Goa

03 Nights – 04 Days (Destination Covered: Delhi – Goa – Mumbai)

Goa








Goa
Day 01 Arrive Goa
Transfer to the airport to connect flight to Goa. Upon arrival, the guests will be met & transferred to the hotel.
GOA – It’s 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West. Rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02 Goa
Fullday sightseeing our Goa – Visit Old Goa, the most important Cathedrals and churches – namely Se-Cathedral, Church of St. Francis Xavier, St. Catherine’s Church, Arch of Vice Roy of Goa. Miramar Beach – This is the only beach close to any city and hasa good view of the river Mandovi flowing into the sea. Also visit Dona Paula fishing village which is a small village at the tip of Panaji, the place has a very good viewpoint and a monument at the same place. Overnight at hotel
Day 03 Goa
Full day at leisure for own activities and to enjoy the facilities of the resort. Dinner & overnight at the hotel
Day 04 Depart Goa
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi or Mumbai.
Tour Concludes with happy memories & drop to departure point.
Return home with happy moments/

TOUR COST (Per Couple)

*All rates are subject to change without prior notice
** All inclusions mentioned above may not be included in packages with Economy and Budget hotels

Terms & Conditions:
Transfers and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary.
The package does not include guide services. These can be availed at an additional cost.
Package rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Meal plan: EP – Accommodation only, CP – Accommodation with breakfast, MAP – Accommodation with breakfast, lunch or dinner, AP – Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner
Refund on cancellation depends upon concerned hotel’s cancellation policy
Tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice
You can choose from the optional tours below:
Water sports tour
Includes: Pick up from hotel, Jet Ski, Parasailing, Water –Ski, Speed Boats, Banana-Ride, Windsurfing, Waterfalls and spices tour.

Includes: Travel from your hotel, and enjoy the breath taking journey to the village of Collem. Visit museums, Old Goa, passing through the Bagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary would then take you to the foot of the waterfalls. Spice Plantation, and Elephant ride or Elephant wash drop to hotel.
Island Trips with monkey beech tour

Includes: Pick up & drop from hotel, Dolphin Sightseeing, fishing and some fun snorkeling.
Crocodile + Bird Watching + Old Goa churches tour

Includes: Pick up & drop from hotel, boat trip, various snacks, fruits, beer, mineral water or soft drink and museum
Fishing tour

Includes: Pick up & drop from hotel, bottom fishing, travelling fishing, crab catching, and boat riding.

Jungle Book tour

Includes: Pick up & drop from hotel, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Shanti vintage mud huts , elephant ride, wash, Show and Bull-O-Cart Ride, Village tour(short walk – a la phantom style) and camp fire, Shanti waterfalls. yoga and Accommodation and all meals,
Dudhsagar waterfalls tour (Dudhsagar Waterfall in Goa is amongst the top 100 highest waterfalls in the world)

Includes: Pick up & drop from hotel, Transfer to 4 wheel Drive Jeep that will take you up to the mountain to the dudhsagar waterfall, spend your time by calm fresh water bath.
Snorkeling and scuba diving tour

Includes: Pick up from hotel, All necessary snorkeling equipment and drop to hotel.
Dolphin Boat Trip tour

Includes: Pick up from hotel, Boat Ride, and drop to hotel
Night Fun and Shopping tour

Includes: Pick up from hotel, Sunset Cruise, enjoy night beach shacks in Goa, Boat Cruise at night, candle light dinner in the beach side, and shops in Goa

7 Nights / 8 Days (Destination Covered: Mumbai – Goa – Cochin – Mumbai)

Goa

Day 01 Arrive Mumbai
When you arrive at the Mumbai international airport, our representative arranges for your transfer to a hotel booked already for you .Here you will be accorded after a traditional welcome. Enjoy dinner and sleep well in the cozy comfort of the hotel.
Day 02 Mumbai
After breakfast, today enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Mumbai. You will visit the famous Juhu Beach, take a stroll here and enjoy the famous bhel puri,pani puri,shev puri and variety of other beach food here.
Then we go to Gateway of India which can be called the landmark of Mumbai and also Elephanta Caves here you will find intricate sculptures of Hindu Gods among other tourist attractions. You will also enjoy a film shooting in the evening, in a film studio in the Film city .
Overnight you stay at the hotel in Mumbai.
Day 03 Mumbai – Goa
In the morning, we arrange for your transfer to airport to board a flight to Goa. On arrival at Panjim in Goa our representative will arrange for your transfer to the hotel. Spend the day relaxing in the sun kissed Dona Paula beach. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Goan Carnival , which is a time for merrymaking, feasting and drinking. Here you will find exquisite synergy of song, dance and wine. Taste the delectable Goan cuisine .
Goa’s Carnival is a major attraction for the tourists who arrive here for its unlimited revelry and fun.
Night is spent at the hotel.
Day 04 Goa
Today after breakfast, you will visit and explore the many fascinating tourist attraction like the popular Anjuna beach, Baga beach, Arambol Beach, Colva beach, Bogmalo Beach,The Fort Aguada , Get the feel of rural Goan fishing village, beautifully created on the grounds of the hotel. Here you will find displays of the artistic skills and also enjoy the village dancers swaying rhythmically to the music of a local band
Enjoy dinner at the hotel and we call off the day.
Day 05 Goa
The day is spent today in total relaxation ,you can also take part in various beach activities like water skiing, water sailing etc. In the evening, settle for some mouthwatering seafood barbecue on the beach under a starlit sky.You have the options to cook the food on their own on skewers over a campfire while the soft notes of the guitar played by a local musician wafts in the air.

