How Much Does A Trip To Goa Cost

Among the most popular reasons for tourists visiting India includes exotic vegan cuisine, bargain shopping, medical tourism, and spiritual sabbatical. But among all places in India where one can find these features, the state of Goa offers a completely different face and so much more.

Curiously, Goa is considered as India’s Christian cultural center – the first stop of the pioneering Jesuit (Catholic) evangelical missions in the 16th Century. Just as Calcutta was the British capital during their reign, Goa was the seat of Portuguese influence in the region.

Speaking of bargain shopping, this state has earned a reputation for being one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) places in India – which says a lot considering how the entire country is known for their inexpensive wares. But if there is one thing about Goa that draws both the local and international crowd, it’s the beaches – eight of which are currently gaining global popularity.

Best Time to Visit

Knowing an ideal time to schedule a holiday in any specific place is a matter of identifying which time of the year has the following qualities: lowest vacation rental cost, least volume of visitors, and the finest weather in the calendar. According to Eliot and Me, September proves to be the most favorable month to spend for a value Goa vacation package cost. Here are the reasons why:

  • September is the least visited month of the year.
  • The average vacation rental cost in September is around $44.
  • The highest daylight temperature in September is an average 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • September is the end of the monsoon season, where rainfall is at its relative mildest.

One may consider spending a maximum of two weeks for a holiday in Goa – one week for an independent leisurely itinerary and another for an organized tour. Please take note of this suggested date in reflection to the exact cost of plane ticket and accommodations: September 25 to October 9, 2017.

india-1121506_640Flight Costs via PriceLine

The first thing any traveler must consider when it comes to overall expenses is the price for a plane ticket. For people traveling from the United States, it takes more than one stop to reach Goa via plane. Fortunately, one can book a round trip to Goa for less than US $1,000. So, how much does a trip to Goa cost? Please refer to the table below for a more detailed analysis:

Flying from:Ticket CostAirline/sOutbound Flight DeprturesReturn Flight Departures
New York (EWR)$870.66Air India1st: to Mumbai (BOM) at 2:15 PM
Last: to Goa (GOI) at 4:50 PM
1st: to Mumbai (BOM) at 6:45 PM
Last: to New York (EWR) at 1:30 AM
Los Angeles (LAX)$968.66Delta Air Lines1st: to Amsterdam (AMS) at 4:50 PM
2nd: to Mumbai (BOM) at 11:00 AM
Last: to Goa (GOI) at 5:20 AM
1st: to Mumbai (BOM) at 6:35 PM
2nd: to London (LHR) at 1:45 AM
Last: to Los Angeles (LAX) at 5:10 AM
Chicago (ORD)$835.59Air India1st: to New Delhi (DEL) at 1:30 PM
2nd: to Mumbai (BOM) at 5:00 PM
Last: to Goa (GOI) at 9:05 PM
1st: to New Delhi (DEL) at 2:10 PM
Last: to Chicago (ORD) at 9:05 PM
Washington DC (IAD)$929.96United Airlines
Air India
Jet Blue
1st: to Newark (EWR) at 8:15 AM
2nd: to Mumbai (BOM) at 2:15 PM
Last: to Goa (GOI) at 4:50 PM
1st: to New Delhi (DEL) at 2:10 PM
2nd: to New York (JFK) at 1:45 AM
Last: to Washington DC (IAD) at 12:31 PM
 

Best Accommodations

Ticket price is just one part of the entire budget equation. Another important question aside from ‘how much does a trip to Goa cost’ is ‘how much does living in Goa cost.’ The most important aspect of the (temporary) cost of living is the price for shelter. Granted that one has relatives in Goa that offer a decent and comfortable place to stay, this part of the budget is already negligible.

