A favourite of backpackers, Goa is much more than an idyllic beach resort. Taking flights to Goa, an Indian state, transports you to a world of swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters - where western colonial rule (the Portuguese used it as an outpost for 500 years) still has an influence and where you’ll come across some of the friendliest and most genuine people you’ll ever meet. From the moment you land at Goa’s tiny Dabolim Airport you’ll experience, and possibly be a little overwhelmed by, the hectic atmosphere as locals offer to take your suitcase to your transfer coach. This should prepare you for Goa’s streets where cars, mopeds, friendly locals and cows create a quintessentially Indian experience. The food is delicious, and local curries are slightly different to the kind you find outside India, but they’re amazingly cheap and well prepared by talented local chefs.
When you land after your cheap Goa flights you’ll discover that it is an intensely colourful state. Houses are painted in vivid reds and yellows, the roads are a dusty orange, and all are enhanced by the bright sunshine. The way of life is very traditional here, the rat race will become a distant memory within hours of your direct flights to Goa. The Goans have a relaxed approach to life, which contrasts with the bustling atmosphere. When you’re planning your return flights to Goa set aside some time for a trip to the Sahakari Spice Farm. Based in the hills outside Candolim Beach in North Goa, you’ll see where many spices we use in cooking come from. Or book an overnight boat trip on the glistening Mandovi River. Visit one of the many temples or churches or just spend all day on the white sand beaches sunning yourself.