Night is spent at the hotel in Goa.

Day 06 Goa – Cochin (Kochi)
Today we leave early after breakfast to catch a flight to Cochin, which is popularly referred as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea.” On your arrival at the airport, your transfer to the hotel is arranged. In the afternoon, we go for a sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the famous Chinese Fishing Nets, which line the northern coast of Fort Cochin, Mattancherry Palace, here the shoreline is crowded with tiled buildings painted in pastel colors . Then we visit the Saint Francis Church which is the first European church in India. In the evening, enjoy an memorable boat cruise on the enchanting backwaters of Cochin KeralaHere taste avial ,payasam and other delicious , Kerala cusines.
Night you spend at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 07 Cochin
Today you will enjoy an enchanting tour of typical Kerala villages. Here the laid back life of the villages will appeal you a great deal. You will cruise through the country boat made of wood or Ketuvallam and pass through beautiful lush green landscape. Visit Kottayam and other small islands all along the way to glimpse the traditional rural life.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 08 Cochin – Mumbai
Today on the last day of your Goan Carnival Tour you will be transferred on time to the airport for a flight to Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai, you will be met by our representative who will get you transferred to the hotel. In the evening, take a stroll on the streets of Mumbai and get a feel of this city which is always on the go also treat yourself to some delicious snacks like Bhel, Vada Pav, Lucknowi kabobs, North India chats etc.
When you return to hotel have your dinner and we will arrange your transfer to Mumbai International Airport to board a flight to return back home.
Goan Carnival Tour offers you enjoyment to the full as you can see the major tourist attraction in Goa,Cochin and Mumbai and also enjoy the carnival of Goa. Not to be missed at all , contact Goa-Travel.com for tour booking of Goan Carnival Tour.

About Goa

Goa, a state on India’s West coast, is a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Spread over 3,700 square kilometers with a population of approximately 1.4 million, Goa is small by Indian standards. It has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year (including about 400,000 foreign tourists).
Since the 1960s, Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors — first the hippies and returning expat Goans, then the charter tourists (starting with the Germans in 1987), pilgrims visiting Catholic and Hindu shrines, those opting to settle in Goa as their home, people going for medical treatment, and a growing number of those who attend seminars and conferences in Goa.

Culture

Goan culture has been shaped mainly by the Hindu and Catholic population. People are mostly easy going ( ‘sossegado’ in Portuguese). With better connectivity by Air and Rail, there has been an influx of people from neighboring states that has led to different cultures. Many Indians from other states have now come and settled here.
Goan Catholics generally acknowledge their Hindu roots, and carry traces of a caste-system within their social beliefs. It is recorded that in many instances the Hindus left one son behind to convert and thus continue to own and manage the common properties while the rest of the family preferred to emigrate to neighboring areas along with the idols representing their Hindu deities.

Over the years large numbers of Catholics have emigrated to the major commercial cities of Bombay and Pune and from there onward to East Africa (to the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique), to Portugal itself, and towards the end of the 20th century to Canada and Australia. Many old Goan ancestral properties therefore lie either abandoned or mired in legal tangles brought about by disagreements within the widely dispersed inheritors of the property. In recent years, expat Goans have been returning to their home state, often purchasing holiday homes along the coast (which are then converted into ‘rent back’ apartments, hired out to short-staying tourists by realtors).
The best time of the year to visit Goa is mid-November to mid-February when the weather is comfortable, dry and pleasant.

Goa’s links with Portugal

Apart from the consulates there are cultural organizations active in Goa, with the Portuguese again being most active.
Fundação Oriente has a large presence in Fontainhas, the Latin quarter of Panjim, and sponsors cultural events that add variety to Goa’s cultural scene. However, it faced some major problems when it was first set up. Goa’s uneasy parting of ways with its former Portuguese rulers, and lingering ultra-nationalism amidst a section of freedom fighters could be seen as some of the reasons. The Fundação has also been subsidizing a book-publishing plan which has helped put out more Goa-related titles in what is otherwise a small but colourful market for books dealing with a tiny region of South Asia.

