Fast Facts

Location: Goa 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 Goa.

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 tel. 0832/226-2372.

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;

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






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