Goa is the beach capital of India which also holds a lot of historical value in the building of India’s culture. It is a place not just of churches and beaches; it is way more than that. From the ever-present sense of peace, small fishing villages, unique natural beauty options like Sweetwater lakes and waterfall hikes, Goa is a Pandora Box for travelers of all ages who make it a point to visit Goa from all across the globe. Unlike the earlier centuries when Goa was only reachable by trade routes and walking, now Goa has turned into a world-famous holiday destination that continues to attract tourists and explorers of all types and backgrounds from all over the world. It goes without saying that reaching Goa is now easier than ever. Wondering how?
Here is how to reach Goa
This beach destination is easily accessible from different parts of the country through different modes. If you live in neighboring states around Goa, then KSRTC or Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation MSRTC or Maharashtra State Road Transportation Corporation are regular operators on the roadways. They provide bus service for Goa from Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore. If you are driving to Goa from Mumbai and Bangalore then you will be taking NH4. This road is very well maintained and a very fun experience to drive on. People pouring in by road to Goa from Mangalore then you will be taking NH 17. Other than the government buses there are private-run Volvo buses and cab services available that will get you to Goa. The nearest bus stand in Goa is the Kadamba Bus stand in Panaji and it is also the main bus stand in Goa. Road trip to Goa is mostly preferred by people living in the nearby regions and they can easily reach for an extended weekend getaway.
Goa is mostly visited by airways and flight journeys as it connects almost every major and minor States and Cities in India. Dabolim Airport is located about 26 kms away from the main capital city of Goa, Panaji and it is also the only domestic and international airport available in Goa. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights while Terminal 2 is to cater to international flights. All major commercial flights like Air India, go air, spice jet, jet airways, and more connect Goa to places like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, etc. through regular flights. The Goa airport also caters to people traveling from international destinations such as Muscat, Doha, Copenhagen, and many more. International airlines like Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Novair, and many more can be seen regularly at the international terminal in Goa. There are many taxi cabs and car rental services available in and around the airport where you can board the cab and head on to your desired destination.
The main railway station in Goa is either Madgaon or Vasco de Gama railway stations that cater to trains from all over India and increases accessibility for people from different backgrounds and occupations in life. These 2 major railway stations are located in Margao and are the best way of reaching this beachy paradise if you are traveling to Goa on a budget. Via an extensive network of railway lines, these two stations are very intensely and well connected to other parts of the country. If you are traveling to Goa from Delhi then it would be advisable for you to board the Delhi Goa Sampark Kranti Express. Other than this train Trivandrum Express is another one of the most prominent trains that connect Goa to other parts of the nation. You can easily get a cab or a taxi service from outside the railway station in Goa. while the Madgaon Railway Station is about 38 kms away from Panjim on the other hand, the Vasco da Gama railway station is about 29 kms away from the main city. Ever since commercial flight tickets became cheap and much more affordable to the common middle-class folks, people have been ditching long-haul railway journeys with short and quick flight journeys. However, the flight may prove to be extremely costly for some making railway the only, time-taking yet budget-friendly option to visit and explore Goa.
Before booking your hotel or accommodation in Goa it would be best to first consider how you will be getting there since it takes a lot of planning and knowledge of travel routes to travel safely and without spending big bucks.