Goa was a colony of the Portuguese from the 16th century until it was annexed by India in 1961. It was the twenty-fifth state in the Union States of India. Goa gained statehood in the year 1987. The capital of Goa is Panaji, and the largest city is Vasco da Gama. South Goa District forms an integral part of the entire southern part of Goa state. The Arabian Sea lies to the west of the district. The district lies on the Western Ghats rich with flora and fauna and is famous for white-sand beaches, nightlife, places of worship and other world heritage sites.
The cost of the tour is Rs. 399. In this tour, you will visit the South Goa district. There are several places in South Goa where one can go and have fun to their fullest. The trip will include a visit to all such places. The timing is scheduled from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm.
Sightseeing Trip Details:
This Sightseeing Tour will cover the following places in Goa.
This beach is located hardly three kilometers from Panaji. The beach is filled with clean and soft sand along with clear water which makes it a hotspot for evening walks and early morning strolls. Coba Raj Bhavan Hillock nearby is famous for its adventurous activities. There are a large number of shops selling souvenir items lined up in one corner of the beach. And the other best part of this beach is there is no entry fee.
When you visit Goa an hour of cruising should always be on your to-do list. It is a delight for the eyes to watch these intelligent and playful mammals play and feed in the wild. This trip is not all about dolphin spotting. This trip will take you for sightseeing nearby places such as an abounded jail, Agunda Fort, millionaire goldsmith’s bungalow. The cost of the Dolphin trip is three hundred rupees per person.
Dona Paula Beach
This beach is located seven kilometers from Panaji. The beach is very popular as a lover’s paradise. It lies in the southern part of the rocky headland where rivers Mandovi and Zuari meets the Arabian Sea. Explore and enjoy eating the Goan food and cuisine in the local well-maintained eateries serving seafood.
Old Goa Church
One of the oldest churches in Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Its construction started in 1594 and was completed in 1605 by Archbishop Dom Father Alenio de Menezes. It is a UNESCO declared world heritage site where the mortal remains of the Parton Saint of Goa Saint Francis Xavier can be found. The feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated every year on 3rd December.
Se Cathedral Church
This church is located in Old Goa. It was constructed in honor of the victory of Afonso de Albuquerque over the Muslim army. Since victory was achieved on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was built in her honor. The architecture of this cathedral is Portuguese-Manueline, the exterior and interior are Tuscan and Corinthian, respectively.
Mangeshi Temple is located at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Pondtalu. It is at a distance of 21 km from Panaji. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Mangueshi is recognized as Lord Shiva only in Goa. The original location where the temple was built is presently the location of village Cortalim. The Portuguese destroyed this temple when Salcate was added to its territory.
Shanta Durga Temple/ Tirupati Balaji Temple
It is at a distance of 30 kilometers from Panaji. It is a privately owned temple complex that belongs to the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community. This temple is one of the famous attractions in Goa. It is dedicated to Goddess Shree Durga.
Sunset river cruise
A holiday to Goa would be incomplete without an evening on the Sunset River Cruises. Most of the cruise trips are for one hour with a ride across the Mandovi River till the Miramar Beach point. The cruise trips are usually accompanied by Goan cultural activities like Music, Dance, etc. The cost of the Sunset River Cruise is Rs.499 per person.
The trip cost includes a visit to all the places mentioned above along with A/C vehicle pick and drop facility to and from the hotel. Pick and drop facility is available in the Calangute, Baga Arpora, Nagoa, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul and Panaji Bus Station. The facility is available only from the main roads, and for the other areas, the transport will be charged extra. However, this cost does not include any extra expenses such as charges for a video camera, still camera, soft drink, or any other cost arising out of an unexpected situation.