39 Best Things to Do in Old Goa in 2020 (1665 Reviews)

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 11% off Best Seller
Cycling Tour of Old Goa - Flat 11% off

3H

Old Goa

Lost City in Old Goa implies concealed underground ways that reveal the time stages that occurred since the dynastical rule and the governance of the Portuguese dynasty in the East. Old Goa flaunts the rich history of bygone times, which imparts the preachings of all the past events and attracts visitors largely to witness the architectural masterpieces that build up the glory of the location.About the Activity:The Lost City cycling tour provides you with the great scope to wander in the charm of the lost city. You also get to explore various monuments, public and private properties which imply to the cultural and historical significance in line with the theme of the tour.Traverse through the delightful location, with the assistance of an experienced and friendly guide who would let you know about the cycling path and the spots that you would encounter on your way. The cycling tour provides the participants with delicious snacks and refreshments that would make your tour more delightful. The tour also provides with supreme quality bikes with the inclusion of all safety gears and other safety measures like helmet, elbow and knee pads.Timing Slots:The package provides with convenient time slots in order to provide with a hassle-free activity session.9:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 3 PMDifficulty: EasyStarting Point: Old Goa Residency (Near Old Goa Fire Brigade, Goa 403402)
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139 Ratings

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139 Ratings

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INR 2,315

INR 2,050

Dolphin Sighting And Snorkeling At Grande Island In Goa
Dolphin Sighting And Snorkeling At Grande Island In Goa

1D

Old Goa

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. Min number of people required to book:- 1
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648 Ratings

5.0

648 Ratings

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INR 2,000

INR 1,800

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Paint Ball Excursion at Nuvem in Goa
Paint Ball Excursion at Nuvem in Goa

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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33 Ratings

4.0

33 Ratings

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INR 600

Amboli Jungle Trek
Amboli Jungle Trek

1D

Sindhudurg

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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24 Ratings

3.0

24 Ratings

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INR 2,000

Crocodile Sightseeing and Bird Watching Half Day Tour in Goa
Crocodile Sightseeing and Bird Watching Half Day Tour in Goa

5H

Old Goa

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 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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340 Ratings

4.0

340 Ratings

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INR 1,800

Sunny Island Trip at Goa
Sunny Island Trip at Goa

1D

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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35 Ratings

4.0

35 Ratings

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INR 1,400

INR 1,300

Backwater Kayaking  and Crocodile Challenge in Goa
Backwater Kayaking and Crocodile Challenge in Goa

3H

Old Goa

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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39 Ratings

4.0

39 Ratings

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INR 1,900

INR 1,700

One Day Spice Plantation Tour in Goa
One Day Spice Plantation Tour in Goa

9H

Old Goa

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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41 Ratings

4.0

41 Ratings

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INR 600

Spice Plantation and Old Goa Full Day Trip
Spice Plantation and Old Goa Full Day Trip

1D

Ponda

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.
Superb

24 Ratings

4.0

24 Ratings

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INR 1,851

INR 1,650

Sightseeing trip to Churches, Temples and a Boat Cruise at Goa
Sightseeing trip to Churches, Temples and a Boat Cruise at Goa

1D

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.
Superb

26 Ratings

4.0

26 Ratings

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INR 4,800

INR 3,800

Forts, Beaches Sightseeing and Dolphin Watching Tour at Goa
Forts, Beaches Sightseeing and Dolphin Watching Tour at Goa

1D

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.
Very Good

23 Ratings

3.0

23 Ratings

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INR 3,000

Paradise Island Trip from Majorda Beach in Goa
Paradise Island Trip from Majorda Beach in Goa

5H

South Goa

About the Activity:Delight in this amazing expedition to Paradise island from Majorda beach that enables you to enjoy the wild natural beauty of this region.Start this amazing trip at around 9:00 AM in the morning and head out for the day.Explore through beautiful tiny hamlets lush-green thickets – rivet in this amazing experience that provides you with ample natural beauty.Enjoy the delicious sea food barbecue on the island with some cold beer to make the most of it.This is a great opportunity for naturalist and wildlife lovers as this provides you with frequent spotting of rare aquatic mammals.End your tour at around 2:00 PM and head back home after clicking some memorable pictures.
Superb

26 Ratings

4.0

26 Ratings

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INR 15,000

Spice Plantation Walk and River Boat Cruise in Goa
Spice Plantation Walk and River Boat Cruise in Goa

1D

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.
Superb

28 Ratings

4.0

28 Ratings

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INR 4,500

INR 4,000

Cycling Expedition Alongside Nerul Creek in Goa
Cycling Expedition Alongside Nerul Creek in Goa

