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The most comprehensive
beach resort in the country, Goa is approachable
from Bombay by air. Goa’s coastline provides
endless sun drenched crescents of sand. Vagator,
Anjuna, Baga, Calangute and Candolim stretch out
in an unbroken palm fringed line. Other beaches
are at Miramar and Colva. Parasailing, yachting,
windsurfing, and deep sea diving are some of the
more popular water sports, facilities for which
are available. In addition, every sort of accommodation
fringes the beaches, from deluxe resorts to budget
lodgings Inland, 451 years of Portuguese rule has
imbued Goa’s towns and villages with a unique
culture. Whitewashed chapels and churches that dot
the landscape are surrounded by sleepy villages
and rice fields.
Panjim, the capital city, and Margao, an important
town, have private houses and government buildings
that date back to Portuguese times. Old Goa, now
deserted, has a collection of Goa’s largest
churches: Se Cathedral with its Iberian exterior,
Bom Jesu which enshrines the mortal remains of
St. Francis Xavier and the starkly beautiful Convent
of Saint Monica are a few of these. Mapusa, a
market town, comes alive every Friday with a quaint
Access: Road. 597 km. Motorable, but requires
an overnight stay at Chiplun, tourist facilities
provided. Air: Indian Airlines connects daily
Rail: Vasco da Gama, 35 km away, is the nearest
Deluxe – The Fort Aguada Beach Resort and
The Aguada Heritage,The Taj Holiday Village,The
Oberoi Bogmalo Beach Resort,Majorda Beach Resort,The
Leela Beach, Goa Renaissance Resort, Cidade de
’Goa, Old Anchor.
Standard – Whispering Palms, Dona Sylvia,
Fidalgo, Baia Do Sol, Mandovi, Dona Paula,Golden
Goa, La Paz, Nova Goa.
Budget – GTDC runs tourist hostels at Panaji,
Calangute, Mavem, Tirekhal Fort, Molem, Mapusa,
Margao and Vasco da Gama.
Road: Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected
by road to Bangalore-598 kms, Belgaum-157 km,
Bombay-594 km, Gokarn-154 km, Hospet-315 km, Hubli-184
km, Karwar-103 km, Kolhapur-246 km, Malwan-150
km, Mangalore-371 kms, Mysore-696 kms, Pune-458
kms, Ratnagiri-263 kms, Vengurla-73 kms etc.
Bus Service: Kadamba Transport Corporation. MSRTC
and KSRTC operate frequent bus services between
Panaji, Vasco, Margao and to Bangalore, Belgaum,
Gokarn, Hubli, Karwar, Kolhapur, Malwan, Mangalore,
Miraj, Mysore, Pune, Ratnagiri and Vengurla.
Sea : Ship services between Bombay and Goa organised
Internal Distances: Panaji to Baga beach (18 kms),
Bondla (55 kms), Calangute (16 kms), Dabolim Airport
(29 kms), Mapusa (13 kms), Margao (33 kms), Old
Goa (10 kms), Terekhol (42 kms), Vagator (22 kms),
Vasco-da-gama (30 kms), Ponda (28 kms).
Local Transport: Local buses, auto-rickshaws and
Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) organizes
following conducted tours from Tourist Hostel,
Panaji, Tel: 43396/47103.
North Goa: Visits Mapusa town, Sri Saptakoteshwar
Temple at Narva, Mayem Lake, Beaches at Vagator,
Anjuna and Calangute and Aguada Fort.
Departure daily at 0930 to 1800 hours from Tourist
South Goa: Visits Bom Jesus Basilica and Se Cathedral
(Old Goa) Churches. Sri Mangueshi and Shantadurga
temples, Colva Beach, Margoa Beach, Bogmala Beach,
Dona Paula, Bay and Miramar.
Departure daily at 0915 hours from Tourist Hostel,
River Cruise: Down the Mandovi River on the `Santa
Monica' with live cultural programme.
Departure daily at 1800 & 1915 hours from
steamer jetty, Panaji.
Such as windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, Water-Skiing,
Parasailing etc. are organised by various hotels
& by GTDC, Agua Sports Assn,Goa Yatching Assn
& Dona Paula Sports Club.
Government of India, Tourist Office,
Communidade Bldg., Church-square
Panaji- 403001, Tel : 43412
Tourist Information centre, Tourist Home
Tel : 45583, 45715, 44757