years, their popularity has only grown with many international artists showcasing their talent at these festivals.

Goa Sunsplash

18th - 19th February, 2023

Dedicated to the celebration of reggae music, Goa Sunsplash is all set for its seventh edition from 18 to 19 February, 2023. With performers from around the world such as Anthony B., BFR Sound System, Bombay Bassment, Reggae Rajahs, and others, this Festival has given a platform for the reggae music culture to not only establish a footing in the country but also grow in terms of its popularity. While reggae is the heartbeat of the festival, Middle Eastern, Indian folk, African, Latin, and hip-hop music is also featured. This annual event has yoga and dance workshops, a flea market, food stalls, panel discussions, and of course, multiple music stages. 

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Travel tips

Here are some travel tips one should know before visiting Goa

  • Goa experiences moderate weather throughout the year. However, June to August are peak summer months followed by monsoon. So, pack your clothes accordingly.
  • Keep a check of your belongings and avoid carrying too much cash.
  • You can hire two-wheelers or cars for local travel, easily. If you rent a two-wheeler, make sure to wear a helmet.
  • Many tourist spots, like churches, may not allow photography. Seek permission before you click a picture or a video.
  • Goa is a popular tourist destination. Make sure you make your bookings much in advance.

How to reach

By air: Goa has two international airports, Dabolim and Mopa International Airports. Dabolim Airport is located 29 km from the state’s capital, Panjim, while Mopa Airport is 34 km away. IndiGo operates multiple non-stop, weekly flights to Goa and all other key locations.

By train: Margao, Vasco-da-Gama, Karmali, and Thivim are the railway stations connecting Goa to the rest of the country.

By bus: Goa is well-connected with neighbouring cities via the National Highways - NH4A, NH17, and NH17A. Tourists can either drive down, hire a taxi, or use the bus service. For the latter, there is the state-owned Kadamba Transport Corporation, along with many private bus operators.

Travelling within the city

You can explore Goa using public transport, like the bus, or hire a taxi. Additionally, you can easily rent a two-wheeler or a car.

To know about more such festivals and events, visit Festivals From India, your one-stop shop for all arts and culture festivals in India, made possible by the British Council.

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