Goa tourism is flourishing like never before, and the place is flocked with tourists round the year. Hiring a car and driving around Goa is very easy, allowing tourists to experience Goa on their own terms.
Although car rentals have desks at Goa Airport, it is better if tourists book their cars beforehand.
###Car rental companies at GOI
Avis, Car rentals in Goa, Goa 2 U, Rental cars, Rent a car Goa, Go Goa Rentals, and Self-drive India provide car rentals at Goa Airport.
###Rates and reservations
Eligible drivers can hire hatchbacks, sedans, and vans. The rates listed are per day charges for an average A/C 6-seater car such as Toyota Innova with boot space for 2 bags. For more information, tourists can access the car rental companies’ websites. All prices are correct as of August 2015.
Car rentals in Goa: 1,600 INR
Goa 2 U: 2,300 INR
Rental cars: 5,000 INR
Rent a car Goa: 3,000 INR
Go Goa Rentals: 1,800 INR
Self-drive India: 4,300 INR
###Driving from GOI
Goa Dabolim Airport is located around 26 km south of capital city Panjim and almost adjacent to the nearest city of Vasco Da Gama. Highway 17 is the quickest way to get to Panjim.
Driving is on the left side of the road and steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle.
Tourists are advised not to drink and drive and rent a car with a driver in case there are plans to visit nightclubs.
Tourists should be careful and alert about two-wheelers (lots of them), animals crossing the road, ice-cream carts and vegetable vendors, overtaking that takes place from both sides, locals not using indicators and brake lights, lots of honking, and vehicles using only one headlight at night.
Tourists are advised to top up the fuel tank at every petrol station lest they run out of fuel and are forced to use adulterated fuel in 1-litre plastic bottles sold on the roadside.
Not all hotels in Goa will have parking space for rented cars, so make sure to check with your hotel.
###Car renting tips
Make sure the car rentals you’re considering are all legal with yellow number plates on their cars.
Google Maps is enough to drive around Goa. That said avoid relying on maps completely when you go out of Goa because it doesn’t indicate the road conditions.
Choose on the basis of your needs, comfort and budget.
Booking beforehand helps you avoid last-minute abusive charges.
Tourists need to be of 18 years of age to drive and rent a car and should carry their valid International Driving Permit.
###Places to visit
The gorgeous Goa weather, especially in winter makes visiting the place an absolute delight. Places to visit in Goa include the many a gorgeous Goa beaches such as Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Chapora Beach, Baga Beach and even lesser known gems such as Majorda and Palolem. The Basilica of Bom Jesus which houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Goa’s most iconic places. One shouldn’t miss out seeing the Dudhsagar Falls located around 50 km east of Goa.
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