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Input requested for Goa itinerary

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1. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member, 316 posts) 16 Nov '13 18:51

Hello All,

As the subject of this e-mail suggests, this is a request for some input on my itinerary in Goa next month. I will be there for 4 nights and am staying right by Colva Beach in South Goa.

I have the first day of my itinerary planned. I am planning on renting a car/driver for the day to cover the following:

A] Churches of Old Goa:

Bom Jesus Basilica (1605)

Se Cathedral

Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Church of St. Catejan

B] Fontainhas

C] Lady of Mount Chapel

D] Augustine Tower.

E] Loutolim Village

In the evening, I will head to the Saturday night market in Arpora (North Goa) and then head back to Colva Beach either for dinner or after dinner. Is this too aggressive for a single day? Your input is much appreciated.

I have a second day that I am struggling to pack in something that is not too far. Any ideas for sights/attractions that are off the beaten track - ideally located between Colva Beach and Old Goa?

I was also wondering if there is a good link for a self-guided walking tour of Old Goa.Any suggestions?

Last, but not least, any recommendations for restaurants/bars (I am a vegetarian so seafood restaurants are lost on me) in the Colva Beach area?

Thank you all in advance and my apologies for the length of this post.

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 17 Nov '13 04:54

What you need are the locations for these churches, not only so you don't keep doubling back on yourself, but because the driver will often not know where they are. Look at as many as you can fit in, or till you feel you have had enough for one day.

There are some tours of old Goa, like tripbuffet, but you can do them yourself (a guide book is handy). A fairly good site:

http://thetravellerweare.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/old-goa-majestic-beyond-words.html

A lot of Indians are vegetarians so that should be no problem.

3. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member, 316 posts) 17 Nov '13 13:39

Quoting Cyberia

What you need are the locations for these churches, not only so you don't keep doubling back on yourself, but because the driver will often not know where they are. Look at as many as you can fit in, or till you feel you have had enough for one day.

There are some tours of old Goa, like tripbuffet, but you can do them yourself (a guide book is handy). A fairly good site:

http://thetravellerweare.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/old-goa-majestic-beyond-words.html

A lot of Indians are vegetarians so that should be no problem.

Thank you so much for your prompt response to my post. And yes, thanks a ton for the link. That is exactly the type of thing I was looking for. As far as restaurants are concerned, I am not worried about having food options. It was more that I was looking for good or unique restaurants that have vegetarian options. Any input here would help. Thank you once again.

4. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 17 Nov '13 15:18

I was in Goa back in 2010 and I traveled all the way down from the north to south. I found Colva to be a bit built up and very Russian, not that that is a bad thing as I was with a very cute Russian girl at the time! :) The restaurants there were a good quality and there is plenty of choice of hotels.

I had a motorcycle, so it was easy to go over to Old Goa and spend a few hours looking around the churches. To me only the main ones were of any interest, which was about 3 of them. But I really enjoyed the museum that shows the history of Goan occupation by the Portuguese. When I was there, there wasn't much choice in restaurant, so we rode back over to Panjim which is also a very interesting town and has some better restaurants. For a guide, I don't think you can do better than Lonely Planet. Im not a big fan of them, but for Old Goa it gave a really good description of all the churches and a good map. You can buy just that section online for about $5.

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member, 316 posts) 17 Nov '13 15:25

Quoting Dodger

I was in Goa back in 2010 and I traveled all the way down from the north to south. I found Colva to be a bit built up and very Russian, not that that is a bad thing as I was with a very cute Russian girl at the time! :) The restaurants there were a good quality and there is plenty of choice of hotels.

I had a motorcycle, so it was easy to go over to Old Goa and spend a few hours looking around the churches. To me only the main ones were of any interest, which was about 3 of them. But I really enjoyed the museum that shows the history of Goan occupation by the Portuguese. When I was there, there wasn't much choice in restaurant, so we rode back over to Panjim which is also a very interesting town and has some better restaurants. For a guide, I don't think you can do better than Lonely Planet. Im not a big fan of them, but for Old Goa it gave a really good description of all the churches and a good map. You can buy just that section online for about $5.

Thank you so much. I hadn't really thought of the museum but that might very well be worth adding to the mix. Were you suggesting I use Lonely planet for the restaurants or for the churches? Thank you once again. I just might by that section online for $5. I did not know I could cherry pick specific sections online.

6. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 17 Nov '13 17:43

Well if you get the lonely planet guide you might as well check for restaurants as well as for the churches. They give just the basics of the churches which is all I wanted. Their restaurant guides are usually pretty good too, just to find the things, which can be difficult in India. The only problem I found with LP is that places become so popular because of being in the guide book, that they sometimes either bump prices up too much, or drop service and quality, or both. These days I find tripavisor is about the best reference.

yes the online downloading of sections seems to be something they started a couple of years ago.