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Tailormade Goa Tour Packages

Goa may be India’s smallest state, but it offers plenty of grand experiences. No wonder Goa tours are so popular in the country, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a more relaxing week-long visit. Bordered by the Arabian Sea to its west, populated with rich forests on its eastern side, and boasting a unique amalgamation of Indian and colonial cultures everywhere, Goa tour packages are a favourite choice for couples, families and friends alike. With all that the state offers, planning a trip to Goa can be somewhat overwhelming. Flying Squirrel Holidays exclusively works in personalising holiday packages so that the client can make the most of the time spent on a vacation.

OVERVIEW

Following are the experiences one can expect from Goa Holidays:

BEACHES

Although the coastline forms only a small portion of the state’s territory, Goa is constantly ranked as the best beach destination in India. Trips to Goa include visits to both North Goa and South Goa. While the north is lively and dynamic, with a colourful nightlife, great restaurants and shopping opportunities, the south is more reclusive and serene. North Goa is also remarkable for its architecture and historical structures like Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, and Chapora Fort. On the other hand, the forests and sanctuaries of South Goa have incredibly diverse flora and fauna- the iconic Dudhsagar Falls and the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary are two highlights of the south.

Goa’s beautiful beaches cater to a range of interests: Anjuna, Calangute and Baga Beaches are extremely popular for their thrilling water sports like kayaking, parasailing and diving; Panolem, Butterfly, Colva and Benaulim beaches are quiet and secluded, ideal for honeymoons. Querim Beach is a particularly favourite destination for quiet and intimate picnics. Ashwem has long stretches of soft, sandy beaches and some of the most stunning views of clear, bright waters. Apart from being home to Olive Ridley Turtles who lay their eggs here, the beach is also famous for its boutiques. Arambol is a fishermen’s village that hosts lively flea markets. A little off-beat beach, Arambol is pristine and offers gorgeous views of cliff sides.

HIDDEN WATERFALLS

There are a few extremely scenic waterfalls in the state, and they must not be missed out on. The Hivre Waterfall is a favourite of nature lovers, tourists and hikers, and it tends to be crowded during the weekends. Tambdi Surla is another popular fall- surrounded by dense jungles, there is an element of mysticism here. Situated among a forest of betel palms, a bath under the Kesarval Falls is refreshingly therapeutic.

However, the most popular waterfall in Goa is the Dudhsagar Waterfall. Literally translating to the ‘river of milk’, the Dudhsagar is stunning with its foamy, white waters against a backdrop of lush forests. Camping near the Dudhsagar falls is a memorable experience!

CAVES

The caves of Goa are thrilling for those who love some mystery and adventure. The Arvalem caves date back to the 6th century and are full of mystic charms. The Bicholim is another fascinating cave- with elaborate carvings and impressive structures like beams and ceilings, these caves are considered a masterpiece architecturally. The caverns are delicate, however, and tourists are not allowed to enter them. Rivona caves have a rich Buddhist historical connection. These hidden caves offer unrivalled views of the sea and are a great off-beat place to explore.

FLORA AND FAUNA

The diversity of flora and fauna in this tiny state is surprising. The landscape of Goa can be divided into three distinct regions, each supporting unique ecosystems- to the east are the Western Ghats, where the seven rivers that flow in the state originate; the midland is grassy and the primary area for cultivation of the crops and plants that Goa is iconic for- cashews, spices, coconut, jackfruits and pineapples; to the west is the coastline abundant in dense and rich mangrove forests.

Goa is home to a large array of wildlife- monkeys, mongoose, otters, giant squirrels and sloth bears are the ones most commonly spotted. The wildlife sanctuaries are home to the Indian bison, porcupines, sambars, spotted deer and barking deer.

Common dolphins are found in the estuaries, and fruit bats and Malay fox vampire bats can be spotted at night. Flap shell turtles are found easily especially during monsoons. The Mandovi and the Zuari estuaries are also home to crocodiles.

WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

A large part of Goa has been converted into national parks and sanctuaries. Visits to Goa are absolutely incomplete without exploring a few of them.

Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is towards the eastern side of the state and is particularly famous for its butterflies- Malabar tree Nymph, Black Raja and Gaudy Baron are easily spotted. Cobras, panthers, hornbills, slender loris, giant squirrels can also be found here.

The Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary has a high degree of endemism. Royal Bengal Tigers, black panther, leopard, jungle cat, sloth bear, barking deer and sambar can be seen here. The sanctuary is also well-loved by bird watchers, with sightings offered of Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar parakeet, Crimson backed sunbird, Nilgiri wood pigeons.

The Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park attract a large number of tourists. The sanctuary is the biggest in the state, and it provides shelter to animals including Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, panthers, sambars and barking deer. The core of the sanctuary is the Mollem Wildlife Sanctuary. There are approximately 120 species of birds here and regular safaris are conducted, making them a great addition to any Goa package for families.

