Exploring Goa – X – The Airport


Kartik Kannan offers the first visuals of Goa. As your flight crosses the wall across the land overlooking the Arabian sea, you see the beautiful town of Vasco. Whether it’s sunny or rainy, Goa can entertain you either way. The next series aims to understand a bit about the Goa airport and how you should get to Panjim from there.

Goa International Airport  more commonly known as Dabolim Airport, is an international airport located in the village of Dabolim in Goa, India. It is the only airport in the state and operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase named INS Hansa. It is 4 km from the nearest city Vasco da Gama, 23 km from the South Goa district headquarters Margao and 30 km from the capital city Panjim.

An Interesting quip, was that the airport was built by the Portugese goverment in 1950, which had only one  local airline TAIP (Transportes Aéreos da Índia Portuguesa), connecting it to destinations as diverse as Daman & Diu, Karachi, Mozambique, and Timor.

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The Goa airport, located at Dabolim is quite a basic and small airport, with a few shops inside the airport. As you come out of the Dabolim airport, you find cabs avaialble for service. If you fancy a drive, my advice to you is to call up Just dial before your trip, and schedule a car rental operator someone to drop in a car for your, where you rent a self driven vehicle. The going rate is around 900-1200 INR for a compact car, usually with a deposit of close to 5000 INR.

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Once, you’ve got the rented car, soak in the lovely views that the Goan monsoon has for you. The Monsoon generally begins by June and extends until September.

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Do keep a lookout for this house, close to the airport. A path opens down right to the beach amidst plantations around the house. I’d love to take a break in such a setting. Not sure if it’s a commercial property, but a little fantasizing never hurts, doesn’t it?

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Some of the better monsoon drives in Goa, are along the two bridges that connect Dabolim to Panjim. Do pause a bit to stare at the trains running on the parallel bridge across a river.

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If it rains heavy while you are on the drive, make sure you keep your windows clear. If nothing helps, it’s a good time to get cozy in the car, if you are a couple!

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