Started in 2016, Goa Sunsplash is India’s largest celebration of reggae music and culture. The annual festival has three music stages, yoga and dance workshops, a flea market, food stalls and panel discussions.
While reggae is the heartbeat of the festival, African, Latin, Middle Eastern, Indian folk and hip-hop music is also featured. Anthony B., BFR Sound System, Bombay Bassment, Dub FX, Macka B., Mad Professor, Reggae Rajahs and Su Real are among the international and Indian acts to have played the festival so far.
The sixth and most recent edition of Goa Sunsplash was a digital instalment in 2021. It comprised 48 hours of pre-recoded performances that were livestreamed on the festival’s YouTube channel.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Goa
1. By Air: Goa’s Dabolim Airport handles both domestic and international flights. Terminal 1 handles all domestic flights coming into Goa from major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata and Indore. All Indian carriers have regular flights operating to Goa. Once you get out of the airport, you can hire a taxi or arrange for a pick up to your destination. The airport is around 26 km from Panaji.
2. By Rail: There are two main train stations in Goa, Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. From New Delhi, you can catch the Goa Express to Vasco-da-Gama, and from Mumbai, you can take the Matsyagandha Express or the Konkan Kanya Express, which will drop you at Madgaon. Goa enjoys extensive rail connectivity with the rest of the country. The route is a soothing journey that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Western Ghats.
3. By Road: Two major highways take you into Goa. If you’re travelling to Goa from Mumbai or Bengaluru, you will have to follow the NH 4. It is the most preferred way into Goa as it is wide and well-maintained. The NH 17 is the shortest route from Mangalore. The drive to Goa is a scenic route, especially during the monsoon. You can also catch a bus from Mumbai, Pune or Bengaluru. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) run regular buses to Goa.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Licensed bars
- Parking facilities
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry light and airy cotton clothes and swimwear if you’re planning to hit the beach.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. Comfortable footwear such as sandals and flip-flops.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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