Goa : The most comprehensive
beach resort in the country, Goa is approachable from Bombay by air.
Goa’s coastline provides endless sun drenched crescents of sand.
Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute and Candolim stretch out in an
unbroken palm fringed line. Other beaches are at Miramar and Colva.
Parasailing, yachting, windsurfing, and deep sea diving are some of
the more popular water sports, facilities for which are available. In
addition, every sort of accommodation fringes the beaches, from deluxe
resorts to budget lodgings Inland, 451 years of Portuguese rule has
imbued Goa’s towns and villages with a unique culture. Whitewashed
chapels and churches that dot the landscape are surrounded by sleepy
villages and rice fields.
Panjim, the capital city, and Margao, an important town, have
private houses and government buildings that date back to Portuguese
times. Old Goa, now deserted, has a collection of Goa’s largest
churches: Se Cathedral with its Iberian exterior, Bom Jesu which
enshrines the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and the starkly
beautiful Convent of Saint Monica are a few of these. Mapusa, a market
town, comes alive every Friday with a quaint pavement bazar.
: Road. 597 km. Motorable, but requires an overnight stay at
Chiplun, tourist facilities provided. Air: Indian Airlines connecls
daily with Bombay.
: Vasco da Gama, 35 km away, is the nearest railhead.
Deluxe : The Fort Aguada Beach Resort and The Aguada
Heritage,The Taj Holiday Village,The Oberoi Bogmalo Beach
Resort,Majorda Beach Resort,The Leela Beach, Goa Renaissance Resort,
Cidade de ’Goa, Old Anchor.
Standard : Whispering Palms, Dona Sylvia, Fidalgo, Baia Do Sol,
Mandovi, Dona Paula,Golden Goa, La Paz, Nova Goa.
Budget : GTDC runs tourist hostels at Panaji, Calangute, Mavem,
Tirekhal Fort, Molem, Mapusa, Margao and Vasco da Gama.
: Sea level to 1022 mts.
Climate (deg C): Summer- Max. 33, Min. 26; Winter-
Max. 31, Min. 20.
Rainfall : June to September (350 cms).
Best Season : October to May (Peak season
December to February).
Goa (Dabolim Airport) is connected by Indian Airlines and Air India
to Bombay, Bangalore, Cochin, Delhi, Madras and Ahmedabad.
Fare : Bombay-Goa: Rs.1031/-(Y), Rs.1434/-(J)
Private Airlines such as East West, Goa Way also operate flights to
Rail : Vasco-da-Gama and Margoa are connected by train with
Bangalore, Belgaum, Hospet, Hubli and Hyderabad and via Miraj to
Bombay, Delhi and Agra.
Fare : Bombay to Vasco-da-gama (via Miraj): Rs.654 (I),
: Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected by road to
Bangalore-598 kms, Belgaum-157 km, Bombay-594 km, Gokarn-154 km,
Hospet-315 km, Hubli-184 km, Karwar-103 km, Kolhapur-246 km,
Malwan-150 km, Mangalore-371 kms, Mysore-696 kms, Pune-458 kms,
Ratnagiri-263 kms, Vengurla-73 kms etc.
Bus : Service:
Kadamba Transport Corporation. MSRTC and KSRTC operate frequent bus
services between Panaji, Vasco, Margao and to Bangalore, Belgaum,
Gokarn, Hubli, Karwar, Kolhapur, Malwan, Mangalore, Miraj, Mysore,
Pune, Ratnagiri and Vengurla.
: Ship services between Bombay and Goa organised by Damania.
Distances : Panaji to Baga beach (18 kms), Bondla
(55 kms), Calangute (16 kms), Dabolim Airport (29 kms), Mapusa (13
kms), Margao (33 kms), Old Goa (10 kms), Terekhol (42 kms), Vagator
(22 kms), Vasco-da-gama (30 kms), Ponda (28 kms).
: Local buses, auto-rickshaws and motor-cycles/taxis
CONDUCTED TOUR :
Development Corporation (GTDC) organizes following conducted
tours from Tourist Hostel, Panaji, Tel: 43396/47103.
: Visits Mapusa town, Sri Saptakoteshwar Temple at
Narva, Mayem Lake, Beaches at Vagator, Anjuna and Calangute and
Departure daily at 0930 to 1800 hours from Tourist Hostel, Panaji.
Fare : Rs.100-125 Non A/c Luxury, Rs.175/- A/c Luxury.
: Visits Bom Jesus Basilica and Se Cathedral (Old
Goa) Churches. Sri Mangueshi and Shantadurga temples, Colva Beach,
Margoa Beach, Bogmala Beach, Dona Paula, Bay and Miramar.
Departure daily at 0915 hours from Tourist Hostel, Panaji.
Fare : Rs.100-125/- Non A/c Luxury, Rs.175/- A/c Luxury.
River Cruise :
Down the Mandovi River on the `Santa Monica' with live cultural
Departure daily at 1800 & 1915 hours from steamer jetty, Panaji.
Fare : Rs.100/-.
