Goa Extensive Tour - 4 Days

Goa is a premier destination for travelers those who want to enjoy thrilling water sports or want to experience the legendary nightlife at some beach. Goa Packages are designed to cover every aspect of Goa and can be customized depending upon your needs. Our Goa Holiday Packages are all inclusive such as sightseeing, to and fro transfers and comfortable accommodations which make a holiday even more special for a traveler.

Duration: 2Days/1Night

Places to be covered

  • Reis Mogos Fort
  • Aguada Fort
  • Calangute Beach
  • Chapora Fort
  • Vagator Beach
  • Colva Beach
  • Shri Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple – Fatorpa
  • Cabo De Rama Fort
  • Palolem Beach
  • Dudhsagar Waterfalls
  • Basilica Of Bom Jesus
  • Se Cathedral
  • St. Francis Of Assisi Church
  • St. Augustine Tower / Church Of St. Augustin
  • Shri Mangueshi Temple / Mangeshi Temple
  • River Cruise – Mandovi River

*This Price is for 4 people traveling together* (For solo or 2 people traveling contact us)

NOTE:
1. Cab is provided only for sightseeing from 9 AM to 6 PM.
2. Goa tours start from Panjim Bus Station. Additional charges apply for Pickup from Airport/Railway Station
3. Most of Goa hotels have 2 PM check-in. In case you arrive early and rooms are unavailable, fresh up in common restrooms and proceed with sightseeing. You can check into hotel after sightseeing.
4.Dudhsagar Waterfalls may be inaccessible in Monsoon season. If Dudhsagar is closed, Sightseeing will be spread through 4 days
5. Private/Forest Jeep needs to be hired for Dudhsagar Falls from Forest Entry Point (additional cost)

Day 1
Start at 10 AM from Goa and visit following places

Reis Mogos Fort

Aguada Fort

Calangute Beach

Chapora Fort

Vagator Beach

Day 2
Start at 8 AM and visit following places

Colva Beach

Shri Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple – Fatorpa

Cabo De Rama Fort

Palolem Beach

Day 3
Start at 8 AM and visit following places

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Day 4
Start at 9 AM and visit following places

Basilica Of Bom Jesus

Se Cathedral

St. Francis Of Assisi Church

St. Augustine Tower / Church Of St. Augustin

Shri Mangueshi Temple / Mangeshi Temple

River Cruise – Mandovi River

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in selected category hotel (NA for Day Trips)
  • Breakfast, except on Check-in Date (NA for Day Trips & Govt Properties)
  • Sightseeing as per Itinerary by Private Cab
  • Parking & Toll Charges
  • Driver Allowance
  • Inter-state Entry Tax, if applicable
  • Ferry Tickets & Airport Transfers (for Andamans)
  • Pickup & Drop from Your Origin City (Optional)
  • Total fare includes GST

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Beverages
  • Entry Fees & Local Guide Charges
  • Activity Fees
  • Hotel Early Check-in / Late Check-out Charges, if applicable
  • Other items not mentioned in Inclusions

  • Reis Mogos Fort

At a distance of 7 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Mapusa, Reis Magos Fort is located on the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa. This Fort is one of the prime Goa Tourist Places and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state.

This Fort was built by the Portuguese Viceroy Alfonso de Noronha in 1551 and was rebuilt in 1707. It was played an important role in the defense of Goa in 1739 against the Marathas. Originally it was an armed outpost built by the Adil Shah in the late 1400 and got destroyed in 1500. In the beginning the Portuguese used this Fort as a shelter for the viceroys and dignitaries who arrived from Lisbon. But gradually Portuguese realized the strategic importance of this Fort and used it to ward off Maratha armies.

This Fort is quite small compared to other forts in Goa. It was used as a residence for viceroys and later converted to a fortress. It was occupied briefly between 1798-1813 by the British Army. It was subsequently abandoned by the military and served as a prison until 1993. The Fort is currently undergoing a restoration by the archeological survey of India.

This Reis Magos Fort was constructed using laterite and is located on a hill that can be accessed through a ramp or a narrow staircase. From the Fort one can obtain a beautiful view of the River Mandovi. The other features of the Fort are the high sloping walls, underground rooms, passages, cylindrical turrets looking out towards the Mandovi River. The water supply provided to the Fort from a fresh water spring which is situated within the Fort. The Fort has been well preserved and was defended by 33 guns and a small military troop.

Located close to the Fort is the Reis Magos Church, the first church of Bardez. This church is well known for the colorful ‘Fiesta dos Reis Magos’ which is the Feast of the Three Wise Men. The feast is held on 6th of January every year.

