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What You Should Know More About Old Goa

  • Travel Advice:

    • Understanding the culture: Old Goa is visibly different than most of India. This ancient city owes its unique culture and traditions to the Portuguese rule who managed to isolate the beautiful paradise on earth from the rest of India for approximately 451 years. It may take time for you to understand and absorb the sudden change while you’re on a holiday in Old Goa but give it time and you will surely feel like home at this location too.

    • Eatables and water: The thing with Old Goa is the fact that it is not exactly the modern-kind, extremely developed city. While one may be able to find all necessary requirements at this place, the eatables and water are quite suitable only for those who are habituated to it since birth or perhaps, a very long time. Thus, ensure that your body takes lightly to the change of food and water and then consider switching to it for the whole of your stay.

    • Transportation: Most of Goa is quite connected when it comes to trains, boats or local transport. What’s more? There are numerous agencies that provide cars and bikes on extremely affordable rents as well. You can consider road travel when it comes to Old Goa. It’s fun, cheap and will help you gain a new perspective towards the entire city all together.

    • Drinking Laws: The legal drinking age in the whole of Goa is 18, so no worries there. You will be able to obtain alcohol just about anywhere – restaurants or shops. However, it is always better to be safe than be sorry later on. Moreover, it is advisable not to overdose yourself with the local liquor cause it can get quite potent and therefore, fatal.

  • Things to do in Old Goa:

    • Rafting in Valpoi: Are you an adrenaline junkie? You should try this out even if you aren’t! Valpoi – a rafting site situated in Old Goa offers visitors with sessions of this thrilling activity. Indulge in this amazing white-water rafting experience and get refreshed. There are many other places that you can opt for this activity in, including the Mandovi river.

    • Fishing trip by the wonderful beaches of Old Goa: Indulge in this unique activity. This time around – enrol for one of those fishing trips in Old Goa that will not only help you enjoy your time but also give you a better insight into the numerous fishing techniques and procedures inculcated by the professionals at hand. You can opt for these delightful fishing expeditions in place like Agonda beach, Vagator beach, Chapora river and others.

    • Cycling tour through the old streets of Old Goa: There are special session organizes for those who are interested in exploring this beautiful city on a cycle. Groups get picked up at 9 a.m. most days wherein cycling sessions include starting at the Divja circle and embarking through the delightful regions consisting of traditional houses, ancient holy temples and churches and verdant expurgating greenery.

  • What will you like in Old Goa:

    • Spice plantations tours: There is another type of joy in acquiring first-hand knowledge regarding the numerous farming styles and insights into the farming life from these age-old spice planters in Old Goa. There are specially organized tours that start early in the morning and take you through the famous plantations of Old Goa such as the Dudhsagar plantation among others.

    • Catch butterflies at the Shrusti Butterfly park of Old Goa: Things wouldn’t get as exciting as enthralling oneself at one of the most successful conservation projects in the whole of India. Visit the Shrusti Butterfly park and enjoy the sight of over 25 different species of butterflies flying around you. This is rooftop garden and one can conclude this beautiful journey with some memorable pictures.

    • Spiritual attainment at Basilica of Bom Jesus: Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest churches existing in the whole of India. It comprises of richly gilded altars and reeks of the rich catholic world that once the Portuguese introduced. This cathedral is the primary pilgrimage for christains as well as hindus come from all around India to pay their respect to St. Francis Xavier who was enshrined in a silver casket back in 1553.

    Old Goa is not all about partying. There is much more to this place than meets the eye. There are many other fun-filled activities that you can indulge in while you’re at this place.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Goa Govt. Tourism 


    Others: 

    Goa Sight Seeing


    Books to read on Old Goa: 

    Love Goa, Reflected in Water, Moving to Goa.


Traveller Tales from Old Goa

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Suryakanta Patil

17 January 2016

It was my life’s most memorable vacation, the most amazing thrill inside water where i played with dolphins, watching the famous Fort Aguada from the sea was an exciting experience for me.

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Purushottam Bandopadhyay

05 March 2016

I was provided with all the required training and equipment before snorkeling so there was no problem inside the sea. It was my first experience with the sea life and was simply awesome.It was the first time when i tried my hands at fishing ,though i wasn't successful. The view ,the feel ,the food and beer served really made my day.

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Sachin Naik

31 December 2015

Wao!! embarking on the exciting snorkelling activity thereafter and exploring the diverse marine life is the most thrilling thing i have done in my life. Thanks to my guide and the trainer and for makng it safe and soothing experience for me.

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Apsara Deshpande

24 April 2016

I will advice every visitor in Goa not to miss out this crazy fun as i can assure you snorkeling trip in Goa can be best experience of your life. If you are looking for a marine life experience go for it guys!!

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Eekalabya Naik

09 May 2016

Simply a WOW experience! swimming with dolphins, Living the life under water and not to forget the view from the island along with Food and beer.I am surely doing this again with my gang...

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Pete Greatorex

23 February 2017

"Didn't see any dolphins unfortunately but a great day out nevertheless "

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Dharani Pandey

23 January 2016

Goa is full of eye catching locations and one of them is the Green Island, very popular for water activities like , snorkelling and dholphin sighting. I was there with my college friends, and it was a three days trip there, we actually had there for some sports activities only. Recomened by many friends andd teeachers we went there. Had an amazing experience , i was swimming with dolphins and i can not forget that moment. Discovering the marine life was almost like discovering a new world for me. Hope we could have stayed a bit more there. But the mony spent on the trip was totally worth it.

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Aanandaswarup Pothuvaal

12 October 2015

While snorkeling i had those vibrant and colourful underwater animals and plants that were looking so beautiful. Would like to live these moments again.The trainers were really supporting and helpful that made it all look safe and easy. Being a foodie, i really enjoyed the food that was served. In short i can say that i enjoyed every penny spent on this snorkeling experience.

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Ajit Jain

12 October 2015

It was my first time at Snorkeling and i must say i am really going to cherish the underwater scenic beauty for a very long time.All safety measures were handled so perfectly by the trainers. Food,Beer and island,it was a perfect ending to this once in a lifetime experience!

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