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Get Hooked on Fishing
"Learn To Fish" As they say “The early bird catches the Worm”, the experience begins early in the morning in Baga. The Necessary gear will be provided depending on your prior fishing experience. As we trek towards our first fishing spot, we will brush on the safety requirements for this activity as well as you will be introduced to the equipment which will be utilized for the activity. We will fish at the spot until the fish bites decrease and once you are accustomed to the surroundings we will make our way to another hidden spot which is very scenic and breathtaking. Make sure you are ready and your lines are tight at all times, as you may have the bite of your lifetime. This Fishing Experience is going to be just the beginning to a whole new world of Angling. If you are a beginner need not worry, you will learn to fish from scratch. I will assure everyone experiences the feeling of “one last catch” having you ‘Hooked on’ for more! Important points to keep in mind before booking - Request availability if favorable time slot is not available. - This is a land based fishing experience! - Accompaniment is not allowed. - If you aren't ready to get your hands dirty this Activity ain't for you.
Fontainhas Heritage Walk
The walk begins Tobacco Square near the main Post Office in Panjim and then leads us into the heritage precinct of St. Thomas ward, passing the small chapel of Sao Tome. We visit the famous 31st January Street, and then move into the Fontainhas area passing by the chapel of St. Sebastian. This leads to a cluster of interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Portuguese Foundation, and Galerie Gitanjali. We arrange an exclusive music appreciation session by a Goan musician while you get insights into Portuguese influence on Goan music. Get mesmerized by Latin and Konkani Folk music performed by the musician. We then return to the Post Office by a different route highlighting the elements and places of interest that liven up the Latin Quarters in the evenings . Our presenters will highlight all the above places with fascinating history and anecdotes that are unheard of and will share a very unique perspective of the making of Fontainhas. Other things to note: You may bring infants and toddlers based on your own judgement for this experience. We suggest you to bring your own water bottle, preferably a reusable water bottle as we would like to minimize the usage of single use plastic products. Wear comfortable footwear and carry a Hat/ Cap.
Discovery of Divar Island - E Bike Tours
Venture beyond typical beaches and head to Divar, a completely different realm that exists across Mandovi River. Divar Island will surely enchant you with its splendours. Witness time slowing down in this quaint river island situated just a few miles from the capital city of Panjim. Ride through patches of fields, mangroves, churches, temple sites and beautiful houses. Breathe and live rich heritage from traditional occupations like fishing. After immersing yourself in an unseen side of North Goa. The pretty locations and locals of Divar will entice all those looking for untouched pristine beauty. What makes this tour special? • E-biking experience on the beautiful winding roads of Divar Island. • One of the finest baroque churches of Goa with a 360 degree panoramic view. • A mystical temple site dating back to over 1000 years. • Insights to traditional occupations like fishing and learn more about sluice gates.
The Sea-side Exploratory Trail
Our meeting point is Keri Beach - the Northernmost tip of Goa with the Arabian sea on the west and the state of Maharashtra in the north. After warm welcome followed by a briefing of your day with us, we will head out on an exploration of the vast Paliyem Platue at a leisurely pace or one that suites your fitness level. You will experience various geographical features, starting with a short walk on the beach , trudge a thick forested slope , wander a laterite platue with a lot of vegetation and little streams during the monsoons, water break and pictures at a cliff face and then we will follow a forest stream which flows into a fresh water pond on the beach, there are several rock pools inviting us to cool off before we walk across the beach (Kollum Beach ) and then onto a hill trail with the splendid Arabian sea for company and mesmerizing vistas on the way , finally we will arrive at Keri Beach.
Rock pools and jungle trails
Join us on this beautiful jungle trail with engaging rock pools and stream crossings to splash in, thick dark green vegetation and traces of life in the form of birds calls, animal scat, sightings of bison in the foliage and langurs playing on tree tops, a variety of butterflies, will make us fall in love with the great outdoors all over again. This trail will heighten your senses, with plenty of tree cover and cool waters to provide us with respite from the heat. This 5 km walk always seems to have been covered quicker than expected. The turn around point is a majestic seasonal water fall – from October to April. The perennial pool created by the waterfall is ideal to cool off or swim in its deep cool waters, or you can sit by the natural steps and marvel at the birds of prey soaring high within its cauldron like structured rock walls. This is much more than just a waterfall if you enjoy being in nature untouched by commerce. With our hearts and souls satiated, we will head back to the village for a scrumptious lunch prepared by a local family from the village using local and seasonal ingredients. A brilliant way to end the experience.
