Escape your hectic schedule and visit Goa- One of the most famous & most visited destinations in India, Goa promises a fun-filled and entertaining holiday to everyone. Its a paradise for nature lovers, photographers and adventure enthusiasts, Goa attracts tourists from all across the globe. Bustling markets, ancient churches, happening parties, beautiful beaches, lip-smacking food, water sports, Goa makes you explore every type of tourist attraction. Goa holiday is a 7 days/ 6 nights tour package which takes you to the party capital of India, Goa. Embark on this tour and come back with memories of a lifetime
Day 01 Goa (Arrival) :- On reaching Goa airport, meet our GIG representative who assists while you take a transfer to the resort. On completing the check-in formalities, take some rest for the day. In the evening, you can go to enjoy a stroll around the beach or indulge in your favorite beach activity. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 South Goa :- Morning breakfast and full day sightseeing in South Goa, visiting Cabo da Rama - Located in Canacona taluka Cabo da Rama - Cape Rama, takes its name from Rama, the hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana, who, along with his wife Sita holed up here during his exile from Ayodhya. Dudhsagar Waterfalls (Optional)- The magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfall is perched in the high peaks of the Western Ghats and is a sight to behold especially in the monsoons when it is in full and furious flow. From a distance, the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside. The exhuberent and spectacular waterfall is located in the Sanguem taluka. Return back to the hotel / resort, dinner and overnight.
Day 03 North Goa :- Morning breakfast and check out of the hotel/resort and proceed to North Goa. Enroute visit Ancestral Goa - Four centuries of Portuguese rule and that of other rulers before them has given Goa an unique life-style that consists of a blend of Indian and Western influences as can be seen in its varied culture and architecture of its towns and villages. Today Goa also boasts of glorious traditions that have been handed down to it over the ages. Big Foot - Ancestral Goa is built around the legend of Big Foot which has endured over the centuries. The local legend goes that, a wealthy landowner by the name of Mahadar blessed with a deep sense of duty and unending goodness, helped the local poor. Greedy neighbors wishing to take advantage of his naivete kept on asking him for help till one day fleeced all his possessions and destitute with the loss of his wife, he was left alone. The Dance Floor - The Big Foot is Goa's biggest designer dance floor shaped like a giant foot and has been created for the express purpose of being a versatile venue for all types of functions and entertainment events like weddings, anniversaries, seminars, dances etc. On arrival check into hotel/resort, lunch and relax, later on in the evening relax one of the beaches and watch sunset. Return back to hotel/resort, dinner and overnight.
Day 04 Goa :- Morning breakfast and full day sight seeing in North Goa State Archaeology Museum - there are seven galleries in the museum which are the Sculpture Gallery, the Christian Art Gallery, the Banerji Art Gallery, the Religious Expression Gallery, the Cultural Anthropology, the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Western Bronzes Gallery. The museum at present has the collection of about 8000 objects, which includes Stone Sculptures, Wooden objects, Bronzes, Paintings, Manuscripts, numismatic collection, anthropological objects, clay models etc. Basilica of Bom Jesus - perhaps Goa's most famous church and among the most revered by Christians worldwide, is partially in ruins but still a model of simplicity and elegance, and a fine example of Jesuit architecture. This is the only church in Old Goa, which is not plastered on the outside, the lime plaster having been stripped off by a zealous Portuguese conservationist in 1950. Aguada Fort - This is the largest and the best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa and was built in 1609-12, to control the entry into the river Mandovi and to protect Old Goa from potential enemy attacks. Harvalem (Arvalem) Waterfall - This waterfall is set amidst charming surroundings, with the Rudreshwar temple in its vicinity. The temple holds importance for the Hindus who believe in releasing the soul on the 12th day after death. The Rock cut caves is just situated nearby. The Government has also developed a park from which the view of the waterfall can be peacefully relished. Return back to the hotel/resort, dinner and overnight.
