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What to do in Goa

Goa  is India’s littlest state by area and the  fourth smallest by population.  Situated  on the west coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its westerly coast

Two of the important cities for boats charters and for Luxury yacht rentals are:

Panjim

 Panjim is the state capital of Goa and its name means “the land that does not flood”  and is approx 30 Km south of Terekhol. Once a nondescript fishing village, Panjim started to gain prominence during the second half of the 18th century when the erstwhile power center of Old Goa gradually faded into oblivion.

  As the state capital, Panjim figuresprominently in Goa’s tourism scenario. It houses some of the prominent government offices and educational institutions. It is set on the southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the morecharming. Typical of a Goan town, Panjim is built around a church facing a prominent square. The town has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings and fascinating old villas. The riverside, speckled with brightly whitewashed houses with wrought iron balconies, offers a fine view. Take any mid sized Portuguese town add a sprinkling of banana trees and auto-rickshaws, drench annually with torrential tropical rain, and leave to simmer in fierce humid sunshine for at least one hundred and fifty years, and one will end up with something like Panjim. The Goan capital has a completely different feel from any other Indian city. From Panjim one can visit many of the famous restaurants and night clubs in the North of Goa, which have made Goa the Ibiza of the East.

 

Betul

 Approximately 50 km south of Panjim lies a traditional fishing village known as ‘Betul’  . There is a small beach located on the southern end of the Sal river as it opens into the Arabian sea along the south Goa coastline. The jetty in Betul is a good place to observe the bustle andflurry of Betul’s routine life. Colourful boats filled with coir and fishes, and busy fisherfolk turned out in vibrant colours, make this a truly interesting experience. Betul also has the astonishing Leela Beach Resort, which has an artificial lagoon. From Betul one can visit the Agonda and Palolem beaches in South Goa and the famous Cabo de Rama fort.

Betul is also an important fishing port as all the deep sea trawlers and fishing boats bring in their catch here. There are boats on hire and regular ferries that take you across from Mobor . It is a famous beach of south Goa known for the cheap and fresh seafood supply. Here one can find some of the biggest mussels of Goa.รข€¨ There are a dozen nice restaurant that also serves delicious river fish dishes. The cloistered beach here that is shaded by fruit trees and coconut palms makes it quite picturesque.

 Source : Yacht Charters India

One Response to “What to do in Goa”

  1. Rommel Fernandes says:

    The rates are high in December.

    For affordable accommodation in Goa, check:

    http://www.ashirwaadholidayaptsgoa.blogspot.com/

    – Memorable n affordable holidays to Goa for couples, families and groups -

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