Despite being India's smallest state, it's a good idea to become accustomed with local transport and learn how best to go about getting around in Goa.
Although a number of holidaymakers will happily remain in and around one resort during their holiday in Goa - soaking up the sun by the pool and relaxing on the sands of the neighbouring beach - getting out and about to explore Goa's diversity is one of the highlights of holidaying in India's sunshine state.
One of the factors that may make tourists hesitant to get out and about is the fact that they're unfamiliar with the local transportation. Despite its relatively small size, several towns and resorts are quite spread out, with a journey from Anjuna in North Goa to Palolem in South Goa taking just over two hours by taxi. Other journeys can be done by tuk tuk, auto rickshaw or on foot, so it's worth acclimatising yourself with your location and the geography of Goa before your visit.
Taxis can be found throughout the primary tourist areas of Goa, and wherever you choose to stay, your hotel should be able to book a reputable taxi operator for you. As with much of India, it's worth agreeing on the fare before you depart. As a note, a taxi from the airport to Candolim should cost around 1,200 - 1,500 rupees (£13 - £16). The road quality in Goa is quite good by India's general standards, and you'll enjoy many quiet roads from which to marvel at traditional Portuguese mansions, as shown below, especially as you head south.
The symbol of Indian transportation, the tuk tuk or auto rickshaw are three-wheeled gliding machines, perfect for transporting you between neighbouring resorts or for covering short to moderate distances. Cheap, colourful and frequent, these machines can be easily spotted due to their distinct yellow and black paintwork.
A great way of soaking up the atmosphere and meeting local people, many of the main holiday resorts are best explored on two feet. Candolim and Calangute certainly fall into this category, with many fine eateries and intriguing shops to be encountered by those who opt to take a stroll here. You'll also find that you can walk between these two resorts along the beach itself, with the holiday settlements divided by around 5km of sand.
Candolim Beach. Image credit: mnf74 | Shutterstock
Goa Experience offers a range of rewarding Excursions & Tours which are designed to allow holidaymakers to explore some of the far-flung highlights of Goa and some of the neighbouring states. Whether it's a boat trip, a trip made by a car or four-wheel drive jeep, or even a train journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi, we're sure you'll find the quality of transportation both comfortable and convenient.
Want to find out more about the ins and outs of daily life in Goa? Take a look at our dedicated guide for plenty of useful information.
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