About Cruise Goa

Goa is located in that part of western coastal India known as the Konkan. This area separates the Western Ghats and the Deccan Plateau. Goa has a coastline of 101km. Goa's main rivers are the Mandovi, the Zuari, the Terekhol, the Chapora and the Sal. The Mormugao Port is a major cruise and cargo port in the world. There are river and sea cruises for tourists.

The highest temperature in the year is 35 °C; it is recorded in May. By June the Monsoons start and go on till September. The winter is between mid-December and February.

The forests in Goa cover more than 1,424sq.km. Goa’s state animal is the Gaur. The state bird is the Ruby Throated Yellow Bulbul. The state tree is the Asan. The highest point in Goa is the Sonsogor, at 1,167 metres. Paddy is the main food crop in Goa. Other major crops are pulses, ragi and other food crops. Main cash crops are coconuts, cashew nuts, arecanuts, sugarcane and fruits such as pineapples, mangos and bananas.

There are many places to visit: churches, museums, waterfalls, ancient bungalows, temples, and more. The influence of the Portuguese can be seen all throughout Goa. In the architecture, cuisine, language and religion, and other walks of life. Fontainhas in Panaji is a cultural quarter. You can see how the life, architecture and culture of Goa have been influenced over the years. Even Goa's temples, especially the Mangueshi Temple and the Mahalasa Temple, still stand as evidences of Portuguese-influenced architecture. But after the Portuguese left Goa, and the governance came into the hands of India, similar temples and structures were demolished and reconstructed in the indigenous Indian style.

The famed Dudhsagar Falls is located in the Western Ghats of Goa. It is a great place for a picnic. The Bom Jesus Basilica is a World Heritage Site. It holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, regarded as the patron saint of Goa. Once in 12 years, the saint’s remains are exhibited for public viewing.

The area of Velhas Conquistas is famous for its Portuguese-style architecture. Forts, museums and galleries are plenty in Goa. Some of the most visited forts are located in Chapora, Corjuem, Aguada, Tiracol, Gaspar Dias and Cabo de Rama.

Goa is easily reachable from all parts of the world. Goa’s only airport is the Dabolim Airport. It is a military and civilian airport. The airport handles many chartered flights, too. There are flights and cruises to Goa from major cities of the world. Trains, flights and buses connect Goa with the rest of India.

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How to get there
Goa is one the most sought after beach destinations in South Asia. It is connected with major airports of the world with Dabolim Airport. Goa is well-connected with the rest of India as well. There are domestic flights, trains and a wide network of highways linking it to other Indian cities. Then there are various charter flights for tourists.

Within Goa, you can hire taxis, motorcycles and other vehicles. There are buses to almost all beaches in Goa, and to other cities. Inter-state buses connect it to South and Western India.
Goa has two National Highways passing through it – NH-17 runs along India's west coast and links Goa to Mumbai and Mangalore. The NH-4 A connects Panjim and Belgaum in Karnataka. Motorcycle taxis are very common. ‘Pilots’ transport pillion riders on their motorcycles across Goa.

Flat-bottomed ferry boats are used to cross rivers. There are many river cruises and inland rides, too. There are two rail lines – one run by the South Western Railway and the other by the Konkan Railway. The Konkan Railway was built in the early 1990s and runs parallel to the coast.

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