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South Goa & Temple Tour


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No. of Days :  7 days

Destinations covered: Goa [Varca, Benaulim, Cavelossim, Palolem , Colva beach ; Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary ]

 

 
DAY 1 - Goa
Welcome to the flamboyant state of Goa: Welcome aboard! You are welcomed & picked up by our executive from the main exit of the airport and transferred to the hotel in your private car (Our executive will be waiting outside the custom area with a placard of your name).  We will have a welcome briefing covering the various aspects of the tour. Rest of the day at your own.
 
DAY 2 - Colva
Colonial Mansion tour : Take a tour of the colonial mansions around South Goa, shop at Margaon market. Overnight stay at Colva.

For a state that was under the domain of Portuguese for 450 years, its difficult to root out the influence. Portuguese left Goa in 1961 but wherever you set your eyes here, you can see their mark on everything. From a considerable Christian population to Portuguese architecture, everywhere you see deep rooted influence.


DAY 3 - Colva
Day for the temples : Tour Ponda taluka and visit the Hindu temples - Shri Mahalsa, Shri Shantadurga, Shri Mangesh.
 
The Temples of Goa are in essence like most Hindu temples in India, based around a deity which is worshipped. The architecture of Goan temples is a little different mostly because of historical reasons.

The fundamental design of any Hindu temple is organized around the central shrine or the "Garbagriha" or the "sanctum sanctorum" that houses the main deity.

A tower or "Shikara" arises from the main shrine and is traditionally pyramidal shaped. There are usually two or more smaller shrines housing other deities known as "Parivar Devatas" around the entrance to the Garbagriha.


DAY 4 - Colva
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary : Tour Margao city and proceed to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary (42 km). Spend day there and drive to Panaji (57 km). Overnight stay at Panaji.

The biggest of all the wildlife sanctuaries of Goa, Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary covers an area of around 240 square kilometers. The sanctuary is located on the eastern border of Goa and easily reachable by both road and rail as it is well connected by a network of roads from the major cities. The sanctuary is home to many animals and birds and flourishes in rich flora. The sanctuary is home to Leopards, Spotted Deer, Jungle Cats, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Pythons, Cobras and many more reptile species.


DAY 5 - Palolem
South Goa Beach tour : Tour other South Goa beaches (Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim). Later move to Palolem beach for an overnight stay.

The beaches of the south are more relaxing than those of the north, and people here are less preoccupied with partying. Although there is more shack life in the south now than there used to be, it's still far more laid-back than the north. Although Colva is crowded, Cansaulim, Benaulim, Varca, and Cavelossim beaches are progressively lovely and secluded from the rest of Goa. Some of the state's best and most expensive resorts are on these beaches.
 
DAY 6 - Palolem
Boating at Palolem : Enjoy backwater cruises  at  cruises, spot Dolphins, go fishing and have fun at Palolem. Stay overnight at Palolem.

The Palolem Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Beach Capital of India Goa and is often referred to as the ‘Tiny Bay of Goa’. The swaying palms, the soft white sand along with the gorgeous green mountains add to the holiday mood on the shore of the Arabian Sea. The beauty of the beach makes Palolem the ‘Paradise Beach’.


DAY 7 - TOUR ENDS
The way back : Day at your own till drive back and drop at airport / railway station for onward journey.
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highlights of the tour, Ashoka Holidays
  • Colonial mansions of Portuguese era 

  • Tiger show on Jeep safari and elephant safari

  • Dolphin sighting, fishing, backwater cruise

  • Goa's biggest wildlife sanctuary Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Relaxing beaches of South Goa

 
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