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Golden Beaches, Goa The sands on the beach have seen her through her each joy, her each sorrow. The wind sings her ballads as the dances to her music. Men come & men go, leaving their footprints on the sand... and waves come in and wash them away. For eternity is not man, not even time. Eternity is a sandy beach, blue skies and a bluer ocean........ Goa is eternity.

Golden beaches , blue skies and Pale Green hills. Silvery sands fringed with palms....... This is Goa. A magnificent hybrid of oriental occidental baroque architecture set in a tropical landscape ..... This is Goa. The Gods living side by side in their temples, churches and mosques...... This is Goa. International cuisine with local flavors. Seafood, Feni and fruits are the spices of life. ......... This is Goa. The Land of Paradoxes, the Land of Fun and Forlic, of Calm and Tranquility, , of hard work and harder play ...... this is Goa.

Goa's over 100-km coastline is studded with some of the world's loveliest beaches. Their beauty stirs the soul, and even their names are lyrical.... Calangute, Colva, Betul, Baga, Vagator and Miramar. Skirted with casuarinas and fringed with palms, they stand calmly with sylvan backdrops of rolling hills. In the distant horizon, a sweep of azure blue touches the sky as the small fishing villages lazily go about their day's work.

Attractions
  • Ancestral Goa - Stepping in the Past - This is a special tourist attraction. Located at Loutolim, 10 kms from Margao, Ancestral Goa is a mock-up Goan village dating back a century. Built on a verdant hillside, a guided track takes you down the Goan memory lane. Amidst a variety of rare wild flowers and mushrooms, a variety of rare wild flowers and birds are also sighted. This sprawling village has a natural spring, a fisherman's hut, market place, mansion of Dona Maria and traditional goan artisans at work. You can stop by the Taverna, the country liquor shop, warm up with a peg of Goan feni distilled at the Bhatti and play an ancient fame of tabla or sit on mud benches in the verandah of the farmers house relishing roasted seeds and other Goan eats.

    River Cruises, Goa Local feasts and festivals are celebrated with traditional style and fervour. Avisit to Ancestral Goa on any of the feast days, allows for a pure experience of Goan customs and lifestyles. The eat out offers a menu full of traditioanl goan specialities. Local vegetables, fish and sweets are treats to be indulged in. And while you walk around you can also visit a national landmark "National Harmony " the longest laterite monolithic sculpture. You can boogey on a giant footstep BIG FOOT ' - Goa's largest designer dance floor, Flanking this is the handicrafts fair displaying local and folk arts. There is also a spiceyard nearby.
  • River Cruises - River cruises with music and cultural shows are offered by GTDC which operates three launches - Santa Monica, Radhika and Malvika. Sunset cruises at 6 pm. of one hour duration, Sundown cruises at 7.15 pm of one hour duration. Full moon cruises from 8.30 pm to 1030 pm. Dinner on board is optional. Pleasure cruises from 10 am to 3 pm including a welcome drink and lunch at Goan houses. This five hour cruise is along the River Mandovi from Panjim.
    It is an interesting trip during which you can enjoy music, watch birds, and sun-bathe. A visit to Thomas church of Aldona and Old fort of Khorjuvem is part of the cruise. Island pleasure cruise from old Goa jetty for two hours duration.
  • Motor Bike Tours from Goa - Here is an adventurous idea. Take off from Goa to Chennai on a motor-bike, covering a distance of 2700 kms over 12 nights - 13 days. You spend one or two days in Goa familiarizing with road conditions, route and also climatic condtions. You take the first stop at Karwar which is 110 kms from Goa. You start early in the morning everyday after breakfast, before the traffic increases on the road. You ride for two - three hours, then check into a hotel and relax. You spend the whole day visiting the places of tourist interest, markets, and even schools. You also meet people at their homes and learn about them their way of life and culture.
  • Sight - seeing in South Goa- The difference between South and North Goa is more than just a convenient geographical division. The talukas of Salcete, Quepem and Canacona have a wholly different atmosphere from those of the north. Some of Goa's finest churches and most magnificent country estates are in the interior of Salcete. Heavily influenced by Portuguese culture, southern Goa has also been drawn towards the southern state of Karnataka. Inland, there is a wide variety of places to explore. Ancestral Goa and spice gardens, wild life sanctuaries and the Hindu temples of Ponda are also within easy reach of a day trip, but it is probably best to plan and spend and least a night if you want to explore the southern beaches. Leela Palace Beach Resort, Goa
  • Goa in the rains - The rains bathe Goa revealing the resplendent green of the monsoon. After a shower, the lush green countryside glistens, the sky is a soft blue, the sun stays backstage. Invariably you stop now and then to take in the picture of an enchanting red laterite, washed by the frequent showers, that frames every pretty picture. This is Goa in the Monsoon. The metalled roads assume a dark grey hue, umbrellas dot the streets as people hurry home - some at a leisurely pace as they take in the smell of the earth and the leaves. The showers are sometimes soft and lash angrily at other times.

