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"Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral
"Discover Goa’s colorful history on this private half-day tour. Learn about the heavy influence Portuguese rule had on this region’s religion and architecture from your expert guide’s interesting commentary about all the places you see. After pickup from air-conditioned vehicle your guide will take you to the Basilica of Bom Jesus a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the remains of the Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier.Enter the church and walk on the marble floor inlaid with precious stones. Admire the exquisite paintings adorning the walls that depict scenes from St F also known as the Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria
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Full Day Private Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation
"9am - You will be picked up from the sea port or your desired location in Goa to begin your full day tour with a professional guide.9.45am - Shri Manguesh TempleA beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on a Hillock. T stands at the gates in the temple complex. 10.45am - Shree Mahalasa TempleAlso known as Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple is 450 year old Temple dedicated to the Goddess Mahalasa. Lakshmi (Mahalasa) the goddess of wealth and prosperity is the presiding deity in this temple. The inner hall of the temple has carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that have been resplendently painted. 12.30pm - Sahakari Spice Farm (Lunch Included)A an aroma of a variety of genuine spices coming from the trees grown around the farm lots of knowledge guidance on the type of species and treatment for various diseases sumptuous lunch in traditional Goan style. As you move deeper into this site
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Goa Walking Day Tour Including Tuk Tuk Ride
"Think you know Goa? Think again. We’re taking you beyond the breezy beaches and party nights to show you the sunshine state through the eyes of a Goan local. We will meet at the Head Post Office in Panjim and start your Goa walking tour. It will passing along the way various monuments such as the Old Secretariat the 15th-century summer palace of sultan Yusuf Adil Shah and the Abbé Faria statue. From the fish market bursting with fishnets and a huge array of fish you will proceed to the vegetable and spice markets where you will smell the exotic spices and herbs grown in the marshlands of Goa. You will continue on to the flower market
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The Colours of Heaven - Holy Festival

Favorite thing You have to go to Goa in March for the Holy Festival...its pure fun and the locals in such a good mood and painting your face with all kinds of colours.

Fondest memory The Holey Festival and the beautiful beaches....well stay away from Baga Beach.....its good for party etc but far to busy for my taste

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bwk_michael
Feb 08, 2013

Second hand goods

Favorite thing Whilst staying in Candolim, despite it being a relatively built up tourist destination it's hard to escape the poverty. We often saw the same locals every day who we would stop and talk to. A number of times we were asked whether we had any old phones, shampoo, soap and clothes that we didn't want. So rather than throwing those things away if you have anything like that at the end of your holiday you could just make someone's day :)

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clouds111
Sep 04, 2007

Most people don't even meet REAL Goans,

Favorite thing i am surprised by the amount of people on this forum who have stated things about meeting goans, good or bad. The point is that many of these people are NOT even Goan.

It's me moving from London to Birmingham and saying, "i'm a Brummie".
Not all brown faces are Goan faces. If you learn the history of Goa you will note that it was once under Portugese rule. You can identify many Goans by they mixture of Portugese and Indian culture.

Names such as Orlando, Rueben, Maria, D'Souza, Cruz etc are genuine Goans. Most will not even go to the tourist places.

The only Indians that go to the tourist places are the people that moved to Goa to make money from the tourists! or Indian tourists themselves!

Fondest memory The goan people. So so so so friendly. Not involved with drugs and crime that has been brought on Goa by other Indians who have moved to Goa to exploit tourists. These are NOT goans.

djferros
Mar 10, 2007

General things to remember

Favorite thing Goa is a really friendly place to visit and great place to live.

Dont forget:
* 95% of people here speak at least 4 languages.

* Fish curry rice is the staple food here, try it atleast twice in different restaurants.

*The bus is the fastest, best and cheapest way to travel around Goa

*Shopping in the hotel/resort shop should be left for emergency items only

*Everything on the beach costs 5 times more than off it

*divide all prices by 4 and then work upwards, if you think its really worth it

*walk away from the shop, you are usually called back and get to buy at your price....f the shop person doesnt look sad/angry after your purchase you paid way too much!

*curries are eaten with rice or naan, not both like in UK, its great fun to try.

*eating vegetarian is the best way to stay healthy, get fit and stay out of the bathroom on your holiday.

