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How To Reach Goa
It actually doesn't matter how you reach Goa, as long as you get there! With its gorgeous beaches, lively shacks and beach side cafes, your holiday is sure to be one hell of an experience. Goa is a coastal settlement and reaching this place is easier today than ever. You can either take a direct flight to Goa from any of India's major cities or take a train. Driving to Goa is fun too. But the best way to reach Goa, we'd suggest, is a flight as it is quick and hassle free.
Goa by Air
You could fly to Goa easily. You'll land right at the Dabolim International Airport (GOI). For people travelling internationally and from distant parts of the country, there will most likely be a stop at Mumbai. There are a few direct international flights to Dabolim International Airport as well.
Goa by Rail
There are regular trains from Mumbai to Goa. These are quick, overnight journeys and you'll get off at either the North Goa or the South Goa stations which include the famous Margao and Vasco-da-gama. Being a part of the well-connected Konkan Railway, these stations make for quick and convenient transit into Goan lands irrespective of where in India you're travelling from. The South Western Railways also connect some rail routes to Goa for travelers from the south. Book well in advance as thick reservations are a given.
Goa by Road
Goa by car or bus is also a lot of fun! The highway makes for a gorgeous ride, albeit a longer one keeping in mind the traffic as well. However, interstate road travel only makes sense if you are travelling from Maharashtra or Karnataka. The primary routes that connect to Goa are the NH-4 and NH-17 highways. You can opt for bus travel via a local tour operator. The frequency of buses leaving for Goa throughout the day is pretty good especially if you are travelling from Mumbai, Pune or Bangalore wherein the journey accounts for 12-14 hours of travel time.
Once in Goa, go straight to the bike rentals shop. Rent out scooties or motorbikes for Rs. 200 - 300 for yourself and your friends. For those who want a more luxurious trip, you could always hire cars or take a taxi. Local buses are an option too but they are less popular. Another exciting way of getting around in Goa is by using the ferry service. It'll offer you a little bit of the local flavor too and give you an opportunity to interact with the locals!