When planning your holidays in Goa, one needs to foresee a few days to travel this endlessly amazing and mysterious country. You can tour the country to visit the monuments of ancient and of extraordinary history or of natural phenomena, to take a sea or a river cruise, to get lost in the nightlife or in the world of famous Goan markets. Travel agencies offer a range of tours to places of interest of Goa and India, or just for fun — both on land and on water. The duration of the tour can last from several hours to several days depending on the subject and on the distance.
Popular tours and excursions in Goa
Dudhsagar waterfalls - is a one-day trip to the most picturesque waterfall of Goa. The tour includes an exciting trip off-road; a few hours of the beach rest on the lake at the foot of the falls, some direct contact with macaque monkeys inhabiting this district and a lunch on the way back. The trip to the waterfall is sometimes combined with a visit to the spice plantations or to the Old Goa and Hindu temples. Approximate price is $50.
The Jungle Book is the most popular name for one- or two-day excursions to the natural reserve of Bhagwan Mahavir, to the heart of the Goan jungle. The content of the tour: a visit and, on request, overnight stay in a traditional Goan settlement, riding on and bathing with elephants, riding on a cart drawn by buffalos, yoga classes, swimming in a natural hot tub, barbecue dinner and shows around the campfire. It also includes dinner and breakfast, the food is Goan. Approximate price is $150.
Spice plantations and crocodiles. The tour on a yacht down the river Zuari, observing crocodiles and fauna of the river, lunch at the spice plantation, a walk around the farm of tropical crops and fruit trees, demonstrations, consultation on the medicinal properties of plants, buying of souvenirs and ecological products. One-day tour. The combination with a visit to Dudhsagar waterfalls or to the temples of Ponda. Approximate price is $50.
Option tour: half-day boat safaris to see crocodiles down the river Zuari and channel Kumbardja (dangerous adventure in the backwater). The approximate price is $20.
Tiger Eye (Visiting the tigers, Tiger’s trail, direct contact with the tigers) is a two-day tour to the neighboring state of Karnataka with a visit to the tiger reserve Tyavarekoppa, in the city of Murdeshvara, where the highest statue of Shiva stands, and with a visit of the cascading waterfall Jog Falls, the largest in India. Approximate price is $180.
Cruise to the islands (Boat Trip) is a one-day yacht charter to the islands of Grand and Bath. The content of the tour: sailing, dolphin watching, fishing, diving, beach, beach barbecue. It’s possible to combine this with a visit to the Fort Aguada. Approximate price is $45.
Option tour: boat trip to observe the dolphins is held in the morning, it lasts about 3 hours, and approximate price is $20.
Floating Palace is one of the names of romantic night tour in a traditional houseboat down the inland waters of Goa. The content of the tour: dinner, fishing, voyage down the river at night, a visit to the Chorao Island. Approximate price is $130. A short version for a few hours is $60.
The islands of Chorao and Divar are an afternoon overview yacht voyage down the Mandovi river and observing the sights of Panaji and Old Goa, visiting the bird reserve on Chorao island or fishery, and the old Portuguese settlement on Divar island. Approximate price is $60.
There is also a possibility of the various options of yacht cruises down the river or the sea, and holding of ceremonies and events on board.
All of Goa in one day (Old Goa, temples and spices, all interesting sights in Goa in one day). It’s one of the most popular excursions with various options. The total content: Dudhsagar waterfalls, spice plantations, traditional crafts, Hindu temples (Shri Mangesh or Shri Shantadurga), Old Goa, Panaji. Approximate price is $40-70 depending on chosen options.
The verge of history is a one-day sightseeing tour for admirers. Content of the tour: Goan temples, early Christian and Hindu; Ponda and Old Goa, seeing outstanding examples of religious architecture, evening in Panaji, boat cruise. Approximate price is $60.
Hampi is a trip to the ghost town, abandoned ancient capital of the powerful empire. Phenomenal architecture and nature. Two-day tour. Approximate price is $270.
Bombay (Mumbai) is a two- or three-day excursion to the largest port and commercial center of India, the capital of Maharashtra. Approximate price: $200 - $320.
The Golden Triangle is a tour to major cities of India: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, with a flight by plane. Visiting the most important sights of the country. Duration is 2-8 days depending on the chosen option. Prices range is from $500 to $1,300.
Indian wedding is a tour of Goa for a wedding ceremony, with all the rules of the Indian tradition brought to your location. The main program includes wedding transportation, photographer, ceremony of a certain number of guests, makeup and clothing rental, champagne, sweets. Price is from $450 to $2100 depending on the selected package. Version of the tour: wedding ceremony in the European style on Goan beach.
While booking a tour to Goa, be aware that the financial and transport conditions may vary depending on the agency. Excursions are organized by local agencies. If you are on family vacation with children, be sure to ask about discounts. The above prices are per adult. Also you may have to pay an additional entrance to the site visits or other related expenses. Ask about it in advance with your tour operator. Some tours are taken on buses and trains, while you could choose a luxury personal transport and services of a personal tour guide