Getting around in Goa
Traveling in Goa is easy and one cannot find it difficult to get around. The local buses and government run Kadamba Transport Service (KTC) run on all routes. Besides bus transport, there is the public ferry services operating at major points in Goa.

Goa is easily reachable by air, sea and land. Flights, both national and international enter the state. Several chartered airlines touch down at Goa’s Dabolim airport that connect to other parts in India and abroad. There are direct charters that come in from UK, Germany and other places. These flights that operate from mid October to April every year and fly out from Birmingham, Gatwick, Manchester to Goa.

{xtypo_warning} Be aware that the bus transport is non-existant after 8.30pm at night. However, there are private taxis, motor-cycle taxis, and auto rickshaws (a three-wheeler scooter) who charge different fare rates depending on the distance. It is advisable to ask around and be aware what the fare rates are. {/xtypo_warning}

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VISA Requirements
Every foreign national coming in to India should have a visa. Those arriving on a tourist visa should be aware of its validity of six months from the date of issue. You also have the option to apply for a single entry or a multiple-entry visa, while the same rates apply to both. In case you plan on visiting a neighboring country to India, you might want to go in for a multiple-entry visa. Those holding a multiple-entry visa may leave the country any number of times during the visa validity. Five-year visas are available to foreigners of Indian Origin, business travelers, students. For details you may contact the nearest Indian embassy in your country.

If you wish to extend your stay beyond six months, you may have to leave the country and apply for a new visa. At this time, you may visit a neighbouring country while you avail of your new visa. Europeans will need a letter of recommendation to go to Katmandu (Nepal). This process should take about a week.

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Foreigners Registrationn
Foreigners entering India on a visit visa valid for more than 180 days are required to register themselves at the nearest foreigner’s registration office in Goa, Panjim Police Station within 15 days upon arrival. Registration is done only once during the validity of the Indian visa. If you are holding a multiple visa, you can leave the country any amount of times during the validity of the Indian visa.

Foreigners on a single-entry visa wishing to extend stay in Goa can approach the Foreigners Registration officer along with passport, air ticket, 3 passport-size photographs and a request letter in triplicate explaining the reason for the extension. On being granted extension, you will be issued a Registration Certificate that you should carry at all times. On departure from India, this certificate must be handed over to the International Airport Immigration officer after your departure has been sanctioned by the Foreigners Registration office.

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Toll Free Numbers
Police Station 100
Ambulance Services 102
Fire emergency services 101

Foreign Consulate Offices
Italian Vice-Consulate, D-1, Sesa Ghor, Patto, Panjim Tel: 2438944/2438945
Austrian Consulate, V.M. Salgaonkar Bros. Pvt. Ltd, Salgaonkar House, 3rd Floor, Vasco Tel: 2513811/2513816
United Kingdom Consular Office of British Deputy High Commission, Dempo Towers, Patto Plaza, Panjim Tel: 2438734/2438897
Chancellery of the Consulate General of Portugal, LIC Building, Patto, Panjim Tel: 2438041/2438044
Federal Republic of Germany, Cosme Mathias Menezes Building, Rua de Ourem, Panjim, Tel: 2438190/2235526

Airline Offices
Indian Airlines Tel: 2428181/2542444 Toll free No. 18001801407
Air India Tel: 2431100/2541445
Jet Airways Tel: 2438792/2540029
Sahara Airlines Tel: 2230237/2541211
Deccan Airways Tel: 2438950/2542379
Spice Jet Tel: 18001803333
Kingfisher Airlines Tel: 18001800101
GoAir Tel: 1800222111

Ambulance Services
Goa Medical College GMC Tel: 2643357
BAMBOLIM – Goa Medical College GMC (Bambolim) Tel: 2458725/2458917/2458700
MARGAO – Apollo Ambulance – Tel: 2726272
PANJIM – Indian Red Cross Society – Tel: 2224601
PANJIM – Panjim City Round Table – Tel: 2227997
PANJIM – Vintage Ambulance – Tel: 9823059948
MARGAO – Ambulance Trust – Tel: 2730953/2740586
MARGAO – Apollo NUSI Hospital on wheels – Tel: 2862952/2862953
MAPUSA – Mapusa Ambulance Service – Tel: 2262372
VASCO – Ambulance – Tel: 2510024
MIRAMAR – Care Foundation – Tel: 2463185
DONA PAULA – Helpline – Tel: 2453303
MIRAMAR – Esperanca Clinic -Tel: 2224096

