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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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    Old Goa
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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 Fort Aguada from the sea.Embark on the exciting snorkelling activity thereafter and explore the diverse marine life in natural settings.Enjoy your time on the cruise with beer and lunch.Return back to the jetty in the evening from where you can continue on your own journey. 

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    Ponda
    h1 Hour

    About the Activity:Enthrall in this exciting tour to the Shrusti's Butterfly park which  is one of the successful conservation projects of Butterfly conservatory of Goa. Enjoy the sight of the hill slope which has been planted with endemic plants that attracts butterflies to feed and breed. One can watch around 20 to 25 species of butterflies flying in freely during the month of September to December. The guide will also take you through a walk in the aviary where you can witness the varieties of colourful butterflies.The rooftop garden of the wildlife artist Yashodan can be shown on a special request.Conclude this exiting tour after 1 hour after clicking some memorable pictures.This tour is a customized tour and can be availed in between the time from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

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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, safety instructions and a brief overview of the tour ahead, set off along the magnificent Linhares Bridge and Causeway Take the Ribandar-Divar Ferry across Mandovi River to the Divar Island.Drive through the picturesque village of Divar while enjoying the stunning sights.Stop en route for breakfast at a local eatery and delight in the food. Experience bird watching as you pedal through uninhabited areas in Chorao Island and take a ferry to Ribandar, returning to Panjim. Tour ends at Old Goa after 25 kms of Cycling.

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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 paintball activity is sure to give you the best experience of your life as you plan with your team.Dodge the pellets and play to make your team win in this 45 minutes activity.This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at your convenience in between the time from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. 

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    Sindhudurg
    d1 Day

    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! The places around are a marvel and the different sightseeing points have left trekkers lost in paradise!  Witness the amazing sights of the 4 points around such as the Nangartas WaterFall, Hiranyakeshi Temple, Kavleshet Valley and The Great Amboli Waterfall!   

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    Old Goa
    h3 Hours

    About the Activity:Reach the starting point (near Divja Circle) at 9:00 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, temples, churches and mosques, verdant greenery and the ever-present backwaters while riding through the countryside.Enthrall in this amazing cycling experience that provides you with a ravishing  experience.You can avail an accompanying vehicle with bike stand and special cycling gear which are optional in the trip.Head back to your hotel around 1:00 PM

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    Old Goa
    h3 Hours

    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 low tide watch these magnificent creatures sunning themselves on the mudflats at the side of the river, and in the mangroves.A team of experts will accompany you throughout the activity  through the calm backwaters of Goa as you watch the magnificent crocodiles as you sail your way down the river.This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at any time of the day from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

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    Old Goa
    h5 Hours

    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 at around 8:30 AM in an air conditioned.Grab a chance to see some of Goa's exotic bird life as well as the Indian Mugger Crocodile Lunch is at a typical Goan farmhouse and is followed by the lazy journey back past fishermen preparing for the evening catch. The Cumbarjua canal near Panaji that links the Zuari and Mandovi rivers is a thriving place for mugger crocodiles.Crocodile watching in Goa is something you are sure to remember with great delight for a long time to come.End this exciting tour at 1:30 PM after getting dropped back at your hotel.

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  • d1 Day

    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 Island.Once close to the island, the boat will be anchored and you can proceed for a fun-filled swimming and snorkeling adventure in the pristine blue waters. Witness dolphins swimming alongside.From here, head to isolated Monkey beach where a scrumptious barbecue lunch awaits your arrival. Spend rest of the day at leisure on the beach.Admire the stunning Aguada Fort, Jimmy’s Palace, Central Jail and Raj Bhawan. Post this by late afternoon return back to Sequerim jetty and conclude this pleasing trip.End this exciting activity around 4:00 PM after getting dropped back to your hotel.

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    Old Goa
    h9 Hours

    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.Take a walk around the Dudhsagar plantation and discover myriad varieties of spices, medicinal herbs, and tropical fruits.Gain insights of the various sustainable agricultural practices that the Goan people undertake along with the bio gas production and cashew fenni distillation.At the end of your tour, get a chance to pick some of the local products, and enjoy some lip-smacking Goan food.Conclude your tour at around 4:00 PM in the evening and head back home with lots of memories.

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    Ponda
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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, spices, herbs, and trees.You can buy different spices and herbal oils from this spice plant and enjoy delicious lunch served on a banana leaf plate.Experience the life of an elephant in its own wild habitat. Engage in activities like elephant ride and bathing an elephant. Visit Mangeshi Temple and Old Goa Church and engage in boating and fishing thereafter. Enjoy a mouth watering lunch at the spice plantation and also delight in cruising at the Miramar beach , Dona Pola beach, Panjim in the evening.The tour will end at around 7:00 PM  with a demonstration of areca or betel nut harvesting, where the harvesters climb among the tree tops, cutting down the nuts with a machete.

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  • d1 Day

    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 historical and cultural tourist attraction points spread throughout the city.Get ready to be dazzled by the glory of grand churches like St Cathedral and witness the holy remains of St. Francis Xavier.Delight in a delicious Goan lunch in between your tour.Visit ‘Lover’s Paradise’ – the bay of Dona Paula, a picturesque sight where two famous rivers of Goa meet the Arabian Sea.Visit the famous Mangeshi Temple, after seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva you can proceed for a shopping spree at the capital – Panjim.End this exciting tour at around 7:00 PM in the evening and head back home with lots of memories.

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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 9:00 AM from Candolim, Sinquerim, Calangute and Baga.Bask in the tranquil beauty of the Baga beach that not only provides you with some refreshing moments but you can also enjoy frequent spotting of Dolphins here.Explore the largest and well-preserved fort of Goa- Aguada Fort. Admire the panoramic views of the blue waters from the top of the fort.Visit the Calangute beach- one of the busiest beaches of Goa which is always bustling with overwhelming crowds from all over the globe. End this exciting activity at around 6:00 PM after getting dropped back at your hotel.

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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 variety of spices grow around the farm.Post this, enjoy a scrumptious Goan styled lunch at the spice farm itself. From here, you will then be driven to various famous old churches some of which are declared as world heritage sites.Visit ‘Lover’s Paradise’ – the bay of Dona Paula, a picturesque sight where two famous rivers of Goa meet the Arabian Sea. Relax at the pristine Miramar beach on your way back.Enjoy an hour long river cruise on Mandovi, enjoy the cultural program on board before you wish adieu to this stunning trip.End this trip at around 7:00 PM in the evening.

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    Nerul Bridge
    h2 Hours

    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 track course that sharply rises towards the cliffs facing the Arabian Sea.Ride downhill towards the Sinquirim fishing village & water sports jetty overlooking Coco beach. The tour further takes you to the lower Ramparts of the Aguada fort overlooking the vast stretch of unbroken beach belts of Candolim, Calangute & Baga. Head back to the Amigos under Nerul bridge.Enjoy light Goan snacks awaiting you at Amigos after the tour ends at around 6:30 PM.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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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