SHOPPING

Goa’s laid back charm can best be seen in its iconic flea markets that are put up weekly. Anjuna Flea Market is popular for its many stalls set up by artisans from all over the world. Clothes, jewellery, bedsheets, hammocks, wall hangings — the range of items displayed here is endless. The experience is made more wholesome as evening falls, as shacks and bars play live music. The Saturday Night Market at Arpora a tad more pricier than the flea market at Anjuna, and the vibe here is made enjoyable with live music, international food stalls and fire dancers.

One of the must-visit flea markets in Goa is the Arambol Drum Circle & Sunset Beach market. As the sun sets, people set up stalls of handmade wares. The atmosphere is that of a fun party and performers of hula hoop and juggling frequently turn up.

OLD GOA

Old Goa is extremely rich and interesting and no planned trip to Goa is complete without exploring it. Around 10 kilometres north of Panjim, Old Goa has a plethora of historically, religiously and architecturally important sights.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of Goa’s most visited landmarks. A World Heritage monument, its Jesuit and Baroque influences are interesting to notice. Within the Basilica is the final resting place of revered St. Francis Xavier. The tomb itself is stunning — made of jasper and marble, it features delicate carvings of the Saint in silver.

Heritage walks through Old Goa’s small Latin Quarters should not be missed. Colourful, bright houses line the street and there are bakeries selling delicious snacks. A bright red wishing well completes its endearing charm.

Fort Aguada is a majestic sight. Historically a formidable and impregnable fort, it is a popular sunset point now. It also houses the Aguada lighthouse which offers scenic views. The Taj Aguada property stands within the fort today.

Old Goa’s rich historical value is best seen in its Archaeological Museum. With prehistoric, early historic and medieval periods, this museum is a delight for history enthusiasts. It also houses countless portraits and wooden sculptures. The main draw of this museum is the ivory sculpture showing Jesus’ crucifixion.

FOOD

Goa’s four and a half century-long history of being a colony of Portugal has influenced its cuisine. Flavourful and spicy, the commonly used ingredients are coconut, fish, pork, rice, meat and the local spice kokum. The Xitti Kodi is one of the staple dishes of the state- a spicy fish curry made of Pomfret or Kingfish, there are light accents of coconut and raw mango. It is served with rice. Patolea is a delicious sweet dish made with Goan red rice and tamarind leaves. A filling of coconut, cardamom and Goan jaggery is spread on the leaves lined with rice and steamed the traditional Goan way. The Konkani Goan Khaatkhate is a spicy stew made of lentils and vegetables. Anasache Todakh (a pineapple curry) and Ambada Udathimethi must be tried too!

HIGHLIGHTS OF GOA

PLACES TO VISIT

Vagator Beach

Arguably the most popular beaches in the state, the soft white sandy beach is dotted with big black rocks and palm and coconut trees. It has stunning cliffs and a secluded charm. Home to Anjuna and Calangute Beach, there is something for everyone -- water sports, to luxury accommodation to shopping. Enjoy the local art and eat delicious snacks from the many shacks.

Sinquerim Beach

The premier place in Goa for thrilling water sports like scuba diving, water skiing and windsurfing, this sandy beach is a favourite of adventure seekers. There are historical forts nearby allowing one to understand the Portuguese history.

Bicholim

For a break from the touristy places, head to Bicholim, which is known for its pottery. Interact with the friendly potters and do some local shopping at the stalls nearby.

Aguada Beach

This beach is a must-visit place, especially for couples on their honeymoon. Pristine views of the sea with ancient forts in the background, there are a lot of options to sightsee. The Aguada Fort and the lighthouse are the most popular.

Butterfly Beach

A serene, stunning shore in South Goa, it is concealed and isolated. Another great place for couples, spot dolphins, crabs and –of course- butterflies on this romantic beach. Be sure to try boat riding and canoe riding!

Palolem Beach

Famous for its silent disco, it is a great place for spending leisurely hours soaking in the sun on the white sandy beach. The green palm groves and the azure waters will stun you! The beach is also renowned for its great water sports.

Majorda Beach

This beach redefines tranquillity. Spend your evening watching the mesmerising sunset while enjoying traditional Goan delicacies, or spend time indulging in water sports like parasailing and surfing.

THINGS TO DO

Spend time at the coast- lazily soak in the sun on the sandy beaches, or indulge in water sports and explore reefs.

Try your luck at one of the many casinos -- the Deltin Royale is one of the best ones in the state.

Have fun at the parties -- vibe with the live music.

Retail therapy at the flea markets!!

Marvel at the well preserved historical and cultural attractions.

Load up on the scrumptious Konkani and Goan cuisine.

