This wonderful hour long cruise is after sunset. Panjim by night is a sight you will not easily forget with dancing fairy lights twinkling at you from the riverfront. The Santa Monica takes you along the Mandovi River from the Santa Monica jetty in Panaji.
While the vessel sails serenely down the river past the beautiful Adil Shah Palace that was once the first building in Panjim City, there is a lot of entertainment on board with young people of Goa, dancing local folk dances, singing mandos and other folk song. After that live or DJ music is played and guests can join in the revelry, singing, dancing or making merry. Men, women and children regardless of age enjoy themselves hugely.
The Adil Shah Palace was the summer palace of the Sultan which was then used by the Viceroy of Portugal and finally by the government of Goa as its Secretariat. Now that a new Secretariat is in use on Porvorim Hill across the river Mandovi, the Adil Shah Palace will be turned into a cultural centre with art galleries and concert halls, etc.
The Santa Monica then takes you past the Panjim riverfront past the jetty and old colonial buildings on past the Promenade with lighted tree lined avenues past Miramar and you look at the city lit up in a glorious comign together of the old and the new. You can see the lights of the huge ocean liners anchored at Mormugao Port and the dark mass of the Aguada Fort. You find yourself transported back in history to the time when all visitors who landed on these shores loved Goa so much they wanted to possess her.
The Santa Monica then turns around and sails back to her jetty along the silent Mandovi, past the pretty cottages of Betim. The cruise is an hour long.
Cost: Rs 300/-