Foreigners Registration Office
PANJIM – Police Head Quarters – Tel: 2426545

Hospitals
BAMBOLIM – Blood Bank – Tel: 2458724
CANDOLIM – NUSI Hospital -Tel: 2863333
MARGAO -Apollo Hospital – Tel: 2728888
DONAL PAULA – Manipal Hospital – Tel: 5643111
MARGAO – Hospicio – Tel: 2705664
MARGAO – Blood Bank (Margao) Tel: 2705664
MAPUSA – Vrundavan Hospital – Tel: 2250022
PANJIM – Vintage Hospital – Tel: 5644401
MAPUSA – Remanso Hospital – Tel: 2262466
MAPUSA – Mapusa Clinic – Tel: 2263343
CANDOLIM – Bosio Hospital – Tel: 2276034
PORVORIM – JMJ Hospital – Tel: 2412130
PORVORIM – Mandovi Clinic – Tel: 2415808
VASCO – Cottage Hospital – Tel: 2540864
CANACONA – Canacona Health Centre – Tel: 2643359
CALANGUTE – Calangute Health Centre – Tel: 2276035

Night Pharmacies
PANJIM – Jeevan Rekha Medical Store – Tel: 2435946/5641903
MARGAO – Holy Spirit Medical Services – Tel: 2737569
MAPUSA – Bardez Bazaar – Tel: 2256620/2256409
CALANGUTE Walson & Walson – Tel: 2276366
VASCO – Farmacia Vasant

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Miscellaneous Information
Currency —
The local currency in Goa is the Indian rupee. You can exchange currency Dollars, UK Pound Sterling etc, at any bank or exchange points that are at many places in Goa. Most Resorts, Hotels also have an in-house exchange counter. All major credit cards are accepted.
What to wear —
Goa is the most colorful state when it’s the tourist season. Bright colors and bold floral prints in the most comfortable fabrics are an absolute essential. Goa is the culmination of style and comfort. The clothes ooze attitude and comfort at the same time.

Sun hats, sun glasses and sun protection creams also known as sunscreens, are strongly advised and are absolutely essential in every traveler’s baggage. Cottons and other light fabrics are the ideal clothes to be carried. If you plan to travel in winters, carry some full-sleeved clothes along with you. It can get a bit chilly at times and it is advisable to carry a warm shawl or you can buy one from the local marketplace.

The ideal beachwear is a sarong and of course your bikini. Make it bright and colorful to add to the vacation mood. Other clothes are jeans, shorts, skirts and funky tee shirts. Keep a set of formal attire in case you dine at a deluxe hotel or visit a business center.
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Clothing —
The temperature in Goa ranges between 21degrees Celsius in winter to 35 degrees Celsius in summer. Goa receives rainfall between June and September.

Goa is the most colorful state when it’s the tourist season. Bright colors and bold floral prints in the most comfortable fabrics are an absolute essential. Goa is the culmination of style and comfort. The clothes ooze attitude and comfort at the same time.

Sunhats, sunglasses and sun protection creams also known as sunscreens, are strongly advised and are absolutely essential in every traveler’s baggage. Cottons and other light fabrics are the ideal clothes to be carried. If you plan to travel in winters, carry some full-sleeved clothes along with you. It can get a bit chilly at times and it is advisable to carry a warm shawl or you can buy one from the markets of Goa.

The ideal beachwear is a sarong and of course your bikini. Make it bright and colorful to add to the vacation mood. Other clothes are jeans, shorts, skirts and funky tee shirts. Keep a set of formal attire in case you dine at a deluxe hotel or visit a business center. The people of Goa prefer anything that is easy going and serene so decide your baggage accordingly.

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Communications
Time Difference —
Goa is +5½ hours GMT all year round, and +10½ Eastern Standard Time in the US.
Telephone —
The national code for Goa is 0832; when dialling internationally this is +91 832. Privately run phone offices with international direct dialling facilities are widespread. Both national and international calls are dialled direct and you pay the bill after the call.
Internet —
Most of Goa’s towns and coastal resorts have cybercafes offering internet and email facilities.
Fax —
All major hotels and travel agencies, as well as most STD booths will send and receive faxes.
Post —
Post is slow. Airmail letters take 6-21 days depending on where you are and the country you are mailing to; 10 days is about the norm.
Electricity —
220 volts/50 Hz. Most plugs are European style double round pin but sizes vary. British and Australasian plugs need an adaptor; North American appliances need a transformer too, unless multi-voltage.

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Places to Eat – North Goa
A listing of places to eat while in Goa. Take your pick from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Goan Cuisines.