Pub Crawl and Local Wine Tasting Tour
We run our Pub Crawl on philosophy: Drink triple. See double. Act single ;). Unwind your evening with an exciting pub crawl in the heart of Goa. We will hop from one pub to another, experiencing the nightlife of the city and taste local Goan beverages and food with lots's of stories associated with them. We will start your bar journey from India's first E Beer pub, where you can pour beer on tap right at your table, also this place has a typical Goan feel to it. From here we will move to next place where you can sip verities of Goan Feni (Coconut Feni, Cashew Feni, Urak) it's said that Goa are incomplete without sips of feni drink, which has been produced from 400 years in a typical Portuguese way. Our third stop is a super cute, super local bar serving Goa's homemade fresh draft beer, and at the last spot you can sip a local wine while watching a calm river front and admiring its beauty. Guys it's not just about booze! some talks, enjoy fun games, some dance, some music and even more fun to make it a night to remember. Also we will share some insider info about the best booze in the area in city. The Night Bar and Pub Hopping Tour ends at the third Pub but not the fun :) Other things to note Legal drinking age in Goa is 18 years, please carry your id card showing age proof in case if it is needed at any location.
Premium pet-friendly guided kayak tours in Chapora river
Hi globe trotter! Join me on the most picturesque kayaking experience in the backwaters of river Chapora --- a calm,little-known river, yet home to unique fauna and birds. We walk by the river as we sip on some freshly picked tender coconut water before we start kayaking in one of the cleanest river waters in the country. We watch birds fly and fish jump out of the water almost always in this pure ,untouched hinterland experience of a lifetime,leaving you yearning for more of a Goa that you never knew existed. The trail is easy and short,lasting around 2 hours. While kayaking is a fairly easy exercise in the calm backwaters, interested children and senior citizens can enjoy this activity in absolute safety with me in government licensed kayaks and safety equipment , accompanying you throughout.
Enjoy horseback riding on the beach
We meet on the beach in front of `The white resort` (facing the ocean it is on the very left side of the bay/south end) where we meet. If you are unfamiliar with riding, first its all about building up trust and a connection with the horse. You are guided in how to make contact with the horse in preparation for your lesson. You receive a helmet if wished, and mount your horse. We support you in feeling safe and comfortable and maintaining a steady balance on the horse. Gradually you can learn to guide the horse and experience a beautiful ride on a gorgeous white sandy beach. After the lesson you can easily refresh yourself in the clear blue waters of the ocean. You have of course also the option to book follow up lessons to continue building your horseback riding skills. We particularly enjoy introducing children to horseback riding - you can be as young as 3 years old to fulfil your dream of a horseback riding on the beach. In that case we will lead the horse throughout the ride. Other things to note Riding supports our trust in ourself and in our ability to connect with horses. You are supported and guided in how to make contact with the horse and you can enjoy a beautiful and unique experience which will enrich your holidays.
Walking through the Mansions of Goa
The village of Chandor is famous for the legend of a queen's curse that was brought upon the village as a result of treachery of the warriors of the kingdom. We will be exploring Chandor as it stands today speaking of its rich past and we meet the current generations of the family members and walk through the most prestigious Indo Portuguese mansions of the village. Join us as we take a look at Chandor through its houses. We start off at the main church of Chandor where we will be sharing some very unique anecdotes and the stories of a feast that gets celebrated in the village. Moving on, we walk through one of the largest houses of Goa, Braganca mansion with one of the descendants of the royal family. We get a true touch of royalty in the majestic mansion through its ballroom and artefacts. We move to a site from the Kadamba dynasty, way before the Portuguese era, listening to stories about a Queen's curse and how one of Goa's folk dances came to be. We then move to walk through one of the oldest houses of Goa, a 800+ year old mansion which has some secrets hidden behind a wardrobe. We conclude the experience with a visit to a local chapel, a bridge overlooking the Kushavati river and a local spot to munch on some delectable snacks.
Hidden gems of Arambol
Come along on a walk into the forest with us to explore Arambol's hidden attractions and create lifelong memories. After a cordial welcome and a quick explanation of what we will be doing, we will meet at Arambol Beach and start walking. After passing the Wagh Kollum beach, we'll head into the jungle to find natural rock pools and lovely trees. Monkeys and butterflies aplenty, spring water streaming from the mountain. We are going to have a little picnic with fresh fruits under the revered banyan tree. Finally, we can apply mud, which is known for its exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties followed by a refreshing dip in fresh water. For novices, this trail is simple and enjoyable. We'll finish our time together with local snack and specialty tea when we get back.