  • Fundação Oriente Delegation in India 175, Filipe Neri Xavier Road Fontainhas Panjim Goa 403 001 Tel : 0832 – 2230728/2436108 Fax : 0832 – 2230291 Email : oriente@sancharnet.in / foriente@dataone.in
  • Centro de Língua Portuguesa/Instituto Camões AGVA House 9/32 Dr. Dada Vaidya Road Panjim Goa 403 001 Tel : 6647737 Email : clpicgoa@gmail.com Contact : Dr. Miguel Lume
  • Fundação Cidade de Lisboaa Dias Building, 1st floor Rua de Ormuz Panjim Goa Tel : 2223969 Contact : Dr. Jorge Renato Fernandes
  • Indo Portuguese Friendship Society Santosh Building Near CBI Office Altinho Panjim Goa Tel : 2436875 Contact : Francis Menezes, President / Gopal Vernekar, Secretary
  • Dempo Centre for Indo-Portuguese Studies Dempo Trade Centre Patto Plaza Panjim Goa 403 001 Tel : 2437849 / 50

Holidays

For a state which has a lot of people passing through, Goa has nearly two weeks of holidays each year. Government offices have a five-day week (closed Saturday-Sunday). Panjim closes early (around 8PM) each evening, and shops here could have a fairly longish siesta break (from around 1.30PM till up to 3.30PM). Goan shop owners take this siesta break seriously, and no business is conducted during this time. Bars, restaurants and other shopping centers are more buyer-friendly.
Major public or special holidays are around Christmas, Republic Day, Id-ul-zuha, Gudi Padva, Good Friday, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi (both days), Gandhi Jayanthi, Dussehra, Diwali, Id-ul-fitr, Feast of St Francis Xavier, Goa Liberation Day, Mahashivratri, Holi and Id-e-milad. Banks may remain open during local religious celebrations.
Expect a huge influx of tourists and locals residing in other states during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and the Carnival, which is celebrated at the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar. It is advised to make bookings for trains, buses and flights well in advance if you intend on visiting the state during these times.

Regions of Goa
North Goa (Bardez, Bicholim, Pernem, Ponda, Sattari, Tiswadi)
The northern talukas.
South Goa (Canacona, Mormugao, Quepem, Salcette, Sanguem)
The southern talukas.

By Indian standards, Goa is a very small state with only two districts -North and South Goa. These districts are together further divided into 11 talukas. These divisions, however, don’t make much sense for a traveller. North and South Goa are similar, and each has its own “coastal” and “interior” areas. The major division in Goa is actually between the central coastal areas where the beaches are located and the hinterland. The coastal areas were under colonial rule for longer, reflecting more of Portugal’s influence, including having a relatively larger Christian population. The interior is more Hindu, and has more protected forest areas, mining zones and villages.
Contrary to popular perception, Goa is not an island, though parts of what was considered “Goa” in the past were cut-off from the mainland by the many rivers this region is known for.

Cities

Goa’s “cities”
For a state which claims to be “half urban”, Goa has a surprisingly large number of villages. Even its “cities” are more like small, crowded (in Panjim’s case, scenic) towns. Currently, not one city has a population significantly more than 100,000, though some are close to it. The villages can be charming, and in a world of their own, though sadly, tourism and the real estate boom it engineered is seen by locals as destroying the very place the visitors come for.

  • Panaji (Panjim, also referred to a Ponn’je in Konkani, and earlier called Pangim and Nova Goa during Portuguese rule) – the state capital
  • Margao
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Old Goa, home of famed sixteenth century churches, convents and monuments
  • Mapusa

Goa also has a number of other smaller, charming and sometimes crowded towns such as those along the beach belt (Calangute, Candolim), and in the interior (Chaudi in Canacona, Sanvordem-Quepem, Bicholim, Pernem town, etc). Some of these are gateways to the nearby touristic areas. In addition, Goa has some nearly 350 villages, often scenic and each having a character of its own.

Other destinations

Beaches

  • Agonda — also known as Turtle Beach
  • Anjuna and Vagator
  • Calangute
  • Candolim
  • Colva
  • Dona Paula – a popular beach.
  • Palolem
  • Polem
  • Bogomolo – a beautiful and serene beach near Vasco da Gama.

Wild life sanctuaries and others

  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary has sambar, gaur (Indian bison) and wild boar, amongst other animals. Elephants have also been spotted here at times.
  • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dudh Sagar Waterfall

Talk

Goa’s state language is Konkani. Most Goans speak Konkani, English, Hindi, and Marathi. Portuguese is also known by a small segment, especially the elite and earlier privileged class or the older generation which studied in pre-1961 Portuguese-ruled Goa.
Different languages tend to be used for different purposes in Goa. Konkani is the most widely spoken. English and Marathi tend to be most widely read (most newspapers are read in these two languages too).
Catholics largely use Konkani for their prayer services, while the language for religion is largely Marathi for Hindus. The administration is largely conducted in English, which is also the language of publication of the official gazette, and the language mainly used in the courts.

Poster of a Konkani film from the 1960s, Goa, India.

It can be rather difficult currently to learn Konkani, with options for learning rather restricted. The language is written in four to five scripts, in and beyond Goa — Devanagari (the official script), Roman or Romi (widely used in Goa), Kannada-script, Malayalam-script and Perso-Arabic, reportedly used by some Muslim communities further south along the Indian west coast. Recently, books to learn Konkani in the Roman script have also been published, making it easier for those not knowing the Devanagari script (used to write Hindi, Marathi and other languages) that is the officially-recognized script for Konkani in Goa.

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