Day 05 Goa :- Morning breakfast and full day sightseeing, visit to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary - 38 Kms from Margao is the smaller of the three wildlife sanctuaries of Goa - the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. More than a sanctuary, it is an ideal jungle resort, a major attraction for school going children and nature lovers. Its mini zoo, sprawling deer park in natural habitat, botanical and rose gardens attract people throughout the year. Churches at Old Goa - Old Goa was a thriving city even before the Portuguese arrived in 1510. It had been the capital of the Bahmani Sultan Adil Shah. The large palace of Adil Shah, surrounded by fort walls, towers and a moat was located here as well as many temples and mosques. Unfortunately none of these structures remain in existence today except for the ruins of the gateway to the palace. Later on in the evening relax and watch the sunset at Calangute beach - one of the best beaches in North Goa. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 06 Goa :- After Breakfast in the hotel . Depart at 9:30 am for Backwater Cruise Cruise along with the riverine tips of the island
Chorao Divar and Old Goa Enjopy the sights and sound of Mandovi Mangroove . Walk among the aeromatic plants of the spice plantations . Cruise return to Panaji at 4 : 30 pm
Day 07 North Goa :- Morning breakfast and check out of the hotel and proceed to Airport / Railway Station to catch your onward Journey. Tour Ends
Take breaks from your busy schedule to explore all popular beach destinations of western & southern part of India . The tour starts with arrival in Mumbai also know as financial capital India & next stop is Goa the party capital of India and it is most famous among all destinations on this tour. Next stop is Kochi (also known as Cochin) and also witness the beauty of silvery white reflection of the moon on the backwaters of Alleppey, while you relax and chill in the houseboat. You will also get a chance to explore Periyar wildlife sanctuary in Periyar to Minakshi temple in Madurai and Marina Beach on your last destination of Chennai.
Itinerary at Glance :-
Day 01 :- Arrival Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, meet assist at the airport. Transfer to hotel and night stay in Mumbai.
Day 02 :- Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre), Colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. Night stay in Mumbai.
Day 03 :- Mumbai - Goa
Transfer to the airport to board flight to Goa. Meet assist and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Goa.
Day 04 :- Goa
The exquisite churches from the Portuguese era with their remarkable architecture and mysterious history make the city truly exhilarating. Goa splendid coastline extends over 100 kilometres, and some of the world most charming beaches are located here. If time permits, Churches of astounding historical importance could squeeze in.
Morning half-day sight-seeing tour from the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then to Dona-Paula for a view of India largest natural harbour-Mormugao. Afterwards visit old Goa and see the Basillica of Bom Jesus which contains the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavierh housed in a silver ornate casket , Se. Cathedral- the biggest Church in the East, St. Cajetan- built like St. Peter (Rome), Church of Our Lady Rosary and St. Monica. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Goa.
Day 05 :- Goa - Kochi
Transfer to airport to board the fligt to Kochi. Arrive Kochi and transfer to hotel. Spend the afternoon in city sightseeing. Kochi (formerly Cochin) is the most beautiful coastal city and one of the largest ports of India. It is a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas. Here you can see the oldest church in India, congested Portuguese-built colonies, Chinese fishing nets, an ancient "white Jewish" community which has survived for 1000 years, a fabulous 16th century synagogue, a palace which contains the most beautiful murals, and many other attractions. The Fort of Cochin is the oldest European fort in India. The St Francis Church is the oldest European church in India The Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, is the oldest in the Commonwealth. Night stay in Kochi.
Day 06 :- Kochi - Allapuzha
Morning proceed to half-day tour to Gundu Island by boat through the backwaters and see remarkable coir industries on the way. In the afternoon, drive to Allapuzha, arrive and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Allapuzha.
Day 07 :- Allapuzha - Kottayam - Periyar
Proceed to backwater cruise to Kottayam. Afternoon drive to Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Night stay at the lodge. Kottayam is a pretty town at the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is a commercial centre noted for its trade in rubber, spices, tea, etc. It is also the main centre of the Syrian Christians (75% of the Kerala Christians). Night stay in Periyar.
Day 08 :- Periyar
Spend the day in the jungle, in Periyar, best approached from Kottayam (80km). The 800 sq. km wildlife sanctuary skirts the Periyar Lake at its centre. Cruise on the lake while taking in the pleasures of this habitat. You can see tigers, deer, wild dogs, lion-tailed macaque, Malabar squirrel and sloth bears. The lake attracts all kinds of water birds. In the vicinity are lofty observation towers, and a medieval palace, now a hotel. Night stay in Periyar.
Day 09 :- Periyar - Madurai
Transfer to railway station to the train to Madurai, arrive and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Madurai.
Day 10 :- Madurai - Chennai
Proceed to half-day tour of Madurai. Situated on the banks of the Vaigai River, Madurai is the ancient capital of the Pandya Kings. Legend has it, that the divine nectar falling from the locks of Lord Shiva gave the town its ancient name, Madhurapuri - the land of nectar. Today, it is an important business centre. The crowning glory of Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple Complex, which is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, her consort Lord Sundareshwara, and her celestial brother, Lord Vishnu. The Meenakshi Temple has a thousand-pillared hall. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Madurai. Afternoon, transfer to airport to board the flight to Chennai. Arrive Chennai and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Chennai.