Timings: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM on all days except Monday.

  • Aguada Fort

At a distance of 15 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 4 km from Candolim and 49 km from Margao Railway Station, the grand Fort of Aguada was constructed to prevent the entry of ships into the River Mandovi thus protecting old Goa from the attacks of Dutch and Marathas. Aguda Fort is one of the prime Goa tourist places and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state. Aguada Fort is one of the top attractions you must include in Goa packages.

The Aguada Fort was built by the Portuguese colonial rulers on the beach south of Candolim at the shore of the Mandovi River in 1612. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name ‘Aguada’ meaning Water. The heart of the fort was protected by two hundred cannons and a deep dry moat, which one still has to cross to get inside.

A central jail and a lighthouse built during the 19th century are also located near this fort. This is presently serving as the Central Jail. Aguada Fort boasts of the first ever light house in Asia. Equipped with ammunition rooms and barracks, Fort Aguada was the first line of defense as far the Portuguese control over the region of Goa was concerned. This lighthouse was home to a gigantic bell that was retrieved from amongst the ruins of the St. Augustine Tower at Old Goa. However, the bell has now been moved to the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church at Panaji.

The Aguada Fort is easily accessible from Panaji and Mapusa through local buses, taxis and motorbikes.

Timings: 9:30 AM – 6 PM on all days.

Entry fee and timings for Light house: 20 Rs/adults, 12 pm – 5 pm on all days.

  • Calangute Beach

At a distance of 14 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 10 km from Mapusa and 41 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Calangute Beach is the largest Beach in North Goa and one of the best tourist Places to visit in Goa. The beach is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism. Calangute Beach is another popular attraction not to miss in a Goa tour packages.

Calangute is also called the ‘Queen of beaches’ in Goa and among the best beaches in Goa. As stories go on, hippies had discovered this beach during the 60’s so is it famous since then. Calangute along with Candolim, Baga and Anjuna form part of stretch of beach extending from just outside Panaji city to Fort Aguada. Calangute Beach is a 4 mile long beach that lies between Baga and Candolim beach. It is also among the top beaches of Goa.

The beach is wide with soft sand but the sea is rough. Watching the sunset and sunrise at Calangute Beach is a mesmerizing experience. During the months from June-September visitors refrain from visiting the place due to rough sea and tides which make it dangerous to swim but locals believe that Calangute is at its best during the monsoon months.

Most suitable occasion to visit this beach is Christmas and New Year eves while it welcomes enough rush. It also witnesses large number of tourists representing many age groups visiting in the summers. They spend time here sunbathing so do they enjoy rejuvenating sea breezes in the Calangute Beach. So it is natural that it is overcrowded in both in peak and off seasons.

There are several beach restaurants and most of them have their own area with sun beds close to the shoreline. Unlike Baga which is popular with tourists who want to drink, dance and party, Calangute is more of a family destination. Nightlife in Calangute is tame, as night clubs and bars shut down at 10 pm.

The beach is popular among tourists due the availability of restaurants, clubs and shopping activities. Calangute is also famous for its water sport activities. One can experience Parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-ski.

Best Time to Visit: November to March.

  • Chapora Fort

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 11 km from Mapusa, The Chapora Fort is situated in North Goa. It is one of the top tourist places in Goa.

Built in red laterite stones, the fort has steep slopes on all the sides and stands on an area which has irregular outer plan. This massive fort was constructed by the king of Bijapur, Adil Shah. This is one reason why it has been named Shahpura, which means the ‘town of Shah’. The Chapora Fort is one of the prime attractions on Goa.

The fort was built in order to keep a watch on Hindu raiders who wanted to set up their territory in Goa. The fort was destroyed after the rule of Adil Shah and was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1617, on the site of an earlier Muslim structure. The Portuguese troops surrendered to the Maratha ruler Sambhaji in 1684 but the locals were not too pleased with this situation and hence Marathas were forced to withdraw their forces from the fort in 1717. Portuguese took over it again and rebuilt the fort until they finally abandoned it 1892.
Today the Chapora Fort lies in ruins and although one can see the heads of the two tunnels to aid in escaping in case of an emergency. The massive ramparts and scattered Muslim tombstones are all that is left of this fort. The fort gives a spectacular view of the Vagator and the Anjuna beach.

There are no particular visiting hours to visit this fort, however early morning and evening are preferred as you can get some great views during these hours. Sunset from the fort is a beautiful experience. The path to the Fort from parking area is filling with red laterite stones and is slippery. One has to be careful while walking on this path. It is advised to return back before it’s dark.