*malaria is not wide spread, in 2 years I have only heard of one person getting it and he was a local..is it worth taking malarial tablets? you decide.

*local dogs and cows - are not scary, just steer clear of them...Cows are the best recycling/disposal system in Goa.

*toilet roll - should not be flushed down the loo, use the bin or better yet try the Indian way of washing with jug and water. good cool down!

*Water - drink 6 litres of bottled water a day, more if you are drinking alcohol.

*Internet gets cheaper as you head out of tourist areas, go to mapusa/panjim to get for Rs20 (or less) an hour.

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Oct 07, 2006
 
 
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Handy Fruit Sellers!!

Favorite thing One of the best things about Goa is the abundance of fresh fruit!! On the way from the beach in Calangute we would stop and buy fruit from one of the sellers on the roadside. We would pick a massive pineapple and she would peel, slice it and bag it up for us. We wre lucky enough to have a fridge in our room so we would rinse the fruit our with bottled water and leave it in the fridge overnight. Starting your day with a mellow sweet as nectar pineapple is the way to go!!

mimi2006
Jul 20, 2006

friendliest people

Fondest memory The people were very friendly and trusting, as i was told "we believe english mans word". I was looking to buy a pieace of jewellary,and was told to take it overnight check its value in other shops. And to return it the next day and pay for it if i wanted to keep it!

moondog1980
Mar 10, 2005

The lovely people

Favorite thing My favourite thing about Goa has to be the wonderful people that we met. The locals were so friendly, warm and helpful. All were eager to please and genuinely appeared interested in our home life and loved talking about their families. We even met some of their children. The children would come and shake hands and if we saw them again would remeber our names and wave to us in the street. : - )

Fondest memory I am already missing Goa and I have only been home for 6 days ( end of April 2004 )

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susie46
May 07, 2004

Fish

Favorite thing When on the beach go take a look at the days catch from the fishermen and see how they barter for the price of fish, you could always get some fresh fish for yourself and get a local restaurant to cook it for you.

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ak47uk
Nov 30, 2002
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"The Gem that's Goa"
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"Sun, Sand, & Shacks in Goa"
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Justin_goa

"My Goa Experience"
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"GOLDEN GOA - WHERE FUN NEVER SETS !"
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"Just right..."
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Schools

Favorite thing It is always a nice thought when in Goa to go to a shop and buy some text books, pens and pencils which are very inexpensive and go to the local childrens school and give them to the teacher as they are always grateful.

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ak47uk
Nov 30, 2002

Children

Favorite thing You will find children asking for money and the best way out of this is to give them a soda or some food, don't give them money how ever sorry for them you feel, because the next day outside your hotel they will be waiting for you in great numbers and it does cause problems as you can't give money to every child and giving money to one usually ends up in a mass melee of squabbling siblings. Some parents have a lot to answer for because they are usually the ones that send their kids begging in the first place and all the money collected goes to them and if the child has a bad day begging it's not the warmest of welcomes when they get home.

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ak47uk
Nov 30, 2002

Smile

Favorite thing The people seem happy most of the time and they are always smiling. The thing to do is smile back as you know it's good exercise and dosn't cost any-thing.

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Nov 30, 2002

Things to Do Near Goa

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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church - Panaji

This Church is located in the heart of the city. It is one of the first churches to be built in Goa with its church bells being the second largest in the world. Best viewed at night when the entire...
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Old Goa

Old Goa was he site of the Portuguese capitl until the mid 18th century. Today is it a magnificent complex of churches, monasteries, and cathedrals that cover a 1.5 km stretch. It is also a UNESCO...
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Panaji - Panjim City

Worth a visit for a few hours to this moderately -sized town which is the Capital of Goa. A good selection of shops and a very extensive market where all manner of goods and fruit can be purchased....
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Boat Trips - Cruises

We had a great time kayaking and sailing with skipper Pascal and Poonam on their traditional yet modern cruise, enjoying the Sunset River Cruise in Goa. The mangroves exploration was super exciting...
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Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Northeastern Goa, India. The total area of this park land is 8 square km. It is a popular destination for both tourists and school children. Known for the place...
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Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa

The Basilica of Bom (infant or good) Jesus is 9 km from Panaji on the banks of Mandovi River in Old Goa. It contains the mortal remains of Goa's patron saint, St. Francis Xavier, who died while on a...
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