Goa Entertainment


Goa is one of India'a most popular holiday destinations with a distinct culture of its own. The legacy of the Portuguese rule can be seen in the people's language, dress, religion and cuisine. Entertaining yourself and utilizing your leisure time in Goa is not an uphill task in Goa. Goa's people are friendly and easy-going and make their visitors feel at home. From river cruises, crocodile watching, casinos, discotheques, water sports to bird watching; every moment is fun in Goa. Staying at Goa while doing various leisure activities gives you an opportunity to explore the natural beauty, wildlife, cultural heritage and the lifestyle in Goa.

Goan River Cruises

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) organises sunset cruises along the Mandovi river in Goa. These river cruises are a delightful way to spend an evening in Goa. Troupes of Goan dancers and musicians provide full entertainment on these cruises. On a full moon night, an excellent dinner is also provided. There are evening cruises, everyday between 6 to 7 pm. Some operators offer full day cruises as well.

Splendid Beaches

Goa is known for its 100 km long coastline, that offers wonderful beaches to relax and enjoy. Each beach bears a different character and has a distinct feel to it. Many beaches have shacks serving beer, snacks and delicious sea-food. The area also ha lively flea-markets. Vendors offering a variety of services like head massages can also be seen. Major beaches include the Calangute , Anjuna , Baga and Colva.

Water Sports

Goa is also a sports' paradise for the tourists. They can enjoy anything in water sports from Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, Scuba Diving, Water Skiing, Angling, Para Sailing to Swimming. Dona Paula beach is an ideal destination for the beginners of Windsurfing. Dinghies are available on hire at Cidade de Goa and the Taj Holiday Village for beginners. The Goan lagoons ranging between 5-10 metres are ideal for Scuba Diving giving you a scope to explore coral heads, lobsters, fish, and other marine life in the seawaters. Go for Water Skiing on the speedboats at a speed of 30-40 miles an hour. The popular angling spot in Goa is the Palolem Beach. Water scooters are available at Dona Paula jetty, Majorda, Cidade de Goa and Candolim beach. Of course the sea in Goa gives enough thrill to the swimmers too.

Casinos

The tourists you like to challenge their luck can find a refuge in the glittering Casinos in Goa. The most famous is the first live-game floating casino in India on the ship MS Caravela in Panaji. Goa also has other casinos, basically gaming halls with installed slot machines and a bar. The other casinos that are a big tourist attraction are at Taj Exotica, Miramar Beach Resort, Bogmallo Beach Resort, Majorda Beach Resort, Varca Beach Resort, Mobor Beach Resort.

Discotheques

Goa is a place for dine, dance and wine! This fact gets justified when you visit any of the discotheques in Goa. Break the dance floor and shake on the beats and rhythm of music all the night! The most important discs in Goa are Party Zone at the Holiday Inn Resort in Goa, the first disc in South Goa; Aqua at the Leela Palace Goa with a casino and private cigar lounges; Adega Camoens in Taj Exotica Goa with its lobby bar having exquisite cocktails made from Feni; Casino-cum-Disc - Treasures at Majorda Beach Resort Goa, the only disc in Goa with internet; Alvoc disc at Colva Beach; Club Cabana at Arpora near Calangute Beach; Club Tito's at Baga Beach and Ryb nightclub at the Taj Holiday Village at Sinquerim beach in Goa.

Bird Watching

As a bird watcher's paradise, Goa is home to many diverse bird species including the four different species of eagles, kites, buzzards, kestrels and ospreys. The other avian species indigenous to Goa are five types of pigeons, five varieties of cuckoos, six species of doves, six types of woodpeckers and six kinds of kingfishers. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary are must visits for bird lovers and ornithologists. Morjim beach is the best for viewing seabirds.

Crocodile Watching

This huge and ferocious carnivore is commonly seen in Goa in the dense mangrove jungle near the small village of Cumbarjua. The 15m long Cumbarjua canal near Panaji that links the Zuari and Mandovi rivers, is the only place in Goa, where you can see the crocodiles in open and the wild. The stray crocodiles are sometimes also seen in Chorao, Tivim and Quepem.

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