BEAN ME UP – Main Road, Anjuna.
Cuisine: Great salad bar, burgers and fast food.
ROBERT’S PLACE – Vagator – just off the main road.
Cuisine: Goan, Italian and Chinese.
AFTER EIGHT RESTAURANT – 1/274 B Gauravaddo, Calangute, Bardez, Goa.
Cuisine: – Continental. Specialises in steaks and sizzlers.
BERNARD’S PLACE – Cobra Vaddo, Baga Road.
Cuisine: – Tandoor, Continental and Chinese. A favourite with most European tourists.
BRITTOS – Near Baga Beach.
Cuisine: Multi-Cuisine, Indian and Continental. A must for all Goan food lovers. Right in front of the beach.
THE BANYAN TREE – The Taj Holiday Village, Sinquerim, North Goa.
Cuisine: – Thai and Chinese Food. Excellent setting amidst huge banyan trees, surrounded by a shimmering fishpond.
FIESTA – Baga.
Cuisine: Multi-Cuisine – Mediterranean and Italian Cuisine, Indian, Continental.
GRANPAS INN – Gaumvaddi, Anjuna Beach.
Cuisine: Continental, Indian, Chinese, Goan cuisine.
LILA CAFE – Near the Baga River.
Cuisine: Snacks, café. A charming little breakfast, brunch place on Baga River. A must visit if you are in North Goa.
LITTLE ITALY – Near the Baga River.
Cuisine: Multi-Cuisine, Italian, Continental and authentic Italian food. The decor is very nice especially for a quite evening.
O’ PESCADO – On Calangute-Baga Road.
Cuisine: Chinese. Great food and ambience.
PALMS N’ SANDS – Candolim beach
Cuisine: Seafood and a beautiful views of the sea.
PLANTAIN LEAF – In Calangute Market, very close to the Petrol pump.
Cuisine: Multi-Cuisine, Vegetarian, Indian and Continental.
SOUZA LOBO – On Calangute Beach.
Cuisine: Goan. The food is fabulous, the ambience great and the waiters are welcoming. The fried mackerels are delicious and so are the tiger prawns.
SPARROWS NEST – Next to Petrol pump in Calangute.
Cuisine: Goan. Great place to eat. Reasonable prices and large portions.
MIDAS TOUCH – On Calangute-Candolim road.
Cuisine: Multi-cuisine. Goan, Chinese, Continental. A/c and Non-a/c dining halls. Great food but a bit expensive.
TEAMA – Murod Vaddo, near Candolim beach, opposite Holiday Beach Resort.
Cuisine: Goan. Prawn/fish curry and rice is amazing. Try the pomfret with your beers. Rates are pretty reasonable.
CHINA HIGHWAY – Located on Calangute/Panjim Highway in the fields.
Cuisine: Chinese.Outdoors. Open till late night.
FLORENTINE – Just before Saligao Church, Saligao
Cuisine: Goan, Seafood and Tandoori. Best cafreal in Goa.

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Places to Eat – South Goa

BANJARA – D’souza Chambers Behind Grace Church Margao.
Cuisine: Goan
FIPLEE’S RESTAURANT – Near Maria Hall, Benaulim Beach.
Cuisine: Multi- Cuisine, Indian, Continental.
MARTINS CORNER – Betalbatim Beach.
Cuisine: Goan. Awesome food but takes long to serve. A must visit when in Goa.
ZEEBOP RESTAURANT – Utorda Beach, Opposite Kenilworth Beach Resort.
Cuisine: Goan. Another amazing shack on Utorda beach in south Goa. Excellent food, great ambience.

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Places to Eat – Panaji

SHER-E-PUNJAB – Hotel Aroma, 18th June Road, Panjim.
Cuisine: Non-vegetarian, Indian. Good food although a little cramped space.
GOENCHIN – Mandovi Hotel, Near Mahalaxmi Temple, Dada Vaidhya Road, Panjim, Goa
Cuisine: Chinese, Thai.
DELHI DARBAR – MG Road, opp. Magnum Centre, Panaji.
Cuisine: North Indian Cuisine.
CAFÉ COFFEE DAY – MG Road, Nex to Magnum Centre, Panaji.
Cuisine: Aromatic, Coffee, tea, snacks, fast foods.
MUMS KITCHEN – Miramar-Dona Paula road.
BARBEQUE – Cidade De Goa hotel, Vainguinin Beach, outdoors in a lush tropical space.
Cuisine: Multi-Cuisine, seafood, Indian and Continental seafood is cooked right before your eyes.

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