Deatails of Some Major Tourist Spots & Route Guide
Goa, is the smallest state of India. It is situated on the western coast of Indian Peninsula. The Golden Goa is known for its exotic beaches & lifestyle & is one of the most important tourist destination of the country.
How To Go: Goa can be reached from Kolkata by train upto Mumbai/ Pune and from there one has to change the train and avail Konkon Rail. Howrah > Pune 2024 km/ Mumbai 2216 km.
What to See:
Hills and mountains, rivers and rivulets, ocean and seas- they all are the body constituents of Goa. Both sea-bath and sun-bath are tenderly celebrated in the laps of 40 pretty golden beaches all at the foot of olive-green low-height hills and mountains extended far and wide of 105 km sea coast.
15kms from Panaji and 10 km from Mapusa, 7 km wide bow like Queen of beaches is Calangute and south-linked Candolim (twin) beach of sand-dunes with bushes, covered by Tamarisk tree. Sunset at Calangute marked with the goldenglimpse of sand beach is delicately touchy.
South of Dabolim Airport, 6 km west of Margaon and 40 km away from Panaji is the King of the Beaches-Colva. The silvery coast of Colva, the fringed palm and coconut along the beach are to make the must for tourists.
On the way to Dona Paula, 1 km ahead of the confluence of Arabian Sea and Mandovi river, under the palm shade is Mimamar Beach, being the nearest to the city. The coast is spreaded upto 2 km having fine silvery sand bed.Aguanda gulf is also visible from here.
Mayem is a lake 35 km N-East of Panaji. The lake is well-guarded a landscape of greenery by the four-arms of the hills. One may enjoy boating in lake water. It’s an ideal picnic spot also.
Measuring a gigantic 600 mts from head to foot, are the famous waterfalls called Dudhsagar.Overlooking a streep, falcate-shaped head of a valley carpeted with pristine tropical forest, Dudhsagar waterfalls nestles amid splendid scenery that is only accessible on foot or by train.
Sightseeing Tours of GTDC:
North Goa Tour: Covers Sri Saptakoteshuar Temple at Narve Mayem Lake, Mapusa Town beaches at Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute, Fort Aguada and Panaji Handicraft Emporium. Starting Point: Panaji Dep. 9.30 am Arr 6.00 pm. South Goa Tour: Covers old Goa churches-Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Museum ofChristian art, emples of Shri Manguesh at Priol and Shri Shantadurga Kavle, ancestral Goa at Loutolim, Margao/Colva Beach, Dona Paula bay and Miramar beach. Starting Point: Panaji Dep. 9.30 am Arr.6.00 pm. Dudhsagar Special (Starting Point Calangute/Panaji Wednesday and Sunday only) River Cruises: Sunset Cruise:- Dep.6P.M. 1 hr. Sundown Cruise: – Dep. 7.15 P.M. 1hr. Full Moon Cruise/Special Cruise: – Dep. 8.30P.M. – Arr. 10.30P.M. Dolphin Fantasy. (9.30 am to 11.00 am) Watch the dark graceful water beauties in a playing mood. Sight closely the head lands jutting out into the sea, crowned on either side by Raj Bhawan, Aguanda & Reis Magos Fort. Backwater Thrills: (9.30 am to 4.00 pm) Cruise along the riverrine tip of Islands of Chorao, Divar, Old Goa. Enjoy the endless sight and sounds of Mandovi’s thick mangroves.