Welcome to Goa – the famous beach destination in India. Our representative will meet you at the airport and you will be picked up from airport/railway station/bus stand and will be checked-in at Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax in the hotel or explore the local market or just stroll on the beach and chill out at the beach shacks. Spend the night in the hotel.
Today after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken to sightseeing tour of North Goa including famous beaches. The most popular among them are
Dona Paula Beach
Following a leisurely day on the Goa beaches, it’s time for you to savor some lip-smacking delicacies. Goa is quite popular for its seafood such as oysters, lobsters, prawns and crabs. They are used for making a variety of curries and pickles.
Experience the Goan nightlife in Club Cabana, one of the best nightclubs in Asia. If you want to be with the up market society, party animals from around the world, Bollywood and occasionally Hollywood as well as the model world this definitely is your place to party.
You haven't seen Goa if you haven't visited certain landmarks. Soak in the culture of Goa and learn something of its history in these places:
Fort Aguada: Fort Aguada was built in 1612 and is on Sinquerim beach, near Mandovi river. A source of freshwater within the fort gave it the name of Aguada, meaning "water" in Portuguese.
Mangeshi Temple: A prominent temple in Goa, it is situated in the small village of Mangeshi and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva Temple of Shri Mangesh is Priol-Ponda Taluka, about 22 km away from Panaji. Small temple, with its white tower, a local landmark, is on a small hill. Only Km along the road is Shri Mahalsa, Vishnu temple.
Basilica of Bom Jesus - 9 kilometers from Panaji, standing witness to a milestone event in the history of Christianity, is the world famous church of Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus.
It was the first church in India to be raised to the status of a minor Basilica in 1946. Construction work began in 1594 and the church was consecrated on 15th of May,1605 by the Archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. Dedicated to infant Jesus, this church is most revered among the Goans. The mortal remains of Goa's patron St. Francis Xavier are kept here. Referred fondly as 'Goencho Saib' (Lord of Goa) by Goans, emotions of Goans run high when it comes to St. Francis Xavier. St. Francis was a member of Society of Jesus who came to Goa in a 1542. Although his stay in Goa was short, just four months, but he kept coming back time and again since Goa housed the headquarters of Society of Jesuits in the East. He died enroute to China on December 3,1552. Though he was buried there, his body was brought back to Goa after two years in accordance with his wish. It was then discovered that the body was still intact. The body at that time was laid in St. Paul's church but after St. Francis Xavier was canonized in 1662, it was shifted to Basilica of Bom Jesus where it remains till date. Public viewing is held every ten years. This event attracts lakhs of pilgrims from round the globe. Declared a world heritage site, Basilica of Bom Jesus stands as a fine example of Jesuit architecture.
Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, because it contains the tomb and mortal remains St.Francis Xavier.
Cathedral - The cathedral was built in purist Tuscan style and are fabulous proportions.One of the Chapel of Miracles of the Cross are held, is said to grow in size and healing properties. Heavily gilded central altars depict the martyrdom of Saint Catherine, to whom the cathedral is dedicated.
Experience the local nightlife in Tito's, one of the most happening and popular night clubs of Goa. It has the perfect ambiance and creates a mood to unwind after a long day in Goa. This spectacular pub / night club has become one of the prominent landmarks in Goa and no visit to Goa is complete without spending an evening at Tito's.
If you are looking for a stunning sandy beach, warm waters and waves, Palolem Beach, South Goa is the perfect venue. This beautiful part of Goa, has beach hut accommodation, restaurants/bars along the water and of course the beach itself. The sandy beach is perfect to lay out in and have a cocktail while you relax and look toward the ocean. The water is amazing because it has a pleasantly warm temperature in which you can soak in all day long!
Intoxicate yourself at Club Blue (La Calypso Hotel, Saunta Vaddo, Calangute), a nightlife hotspot and the largest pub of Goa. Enjoy the foot tapping music, heady beverages and exotic cuisine, in an adrenal sing ambiance that will stir your mood.
A large chunk of Goa’s landscape is occupied by a variety of flora and fauna species. There is a total of 6 wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Here is the list of most visited wildlife sanctuaries you will visit in Goa:
Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated along the North East border of Goa at Molem, about one-and-a-half hours’ journey from Panaji (60 kms), the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary covers 240 sq.kms of thick forest clad slopes on the Western Ghats and its valleys and is the biggest of the three sanctuaries of Goa. Some interesting animal sightings of those sheltered in the sanctuary, include the Gaur, Sambar, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Slender Loris, Jungle Cats, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Pythons and Cobras.
Besides flora and fauna, there are many important geological and historical features in this sanctuary. Dushsagar falls, about an hour’s journey from Colem by train, is a feast for the eyes.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
52 kms. from Panaji, it is the smaller of the three wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. More than a sanctuary, it is an ideal jungle resort, a major attraction for school going children and nature lovers.