Day 11 :- Chennai - Departure
Morning proceed for half - day sightseeing tour of Chennai. The city is the capital of Tamil Nadu, earlier known as Madras. Chennai is bestowed with a 4.5 kilometre long stretch of shore, called Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. A lighthouse here enables the visitor to see the entire city - a breathtaking sight. Also spend some time at the 40km long fascinating beach. Historically important are an old Catholic Church and a famous Durgah. Later transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.
Goa- One of the most famous & most visited destinations in India, Goa promises a fun-filled and entertaining holiday to everyone. Its a paradise for nature lovers, photographers and adventure enthusiasts, Goa attracts tourists from all across the globe. Bustling markets, ancient churches, happening parties, beautiful beaches, lip-smacking food, water sports, Goa makes you explore every type of tourist attraction. Delightful Goa is a 4 days/ 3 nights tour package which takes you to the party capital of India, Goa. Embark on this tour and come back with memories of a lifetime.
Itinerary at Glance :-
Day 01: Goa (Arrival)
On reaching Goa airport, meet our GIG representative who assists while you take a transfer to the resort. On completing the check-in formalities, take some rest for the day. In the evening, you can go to enjoy a stroll around the beach or indulge in your favorite beach activity. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: North Goa
This morning, you have your breakfast and then start driving towards North Goa. North Goa is dotted with some of the most beautiful beaches of Goa. Dona Paula, Calangute, Baga and Miramar Beach are popular beaches of North Goa. North Goa is home to a number of tourist attractions like Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral.
Spend the day sightseeing around North Goa. You can begin with a visit to Cidade de Goa, the original name given to the city of Goa which was established long back and now it is called Old Goa Pay homage at the Basilica Bom Jesus, which is dedicated to Infant Jesus. The church has the sacred remains of St Francis Xavier. Also, visit other churches of North Goa including St Cajetan, St Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral and Church of St. Monica. All the churches feature a unique architectural style which speaks much about the heritage and craftsmanship of those times.
Visit the Museum of Christian Art, which is one of its kind museum in Asia. The museum is best known to house a collection of items like gold and precious stones and Rosary's. You can also visit Archeological Museum.
Later, travel to Solar Souto Maior , which is an aristocratic mansion which dates back to the year 1585. The mansion houses a treasure of artifacts.
Return to Panjim, the capital of Goa and as you drive through the city enjoy viewing its unique colonial architecture. Walk through the city and flip back the pages of the Portuguese days. Do visit the bustling markets of Goa and shop for gifts and souvenirs. Enjoy your lunch at Panjim.
Post lunch, head to Baga Beach, which is one the most popular, happening and beautiful beaches of Goa. Enjoy water sports and then you can go for some shopping at the Tibetan market. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: South Goa
After having your breakfast, head towards South Goa. Today, you will be sightseeing at major attractions of South Goa including Colva Beach, Mangeshi Temple, Santa Durga Temple and some more attractions. Begin with a visit to Margao, the capital of Salcette taluka and headquarters of the South Goa district.
Visit the historical Largo de Igreja, the Church square of Margao, which once used to be its colonial quarter. The church square is dotted with beautiful old buildings on one side and the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit on the other. The Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the most grant churches of Goa, which was built back in the year 1564. The church is one of the finest examples of Indian Baroque style of architecture.
Later proceed to Ancestral Goa, which is a re-creation of Goan rural life. The village has number of artifact centers, art galleries and open air museums. There is a laterite sculpture of Saint Mirabai in the village, which is one of the longest laterite sculptures in India. The star attraction of the region is the big foot, which is a large foot print which was discovered on a rock while excavating the site.
Now its time to visit the grand house- Menezes Braganza house, in Chandor. This palatial structure was built back in the 17th century. The house has now been divided into two separate houses, with a common entrance. The east wing is occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, which has a small chapel with relics of St. Francis Xavier. It also has artifacts, collected by the family over a number of years. The house also has a large ballroom and a Salon. Tiles from Portugal, antique chandeliers from Europe and beautifully carved, ornate rosewood furniture adds to the beauty of the house. A few things which give a distinct look to the house include a pair of high-backed chairs, which has the family crest, which was given to the Pereira-Braganza family by King Dom Luis of Portugal. Most of the furniture items set in the house date back to the 18th century and have been prepared using local seeso (martel wood) and lacquered with mother of pearl by craftsmen from Curtorim village. The house also has many items coming from antique aficionados.
The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes Braganza family. The house not only features exquisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, but also a collection of family portraits, which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. There is also a library which is believed to be the first private library of Goa. The library has a collection of 5,000 leather bound books which were personally collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, well-known for playing a key role in Goa independence movement.
After the long sightseeing tour of South Goa, head back to the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Goa
This is the last day of the Goa tour. Munch some delicious breakfast and then check out of the hotel. Start driving towards the airport and on reaching, board your flight to home. The tour ends here.