For strangers with no relatives or friends sharing a living space, choosing a temporary home is a matter of considering a balance between cost and comfort. One can find quality accommodations for less than $55 per night. Please refer to the table below for a list of top-rated value properties:

12-night stayProperty nameProperty typeFeatures
$267Sea View ResortBeach Resort1 restaurant on site, free parking, outdoor pool, WIFI, and airport shuttle
$282Moradia dos QuadrosBed & BreakfastRoom service, free parking, WIFI, airport shuttle, and pets allowed
$310Quarto Eco RoomsBed & Breakfast1 restaurant on site, room service, free parking, and WIFI
$385Taalva MorjimBed & BreakfastAir conditioning, room service, free parking, WIFI, and airport shuttle
$389Hotel the CitadelHotelAir conditioning, room service, free parking, WIFI, and airport shuttle
$423Bella VistaBed & Breakfast1 restaurant on site, air conditioning, room service, free parking, WIFI, pets are allowed
$450Hotel SeagullHotelAir conditioning, room service, free parking, outdoor pool, WIFI, airport shuttle, and pets are allowed

Note: It is important to remember that outbound flights from the United States may take a maximum total of 48 hours to complete. The following details in this table pertain to a 12-day reservation beginning two days after the scheduled flight to Goa (September 27, 2017)

Smart Consumer Guide

When it comes to the cost of living, the most meticulous part of the vacation budget focuses on the price for food, transportation, and outdoor leisure. One of the many travel blogs about Goa estimates the overall per day budget to be approximate, $11.32. This figure already includes the following:

  • Eating out (twice a day) and drinking out
  • Bike rental (plus fuel cost)
  • Groceries and shopping (basic retail goods)
  • Activities (e.g. workshops, yoga, cooking classes)

All about taste

As mentioned earlier, Indian cuisine is one of the most important highlights in experiencing a memorable vacation in Goa. As far as dining out is concerned, there are about more than a dozen bistros cafes that are not only categorized as world class but also very affordable.

However, knowing where to eat and drink in Goa is not so important, especially considering that this state has over 7,000 legally registered bars. Whether one eats out or cooks at home, one must never miss trying out some of Goa’s best dishes. Check out the following local recipes on the list:

  • Bebinca – a Portuguese-inspired flat rice cake
  • Kulkuls – sugar-glazed deep-fried dough curls
  • Perad – traditional cheese made from ripe guava
  • Bolinhas – coconut cookie with sweet filling
  • Doldol – sticky pudding made from coconut and jaggery
  • Chorizos – a link of spicy Spanish sausages
  • Molho and Balchao – fiery red seafood pickles
  • Kokum squash – local fruit mashed into juice (sherbet)

Tourist attractions

Goa is one of the several places in India that caters to a wide variety of travelers. It is considered a haven for ‘history buffs,’ especially the types that seek remnants of a period stretching back at least 500 years in the past. In terms of religious pilgrimage, it is also a home shared by Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus with traditions that survived for several centuries.

Goa is also an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts – being home to some of India’s unique marine and forest species. Most importantly, as mentioned earlier, it is one of the best places in the world looking for impressive beaches. One can refer to the list of Goa’s top destinations in the table below:

Site nameAttraction typeLocation & DateVisitor info
Aguada FortHistorical heritageCandolim, Goa
Built in 1612
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
No entrance fee
Baga BeachNightlife venueCalangute Village, North Goa6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
$6 to $7 budget (food & drink)
No entrance fee
Bom Jesus BasilicaReligious heritageGandhi Circle, Old Goa
Built in 1605
Inscribed in UNESCO in 1986
9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (Mon to Sat)
10:30 AM to 6:30 PM (Sun)
No entrance fee
Dona Paula BeachBoardwalk venuePanaji, Goa6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
$7 to $40 (food & drink)
No entrance fee
Dudhsagar FallsNatural heritageMandovi River, Sonaulim, Goa11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Entrance fee: $6.27
Dr. Salim Ali Bird SanctuaryNatural heritageCharao Island, Goa6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entrance fees:
- $0.16 for Indians
- $1.57 for foreigners
Cam fees:
- $0.31 for still cam
- $2.35 for camcorder
Naval Aviation MuseumHistorical heritageVasco Da Gama, Goa
Inaugurated in 1998
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fees:
- $0.31 without cam
- $0.78 with cam
Palolem BeachHoneymoon venueCanacona, South Goa6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
$7 to $47 budget (food and drink)
$18.81 for boat ride
No entrance fee
Pandava CavesReligious heritageBicholim Taluka, Goa
Built around 600 AD
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
No entrance fee
Shanta Durga TempleReligious heritageKavalem Village, Ponda Taluka, Goa
Built in 1739
6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
No entrance fee
Usgalimal Rock CarvingsHistorical heritageUsgalimal Village, South Goa
Dates back to 8,000 BC
Discovered in 1993
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
No entrance fee

