Goa Tour

The state of Goa, India, is famous for its beaches and places of worship, and tourism is its primary industry. Tourism is generally focused on the coastal areas of Goa, with decreased tourist activity inland. Foreign tourists, mostly from Europe, arrive in Goa in winter whilst the summer and monsoon seasons see a large number of Indian tourists. Goa handled 2.29% of all foreign tourist arrivals in the country in 2011. This relatively small state is situated on the western coast of India, between the borders of Maharashtra and Karnataka and is better known to the world as a former Portuguese enclave on Indian soil.

Goa Tour Packages

5 Night 6 Day

Day 1 – South Goa
Arrive at Goa and transfer to The Leela Kempinski Goa. Remaining day at leisure.

Day 2 – Betul Beach – Cape Rama Fort – Palolem Beach
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Palolem beach along the scenic coastal drive. Visit the Betul Beach and Cape Rama Fort enroute to Palolem Beach. Time permitting, visit the Cotigao Wild Life Sanctuary. Return to The Leela Kempinski Goa via the NH 17 visiting Sri Mallikarjun temple on the way.

Day 3 – Madgao – Rachol Seminary – Dudhsagar Falls: Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Madgao. Free time for shopping. Visit the Holy Spirit Church in Madgao. Drive further to visit Rachol Seminary. Cross the Zuari on ferry and continue to Ponda. Visit the Mangeshi temple and Shanta-Durga temple. Drive down to a spice plantation for lunch. Post lunch, drive to the Dudhsagar falls (beautiful in the monsoons).
Return to the hotel.

Day 4 – South Goa – North Goa (Panjim – Fort Tiracol)
Drive down to Panjim – Capital of Goa. Visit the local market and continue to Old Goa and visit the various churches (Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St. Francis of Assisi).
Basilica of Bom Jesus – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The Jesuit church is India’s first Minor Basilica, and is considered as one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.

Se Cathedral – The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army, leading to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Since the day of the victory happened to be on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her. The cathedral originally had two towers, but one collapsed in 1776 and was never rebuilt.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi – The three tier facade have octagonal towers on each side and in the central niche there is a statue of St. Michael. The main entrance is decorated with circular pilasters and rosette band. The central nave is barrel-vaulted while the crossing is rib-vaulted which supports the choir. The internal buttress walls, separating the chapels and supporting the gallery on top, have frescoes showing floral designs. Above the tabernacle in the main altar is a large statue of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus on the cross, statues of St. Peter and St. Paul are seen below. The adjoining walls of nave retain painted panels depicting scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi.

After your visit to the churches, continue to drive on the national highway till Parnem to the extreme noth of Goa to the Tiracol Fort. Overnight at the Fort Tiracol Heritage.

Day 5 – At Leisure

Option 1 – Hire a boat and drive up the Tiracol river and explore the nearby village.

Option 2 – Explore the famous beaches of North Goa – Harmal (Aramboli), Vagaator, Baga and Calangute. Visit the two famous forts of Shapora and Aguada.

Head back to the hotel. Overnight at the Fort Tiracol Heritage.

Day 6 – Departure

Check out from the hotel. Day at leisure for shopping. Head towards the airport for flight back home.

 


 4 Night 5 Day

Day 1 :Welcome to Goa

  • Leisure Day
  • Beach
  • Unlimited Fun
Other Benefits (On Arrival)
  • Sightseeing
  • Cab Airport Transfer

Upon arrival in Goa, an agent’s representative will receive you at the airport/railway station. Transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities and spend the entire first day of your Goa holiday as per your convenience. Explore the local beaches or try out delicious Goan delicacies.

As day one of your trip to Goa comes to an end, come back to the hotel and stay for the night.

Day 2 :Island tour

  • Tour Highlight
  • Dolphin Spotting
  • Boating
  • Grand Island
Other Benefits (On Arrival)
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing
  • Cab Transfer

Have an early morning breakfast and drive to the pristine Coco Beach jetty. Enjoy a boat drive to Grand Island on the second day of your Goa tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Millionaire bungalow and Fort Aguada.

