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Most of Goa's larger towns are situated in the coastal belt where the Portuguese first settled, and their character was formed slowly through the centuries of Christian rule. They are small certainly by Indian standards, as the mainstream of Goan life flows largely in its villages.
Apart from well-known centers like Panjim and Old Goa, there are places like Margao and Vasco, Mapusa, and many other places of tourist attraction

Margao and Vasco :
Margao, the second largest town in Goa and the principal commercial center. There are some interesting places around Margao.

About 3 Km. from the small village of Raia, which is one the road from Margao to the Borim Bridge, is the Rachol Seminary and Church. The old church dates from the early 1600's and the seminary has interesting architecture, a decaying library and interesting paintings of Christian characters done in Indian styles. A few other towns are sprinkled around the territory: Vasco da gama is slowly developing into an industrial center: Marmagoa, Goa's port, is one of India's finest natural harbor's; Mapusa in north is an interesting traditional market town.

Mormugao Harbor :
It is situated (4 Km from Vasco-da-Gama) is one of the finest natural anchorages on the West coast of India and the hub of intense maritime activity.

Pilar :

Has a length of11 Km. Important religious and educational center of Christian missionaries. The church, seminary & school a top hillock command a magnificent panorama of the countryside around & a fine view of Margao Harbor & Zuari River.

Dudhsagar Water Falls :

One of GAO's most stunning natural sights is the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, said to be India's highest. This 2000-foot torrent of water is hidden deep in the 90 square miles of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary on the edge of Western Ghats close to the Karnataka border. A popular destination to hikers and trekkers.

The Rustic Retreat :
Situated on the extreme northeast tip of Goa, Nestled in a valley amidst verdant mountains with grassy expanses, lush green fruit bearing trees and gurgling rivulets. En route the plantation, visit the famous Bicholim Pottery Studio, where one can witness the artisans at work.

Mapusa Market :
Friday is the day to visit Goa's biggest market in the Northern town of Mapusa. A full day of colours, noise and exotic smells; you can buy anything from a needle to a pig.

City Tours of Old/ New Goa :
A half day trip to Old Goa to view Se Cathedral, the largest Church in Asia and the Basilica of Bom Jesus which houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier, Dona Paula, Miramar beach and Panjim city with it's Old Latin Quarters.
Full Day Tour of North & South Goa The Tour covers Old Goa, Shantadurga Temple.

Grand Island Trip :
A Full day we head out to grand island, spotting dolphins on the way. On arrival we drop anchor, where you can swim in the crystal clear waters and

snorkel viewing the marine life (all snorkeling equipment is provided). We then head east to monkey beach where we have a traditional B.B.Q. and fresh fruit. The rest of the afternoon can be spent relaxing on the beach. We arrive back at Dona Paula. All our boats are equipped with life jackets/ first aid kit.

Spice Plantation :
Arrive at a Spice Plantation, after a comfortable drive through small Villages, Old Goa and picturesque Mandovi River.

Goan Crocodile Dundee :
A day out cruising along the back waters of the Zuari river in a giant canoe. A chance to see some of Goa's exotic bird life as well as the Indian Mugger Crocodile which lurks along the river banks. Lunch is at a typical Goan farmhouse and is followed by the lazy journey back past fishermen preparing for the evening catch.

A Trip Over the Mandovi :
A tastefully decorated cruiser takes you for a lovely ride up the river Mandovi past Adil Shah's summer palace to the historic Mandovi bridges and then down the river to the Arabian Sea at Reis Magos fort from where one gets a Panoramic view of the grand Fort Aguada, Majestic Cabo - The governor's palace, the sprawling Miramar beach and the glorious sunset. The atmosphere on the boat is festive, with a colorful announcer welcoming you on board and local Goan dancers performing local folk dances for you on board as you sail with live music.


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