Monday, 22 July 2013

River cruising in Goa: Why a cruise on Mandovi River is such a coveted affair?

Goa’s beaches, forts and churches surely deserve to be explored from dawn till dusk. But once you are done with the sightseeing, it would be ideal to wrap up your day with a soothing and panoramic river cruise! Mandovi River is the oasis of this state and the Goa tourism development corporation runs its own ferries offering:

i.                    Sunset cruise (1 hour starting from 6 pm)
ii.                  Sundown cruise ( I hour starting from 7:15 pm)
iii.                Full Moon cruise (1-2 hours starting from 8:30 pm, only on full moon nights)

The river looks serene and splendid, just like the poetic sea as shown in films like ‘Titanic’. You are going to get hypnotized by the charms of river cruising! And with prices as low as Rs 150, this is something you should not steer away from!

Alternatively, you can also try river cruising during the daytime. Apart from the tourism officials, there are a number of private operators who offer cruise services under a Goa tour package. Their plans and deals are much more flexible and fulfilling!

Panjim or Panaji is the most favored spot for going for a cruise. One can even combine sightseeing along with cruising. Some day cruises take you towards attractions like Aguada Fort and Reis Magos Church so that your eyes can have a feast.

Some cruises also include cultural programs and traditional dance shows to give the tourists a heady vignette of the local Goan culture. Overall, for its eclectic charms, the Mandovi River and its attractions are must-visit places in Goa.

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