Goa Beach Holiday

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A break in Goa can be much more than just a holiday. The Indian state has a fast-developing food and drink scene that embraces local and international flavours, as well as stylish modern hotels and ancient traditions. Goa is one of India's richest states with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country. It was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators. Panaji is the state's capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese province; the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961. Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture. It has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, a biodiversity hotspot.

  • Days: 07 Nights / 08 Days
  • Cost: Please enquire
Day 01: Arrival Goa
 
Day 02: Goa
 
Day 03: Goa
 
Day 04: Goa
 
Day 05: Goa
 
Day 06: Goa – Dandeli (135kms/ 3hrs one way)
 
Day 07: Dandeli - Goa (135kms/ 3hrs one way)
 
Day 08: Goa
 
 
 
Day 01: Arrival Goa
 
Arrive Goa airport, meet & greet with our office representative, assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest time for your personal activities relax etc. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 02: Goa
 
Breakfast at hotel, day free for personal activities relax on the beach etc. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 03: Goa
 
Breakfast at hotel, full day sightseeing tour of North Goa covers: Churches of Old Goa, Panjim city, Altinho, Dona Paula viewpoint. Overnight at hotel.
 
Churches: Basilica of Bom Jesus: A World Heritage Site, Preserved body of St. Francis Xavier constructed around 1695. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous for the preserved mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. He was the member of Society of Jesus and came to India to spread Christianity with the Portuguese. Se Cathedral: Largest church in Asia, giant bells and exquisite architecture. Se Cathedral of Goa is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. This magnificent edifice was built in the 16th century under the Portuguese rule in India. The construction of the church began in 1562 and finished in 1619. It was sanctified in 1640. After the construction, the Se Cathedral of Goa was declared to be the largest church in Asia. Church of St. Francis of Assisi: A stunning and charming building, architecture has a combination of Hindu and Christian elements. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi of Goa was built during 1517-1521 AD. St. Francis of Assissi Church of India has now been turned into a museum. Church of St Augustine Ruins: 46 meter high tower, the church was built in 1602 with the combined efforts of 12 Augustinians. They also built a convent besides the church. However, the Portuguese government in India put a ban on them and they abandoned the church and the convent. The Saint Augustine church was considered to be one of the greatest of three Augustinian churches. Now, only the ruins of the front portion of the church and magnificent tower remain. Church of Marry Immaculate Conception: one of the most famous landmarks of Goa. This church is supposed to be one of the earliest churches to be constructed in Goa. The church looks magnificent and stunningly beautiful. The decoration inside the church is relatively simple, still exudes charm and beauty. The church that is present here today was supposed to have been rebuilt in 1619 from an earlier church.
 
Panjim City: the state capital of Goa and is popularly known as the seat of the Government. Panjim is located on the south bank of the wide Mandovi River and is one of India's smallest and pleasantest state capitals. The Panjim town has preserved its Portuguese heritage remarkably well and parts of it still consist of narrow winding streets, old houses with over hanging balconies, red-tiled roofs and numerous small bars and cafe's. Signs in Portuguese can still be seen over shops, cafe's and administrative buildings. Fontainhas, transfers you back into the Portuguese days since it has retained its old charm and character. Within the commercial heart of the city rises majestically, the white-washed 'Church of the Immaculate Conception' founded in 1540.
 
 
Day 04: Goa                   
 
Breakfast at hotel, full day sightseeing tour of South Goa covers: Temples, Old Portuguese Manor, Big Foot (Ancestral Goa). Overnight at hotel.
 
Sri Bhagawati Temple: The temple is supposed to be over 500 years old and is dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja or Eight Handed Goddess. The temple is constructed in a grand style and the entrance is flanked by two statues of elephants. Shri Shantadurga Temple: dedicated to the Goddess known as Shantadurga who is known to be a peaceful form of Goddess Durga. According to legends, she settled a major dispute between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu amicably. The temple is constructed beautifully and is located amidst scenic landscapes. Shri Mangesh Temple: This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The lovely temple attracts lots of devotees and the architecture of the temple follows every norm of the traditional Hindu architectural style.
 
Big Foot (Loutolim): The Big Foot Art Gallery & Local Handicarfts Centre, where works of local artist such as paintings, artefacts, bamboo, cane, clay & terracotta, handmade garments & souvenirs.
 