  • Vagator Beach

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 13 km from Mapusa, Vagator Beach is situated in North Goa, near Chapora Fort. It is among the top places to visit in Goa.

Vagator Beach is a part of a 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea that begins at Fort Aguada and ending at Chapora Beach and Fort. It is a bay between the rocky headlands and one of the Goa best beaches. It is covered with soft white sand, dotted by coconut trees and huge black rocks. The sea at Vagator turns from aquamarine to emerald green with the movement of the sun.

Vagator Beach is divided into Big Vagator or North Vagator, Middle Vagator (Tel Aviv beach) and Little Vagator (Ozran) by a few rocks. To reach the beach one has to climb down a hill. The Big Vagator Beach is a long white sandy beach located 1.4 km from Ozran. This beach is more crowded than Ozran Beach. The famous Chapora fort overlooks the beach.

Vagator Beach situated 3 km north of Anjuna, attained popularity because of its seclusion and the nearby Chapora Fort. The picturesque Vagator Beach is a favourite venue for mid night parties during the tourist season.

Big Vagator Beach is considered safer for swimming than the Ozran Beach. Lifeguards are available at big Vagator Beach but not at Ozran Beach. It also offers a very beautiful sunset view. There are several adventure activities at Vagator including speed boat & water scooters. There are a number of restaurants and beach cafes near the beach that serve some tasty seafood and drinks. There is a local handicrafts market where you can shop for local handicrafts like earthen pot and cane baskets as well as clothes.

Best Time to Visit: November – February

  • Basilica Of Bom Jesus

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, the famous Bom Jesus Basilica is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa). It is also called St. Francis Xavier’s Tomb. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Goa packages and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state. The church is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. The Construction of the church began in 1594 and completed in May 1605. The church is called ‘Bom Jesus’ meaning ‘good Jesus’ or ‘infant Jesus’. This church is the first Minor Basilica in India and is regarded as one of the best examples of baroque architecture.

The imposing facade built out of black granite in an exquisite combination of the Doric, Corinthian and composite styles, is remarkable for its simplicity. It measures 183 ft in length, 55 ft in breath and 61 ft in height. The main altar is 54 ft high and 30 ft broad. The interior of the church is built in Mosaic-Corinthian style. There are paintings of events from the life of St. Francis Xavier.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus enshrines the sacred remains of Goa’s patron saint Francis Xavier, who died on a sea voyage to China in 1552. Legend says that when the body of Xavier was transferred to Goa the following year, the body was found as fresh as the day it was buried. The embalmed body of the saint lies in an airtight glass coffin which is placed in a silver casket. It is believed that the saint has miraculous powers of healing. Once every 10 years, the body is allowed to be viewed by the people who visit this holy place. The last time it was in 2014 and the next would be in 2024.

The House of the Jesuits is next door to the basilica and is the place where the Jesuit missions to the east began. The museum on the first floor has paintings on the life of Saint Francis that can be visited with an entry fee of Rs. 5.

Heavy Crowd during the Feast of St Francis Xavier held annually on 3rd December and proceeded by a nine-day devotional novena.

Timings: Mon-Sat 9 am – 6:30 pm, Sun 10 am – 6:30 pm

  • Se Cathedral

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, Se Cathedral is considered to be one of the largest churches in Asia, situated in Old Goa, opposite to Basilica of Bom Jesus. The beautiful Se Cathedral is one of the top places to visit in Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine. It is also known to be the oldest and the most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and has the prestige of being the seat of Archdiocese of Goa. According to history, Alfonso Albuquerque in 1510 defeated the Muslim army on the feast day of St. Catherine of Alexandria and took possession of Goa. The construction of this imposing church began in 1562 during the reign of King Dom Sebastiao and substantially completed by 1619. The main altars however were not finished until the year 1652. It was consecrated in 1640. This 16th century monument took 80 long years to complete. It is also called St. Catherine’s Cathedral.

The Se Cathedral is built in the Portuguese-Gothic style. The exterior of the church is Tuscan while the interior is Corinthian. The church is 250 ft in length and 181 ft in breath and 115 ft in height. The main attractions of the Cathedral are the 15 altars, which are dedicated to Our Lady of Three Needs, Our Lady of Anguish or Our Lady of Hope. The grand alter is highly ornate and is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. It has the carvings depicting the major events of the life of St. Catherine.
Close to the main altar is placed the throne of Archbishop of Goa. On the right in the order of placing are the Chapels of St. Anthony, St. Bernard, the Miraculous Cross and The Holy Ghost. It is said that a vision of Christ had emerged on the Miraculous cross in 1919 and that the cross is growing in size. On the left side are the chapels dedicated to Nossa Senhora de Necessidades, St. Sebastian, the Blessed Sacrament and the last to Nossa Senhora de Boa Vida.