Dona Paula Bay (7 kms),
Old Goa (10 kms) with its Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral,
Archaeological Museum and other churches, Mangueshi Temple (22 kms),
Shantadura Temple (33 kms), Calangute (16 kms), and Baga Beach (18
Beaches of Calangute-8
kms, Baga-10 kms, Arambol/Harmal-31 kms, Anjuna-8 kms, Vagator-9 kms
& Mandrem-30 kms (both via Pernem).
Temples of Shri Dutta &
Shri Vithal at Sanguelim (25 kms), Temple of Sapta Koteshwar at
Narve (24 kms) and Temple of Kalikadevi at Kansarpal (14 kms).
Church of Mae de deus at
Saligao (10 kms), Church at Monte de Guiri (2 kms).
Mayem Lake (21 kms),
Arvalem Waterfalls (29 kms).
Terekhol Fort (30 kms).
Beaches of Colva (6
kms), Benaulim (8 kms), Majorda (8 kms), Varca (10 kms), Cavelossim
(15 kms), Mobor (18 kms), Betul (16 kms), Agonda (40 kms) and
Palolem (47 kms).
Cabo de Rama (21 kms).
Ranchol Seminary (8
Shree Damodar Temple at
Zambaulim (22 kms) and Shree Shantadurga Temple at Fatorda (18 kms).
Cotigao Wild Life
Sanctuary (33 kms), Dudhsagar Waterfalls (59 kms by train)
From Vasco :
Margao Harbour-3 kms,
Bogmalo Beach-9 kms, St.Jacinto Island-7 kms Velsao Beach-10 km,
Kesarval Springs-15 km & Pilar Seminary-19 km.
From Ponda :
Temple or Tambdi
Surla (70 km) dating back to the 12th century in Sanguem. Mayem
Lake (35 km) from Panaji, a popular picnic. spol. The Molem
Wildlife Sanctuary is en route to Belgaum.
Such as windsurfing,
Dinghy Sailing, Water-Skiing, Parasailing etc. are organised by
various hotels & by GTDC, Agua Sports Assn,Goa Yatching Assn & Dona
Paula Sports Club.
Government of India,
Communidade Bldg., Church-square
Panaji- 403001, Tel : 43412
centre, Tourist Home
Tel : 45583, 45715, 44757
FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN GOA
Fort Aguada Beach
Resort, Sinquerim, Bardez, Goa 403 519, Tel: 87501-9
Sailing (Enterprise class) - Windsurfing - Water-skiing -
Parasailing - Motor-boat rides (2, 25, 40 & 90 h.p.)
Sinquerim Beach, Bardez, Goa 403 519
Windsurfing - Water-skiing - Canoeing - Water-scooter rides
Sinquerim Beach, Bardez, Goa 403 519
Goa Tourism Development
Corporation, Lake Resort,
Mayem Lake, Bicholim, Goa 403 504 (Tel: 6515, 4132) - Pedal-boat
rides - Dinghy sailing
Aqua Sports, 5th floor,
Nizari Bhavan, Menezes Braganza Rd.,
Panaji, Goa 403 001 (Tel: 6584, 6967) - Motor-boat rides (15, 40 h.p.)
- Water-scooter rides - Scuba diving - Snorkelling - Fishing
Association, P.O. Box : 33, Panaji, Goa 403 001 Tel : 3261-64
Dinghy sailing - Windsurfing
Dona Paula Sports Club,
Dona Paula, Goa 403 004.
Water-scooter rides - Motor-boat rides
Cidade-de-Goa, Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula, Goa 403 004 (Tel :
Windsurfing - Dindhy sailing - Water-scooter rides - Water-cycle
rides - Motor-boat rides (30, 40, 150 h.p.) - Parasailing -
Water-skiing - Toboggan - Ski-biscuit - Ski-bob - Skurfer -
Sports-fishing - Snorkelling - Harpoon Fishing - Kayaking - Sailing
Yacht (7.4 mts. for coatal cruises)
Bogmalo Beach, Bogmalo, Goa 403 806
(Affiliated to ISSA and has qualified instructors as well as
teaching aids and equipments)
Windsurfing - Body boards - Dindhy sailing - Catamaran rides -
Water-scooter rides - Motor-boat rides (40, 80 h.p.) -
Water-skiing/Fun skiing - Parascending - Diving/Snorkelling - Scuba
diving - Canoeing - Fishing
Hotel Oberoi Bogmalo
Beach, Bagmalo, Goa 403 806 (Tel : 2191)
Windsurfing - Body boards - Motor-boats rides - Water-scooter rides
- Parasailing - Water-skiing
Majorda Beach Resort,
Majorda, Salcette Goa 403 713 (Tel : 20025)
Water-skiing - Windsurfing - Water-scooter rides - Motor-boat rides
Varca, Salcette Goa. 403 721 (Tel : 23611)
Windsurfing - Water-skiing - Parasailing - Snorkelling - Jet-ski
rides - Motor-boat rides - Banana boats - Surf boards - Body boards
The Old Anchor,
Cavelossim, Salcette Goa 403 731 (Tel : 6345)
Windsurfing - Water-scooter rides - Motor-boat rides
The Leela Beach, Mobor,
Cavelossim, Salcette, Goa 403 731 (Tel : 6363)
Winfsurfing - Sailing (Enterprise class) - Dinghy sailing - Boating