While sailing through the Arabian Sea, spot fun-loving dolphins and other marine species. Indulge in a fun session of snorkelling and get an adrenaline rush. Savour a barbeque lunch at the island, soak in the sun or swim a few laps into the sea to make your trip to Goa more enjoyable.

Towards the end of the day, drive back to the jetty and get transferred to hotel. Enjoy the overnight stay.

Day 3 :Excursion to Dudhsagar Waterfalls & spice plantations

  • Waterfalls
  • Adventure
Other Benefits (On Arrival)
  • Jeep Safari
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing
  • Cab Transfer

After breakfast, head out to the wondrous Dudhsagar Waterfalls and make special the third day of your Goa friends trip. Enjoy a trek to the waterfalls and feed the monkeys. While coming back, enjoy a walk in the aromatic spice plantations. As the third day of your Goa holiday comes to an end, come back to the hotel and stay for the night.

Day 4 :Leisure day

  • Shopping
  • Unlimited Fun
Other Benefits (On Arrival)
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing

Wake up as per your convenience and relish a scrumptious breakfast. Rest for the entire day or go out and indulge in street shopping. After an eventful day, come back to the hotel and stay for the night.

Optional: Request your tour agent to include water sports in your Goa tour itinerary.

Day 5 :Departure

Other Benefits (On Arrival)
  • Breakfast
  • Cab Airport Transfer

Post breakfast, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the airport/railway station to return to your home destination.

3 Night 4 Day

Day 1 – Goa (Arrival)

On reaching Goa airport, meet our IHPL representative who assists while you take a transfer to the resort. On completing the check-in formalities, take some rest for the day. In the evening, you can go to enjoy a stroll around the beach or indulge in your favorite beach activity. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 – North Goa

This morning, you have your breakfast and then start driving towards North Goa. North Goa is dotted with some of the most beautiful beaches of Goa. Dona Paula, Calangute, Baga and Miramar Beach are popular beaches of North Goa. North Goa is home to a number of tourist attractions like Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral.

Spend the day sightseeing around North Goa. You can begin with a visit to “Cidade de Goa”, the original name given to the ‘city of Goa’ which was established long back and now it is called “Old Goa”. Pay homage at the Basilica Bom Jesus, which is dedicated to Infant Jesus. The church has the sacred remains of St Francis Xavier. Also, visit other churches of North Goa including St Cajetan, St Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral and Church of St. Monica. All the churches feature a unique architectural style which speaks much about the heritage and craftsmanship of those times.

Visit the Museum of Christian Art, which is one of its kind museum in Asia. The museum is best known to house a collection of items like gold and precious stones and Rosary’s. You can also visit Archeological Museum.

Later, travel to “Solar Souto Maior”, which is an aristocratic mansion which dates back to the year 1585. The mansion houses a treasure of artifacts.

Return to Panjim, the capital of Goa and as you drive through the city enjoy viewing its unique colonial architecture. Walk through the city and flip back the pages of the Portuguese days. Do visit the bustling markets of Goa and shop for gifts and souvenirs. Enjoy your lunch at Panjim.

Post lunch, head to Baga Beach, which is one the most popular, happening and beautiful beaches of Goa. Enjoy water sports and then you can go for some shopping at the Tibetan market.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 – South Goa

After having your breakfast, head towards South Goa. Today, you will be sightseeing at major attractions of South Goa including Colva Beach, Mangeshi Temple, Santa Durga Temple and some more attractions. Begin with a visit to Margao, the capital of Salcette taluka and headquarters of the South Goa district.

Visit the historical “Largo de Igreja”, the Church square of Margao, which once used to be its colonial quarter. The church square is dotted with beautiful old buildings on one side and the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit on the other. The Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the most grant churches of Goa, which was built back in the year 1564. The church is one of the finest examples of Indian Baroque style of architecture.