Old Goa Heritage Walk
The walk starts at the Viceroy's Arch near the Ferry point, where you get introduced to the historical Portuguese past of Old Goa. Old Goa was also known as ‘Rome of the East’ due to the incidence of prettily designed churches and wide open piazzas. We then pay a visit to the very beautiful St. Cajeten church of the Italian Order. St. Cajetan Church also known as the Church of Divine Providence is a church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa. We then move ahead to old main street of Old Goa, the Rua Direita to pass by the Se Cathedral and the Church of St Francis. Se Cathedral is one of the most ancient and celebrated religious buildings of Goa. This magnificent 16th century monument in Goa, build under the Portuguese rule is the largest church in Asia. After surveying the pieces of ruined buildings displayed outside the Museum, we proceed to Old Goa’s earliest catholic structure, the Chapel of St Catherine, before visiting the magnificent Church of Our Lady of Rosary. Our Storytellers will highlight all the above places with fascinating history and anecdotes that are unheard of and will share a very unique perspective of the making of Old Goa. Please Note: The Basilica of Bom Jesus will remain shut for visitors and devotees due to restoration work. We will instead be visiting the magnificent Church of Our Lady of Rosary.
The Sal Backwaters Kayaking with Aqua Trails
Aqua Trails is an Eco Tour Agency which carries out Kayaking in the hidden, untouched, pristine backwaters of South Goa, predominantly in the River Sal Backwaters. We at Aqua Trails let you experience the flora and fauna that the Sal backwaters has to offer up close and at the same time practice eco-friendly activities to maintain the sanctity of this diverse ecosystem.  The Sal Backwaters is an ecosystem of its own, home to Birds of paradise fishes ranging from small to large sizes, water-dwelling mammals, mangroves, lotuses, and many more. When rowing through the backwaters you will get up close and get to experience the western ghats on the waters in its raw, untouched state. Itinerary: First comes the life jackets whether you're an expert swimmer or a toddler. We then begin our kayaking training and safety demonstration wherein we teach the right way to kayak as well as procedure to follow incase the kayak capsizes. Guests are made familiar with the names of possible birds and animals to spot on the trail and then we begin the trip wherein the guide will help you sit in the kayak and then launch you. The guides will accompany the guests throughout and even take photographs of you in action. The sunrise trip starts before sunrise where we kayak for about an hour and return back, while the sunset trip we set off, kayak for about an hour watch the sunset and return back.
Paul John Whisky Trail
Take a stroll down a hitherto untrodden trail and unravel the mystery behind the making of single malt whiskies. Explore and experience the tremendous journey of Paul John Single Malts. The international award-winning Indian whisky created by the tropical shores of Goa opens its doors to you. Traverse through our story at the Paul John Visitor Centre, the first of its kind in India. Decipher the unique process of making single malts, understand the rare art of distilling in fine copper pot stills exclusively designed to ensure our whiskies own tremendous and exquisite flavour and allow immense warehouses overwhelm you. Let the experts share their knowledge as you sip on some spectacular single malts such as - Paul John BRILLIANCE, Paul John BOLD, Paul John CLASSIC Select Cask and Paul John PEATED Select Cask. Also get the chance to discover our newest entry into the world of gin. We bring to you Malhar Indian Craft Gin - pure botanical art from the simple riches of nature, where ordinary spices and botanicals deliver the extraordinary in two brilliant variants of gin.
Mario Miranda and Goa- a Sketchwalk
Mario Miranda and Goa- a Sketchwalk Mario Miranda, Goa and Art are synonymous with each other, as the brilliant work of this illustrious artist and son of the soil can be seen across the state. This particular experience will help participants enrich themselves in Mario's work, and understand how to sketch on location through Urban Sketching. Gather at the Mario Gallery and look at the works of famous Goan artist Mario Miranda. Understand his urban sketches/on location live sketches and then head out to explore the streets of Margaon and discover nuances of different elements that make up the beautiful architecture, observe different activities and people, look at the street- all through a different viewpoint- that of an urban sketch. What makes a street come alive? What makes up a city? Is there a collective aesthetic to a city? What do we notice about people and their characteristics? We will be sketching as we walk, and walk as we sketch on location. No prior drawing skills or training required. :) Let not the word Sketching deter or scare you- once it begins, it's great fun.
Goan Gowd Saraswat Culinary experience
Spend a day with us diving into the pescitarian culinary traditions of the Saraswat Brahmins of the Konkan region. This culinary experience includes a delicious and authentic Goan Gaud Saraswat Cuisine to tingle your taste buds. The experience will begin with a breakfast at the home of a local where you are introduced to the lives of the communities and tribes that live in the forests of South Goa. The breakfast will be followed by short trek to a stream where you can dip into crystal clear cold waters and just relax under the sun. Post the dip, meet the locals and hear legends and stories that surround Saraswat Brahmins and their culinary traditions. Enjoy a typical Goan fish platter that includes fish curry, rice, kismoor, rawa fried fish, pickle, salad, rice and sol kadi. You’ll also indulge 'Xitt kodi' and 'Nuste' which is loved by all Goans and a staple in every Goan household. After devouring the buffet, meet the the members of the Velip and Kunbi tribes and learn about their culture & lifestyle.
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