Get closer to nature at one of the many sanctuaries.

Sip on Feni -- a brandy made of cashews and nuts.

Take a tour on one of the Spice Farms.

TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Dudhsagar Falls

The largest sanctuary in the state, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary offers chances to spot Royal Bengal Tigers, barking deer, leopards, sambars and panthers. The iconic Dudhsagar Falls is inside the sanctuary. No visit in Goa is complete without touring this sanctuary.

Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Named after the famed Ornithologist, this sanctuary is a delight for bird watchers. The swampy marshes are an excellent breeding ground for local and migratory birds alike. Kingfishers, egrets, kites, herons, woodpeckers and mynahs along with marsh crocodiles, pythons, jackals and planktons can be spotted here. Well marked trails run through the sanctuary making it an educational experience.

Grande Beach

Grande Beach is hands down the best place to go scuba diving. Shallow waters, excellent visibility, and sunken ships make diving here a fulfilling and memorable experience. Suzy’s Wreck is a particularly famous shipwreck to explore underwater. The beach also has dolphin sightings, and fishing and swimming opportunities.

Chapora Fort

Goa tour packages are incomplete without watching the sunset from the Chopora Fort. Located on a hill just above the Vagator Beach, it overlooks the Chapora river meeting the Arabian Sea. The red laterite trails of the fort are stunning against the blue waters.

Se Cathedral

One of the largest churches in the world, the Se Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a stunning white monument that is breathtaking in its simplicity and elegance. It is home to the iconic Golden Bell, one of the largest bells globally.

Sinquerim Beach

The premier place in Goa for thrilling water sports like scuba diving, water skiing and windsurfing, this sandy beach is a favourite of adventure seekers. There are historical forts nearby allowing one to understand the Portuguese history.

Bicholim

For a break from the touristy places, head to Bicholim, which is known for its pottery. Interact with the friendly potters and do some local shopping at the stalls nearby.

Aguada Beach

This beach is a must-visit place, especially for couples on their honeymoon. Pristine views of the sea with ancient forts in the background, there are a lot of options to sightsee. The Aguada Fort and the lighthouse are the most popular.

Butterfly Beach

A serene, stunning shore in South Goa, it is concealed and isolated. Another great place for couples, spot dolphins, crabs and –of course- butterflies on this romantic beach. Be sure to try boat riding and canoe riding!

Palolem Beach

Famous for its silent disco, it is a great place for spending leisurely hours soaking in the sun on the white sandy beach. The green palm groves and the azure waters will stun you! The beach is also renowned for its great water sports.

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    ITINERARY

    Flying Squirrel Holidays specialises in building your dream Goa tour package as per your requirements. Whether you are looking for Goa tour packages for couples or Goa packages for families, we can help craft it for you!

    THE FOLLOWING ARE SAMPLE GOA TOUR PACKAGES:

    Stunning Goa: 2 Nights 3 Days

    Goan Delights: 5 Nights 6 Days

    Goa for families: 4 Nights, 5 Days

    GOA FOR FAMILIES [Please note that this is a sample itinerary. We specialise in personalising Goa tour packages for you.]

    Day 1

    Arrive at Goa International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the beach.

    Day 2

    Day 2 is spent exploring North Goa. Start your day at Chapora Fort and then enjoy the afternoon at Vagator. Towards the evening, leave for Anjuna and enjoy dinner at the beach.

    Day 3

    After breakfast, depart for Panjim. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus and explore the Latin Quarter of Fountainhas. Spend the day at Miramar Beach. In the evening, get on a cruise on the Mandovi River.

    Day 4

    Reach Colva Beach in South Goa and spend a few hours soaking in the sun or enjoying activities like speed boating, dolphin watching or parasailing. Head to the majestic Dudhsagar Fall following lunch. Go back to the hotel for dinner.

    Day 5

    Relax in the hotel and then head to the hotel as per flight timings.

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    COST

    The cost of your Goa tour depends on several factors like accommodation, the number of days you want to spend there, sightseeing activities, and the type of restaurants you choose. We have some amazing packages for your Goa holiday. Get in touch with us!

    FAQ

    What is the best month to visit Goa?

    November to February are the best months to visit Goa.

    Is food costly in Goa?

    Goa has a range of options depending on your budget. It is not difficult to find economical food options.

    Is Goa safe at night?

    Yes, Goa is safe at night.

    What currency can be used in Goa?

    The Indian Rupee is the accepted currency in Goa.

    Goa is the most loved beach destination on the Indian peninsula. The shores are stunning and the culture is unique and enjoyable. However, beaches are not the end of Goa Tour Places- the state offers a wide range of experiences from hiking to sightseeing to soaking in a rich and vibrant culture. Vacations in Goa are laid back. Food, shopping, music, art- time spent in Goa will always be memorable.

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