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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
From $88.00
Private Tour: Goa Sightseeing and Night Cruise with Dinner and Hotel Transfer
"Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Goa by 4:00 PM and start this special night tour. Board the popular catamaran style cruise with western or Indian DJ while enjoying the fresh ocean breeze. Cruise gently down the river to the Dona Pau past the Adil Shah Palace which was the first building of Panjim that was built by the Sultan as his summer palace and used to housed the Goa Secretariat. After the cruise travel by road and see the Immaculate Conception Church with a panoramic view of P""This is a perfect tour for people who enjoy night life and modern night cruise with DJ. Take the popular catamaran boat cruise and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and mesmerizing view. Also visit the Conception Church with a panoramic view of Panaji City frotitle=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+romantic+night+including+dinner&2=Romantic+experience%2C+perfect+for+couples&3=See+the+sights+illuminated+at+night&4=All+entrance+fees+included"""Goa
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To and from the Airport

When you finally land in Goa, when leaving the airport you will see lots and lots (and lots) of men running around in brown trying to take your luggage and carry it to your bus for you. They do not work for any of the tour operators regardless of what they say, they will just look at your labels on your bags and yell out that name..

All they are after is a way to make some money from you.

Tip: It is alot easier just to let them push your trolley for you to your bus. If you try and do it yourself you will be fighting them off the entire walk and in that heat, after that length of journey, it really is more hassle then it is worth.

Just give them a pound for doing it (as the rupee is a closed currency they don't expect you to have any yet so don't worry) When the tourists are leaving the same men ask them to swap the pounds they have in return for any rupees you may have left....entrepeunerial and resourceful I am sure you will agree!

Then once you get to your transfer bus, just wait until you see where they put your bags....;o)

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Apr 26, 2005

Buses are cheaper

Many people don't use buses when they holiday abroad, especially in areas like India, Africa and the like.
Not using the local bus ca be missing out on a great part of the general holiday experience. Generally they are clean and well operated "No Standing - No Spitting" and by far the cheapest way of travelling around.

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Apr 23, 2005

Take a Tuk-Tuk

A cheaper means of short travel than taking a taxi is to use a three-wheeler tuk-tuk which is an interesting experience.
They zoom around even faster than the taxis and most of the tuk-tuk drivers have one hand on the outside horn to blast at everyone who is remotely around the road in front of them.

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Apr 23, 2005


If youre planning to stay in Anjuna and you need Cars/Bikes on Hire or for transfers "TO or FROM" , contact this person. His name is Shambhu Malvankar. He is an honest and a genuine guy and you can be assured you wont be cheated.

He usually hangs around at Anjuna outside Marys holiday Home.

His Home Number is 2273577

STD FORMAT:- 0832 - 2273577

ISD:- 0091- 832 - 2273577

His cell Number is


If youre in Goa directly dial his cell Number without putting 91.

From other states precede the cell number with 0

Dec 04, 2004
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Get yourself a good taxi driver and keep him!

Find yourself a good taxi driver at the start. On your first day ask a few drivers how much they would charge to take you somewhere or to hire for the day adns ee who gives you the best price. Then keep them for the holiday. Book your next trip each time you finish the last because then you are not having to go through the whole price thing every time. Also agree the price before you set off on a trip then you know where you are and there no surprises.
Use your taxi driver for excursions. the tour operators charge a fortune and your taxi drive will be able to take you for a fraction of the price. Also if you get a good one he will even do some haggling for you and ward of the beggars.
Don't hire a scooter unless you are extrememely brave. I did see some tourists on them but I have never seen roads so crazy and they leave only an inch gap when passing if necessary, if that! My partner is very experienced at driving a scooter in the craziest of places but even he was put off.
Tuc tuc's are a cheaper form of transport. The motorised rickshaws but are only good for short journeys as they are very bumpy and not too comfortable.

Nov 21, 2004


Goan Taxis and Taxi Drivers are generally really friendly and great value. Make sure you agree a price before you travel and if you are happy with the journey - book another journey or leave a rounded up tip. Sometimes the taxis may ask you if you want to visit a shop. If you arent in a rush - you could do this as the driver can receive tokens for prizes. Generally though - we found these shops to be a complete rip off compared to the markets and the shops around the beaches.

We also took a return taxi to Old Goa, Arpoora and Anjuna - which wasnt too expensive - and the drivers Angelo and Jack looked after us well.

Jun 29, 2004

Local Taxi

We travelled quite a lot around Goa, and all by Taxi, as soon as we found a driver we liked ( which was pretty much straight away) we kept using him for the 2 weeks, he showed us the sights and took us to some of the best beaches and got us some great deals with the people he knew. They are comfy and as safe as it gets over there. Oh and they all burn Joss sticks in their taxis!

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Jun 15, 2004

Taxis - a must for the fainthearted

Getting around Goa is very cheap. Lots of tourists and locals ride scooters, however the roads are very bumpy and not lit like roads in the UK. We tended to travel by taxi and our driver was a wonderful man named Nash, he was very reliable and informative and used to pick us up from outside our hotel, take us to our destination and wait for a few hours or more if required until we met up with him again. Costs for this was very cheap, anywhere from 300 - 450 rupees for the whole day. What an experience getting into Panjim during the rush hour ! Glad Nash was driving !!

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May 04, 2004
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The smaller the better

Forget motorways, forget dual-carriageways, they don't even have decent A-roads!!
The infrsatructure in India needs a lot of serious financial investment by the government, and whilst Goa is one of the more affluent states the roads are still very poor.
The roads are very bumpy and windy, and narrow, so the smaller the vehicle, the better.
Everything gives way to a larger vehicle and watch out for the elephants also!!
Needless to say I would not recommend hiring a vehicle in India and driving yourself unless you are a regular traveller.

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Apr 24, 2004

At the crossroads

Moving aorund panaji takes to u back in time, with the sleepy lanes and beautiful old houses. And since we had our own car, it was all the more relaxing, without a tour guide or a troupe of 50 to 100 people moving in a herd!!

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Aug 25, 2003

Get your own ride

Goa has so many undiscovered places that a tourist guide wouldnt be able to take u to all and also what better way to explore a new place than on ur own.

Bikes available on rent in goa for as long as you want for a few or for weeks. Just produce your driving license and get going. We made our journey by car all the way from hyderabad to Goa, and believe its so much freedom when ur going around not knowing where u are going. On our way back home, these three tired revellers are enjoying a nap in the back seat and in what gr8 comfort!!!

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Aug 25, 2003

Going around in buses

Goa is very well connected with buses from Goa to other neighbouring cities - including Bombay, Bangalore, Mangalore, etc. Also buses from north to South Goa run frequently. Mapusa is the town where you have to board your buses from if you are going to Panjim, the state capital, or to any other place in north or South Goa. The bus station at Mapusa is a bit of a mess and very disorderly, but people are very helpful with information and rarely will you be misled into catching the wrong bus.

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Aug 06, 2003

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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