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Best Things To Do in Old Goa

Undoubtedly, Old Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, and not only Indians but people from across the globe come to visit Goa. A popular misconception among the people is that Old Goa is all about beaches, adventure water sports, and basking in the sun while enjoying an amazing nightlife; which people think to be the best things to do in Old Goa. But, the Northern Goa, or the Old Goa, also known as Velha Goa is much more than just beaches and water sports.

 

The Velha Goa is a historic city in the North Goa district, and  Bijapur Sultanate constructed it in the 15th century. It also served as the capital for the Portuguese people in India from 16th century onwards, but, during the 18th century, plague got spread and due to this the peopled abandoned Old Goa. One of the most astonishing facts about the old Goa is that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is a plethora of tourist attractions that make old Goa a must visit place. One of the things that you won't find anywhere else in India is the splendid Portuguese architecture. There are several historic churches in old Goa and each of these have a social and verifiable noteworthiness. The Bom Jesus Basilica, one of the most popular churches in Old Goa is  considered as one of the finest representations of the exclusive Baroque architecture. There are some churches which represent the Portuguese-Manueline architectural style.

So, if you are a history lover, there's a lot to explore in Old Goa. Also, one can enjoy a lot of water sports activities in Old Goa, including kayaking in the scenic backwaters. One can also take a cycling tour, and explore the Goan culture as well as the historic remains. Another unique attraction in Old Goa include the spice plantation tours and the crocodile sightseeing where you can witness these huge reptiles in their natural habitat. To summarize Old Goa, these are some of the best things to do in Old Goa.

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Cycling Tour of Old Goa - Flat 15% Off 3 Hrs ₹ 1709 5.0 star View Details
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    About the Activity:Reach the starting point (near Divja Circle) at 7:30 AMStart cycling at Divja Circle, near Panaji Bus Stand.Embark on this amazing cycling adventure that provides you with some of the best scenic landscapes.Delight in the beauty of traditional houses,...

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    About the Activity:Embrace yourself to start the activity from a traditional sluice gate in the village of Penha de Franca and enter the Chorao Bird Sanctuary, acres of wetland with exotic water birds and mangroves. Paddling along the narrow channels, you will be transpo...

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    About the activity:Get ready for an exciting snorkeling and dolphin sighting experience in Goa this holiday season! The experience begins after you gather at Miramar BeachFrom here, you will be embarking on a fully insured boat sail to Grand Island, witness  the famous ...

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    Experience biking with a ferry camp at Ribandar, near Panaji and get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of this region.Your bicycles are waiting for you at Divja Circle, just 5 minutes’ walk from the Panaji Bus StandAfter a quick briefing on how to use bicycle gears,...

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    About the activity / tour with details:  If basking around in nature is something you love to do, then Amboli is the place you need to see! The sights around are a treat for the eyes, and those with a keen sense of photography can click away to their heart delight! Th...

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    Nuvem

    About the Activity:Enthrall in this entertaining and exciting game, paintball along with your friends and feel the fun and thrill as you play this game in Nuvem,Goa.This game is the best to tests your game planning skills and synchronization with the team members. This p...

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    About the activity: Spend a day out cruising along the back waters of the Zuari River in a giant canoe.Start your tour after getting picked up from your hotel from Baga, Calanguate,Candolim at around 8:30 AM in an air conditioned.Grab a chance to see some of Goa's exo...

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    About the Activity: Delight in this amazing excursion that begins at around 08:00 AM after getting picked up in an air conditioned vehicle from Candolim, Sinquerim,Calangute and Baga.You will be transferred from your hotel to a jetty that will take you to the Grand ...

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    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting tour that gives you the double teat of Kayaking combined with crocodile watching in its natural habitat.Feel the adrenaline rush as you start kayaking in the waters and overcome the currents.As you paddle up the River Mandovi at...

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    About the Activity:If you love acquainting yourself with the various farming styles and the love to explore the deep insights of the same, this tour is a perfect fit for you.Embark on this amazing tour at around 7:00 AM and experience the traditional farming style of Goa...

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    About the Activity:Commence your tour after getting picked up from your hotel at around 9:00 AM in an air- conditioned car.Visit the spice plantation in Goa for an hour to get an insight into the medicinal and culinary properties of Indian spices. Explore various fruits,...

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    About the Activity: Begin this sightseeing trip at 11:00 AM, you will be transferred from your hotel to Mandovi river in an air conditioned vehicle for a delightful 1 hour river cruise.Post this amazing cruising experience, you will be driven past some famous histor...

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    About the Activity: Visit the pristine waters of the sun-kissed beaches of Anjuna and Vagator Beach. Spend some leisure moments while relaxing on the beach.Start this exciting activity after getting picked up from your hotel in an air conditioned vehicle at around 9:...

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    About the Activity: Embark on this amazing spice plantation walk tour at around 9:00 AM and get a chance to enjoy the incandescent beauty of this region. Enjoy your afternoon at spice garden, relax under the dense forest cover while enjoying the tangy aroma of a vari...

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    Nerul Bridge
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    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting cycling tour and get a chance to witness the amazing beauty of this region as you ride.Your cycling expedition at around 4:00 PM in the evening along the Nerul Creek begins from Amigos, under the Nerul Bridge. Follow a dirt trac...