The bell in the existing tower is often referred to as the Golden Bell. The bell is known for its melody and rich tone and is the largest bell in Goa and one of the best in the world. The tower on the Southern side collapsed in 1776 and it was never built.

The adjoining convent has been turned in to an Archeological Museum and is open to the public. The Franciscan church lies to the west of the cathedral.

Timings: 7:30 AM – 6 PM on all days.

  • St. Francis Of Assisi Church

At a distance of 9.2 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Mapusa, St. Francis of Assisi Church is situated near the Se Cathedral in Old Goa. It is one of the prime tourist places to visit in Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic Church situated in the main square of Old Goa. The Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi were established by eight Portuguese Franciscan friars who landed in Goa in 1517. After their arrival in 1517 with their consistent efforts they constructed a small chapel with three altars and a choir. Eventually in the year 1521 the chapel was modified into a church and dedicated to the Holy Ghost in 1602. Later the church was pulled down and the present church was constructed on the same spot in 1616.

The west facing church has a nave with three chapels on both side, a choir on the first floor, a main altar and two other altars. Belfry and a sacristy are on the north of main altar, today which you see the house of Archaeological Museum was actually a convent forming annexure to the church.

The exterior of the Church is of the Tuscan order while the main entrance is in Manuline style. The main altar is Baroque with Corinthian features. There are no aisles but only a nave, which is rib-vaulted. The internal buttress walls separating the chapels and supporting the gallery on top.

The Church interior includes a richly ornamental niche with a tabernacle supported by the Four Evangelists on the main altar. In a niche on the façade stands a statue of our lady of miracles brought from Jaffna in Sri Lanka. Above the tabernacle are two large statues, one is St. Francis of Assisi and the other is the crucified Christ. A wooden statue of St. Francis of Assisi adorns a pedestal bearing the insignia of the Franciscans. A wooden pulpit richly carved with floral designs is to the left as one enters.

The convent contiguous to the Church now houses a museum that was set up by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1964. The museum contains artifacts, paintings and pieces of Hindu temple sculptures from Goa.

Church Timings: 7.30 am to 6.30 pm on all days except Sunday.
Museum Timings: 9 am – 12.30 pm and 3 pm – 6.30 pm.

  • St. Augustine Tower / Church Of St. Augustin

At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, Church and Monastery of Augustin is situated in Old Goa. It is one of the prime Goa tourist places. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church and Monastery of St Augustine were built in 1572 by 12 Augustines when they arrived in the city of Goa. The construction of the church was completed in 1602 AD. They also built a convent besides the church. A ban was imposed by the Portuguese government against the Augustines. The church and the convent thereafter were deserted.

The ruins of 46 m high Bell Tower without the bell can be seen from some distance and attract visitors. The four storied arched belfry tower built of laterite of the church facing east. This tower is one of the four towers of St. Augustine Church. The Church had eight richly adorned chapels and four altars and a convent with numerous cells. The ruins of these can be seen even today around the tower. The bell was first placed in the Fort Aguada Light House, where it remained from 1841 to 1871 AD. Finally it was put in the church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception at Panaji in 1871 AD and it is still in working condition.

The ruins of St. Augustine Church also known as Nossa Senhora da Graca Church are a very popular tourist attraction and one of the most spectacular monuments in Goa. The St. Augustine Church was considered to be one of the greatest of three Augustinian churches. Now, only the ruins of the front portion of the church and magnificent tower remain. Today most of the remaining buildings and churches are maintained by the Archeological Survey of India and the church services are maintained by the Archdiocese of Goa.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

  • Shri Mangueshi Temple / Mangeshi Temple

At a distance of 21 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 34 km from Mapusa, Shri Mangueshi Temple is situated in North Goa. It is of the must visit Goa tourist places and a major pilgrimage site of Goa state.

