- Goa Family holidays
Goa's diverse landscape proves appealing to many, from older travellers keen to experience different cultures, to students taking in the traditional gap year destinations. It's also a fantastic option for cheap family holidays, and although the mention of India might bring to mind the busy towns and cities, the Pearl of the Orient offers everything from rainforests in the monsoon season, to the clear waters and sparkling sand of the Konkan coast - everything you need to give your children the trip of a lifetime to this compelling destination that is much loved by visitors of all ages.
What can kids do in Goa?
There's plenty to do on cheap family holidays in Goa, not just for the children but for the parents too. Check if your hotel or resort offers any organised activities - many will do, and joining in with these is a great way to stay entertained during your holiday. If you're staying on the Konkan coast, then the beaches are one of the best places to spend a day (or several) together, playing in the sand, or safely in the water - just remember to keep children supervised at all times in open water. Many hotels offer kiddie pools which can be a sheltered place for very young children to splash around.
Is the food spicy?
While many people might expect everything on the menu during family holidays in Goa to be spicy, that isn't necessarily the case. The traditional cuisine does include curry, but it is not universally hot - and often the flavours are smokier, as authentic recipes are prepared over open fires. Look out for locally caught fish, which should be widely available either on your hotel's menu, or in restaurants around your resort if you decide to take the family to eat out for the evening.
When is the monsoon?
Monsoon season starts at the end of June, and the heavy rains can be an experience in themselves for young visitors. If your children are at school, the summer holidays are the ideal time to take family holidays in Goa, and experience the diversity of the life-bringing wet season. Alternatively, if you can travel in February, you may be able to attend the Goa Carnival, which first took place in the 18th century and offers a slightly different glimpse of local culture.
Why Goa is so great for families
Visit India with a difference on Goa family holidays. You'll find plenty of family resorts complete with excellent facilities, so that you can all enjoy the break of a lifetime. Sample the superb food, for which Goa has become famous around the world, opening up your kids' eyes to new flavours and styles of cooking. Swim in the warm Indian Ocean or experience the dramatic Monsoon rains first hand. That'll be just one of many family stories that you'll bring back from your trip and tell for years to come.