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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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Annapurna Gowda

18 December 2018

Quality services provided by Thrillophilia, especially for such good price. With zero booking fees and instant confirmation, the overall experience was amazing. Professionalism and cost-effectiveness w

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Anuja Achari

18 December 2018

The island is very beautiful especially the under water experience with the dolphins.. it is worth every penny.. my family was very happy on this trip.. thanks Thrillophilia..

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Amrit Kapoor

18 December 2018

This was the first time I was going to do snorkeling. I was afraid but the staff was very patient with me and provided me with all the information one needs to know before snorkeling. It is one of the ...

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Vaidehi Patel

10 December 2018

It was definitely something else to cycle through the beautiful roads of Goa and admire the scenery. The cycles were all in top condition and the guide was great at leading the way and coordinating wit...

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Ekaling Khanna

10 December 2018

It was my first time kayaking in the backwaters, have always done in the open sea. The tour also included a trained instructor and I am glad to have met David. He gave me some amazing lessons on how to

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Dhanu Chattopadhyay

10 December 2018

Unbelievably superb place on Earth I should say. The bird sanctuary and the forest around it were extraordinary. Couldn't forget the place and its charm even after coming back home. Kayaking was only s...

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Anilaabh Somayaji

10 December 2018

A must try activity for those of you who visit Goa. The guides are very professional and the whole experience is affordable and interesting.

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George Frankie

05 February 2018

"thrilling experience , full of fun especially the fishing and snorkeling part.....it was great to see lots of dolphins at such close range.the crew members were polite and helpful .we had good food...

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Old Goa

  • Q. What are some of the best things to do in Old Goa?

    Being one of the historical cities in the north Goa, the old Goa, also known as Velha Goa is one of the top tourist attractions in Goa. There is an array of things that visitors can do and indulge in old Goa. These include:

    •       Sightseeing the historical places
    •       Visiting the old churches with astonishing architecture and great history
    •       Visiting the archeological museum and portrait gallery
    •       Visiting historical museums
    •       Cycling
    •       Adventure water sports
    •       Indulge in spice plantation tours
    •       Kayaking in backwaters of old Goa
    •       Crocodile sightseeing tours

  • Q. Which are some famous churches to visit in Old Goa?

    There are many historic churches in old Goa which are known for their splendid architectures, amazing beauty and the historic connection. These churches are one of the best preserved historic sites in Goa through which one can look back into the history. The famous churches of Old Goa include:

    •       Bom Jesus Basilica
    •       Se Cathedral
    •       Church of St. Francis Assisi
    •       Church of St. Cajetan
    •       Chapel of St. Catherine
    •       Church of Lady of Rosary
    •       Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
    •       Church of St. Augustine
    •       Mount Mary Church

  • Q. Which water sports are must to do in and around Old Goa?

    Goa, being one of the most exotic destinations in India is known for its long and beautiful coastline as well as an array of water sports that tourists can indulde in. These include:

    •       Scuba Diving
    •       Jet Ski
    •       Parasailing
    •       Water ski
    •       Speed boating
    •       Wake boarding
    •       Banana ride
    •       Surf boarding
    •       Angling or sport fishing

  • Q. Where can I go for cycling in Old Goa?

    Cycling tour in old Goa is one of the best ways to explore the splendid coastal beauty and breathtaking landscapes. The beautiful and outstanding churches are another attraction of these cycling tours. Here are the top places where you can go for a cycling tour in Old Goa:

    •       Cycling At Divar and Chorao Islands
    •       Cycling Alongside Nerul Creek
    •       Miramar in North Goa
    •       Cycling Across the Bridger of Bardez
    •       Cycling in Konkan Belt
    •       Cycling Through Royal Road in Goa

  • Q. Which are some of the best spice plantation tours in Old Goa?

    The spice plantation farm is located in Pinda in Old Goa. There are many travel agents and companies that arrange a spice plantation tour for you. The tour starts from Dabolim, and takes you through a road along the river Mandovi.

    The tour takes you through the plantation of many different spices, and the tour guide introduces each spice with its unique set of benefits. One can enjoy a traditional Goan style buffet lunch at the spice plantation.

  • Q. Where can I go for backwater kayaking in Old Goa?

    Kayaking in the backwaters of Old Goa is one of the unique experiences that you will get. The backwaters and rivers of old Goa take you through astounding landscapes, breathtaking views and splendid sightseeing destinations. One can see many unqiue, rare and beautiful birds while kayaking. Here are the top places where you can enjoy a kayaking tour in old Goa:

    •       Kayaking on the scenic Nerul river
    •       Kayaking at Zuari river
    •       Kayaking at Sal backwaters with exclusive birdwatching experience
    •       Kayaking in River Mandovi
    •       Backwater kayaking in Chorao

  • Q. Where can I go for Crocodile sightseeing tour in Old Goa?

    If you want a full blown adrenaline rush, then you must take the crocodile sightseeing tour in old Goa and encounter these colossal reptiles in their natural habitat.

    The Cumbarjua channel off the Zuari river is the place acquired by the crocodiles, and one can take a boat trip to visit these waters which have been infested with crocodiles. This crocodile sightseeing tour would certainly make your Goan vacation an unforgettable one.