Shri Mangeshi temple is located on a hillock at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Ponda Taluka. Shri Mangeshi Temple is one of the largest, wealthiest and most popular Hindu shrines in Goa. Mythology says that Lord Shiva came to Goa after having lost everything in a game of dice against his wife Parvati. When Parvati came looking for him, he disguised himself as a tiger and frightened her. In a state of shock, Parvati uttered the words ”Trahi Mam Grisha”, which means ”O Lord of the Mountains, save me”. Shiva then reverted into his normal form and returned with her. The words, ”Mam Grisha” came to be associated with this story and Shiva came to be known as ‘Manguesh’. The place where this tale occurred was marked by building a temple at the site. This location is to the south of the Zuari River where the present day village of Cortalim stands.

When Salcete was captured by the Portuguese in 1543, the devotees shifted the deity from Cortalim to a nearby village that came to be known as Mangeshi. The temple which is believed to be built around 1744 has been rebuilt and has undergone several renovations. It was built with income from land donated by a local ruler under the Marathas.

This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It belongs to the typical Goan Hindu temple style of architecture. It is very distinctive with its white towers, welcoming at the entrance even though it is small and exquisite.

In the temple of Mangesh is a prominent Nandi Bull which is considered to be the Vahana (Vehicle) of Shiva. The temple complex consists of a spacious courtyard surrounded by the temple itself and rooms for weddings and pilgrims. The temple also has a magnificent water tank, which is believed to be the oldest part of the temple. The ”Deepastambha” is an eye catching structure, it is a seven storey octagonal lamp tower. Considered as the tallest and most imposing column in Goa, it looks picturesque when illuminated at night with traditional oil lamps during festival nights. The tower is crowned with a small dome. The sanctum houses a Shiva Lingam. A golden Shesha, the Linga and an image of Shiva constitute the main altar. It has shrines of Parvati and Ganesha.

Magha Pournima is the main annual festival which is held in February. The main event during the annual festival is the Ratha Yatra or the pulling of the chariots. This annual festival attracts thousands of people to the temple. The deity is given a special deck up and is taken around the streets on a chariot pulled by devotees.

Timings: 6 AM – 10 PM.

  • River Cruise – Mandovi River

At a distance 1 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Terminus, River Cruise is a memorable and must experience activity in Panaji. It is one of the top Goa places to visit. The river cruises start from Santa Monica Boat Jetty and Panaji Jetty on Mandovi river in Panaji town on Old Panaji Road. River cruise is one of the top things to do in Goa.

The river cruise, especially the evening sunset cruise is a beautiful experience. Most of the cruise trips last for one hour with a ride across the Mandovi River till the Miramar Beach point. The cruise trips are usually accompanied with Goan cultural activities like Music, Dance, etc. The activities also include tourists joining the dance at end of the program.

Visitors can also view Adil Shah Palace from the river, which is the first palace built in Goa by Bijapur Sultan Adil Shah. It was later occupied by Portuguese and converted into a palace. Evening time (around 6 PM) is ideal time for cruise trip for best experience. This is usually crowded on weekends and waiting time can go upto 1-2 hours in peak rush.

There is also a Dinner cruise that leaves Santa Monica Jetty at 8:45 PM and comes back at 10:45 PM.

A full day (9.30 AM to 4 PM) backwater cruise trip is also arranged by Goa Tourist Dept from Santa Monica. The Backwater Cruise takes you along the mangrove-lined banks of the Mandovi River, between the Chorao and Divar islandsincluding Dr. Salim Ali’s Bird Sanctuary at Chorao Island. It is a must do activity for Bird lovers.

Goa offshore Casino ships are accessible from Panaji Jetty past Santa Monica Jetty.

Charges:

Sunset Cruise (1 Hour): Rs. 300 per person

Dinner Cruise (2 Hours – Wednesday & Saturday): Rs. 650 including dinner (Rs. 300 for children between 5-12 years)

Backwater Cruise (9.30 AM to 4 PM): Rs. 900 for adults & Rs. 450 for children between 5-12 years

  • Colva Beach

At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 8 km from Margao Railway Station and 25 km from Vasco Railway Station, Colva Beach is located in South Goa. It is one of the prime Places to visit in Goa state and among the best beaches in Goa.

Colva Beach is the oldest, largest and the most spectacular beaches of South Goa. The beach consists of about 25 km of the fine powdered white sand and is bounded along its coast by coconut palms that stretch from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa’s coastline. Colva is one of the top beaches in Goa.

In the colonial days it used to be the retreat for Margao’s high society. Today the area that is reminiscent of the luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class has the beautiful houses and villas that dot the village.

