Goa has come a long way from just being a panaromic beach
paradise with its charming stretches of snowy velvety white
sands and surf beaches by the crystal clear Arabian Sea. The
wonderous aroma of seafood, the magnificient colours of light
at sunset into the sea definitely consumes one’s heart and
creates a mystical illusion.
Goa obtained its unique identity and a great blend of East and
West culture from the 400 years of Portuguese influence on its
towns and villages. This place truly encompasses scenic
charms, tourist spots, intricate churches and temples,
evergreen hills and mountains and historical forts that have
kept the legacy of Portuguese alive. Take the opportunity to
experience this mystical location and discover exotic and
Highlights of Goa
Take a coach to Ponda where you will visit the famed and
beautiful Shantadurga Temple (dedicated to Goddess Parvathi &
Lord Naguesh) and Mangueshi Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva).
Next take a scenic drive to Old Goa where you can visit the
Basilica of Bom Jesus, which besides its splendour, houses the
body of St Francis Xavier. Head to SE Cathedral which took
eighty years to build and was only consecrated in 1640,here
you will be able to view its many altars and unique bells.
Continue your tour as you go to Panjim for some shopping
before heading back to the ship.
The thriving combination of sun, sand and sea makes Panjim the
perfect spot for some fun and adventure. So, start your tour
with a drive to Panjim Jetty where you will board the local
boats for a cruise along the Mandovi River. As you enjoy this
scenic cruise, you will be entertained by a performance of
Goan folk dancers bearing a tradition of thousands of years.
Browse around the local market for some last minute shopping
before returning to the ship.
For nature enthusiasts, commence your tour by boarding the
coach to Collem, stop along the way for some light
refreshments. Then board a four-wheel drive safari jeep to the
waterfalls. Where you will be able get close to nature as you
to take part in a short trek on foot to the base of the falls
over boulders and bridges fashioned from slender logs. Enjoy a
refreshing swim in the cool clear waters of the waterfall.
Continue your trek back to the waiting jeeps and subsequently
board the coaches for the journey back to the pier.
Mangrove & Spice Tour
For those who love a little excitement! Drive to Cortalim
Jetty and cruise through the mangrove-fringed banks of the
River Zuari in search of the crocodiles that make their home
here. The same waters are also habitat to migrant birds, wild
fowls and are fishing grounds for local fishermen. Drive along
the scenic route to the Spice Plantation where you will be
welcomed with the traditional art of Kumkum and a drink of
fresh coconut will be served. Take a tour of the plantation
with an experienced guide. The plantation is home to a vast
variety of exotic species, medicinal herbs and fruits.
Arrive at Vagator Beach which is a popular destination
adjacent to the Chopora Fort, built in red stone. Head on next
to Calangute Beach which is the most popular beach in the
North of Goa. This once peaceful fishing village, then a haven
for hedonistic hippies, is now Goa’s busiest and most
commercialised resort. For a good time – Goan style, head to
the pubs (Kamaki, Mambos or Titos etc). Drinks purchased are
on your own account. Please note that children will not be
allowed into these premises.
Drive over to Anjuna, a small village in North of Goa and shop
at the famed Flea Market along Anjuna Beach. This flea market
is a haven for hardcore shoppers, to bid on wonderful blends
of trinkets, handicrafts and carvings. This ex-hippie hangout
is still popular with travellers here. Stopover for a quick
photo session of this beautiful place before heading to a
local traditional bazaar known as Mapusa Market. Here you may
shop for items such as spices, pottery and jewellery. Make
your way to Panjim, the capital city of Goa for some shopping
before returning to the pier.
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