Later proceed to “Ancestral Goa”, which is a re-creation of Goan rural life. The village has number of artifact centers, art galleries and open air museums. There is a laterite sculpture of Saint Mirabai in the village, which is one of the longest laterite sculptures in India. The star attraction of the region is the “big foot”, which is a large foot print which was discovered on a rock while excavating the site.

Now it’s time to visit the grand house- Menezes Braganza house, in Chandor. This palatial structure was built back in the 17th century. The house has now been divided into two separate houses, with a common entrance. The east wing is occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, which has a small chapel with relics of St. Francis Xavier. It also has artifacts, collected by the family over a number of years. The house also has a large ballroom and a Salon. Tiles from Portugal, antique chandeliers from Europe and beautifully carved, ornate rosewood furniture adds to the beauty of the house. A few things which give a distinct look to the house include a pair of high-backed chairs, which has the family crest, which was given to the Pereira-Braganza family by King Dom Luis of Portugal. Most of the furniture items set in the house date back to the 18th century and have been prepared using local seeso (martel wood) and lacquered with mother of pearl by craftsmen from Curtorim village. The house also has many items coming from antique aficionados.

The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes Braganza family. The house not only features exquisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, but also a collection of family portraits, which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. There is also a library which is believed to be the first private library of Goa. The library has a collection of 5,000 leather bound books which were personally collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, well-known for playing a key role in Goa’s independence movement.

After the long sightseeing tour of South Goa, head back to the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 – Goa

This is the last day of the Goa tour. Munch some delicious breakfast and then check out of the hotel. Start driving towards the airport and on reaching, board your flight to home

6 Night 7 Day

Day 1

Upon arrival in Goa, drive to the hotel pre-decided for your stay. Starting with your 7 day long excursion, laze on the sandy beaches of Goa. The most popular among them are

  • Calangute Beach
  • VBaga Beach
  • Dona Paula Beach

Following a leisurely day on the Goa beaches, it’s tie for you to savor some lip-smacking delicacies. Goa is quite popular for its seafood such as oysters, lobsters, prawns and crabs. They are used for making a variety of curries and pickles.

Day 2

On the day 2, you will explore the magnificent churches of Goa. The main churches that you will visit include

  • Church of St. Francis of Assissi
  • Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus

Goa is home to some spectacular temples such as Shri Mahalsa Temple, Shri Ramnath Temple and Shri Saunsthan Goudpadacharya Temple. Goa is a destination where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Day 3

On the day 3, explore the Portuguese era forts of Goa. One of the major forts in Goa is Aguada Fort. If you are looking forward to something adventurous, head straight to Dona Paula Beach and indulge in water sports such as scuba diving and water skiing.

Day 4

A large chunk of Goa’s landscape is occupied by a variety of flora and fauna species. There is a total of 6 wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Here is the list of wildlife sanctuaries you will visit in Goa:

  • Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Following the wildlife excursion, visit one of the shacks located alongside the beaches and experience the pulsating nightlife of Goa.

Day 5

If you want to touch the traditional roots of Goa, make a day trip to a miniature Goan village which is more than 100 years old. It is situated atop of a small hill at Loutim in South Goa, which is around 10 kilometers from Margao.

Day 6

The handicraft industry of Goa makes some of the commendable arts and crafts such as clay, bamboo, sea shell and coconut shell. The state is home to several handicraft emporiums. Take a look at the exquisite artifacts of Goa and purchase what you like.

Day 7

On the day 7, your last day in Goa, laze around the beaches, enjoy sun bathing and take a leisurely stroll on the silvery sands before culminating

 


Attract Places for Tourism in Goa

Basilica-of-Bom-Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Shanta-Durga-Temple
Shanta Durga Temple

Dudhsagar-Falls
Dudhsagar Falls
casino
Casino

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Chapora Beach
musium-goa
Goa State Museum


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