Goa International Airport, more popularly known as Dabolim Airport, is an international airport located in the city of Dabolim in the state of Goa, India. The airport started operations in 1955 and is the regional gateway for tourists to the culturally diverse Goa. The airport serves both as a military and a civil airport.
Many domestic airlines have daily flights to and from all the major cities across the country. The airport also serves some international carriers, such as Qatar Airways and Air Arabia, serving mostly the Gulf regions. Flag carrier, Air India has international flights to Kuwait and UAE twice a week. Goa International Airport is also notable for its many European charter flights, typically during the peak tourist season between November and May.
The airport is connected to the cities of Dabolim, Vasco de Gama and Chicalim via several transport options. Local buses, shuttles, and car rentals are available. Pre-paid taxis can also be arranged. Currently, there are no trains that go straight to the airport. The closest rail station, the Dabolim Rail Station is 1km from the airport. Many resorts do have hotel shuttles, so remember to check if your resort offers free pick-up.
Goa, situated on the western coast of India, is a former Portuguese colony with a rich and unique heritage. It is this interesting mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to Goa. Spread over just 3,700 square km with a population of approximately 1.4 million, Goa is considered the smallest state in India. Despite its size though, Goa is one of the richest areas in India owing to its vibrant tourist industry. Its heritage attractions coupled with the teeming biodiversity in the countryside makes Goa a destination of choice for many pilgrims and travellers.
Goan culture has been influenced mainly by the Hindu and Catholic population. This is evident in the predominantly religious nature of its many local points of interest. Here are some of the must visit attractions in Goa --
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus, also known as Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Jesuit church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule. The basilica notable because it keeps the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in India with its inlaid marble flooring and intricately carved and gilded altars.
More commonly known as Se Cathedral, the Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina is a large cathedral built in Portuguese-Manueline style. It has a simple Tuscan exterior, while its interiors are Corinthian. The distinct feature of the Se Cathedral is its large bell, the Golden Bell. A baptismal font made in 1532 which was used by Saint Francis Xavier in order to baptise several Goan converts is also one of the cathedral’s attractions. This UNESCO heritage site is definitely a must-visit in Goa.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa
Built in 154, the facade of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church has an all-white facade and is built in Baroque architecture. The interiors are understated in contrast to the impressive main altar, which has an elegant decor, is dedicated to Mary. The two side altars dedicated to Sts. Peter and Paul are also gilded and heavily ornamented.
Shanta Durga Temple
Nestled in the the lush landscape, the Shri Shantadurga Temple is a fusion of Indo-Portuguese architecture. the temple complex is large and is composed of several temple structures in distinctive shapes and colour scheme. One of the highlights of the temple is the golden palanquin in which the deity is carried on festive occasions.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
This scenic estuarine mangrove habitat and bird sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist. It is accessible by a ferry service running between Ribander and Chorao. Visitors can wander through the mangrove habitats and see the impressive variety of birds. The best time to visit during November to February when the migratory birds arrive.
When visiting Goa, one is actually visiting a collection of towns and villages. Some of the popular attractions are quite spread out, and transport must be well-planned. Fortunately, there are lots of cars for hire all over Goa. This can be easily arranged at your hotel’s front desk. Buses are an inexpensive option, but you may not want to do it if you are not so familiar with the places.
The best time of the year to visit Goa is between November to February when the weather is most pleasant.
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