Hit the shores, ride the waves or simply sunbathe – this year again tourists have thronged Goa for frolic and fun under the sun. This is why Goa has emerged as the top 10 most preferred destination for Indian travelers during summer vacations this year.

According to Trip Advisor’s ‘Summer Vacation Value’ report, Goa has topped the list of top 10 holiday destinations preferred by Indians this summer followed by Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. Munnar in Kerala stood seventh in the list while Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir secured number eighth position followed by Nainital in Himachal Pradesh and Lonavala in Maharashtra, mentioned the report.

The report was compiled according to booking interest data for Indian travelers during the summer travel during the period 1st May and 31st July 2017.

During the last three years, Goa has also added on activities to beat the heat.  Treks into the hinterlands,   hot air balloon rides, Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) double -decker luxury sightseeing tours,  kayaking and water sports activities,  backwater cruises,  scuba diving, angling,  cooling cuisines, cultural extravaganzas,  musical events etc. All this has offered reasons for tourists, and in particular, families to opt to be in Goa for the summer vacations.

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The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar said “Every summer Goa is bursting at the seams with tourists and activities galore. Seeing the enthusiasm and love that Indian tourists have for Goa and the desire to be in Goa during the summer vacations is motivating enough for Goa Tourism and Goa Tourism Development  Corporation to  work on creating new and innovative activities and products to make Goa the most sought summer holiday destination. We have achieved a milestone  in this direction and Trip Advisor’s  Summer Vacation Value Report has rightly positioned Goa as the top  summer vacation destination  for Indian tourists.”

Ami Bhat, an avid traveler, and travel writer had this to say, “This is not really surprising and quite in line with the trend that I see with my audience on my travel blog. The increasing number of queries on my Goa posts and the sharing of information from my website on the various destinations within Goa are clear indicators of how people are enticed by the place. Goa as a destination appeals to not just beach lovers, but also, heritage buffs, adventure addicts, and nature lovers. There is enough to do as an individual as well as a family. With the summer vacations on, naturally, it becomes the best choice for a holiday”

While renowned blogger Faizan Patel said this, “Goa was my perfect summer destination back when in my student days at Manipal with the train tickets just costing 90 bucks and seafood just as cheap. There was something about Goa that used to pull us towards it every other month. The chilled out people and freedom in the air was stupefying. Just go to Goa to feel young and get back amazing memories and tan as a souvenir.”

SOURCE: GOA TOURISM

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