Goa is a place that does not need much of an introduction. It is an union territory sharing its borders with the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Tucked on the Western coast, it is mostly known for its beaches, the nightlife and the 300-year-old Portuguese architectural styled buildings.
Its greenery and wildlife make it an ideal spot for nature lovers; and if you are someone who loves food, get ready to make your tastebuds satisfied while here. The beautiful villages of Goa are an ideal place to take a slow morning walk or an evening stroll aimlessly.
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Starting Point: Hyderabad
Best Time To Visit: Mid November to Mid February
By Air: The main airport is the Dabolim International Airport, which is at distance of 30 km from Panaji. It is well connected to all the major cities in the country and international ones too.
By Train: The main railway station is Vasco Da Gama. The railway station is well linked with major cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru and others.
By Road: Goa is well connected by roads. The driving distance from Hyderabad to Goa is 642 km. There are plenty of buses which operate from Hyderabad to Goa and also from other major cities.
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Route 1: Hyderabad-Mahbubnagar-Deosugur-Raichur-Sindhanur-Dharwad-Goa, via SH30
Route 2: Hyderabad-Maaneguda-Gurmatkal-Yadgir-Bagalkot-Goa, via Bachi-Raichur Highway
For someone who would take Route 1, it takes around 13 hours to reach Goa via SH 30. The route gives you an absolute delight to drive through, which takes you through the hush and bush of the city of Hyderabad and then onto a peaceful road with not much traffic.
Through this route, one would come across the beautiful scenic drives through the northern part of Karnataka and it would be a good experience to get to know the culture of this region.
For those who wish to opt for Route 2, it would take you around 14 hours to reach Goa via the Bachi-Raichur Highway, and those who opt for Route 3 would almost take 14.5 hours to reach Goa, via NH50.
The journey can be planned as a weekend trip. So, you could start on a Friday evening, and after spending a day and a half at Goa, you could return to Hyderabad on Monday morning.
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A Short Stop At Raichur...
If you're opting Route 1, as the drive proceeds through the highway throughout the night, Raichur is a good option to stop over for dinner and proceed over to Dharwad and call it a night there or proceed further. After the short break, the destination of Goa (which is about 135 km) would take you around 3 hours to reach.
Once you reach the Goa check-post, there are no words to describe the beauty of the Panjim-Belgaum road, which takes you through the forest and the thrill that the Ghat section would provide you with.
During the monsoon season, one can witness a number of waterfalls emerging through the ghats.
The Ghat section, if covered during the day, would provide you with a wonderful view, with its hairpin loops and the lush greenery covering the roads.
Destination - Goa & Its Famous Attractions
Once in Goa, there are plenty of places to visit, which begin from churches, beautiful beaches and the wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Goa is a place which offers you plenty of options in terms of adventure sports and not to forget, the nightlife.
Some of the must-visit places in Goa include the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is recognised by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. The basilica houses the tomb and has mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, which shockingly is in a good condition even today, after 400 plus years of having it.
The beaches of Baga, Anjuna, Calangute (which happens to be the largest beach in Goa), Palolem, Agonda, Colva and Vagator are some of the most famous beaches in Goa that attract a large number of people from different countries. These beaches are a perfect treat to the eyes!