Sprawling over a nine acre hillock at Loutulim in South Goa, the Ancestral Goa project is an effort to recreate the rural life of Goa as it had existed in the days of yore. Essentially a miniature Goan village, Ancestral Goa is the culmination of the dream and singular efforts of Goan artist, Maendra J. Alvares, who wanted to create a project that, would preserve the heritage of the land and contribute to Goan tourism. A kaleidoscope of Goan rural life, Ancestral Goa depicts the day to day activities of a typical Goan village and also hosts a number of art galleries and artifact centers. This unique project achieved fruition in April 1995 after months of meticulous research, planning and hard work by artist Alvares and his team. 
 
The chief attraction of this open air museum is the "Legend of the Big Foot". "The Legend of Big Foot" revolves around a footprint that was discovered on a rock and the footprint is believed to bring good luck for those who stood upon it. The laterite sculpture of Saint Mirabai in Ancestral Goa has been cited in the Limca Book of Records as the Longest Laterite Sculpture in India. 
 
 
Day 05: Goa
 
Breakfast at hotel, day free for personal activities relax on the beach etc. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 06: Goa – Dandeli (135kms/ 3hrs one way)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Dandeli, check in at resort. Afternoon Jungle safaris by jeep. Overnight at hotel.
 
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary; Experience all the sights and sounds of the lush forests of Dandeli with a wildlife safari. Travel by jeep with experienced guides who will take you on the adventure of a lifetime, and delve deep into the natural habitat of wild animals, exotic birds and unusual reptiles.
 
Travel through beautiful wooded trails and appreciate the rich diversity of plant and animal life as the colours, scents and textures of this extraordinary landscape unfold before you. If there were a ‘Who’s Who’ of exotic creatures then the inhabitants of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary would fill it! Elephants, wild pigs, tigers, rare black panthers, wild dogs, monkeys, deer and mongoose are just some of the fascinating mammals you can see while you are there.
 
Some of the more unusual mammals to look out for in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary are; Sloth Bears are pretty odd looking creatures, they have no upper incisor teeth but have a very long tongue and they just love termites - love eating them, that is! The long tongue and lack of upper incisors help them to suck as many termites into their mouths as possible. They have feet which turn inwards and long claws which they use to dig at termite hills. They also eat other insects, birds’ eggs and honey, and they have been spotted shaking trees and climbing them to get fruit.
 
Barking Deer live quietly in the sanctuary, you would hardly know they are there, apart from their call which sounds like a dog. If you are rowing down the Kali river and think you hear a dog barking - think again! Barking deer are solitary and timid, more usually spotted alone or in a pair than in a group. Be patient (and quiet) if you want to photograph one. The Indian Pangolin is an amazing ant-eating creature, with overlapping scales which make it look like a Medieval knight in armour! These unusual scales are made up of hundreds of tiny hairs compressed together. Like the Sloth Bear, the Pangolin likes to snack on termites and ants and has long claws which it uses to dig them up. When it comes to defending itself from tigers and other predators, the Pangolin curls up into a ball, letting its scales protect it. The Malabar Giant Squirrel or Ratufa Indica is roughly the size of a small dog, with its tail about the same length as its body. It is very shy and, if it senses danger, it will flatten itself on a tree branch and blend in with the foliage. Although predominantly black, colouring can range through mixed red to black and off-white. Keep still and train your eyes on the nearest tree to spot one of these creatures.
 
Local Flora and Fauna and why Dandeli is a bird spotter’s paradise; The forest here is awash with colour, a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees including bamboo and teak plantations. The many fruit bearing trees provide food for the 196 species of birds in the area, and many of the plants are revered for their healing and medicinal properties. For example, the leaves of the Kydia Clycina are used to relieve muscular aches and pains.
 
Some of the birds which inhabit the area are the Great Pied Hornbill, Blue-Throated Barbet, Peregrine falcon and the curious-looking Malabar Pied Hornbill. This bird is quite large and has a yellow beak with a hard, helmet-like bump on top, called a ‘casque’.
 
 
Day 07: Dandeli - Goa (135kms/ 3hrs one way)
 
Breakfast at hotel, morning jungle activities, safari by jeep and Coracle ride. Optional one can enjoy other adventure activities like White water rafting, Rappelling, Adventure trekking, Natural Jacuzzi in rapids, Kayaking, Canyoning, River Side Fishing, Croc Trek, River Island visit etc. (Charges apply for these activities)
 
 
Afternoon drive to Goa, check in at hotel. Rest time free for personal activities relax on the beach etc. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 08: Goa
 
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for your onward destination.