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Self-Catering Holiday Rentals in India Goa for Your Home Stay

The stunningly beautiful Indian state of Goa is a real favourite with holidaymakers. It boasts many spectacular beaches, and the region has much to offer. It’s the perfect choice for couples, singles and groups of friends looking for a carefree beach break, and it's also great for family holidays with lots of interesting places to visit. Visit the famous beaches such as Palolem in South Goa. The soft white sand is ringed by coconut palms, and it's one of Goa's most beautiful beaches, attracting a mixed crowd. There is enough here to keep everyone occupied, take a boat to watch the dolphins, or walk to Butterfly Island at low tide, or go for a backwater boat trip on the canals when the tide comes in for just a few rupees. Just to the south of Palolem, Angonda beach is a lot quieter, there are no hawkers on this pretty, shack edged strip of sand so it's great for relaxing. Groups of young friends will love Anjuna beach, famous for being the favoured hangout of hippies in the past, it's still a great place to visit for the Wednesday flea market which attracts big crowds. After dark, the beach shacks play Goa trance and psy trance to a friendly crowd, but most close at midnight because of sound restrictions in the area. The Sunburn Festival is a 3 day extravaganza of electronic music and having your own holiday rental during this period is a great bonus. Your self-catering holiday home allows you the freedom to come and go when you like, so it's a fantastic base for exploring the many faces of Goa. Goa used to be a Portuguese colony and many of its towns still carry reminders such as architecture, Christian churches and local cuisine. Take a trip to Panjim, the state capital, to see India's oldest library. The Central Library dates back to 1832 and was the first public lending library in the country. The INOX theatre is the perfect place to while away an afternoon watching a Bollywood film before trying some of the excellent street snacks, such as 'chaat' or 'bhaaji pao', a favourite all over Goa. Nature lovers will be in their element at the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on the island of Chorao, which is easy to get to from Panjim. Don't miss Old Goa, where those with an interest in history and the past can see the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Church & Convent of St. Francis of Assisi and the Chapel of St. Catherine, or visit the Museum of Christian Art or the Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery. The Basilica of Bom Jesus looks particularly impressive during the yearly Feast of St. Xavier. The Usagalimal rock engravings which can be seen on the banks of the river Kushavati at Usagalimal village are another interesting site, and are thought to be up to 30,000 years old. For those who like the more modern approach, Bollywood movies are as much loved in Goa as in the rest of the country and Miramar Beach just outside Panjim was the backdrop to many of them. Its golden sands, palm trees and warm blue seas are ideal for swimming and sunbathing and there's a good children's playground. The Friday market in the town of Mapusa is a great place to buy Indian breads, Goan spices, traditional sweets, gold and silver, and much more. Try local cuisine in the Hindu or Christian style in Mapusa's excellent restaurants. Between the beautiful beaches and the great villages and towns, you'll never be short of somewhere to go and things to see and do.

Holiday Letting in India Goa for Your Short Break

Choose a holiday villa in Calangute for family holidays, it's ideal for long days at Calangute, Candolim and Baga beaches, or as a base for visiting the many villages and towns in the region. Couples will be sure to love holiday apartments in a gated complex which are just minutes from the beach. There are great luxury villas and apartments to appeal to parties of any size. Singles couples and young families might be interested in some of the cheap holiday homes available. A budget holiday house in Goa is ideal for those who are looking for a bargain break. Choosing a luxury holiday villa or a beautiful penthouse apartment is an excellent way to get extra benefits for your stay. Most villas have their own pool, but going for the luxury option might net you an infinity pool, a Jacuzzi or hot tub and your own lush gardens. A Portuguese villa in Siolim which sleeps 10 might be just the thing for larger groups of friends looking for a holiday taking in the beaches and nightlife of northern Goa, while a cottage apartment with a veranda overlooking the scenic rice fields could be a romantic getaway for a couple. Choose a beautiful holiday house in Goa to enjoy festivals and events in the area, or just book your dream luxury villa to spend your days relaxing by your own pool or experiencing the many different sides to local beach culture. There’s the right vacation home for everyone in this exceptional part of India, and there's always a friendly local welcome.

Best Time to Enjoy India Goa

Summer holidays in Europe are during the rainy, monsoon season in Goa so the beach huts are closed up and the beaches are deserted. The best time to enjoy the many attractions of Goa is from October till June. Christmas is a particularly popular time and renting a luxury villa will ensure you a memorable festive season when the whole state is decorated in red, white and green and there are lots of events and exhibitions. Come in December for the Sunburn Festival, or make Valentine's Day really romantic with your own holiday apartment in Goa to coincide with the excitement and colour of the Goa Carnival. The Easter school holidays are a great choice for family breaks, and your own holiday villa with pool will keep the kids amused all day. One of the best locations in the world for memorable winter holidays, Goa has holiday accommodation to suit every budget and all tastes.

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