Shopping guide

As mentioned earlier, shopping is one of Goa’s best vacation highlights. Among the most popular souvenirs, one can bring home from this place includes spices, port wines (e.g. feni and urrac), sea shell accessories, coconut handicrafts, and pop culture prints (especially by the late local artist Mario Miranda). The best places to find them? Remember these following places:

  • Anjuna Flea Market
  • Calangute Market Square
  • Mapusa Market
  • Marcou Artifacts
  • Night Bazaar at Mackie’s
  • Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora
  • The Big Foot Museum

Packaged Trips

Any meticulous traveler can effectively crunch the numbers and create a smart budget plan given the information featured earlier. An easier alternative, however, involves paying for organized vacation packages. As mentioned earlier, a good half of the entire two-week vacation could be left in the hands of local tour services as a helpful walkthrough for first-timers.

So how much does a trip to Goa cost if one pays for organized tours? Interestingly, the lowest estimate for a four-day Goa vacation package costs less than $150. These are the three packaged trips one can book online:

 Splendour of GoaLustre of GoaOff-beat in Goa
Cost$101.61$109.43$125. 06
SellerJD Travels OnlineWOWGOYatra.com
InclusionsAccommodations:
• 2-star hotel
Meals:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Transportation:
• Airport shuttle
• Shared vehicle sightseeing
• Boat cruise
Accommodations:
• 3-star hotel (with WIFI)
Meals:
• Breakfast
Transportation:
• Airport shuttle
• Shared vehicle sightseeing
Extra Coverage:
• Driver's allowance
• Road tax
• Parking tax
• Toll tax
• Fuel charges
Accommodations:
• 3-star hotel (twin-sharing)
Meals:
• Breakfast
Transportation:
• Airport shuttle
• Shared vehicle sightseeing
Optional Coverage:
• Goa to Mumbai round trip flight
Sightseeing Destinations• North Goa
• South Goa
• Mandovi River
• North Goa
• South Goa
• Fort Aguada
• Baga Beach
• Calangute Beach
• Candolim Beach
• South Goa (half-day)
Payment Policy• 30 days or more before departure: 50% off booking fee
• 29 days to 15 days before departure: 25% off booking fee
• 14 days to 1 day before departure: full payment
Note: Effective until December 15, 2017
• 30 days or more before departure: 75% off booking fee
• 29 to 15 days before departure: 50% off booking fee
• 14 to 1 days before departure: full payment
Note: Effective until March 31, 2018
• 30 days or more before departure: 75% off booking fee
• 29 to 20 days before departure: 50% off booking fee
• 19 days to 1 day before departure: full payment
Cancellation Policy• 30 days or more before departure: 50% cancellation charges
• 29 days to 15 days before departure: full cancellation fee
Note: Effective until December 15, 2017
• 30 days or more before departure: 0 cancellation charges
• 29 to 20 days before departure: 75% off cancellation charges
• 19 to 10 days before departure: 50% off cancellation charges
• 9 to 4 days before departure: 50% off cancellation charges
• 3 days or 1 day before departure: full cancellation fee
Note: Effective until March 31, 2018
• 30 days or more before departure: 75%
off cancellation charges
• 29 to 20 days before departure: 50% off cancellation charges
• 19 days to 1 day before departure: full cancellation fee

Travel Guide

Information is one of the smartest investments that relatively increase the overall value of the holiday budget and limited promos (e.g. special Goa vacation package cost). Paperback travel guides, for instance, provides helpful tips that any prospective traveler can relate on a more personal level.

A book titled Goa & Mumbai published by Lonely Planet was released worldwide in 2015.

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