Destinations In India - Goa

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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 varied culture.

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.

Mandovi Cruise

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.

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Waterfall Wonder

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.

Beach Tour

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.

Market Madness

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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Lakshadweep Cruises

The spell bound expanse of emerald isles, Lakshadweep, studded in the blue water of the Arabian Sea unfolds another world in itself.

Five of the inhabited islands (Agatti, Kadmat, Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni) are open mostly to Indian tourists and Bangaram, an uninhabited island, is open to both domestic and foreign tourists.

Water sports facilities like swimming, Rafting, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, catamaran sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available in the islands.

Bangaram Island

The world's 10 best secret beaches (Sunday Times Travel Magazine Feb 8th 2004) that is just an hours’ flight from Kerala’s cultural capital of Cochin. This teardrop shaped piece of land is encircled by creamy sand. For a perfect outing, there are three uninhabited islands in the same atoll, Tinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II. The deep, warm, clear waters of Indian Ocean with its myriad flora and fauna are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity of the world.

The exquisite coral formation including the black coral formations, the variety and number of coral fishes - the angel, the clown, the butterfly, the surgeon not to mention awesome -looking but harmless sharks, mantarays, sting rays moray eels and turtles make diving at Bangaram an addictive experience.

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