Its mini zoological Park, Deer Safari Park, Botanical gardens, Nature Education Centre, wildlife and nature trails, and archaeological exhibit attract people through the year. Comfortable cottages are available here for tourists.
Some of the common animals that inhabit the sanctuary are the Gaur and the Sambhar deer.
Zoological Park- A tiny Zoo permits one to see the fauna of Goa in enclosures with natural surroundings. Animal exhibits include, Panther, Lion, Gaur, Sambar, Deers (Spotted, Hog & Barking ), Sloth Bear, Crocodiles, Reptiles etc.
Deer Safari Park- Visitors can move among deers in vehicles inside the sprawling Deer Safari Park housing Sambar and Spotted Deers.
Formal Gardens- Spacious lawns, exotic trees, varieties of roses, and colourful flowering plants in the middle of the forest do please the eye.
Botanic Gardens- The large collection of plants is of interest to students.
Nature Education Centre- The NEC houses several exhibits, which visitors can see, feel and interpret. An attached library provides details to the inquisitive, and video and cine movies are screened on request.
Birds- Bondla is home to over a hundred bird species. For details on bird-watching areas contact the Park Range Office.
Wild Animals- For those seeking greater adventure and excitement, there are watch-towers where wild animals like Gaur, Sambar, Wild Boar can be seen at water-holes.
Nature Trails- For the more energetic the Nature Trails provide information simultaneously affording opportunities to see nature as it is.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
It is covered with dense forest and varied wildlife. The ancient Jeevottam Partagal Math, noted for its Vedic studies, lies in the vicinity of the sanctuary.
The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in 1969 to protect a remote and vulnerable area of forest lining the Goa- Karnataka border. Encompassing 86-sq-kms of mixed deciduous woodland, the reserve is certain to inspire tree lovers. Visitors stand a good chance of spotting monkeys and a couple of wild boars and the Gaur. The sanctuary is best visited between the months of October and March. Cotigao is a peaceful and scenic park that makes a pleasant day trip from Palolem beach, 12-km northwest.
In evening visit the well-known discos in Goa, Paradiso Disco is situated at Anjuna and Vagator Area. The place is full of hippies. The mud structure of the disco is suspended on a cliff overlooking the sea. Its vast three-tiered space has a grotto like primitive feel, comprehensive with "hobbit-worthy" nooks. The disc is open through the night but beware of the drugs which are easily available here.
Once you have your fill of the beaches, you can check out the birds at Goa's bird sanctuary. It’s a lovely way for the family to spend time together outdoors. You might want to wake up a little early because remember, the early riser catches the bird!
Among the mangroves and waterways of the Mandovi River, only 4km east of Panaji, Goa's smallest wildlife reserve makes a fascinating early morning outing, even if you're not a dedicated bird-watcher. The Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary occupies a total area of only 1.8 sq.km on the southwestern tip of Chorao Island, but between October and February this tiny refuge attracts an amazingly rich variety of birdlife that will keep even the most discerning twitchier happy for days.
It is worth visiting one of the many spice plantations in Goa. Here you can see how your favorite spices are grown. The spice plantations in Goa are one among the less known attractions, nevertheless a great diversion to the beach holidays. Savoi spice plantation is one among the oldest in Goa. They provided guided spice tours to explore the cultivation of coffee, pepper, turmeric, lemon grass, cardamom and many other Indian spices. Many of the spice plantation tours are a package which comes with interesting items as authentic Goan lunch, demonstration of distillation of feni, elephant rides, Ayurveda bath – you name it. Some other famous spice plantations in Goa are Tropical spice plantation, Pascoal spice Plantation and Sahakari Spice Plantation.
If you're an Art and Culture buff, not visiting the Archaeological Museum in Old Goa would be quite a shame. Nestled in the convent's portion of the St. Francis De Assisi Church, this museum dates back to 1964 and its 8 galleries possess an enviable collection of more than 8000 artifacts including wooden objects, postal stamps, bronze statues, paintings, clay models, wooden sculptures, pillars, manuscripts and numismatics, mostly gleaned from the Portuguese era. Some of them can even be traced back to the prehistoric period! Much of the original building has been retained- the central courtyard, with its shrine to St Catherine, still has candles burning in front of the statue, and in places you come across reminders of golden days.
Worth checking out are the grey basalt stone statues of Vishnu and a standing Surya Deva, both from the Kadamba period. the stones with Marathi and Persian inscriptions on them, the ivory sculptures of Jesus Christ and the armaments used by the Portuguese in the war such as rifles, swords and daggers.
You can end the day with dining the sea food at the Zeebop by the Sea, one among the best restaurants in Goa. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant is good. The service is fast and friendly.
Today is the last day of the tour. With all the fond memories of this beautiful place, bid adieu to Goa. Enjoy a lip-smacking breakfast in the morning after which you will be transferred to the airport or railway station as per your need for your return journey back to your home.
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