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.
Keep this day for exploring the Old Goa. You can start with Fontainhas, the ancient Portuguese neighborhood in Goa. This area is quiet, peaceful and has the historical charm in it. You can feel the Old Colonial Goa here. Fontainhas is a heaven for a lover of offbeat environment. Next, you can visit Keri- a village in Goa famous for Ayurveda, located about 8 kms from Ponda. The typical Goan architecture and scenic surroundings are mesmerizing and worth not to be missed.)
You can experience the local cuisine in any of the restaurants in Keri. Post lunch you can start the other half of the day from Se Cathedral and later on visit many monasteries, monuments, cathedrals, ruins of churches, nunneries and shrine visible in every nook and corner. You can then go for some local shopping at Mapusa Market.After wandering throughout the day rush to Souza Lobo's, one of the best restaurants serving best fresh seafood in the city. Though this place is always crowded, it is the most preferred restaurant by all tourists and localities.
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 can dedicate this day for the beaches in Goa. There are many beaches in Goa, out of which I have picked the ones which are not to be missed.
Anjuna Beach: perhaps the most crowded beach in Goa with a charming coconut grove in the backdrop and a famous flea market in the vicinity.
Palolem Beach: a very calm beach, with colorful and vibrant Calangute. A must see for experiencing solitude and peace. It is the best place for kids to have a look at the dolphins and enjoy a boat ride.Boat trips come in all shapes and sizes in Goa, providing a special experience for the children. There are hovercraft adventures along the Mandovi river and relaxing pedal boats for hire at Panaji's Dona Paula jetty. The boat cruises each have a particular focus, ranging from onboard cultural performances to wildlife spotting. It is fairly common to see kingfishers, eagles, dolphins and crocodiles living along the Mandovi river. Fishing can also be incorporated into these boat cruises, and every resort and hotel can organise one for you.
Calangute and Baga Beach: The Calangute is known as the Queen of all Goan beaches. If you are talking about the best places in Goa, this place comes first. The panoramic view of the beach makes you feel out of this world.
You can end the day with dining vegetarian food at the Home, one among the best restaurants in Goa. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant is good. The service is fast and friendly.
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.
Indulge yourself throughout the day in water sports such as Scuba Diving, Banana Boat Ride, Jet skiing, Parasailing etc.,
Scuba Diving is one sport that is growing in popularity in Goa. From Dona Paula jetty or from Aqua Marine in Panjim it is easy to take a diver, rent scuba gear and arrange for an instructor. With 5 to 10 m of underwater visibility, you will be able to see coral heads, lobsters, bright colored fish and shells.
Barracuda Diving located in Sun Village Resort, Baga Arpora offers daily dive trips and guided wreck dives. They also offer customized itineraries. They encourage snorkelers and accompanying guests.
Apart from water sports, the best way to spend time with friends is playing beach volleyball or taking a swim in the beach.
Banana ride is not only a popular water sport for kids, but it is equally popular among adults. It is considered to be a favorite water sports in Goa.
For those who are speed lovers then Jet-skiing is the sport for you. In Goa jet-skis will surely provide you an exhilarating experience. The best time to go for this adventure sport is from September to March.You can take up the sport in the beaches of Colva, Calangute, Candolim, Miramar, Arossim, Benaulim, Utorda, Rajbaga and Mobor.
Parasailing is another most sought after adventure sport in Goa. This challenging sport is an enthralling experience for all thrill-seekers. Parasailing gives you the opportunity to cherish the splendid view of sea and the beaches.Parasailing is done around Sinquerim-Candolim-Calangute. Other popular parasailing sites are Arossim-Cansaulim and Utorda Stretch, Mobor Beach and Miramar.
After all the fun filled activities in water, you can have a glimpse of the city's nightlife .One of 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.The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days except Fridays and entry is free for children below 15 years. A ticket to enter the museum costs Rs. 15.
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.
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.
Enjoy a great breakfast in the morning. After the breakfast, you will be taken for South Goa sightseeing. You will be visiting beaches of South Goa like Colva, Benaulim and Margoa. Here you can enjoy shopping in the flea markets or go for different water sports activities. Due to less crowd, South Goa is quite peaceful than North Goa. So enjoy your day and take a stroll in the sand at these pristine beaches. A visit to Goa would remain incomplete if you do not go to the crowded Miramar - the "Chowpatty" of Goa.Morjim is the home to Olive Ridley Turtles. October to March is the season when you can see them so take a chance! Ashwem Beach nearby is however the show stealer! Some best south Goa beaches are –
To take an Ayurvedic body massage at The Neem Leaf can be golden stud for your Journey.
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.
Mr. Manoj Nain
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