knowing as Tourist Paradise is located on the western coast
in Coastal Belt knownas konkan with the states of Karnataka
and Maharashtra bodering it.
Accessibility: Goa Airport
" DABOLIM" is also at convenient distance from the
most popular beaches and other tourist places in and around
Climate: The tourist season
in Goa begins in late September and carries on through early
March. The weather in these months is usually dry and pleasantly
cool. Then the weather gets fairly hot around May and by end
of June, Goa receives the full blast of the Indian monsoon with
sudden downpours and tropical thunderstorms. However it is also
during the monsoon that Goa is probably at its most beautiful,
with lush greenery all around.
Beaches of Goa: Goa is famous
the world over for its beautiful beaches, Goan Churches, Cathedrals,
Castles and temples not excluding the largest Mosque in Goa,
India. Some of the beaches which are of interest are the glorious
Anjuna beach, Agonda beach, Miramar beach, Majorda beach, Colva
beach and the Dona Paula beach
Churches in Goa: The churches
and cathedrals of Goa have a well pronounced Portuguese influence
upon them and in some places there is an amalgamation of the
Hindu and Portuguese styles of construction. Se Cathedral, Church
and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Basilica of Bom Jesus,
Church of Lady of Rosary and Church of St. Augustine, are some
of the famous churches.
Shopping in Goa: Shopping
which is a must for a holiday is true fun at Goa with several
shops making loads of stuff easily available for the tourists.
The items vary from Carpets to Papier Mache, Textiles and Silk
to Wood Carvings. Some of the restored Goan houses have the
best of lifestyle and fashion shops. You can buy gifts, sourenir
and handicrafts from all over the country in Goa. Be it Tibetan
Jewellery, gems, fur coats, ready to use powdered masalas, you
can get them throughout the length and breadth of the state.
Ambulance -- Dial tel. 102
or 108, or you can call the Panjim Ambulance and Welfare Trust
(Panjim; tel. 0832/222-4824). Also in Panjim, call the 24-hour
Vintage Ambulance Service (tel. 98-2305-9948). In Margao, call
the local Ambulance Trust (tel. 0832/273-1759). In Mapusa, call
Emergencies -- In Panjim,
dial tel. 102 for an ambulance, and tel. 101 in case of fire.
Helpline -- Call tel. 0832/241-2121
for all kinds of information, including changed phone numbers.
Hospitals -- Dr. Bhandari
Hospital (tel. 0832/222-4966 or -5602) is in Panjim's Fontainhas
area. For hospital emergencies (and preventative treatments)
in Margao, the Apollo Victor Hospital (tel. 0832/272-8888; emergency
hot line: tel. 0832/272-6272) is recommended, and there's an
evenings-only branch in Panjim, too (First Floor, Velho Bldg.;
tel. 0832/564-7400; open 5-8pm). In Mapusa, Vrundavan Hospital
(tel. 0832/225-0022 or -0033) is reputed to be the best.
Internet Access -- High numbers
of backpackers mean plenty of Internet facilities (Rs 25-Rs
90 per hr.), particularly in tourist areas. Wherever you are,
ask or look out for Sify iway cybercafes (or use the locator
menu on their website to find a nearby location; www.iway.com).
Police -- Dial tel. 100. Panjim
Police Headquarters (tel. 0832/242-8400 or -3400) is on Malaca
Road, at the western edge of Azad Maidan.
Post Office -- Panjim's General
Post Office is at Patto Bridge and is open Monday to Friday
9:30am to 5:30pm.
American Express -- Call American
Express (tel. 1600/1801-242 or 1800/1801-245).
Area Code -- The area code
for Goa is tel. 0832.
ATMs -- While some of the
smaller villages may not have ATM facilities, for the most part
you won't have to search hard to find one. Ask your hotel for
the nearest machine with credit card facilities, and -- unless
you're staying somewhere remote (like Fort Tiracol) -- you shouldn't
need to travel far to draw money. Taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers
can also usually take you to one without much bother (preferably
during the day). In Panjim. there's an ICICI ATM at the Sindur
Business Centre on Swami Vivekananda Road.
Banks & Currency Exchange --
For the best rates, you can exchange cash and traveler's checks
at Thomas Cook in Panjim (8 Alcon Chambers, D. B. Marg; tel.
0832/222-1312; Mon-Sat 9:30am-7pm). Another location is between
Baga and Calangute, at the State Bank of India, in the Hotel
Ofrill Building (tel. 0832/227-5693).
Car Rentals -- Try Sita World
Travel (101 Rizvi Chamber, Caetano Albuquerque Rd., Panjim;
tel. 0832/222-0476, -0477, -3134, -6477, or 0832/242-3552).
Drugstores -- Go to Farmacia
Universal in Panjim (Behind People High School; tel. 0832/222-3740;
24 hr.). Walson and Walson Chemist can be found on Calangute
(tel. 0832/227-6366; daily 9am-9pm).
Note: The Facts given is correct
when published, but can change without prrior notice. Pelase
be sure to confirm all details for the companies directly to
check the accuracy