    They rejuvenate Goa. It is in the monsoon that the waterfalls in the ghats come alive in all their roaring glory. A spell of rain is often followed by a dry spell, sometimes accompanied by sun - the ideal opportunity to visit the temples and the churches and the fortresses, antique shops and handicrafts centre. Visiting traditional Goan homes that present the lifestyle of the past. All in all you will return from your trip filled with pictures and smells, music and memories ..and of course the sound of the rain - sometimes soft, at other times not so.
Hotels
THE LEELA PALACE - Five Star deluxe beach resort
Amid sand dotted by peach colored villas, fringed by palms swaying with the wind, on miles of sun - kissed white beaches and caressed by the warm waters of Indian Ocean, is India's most luxurious beach resort. Nestled among the swaying palms of Goa's whitest, longest stretch of sand, The Leela Palace reflects Goa's unique position both geographically and historically.

With a harmonious blend of eastern and western cultures, 13th century Vijayanagara palace architecture and 18th century Mediterranean - inspired design, replete with tropical vegetation and lagoons that meander past your villas. Added to this perfect setting is pure unstinting luxury. The first think to strike you about the hotel is its architecture which is a fusion of styles prevalent in Hampi, capital of the medieval kingdom of Vijaynagar, and colonial influences from the Portuguese period. Leela Palace is 45 km from Dabolim airport and is situated at the southern tip of Colva beach.

Taj Exotica Beach Resort, Goa Set amidst 75 acres of lush gardens and sparkling lagoons are a total of 159 stylish guest room and suites. Of the 87 suites, eight have Golf views, and there are 74 lagoon suites each providing 68 sq mtrs of luxurious living space overlooking the resort's lagoons. All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, with ceiling fans and central air- conditioning.

In addition, each guest room is built with either a full balcony or a private patio-essential for a relaxing breakfast or a romantic candle - lit dinner. Presidential Residence the Royal Villas and the Ocean Villa Grand Suites have private plunge pools attached.

TAJ EXOTICA - Five Star deluxe beach resort
Spread over 55 acres, the Taj Exotica is an inspired oasis of luxury and tranquility. Landscaped with tropical plants, graceful palms and broad avenue trees, the resort boasts a verdant environment. At the Taj Exotica, the accent is on impeccably appointed space. You can choose from various accommodation options. From standard rooms with private sit-outs and presidential villas with balconies, to suites with plunge pools. All rooms have extra-large bathrooms.

All rooms have an unrestricted view of The Arabian Sea. The Taj Exotica offers a choice of cuisine for the discerning gourmet - the Mediterranean restaurant 'Miguel Arcanjo', the Oriental restaurant 'Li Bai' and the authentic Goan restaurant 'Mestre Pascoal' serve specialties cooked as per age-old recipes and custom. The Coffee Shop 'Eugenia' and the Lounge Bar 'Adega de Camoens' are choice venues for dining al fresco.

The Taj Exotica offers diverse recreational options. For those seeking outdoor activities, there are two tennis courts, pool tables, a card room, a 9-hole pitch course, 3-hole putt and pitch golf course, table-tennis, giant chess board and beach volleyball. The more adventurous can try their hand at coconut tree climbing. If you seek comparatively sedate occupations, just potter around the mini golf-course.

Rock Climbing & Rappelling : On reaching Kalen Rock in Sanguem, you get a demonstration and explanation given by the instructor on various aspects of rock climbing and rappelling followed by practice.

Scrambling on rocks : Free-climbing using the four-point technique, two hand-grips and two foot-holds; with a belay rope. Rappelling : The art and technique of coming down a vertical rock-face by using a rappelling rope, sling, carabineers, 'figure-of-eight', mittens and a belay rope. There is no risk to life, no need of any experience. For the safety of the climber, a belay rope will be attached to the carabineer of the waist sling.

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