Is Goa worth it?


#1 Nov 8th, 2010, 11:37
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I've made a list of possible destinations, but now it is time to scratch some off or replace a few. I've been reading up on Goa and it seems like it's not the place it used to be. I picked Goa since it is close to Mumbai and I believe it would be a good place to acclimate myself to India since this will be my first time here. You know, get a bit use to the food, the delhi belly, the people, the climate, etc for a bit before I move onto better and far more interesting destinations.

Do you think it will a good spot to get my head together in India before my 2 month trip really starts?

Also, what about some substitutes for Goa? Like Kovalam?

Thanks. I'm pretty new to this site and not sure about the etiquette with these questions.

Edit: I'm going on March 10th, 2010. What will it be like? Weather wise or in general? Is there a better beach in March?
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MArch everywhere in India, except the hills will start getting hot. Kerala and Kovalam there will be a good choice. You can go on short trips inland to interesting places as well. Its a small state and distances are not much, linkages by road/rail are also good on most routes.
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Goa is definitely NOT what it used to be a decade ago! I recommend skipping it and instead go to Gokarna or any of the places in Kerala.
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i feel you cant write off Goa totally yet,Panjim is an ideal place still and its way cheaper than the tourist hotspots!give it a shot am sure your going to agree!
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If you have not been to Goa before, it does not matter what it was a decade ago. Just move out of Calangute-Baga-Vagator belt, and you will still find lot of serene places.
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Goa is not what it used to, ok, but still a good destination. Some things are also getting better - places to stay, food for sure and other things. Still there are plenty of places worth visiting in Goa alone. But stay away from Calangute-Candolim. Vagator, Arambol, Palolem is very good.
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Panjim would be a perfect place to acclimatise
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Panaji is ok, but not if you are heading for a beach. Who wants Miramar?
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Yes it is worth it, go sit on the beach and have fun.
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I think its a good idea to acclimatise before traveling around India. Its true Goa is not what it was, but its still ok in far North (Mandrem) or South (Patnem). Kovalam is much the same but Kerala is hotter and sweaty by March.
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I agree it's a good idea to start in Goa. Panjim is good if you want to experience a fairly quiet large town, and if you stay away from the main beach resorts in the north there are some lovely places to visit. But please bear in mind that Goa is quite a bit different culturally to the rest of India so whilst it's a good place to start and to ease yourself in gently be prepared for a slight culture shock when you move on.

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