2H

Nerul Bridge

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.
Superb

35 Ratings

4.0

35 Ratings

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INR 2,000

INR 1,700

Spice Village Tour in Goa
Spice Village Tour in Goa

1D

Dharbandora

About the Activity: Embark on an exciting tour of spice village in Goa and get a chance to explore the varieties of spices.Start this exciting tour at around 8:00 AM in the morning and reach the Explore how each of the spices are planted, harvested and further processed.Discover their importance in Goan cuisine as well as daily life. Enjoy a delicious lunch in between your tour.On this tour you will be accompanied by a guide who is well versed with the area and the plantation.End this exciting tour at around 7:00 PM in the evening and head back home with lots of memories.
Very Good

34 Ratings

3.0

34 Ratings

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INR 400

Adventurous Day Out at Borda in Goa
Adventurous Day Out at Borda in Goa

9H

South Goa

About the Activity: Explore Goa like never before! Indulge in an array of adventure activities with your friends and family for a truly blissful experience.  Gather your wits and get ready for various thrilling activity in the beautiful environs of Goa. Come closer to nature and participate in an array of adventure activities like Burma bridge crossing, treasure hunt other equally interesting activities. Delight in the amazing natural beauty surrounding you while indulging in an array of adventure activities along with friends and family.You can also avail some extra adventure activities at an additional cost.
Superb

41 Ratings

4.0

41 Ratings

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INR 450

Backwater Kayaking at Sylvan Siridao in Goa
Backwater Kayaking at Sylvan Siridao in Goa

3H

Old Goa

About the Activity: Relish in this delightful excursion that provides you with fun-filled kayaking opportunity through the mangrove forests of Zuari River.Begin this exciting adventure at around 9:00 AM in the morning from Chapel.Sylvan Siridao in Goa is a one stop destination for all water lovers. Embark on this amazing activity in the shallow waters for truly blissful and breathtaking experience.Kayak through the waters at Bambolim for nearly three hours, armed with safety equipment and a guide.Experience a strange sense of calmness while basking in the tranquility of the region.End this activity after 3 hours and head back home with lots of memories.This tour is a customized tour and can be availed in between the time of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and during Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Superb

30 Ratings

4.0

30 Ratings

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INR 7,590

Crab Catching Trip at Sonaulim in Goa
Crab Catching Trip at Sonaulim in Goa

5H

North Goa

About the Activity: Take a break from the normal party routine in Goa and indulge in this thrilling crab catching activity.Start this exciting adventure at 3:00 PM after getting picked up from your hotel in Candolim, Sinquerim,Calangute and Baga in an air-conditioned car.You will see how the traps are usually set up during high tides as chances of crab catching increases during this time.Crab catching in Goa is done via handmade traps called ‘Cobllem’ which is a circular metal ring hung through nylon net Learn more about crab catching techniques which involves a proper shills and process. Enjoy your catch at the end of the trip at around 08:00 PM after a mouth watering dinner.
Superb

37 Ratings

4.0

37 Ratings

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INR 1,500

INR 1,300

Ocean Kayaking at Bat Island, Goa
Ocean Kayaking at Bat Island, Goa

4H

Old Goa

About the Activity:Delight in this amazing excursion that enables you to enjoy the real ocean beauty of Goa.There is no better way of enjoying the clear blue waters than by indulging in a kayaking experience like never before.Rivet in this pleasant experience as you beat the raging tides while enthralling in this delightful activity with family and friends.
Superb

23 Ratings

4.0

23 Ratings

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INR 10,490

Sea Fishing Excursion at Sonaulim, Goa
Sea Fishing Excursion at Sonaulim, Goa

3H

North Goa

About the Activity: Glee in this delightful fishing excursion that provides you with a wide range of fishing opportunities under expert guidance.Start this activity after getting picked up from your hotel in vehicle from Candolim, Sinquerim, Calangute and Baga.Enjoy this 3 hour long fishing experience in the emerald green waters of the Arabian Sea on the pristine beaches of Goa.The trained boat staff will provides you with all the required fishing equipment and also the tips and tricks of fishing.While fishing here, your catch will include trophies like Red Snappers, Groupers, Crevalle, Barramundi, Threadfin Salmons, Barracudas, and various other fishes.This tour is a customized tour and can be availed in between the time of 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Superb

39 Ratings

4.0

39 Ratings

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INR 1,200

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Newly Added Old Goa Tour Packages
17 January 2016
Excellent
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.
18 December 2018
Excellent
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 with a delightful experience. Thanks.
18 December 2018
Excellent
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..
18 December 2018
Excellent
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 most thrilling activities I have done so far. Also, I had a great time playing with Dolphins.
10 December 2018
Excellent
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 with the whole group. Overall a lovely experience that I would recommend to everyone!
10 December 2018
Excellent
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 improve your kayaking strokes and skills.

People Also Ask About Old Goa Things To Do

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 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.

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