The main beach area can get quite crowded especially on weekends. This is less packed than Anjuna and Calanguate Beach. Colva is South Goa’s most happening beach especially for shopping and nightlife. The beach is full of shacks and restaurants. This beach is constantly monitored by lifeguards and the swimming areas are flagged for warnings. Water sports on Colva Beach comprises mainly of jet skiing and speed boat rides.

Apart from the beach itself the other main attraction for the tourists are the ‘Menino Jesus’ statue at the church of Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Piedade (Our Lady of Mercy) founded in 1630. The church lies in the village square.

Although the Colva Beach has never been a hilarious destination for rave parties, Colva’s nightlife is livelier and vibrant.

Best Time to Visit: November to March.

  • Shri Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple – Fatorpa

At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Shantadurga Temple is situated in North Goa.

Shri Shantadurga Temple is a large temple located at the foothill of Kavlem village in Ponda Taluka. This temple is considered as one of the most important and the biggest temple in Goa. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga the Goddess of Peace. The deity is also called ‘Santeri’ informally. According to the legend, a fierce battle was made between Shiva and Vishnu that Lord Brahma prayed to Parvati to intervene, which she did in the form of Shantadurga. Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight. The deity of Shantadurga is shown as holding two serpents one in each hand representing Vishnu and Shiva. This avatar of Shree Jagdamba Devi which had come to make peace between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva came to be known as Shree Shantadurga Devi.

The temple was initially located at Cavelossim but when it was being destroyed by the Portuguese in 1564, the deity was shifted to Kavlem. A small laterite mud shrine was built and the deity was installed here. The mud-shrine was converted into a beautiful temple whose foundation stone was laid in 1730 during the reign of Maratha ruler Shahu Raje of Satara at the request of Naro Ram Mantri, one of his ministers. The temple was completed in 1738 and renovated in 1966.

The temple is a combination of Indo-Portuguese architecture. Unlike other temples of Goa, the temple has a Pyramidical Shikara, Roman-arched windows and a flat dome encircled by balustrades. The maroon, peach and white colour paint of the temple gives the temple a serene beautiful look. Another major attraction of the temple complex is the Nayanmanohar Deepsthamba. This Deepsthamba is lighted during the festival times and the beauty of it is beyond description. On either side of the temple building are the big buildings of Agarshala. There is a big lake beyond the compound wall in front of the temple. The highlight of the temple is its golden palanquin (palkhi) in which the deity is carried on festive occasions.

The Jatra (annual festival) is held during December. The idol is taken out in a procession in a golden palanquin during the festival. Some of the important festivals that are celebrated at the temple are Lalkhi Utsav, Muktabharani Utsav, Tulsi Vivah and Kala Utsav.

Timings:5:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM to 8:30 PM

  • Palolem Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 65 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Palolem Beach is one of the famous & best beaches in Goa and top tourist attraction in South Goa.

Palolem Beach is also known as ‘Paradise Beach’. This beach stretches between two magnificent headlands and the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. The beach is about a mile long and it provides seclusion and idyllic scenery. Palolem Beach is a crescent shape beach and one can soak in its views from the southern end till the northern end in one glimpse of the eyes. Both ends have natural jutting rocks trying to touch the sea. It has little wooded islands to the north and a village behind the beach.

At the northern end of the beach there is a fresh water stream and across the stream lies a small undeveloped island that can be accessed by just swimming across during low tide or taking a ferry. There is a rocky terrain which is fun exploring. At the top of the island there is a stone sculpture created by an American artist Jacek Tylicki called ”Give if you can – Take if you have to” also called ”the Money stone”. It became a pilgrimage destination. At the low tide it is a tough jungle walk. People can leave or take money at will at the Money stone.

Palolem provides beautiful accommodation for all types of traveler with prices varying throughout the season, Christmas and New Year being the peak. Palolem is also ideal for young families as the atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and safe. Every season bamboo hut resorts and restaurants are erected along the beach allowing tourists to stay right on the sand, only a few meters away from a swim in the Arabian Sea. The beach hut resorts in Palolem Beach are seasonal. This is because of the fact that the area is subject to yearly monsoon rains which mean that the beach huts need to be taken down for a few months a year. The Palolem season usually begins around the end of October and lasts until the end of May.

Palolem Beach is considered to be the safest beach for swimming with absolutely few currents. Beach activities involve Scuba diving, Canyoning, Kayaking and trekking tours. Also, here you can get a chance to look at Dolphins quite closely. Palolem is an ideal place for a mesmerizing sunrise or sunset.

There is lot of eating shacks at the beach serving great seafood to eat. There are several bars at the beach; few of them open till late, so you won’t miss the nightlife.

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Trip Facts

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