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Sightseeing Tours to various places in North Goa

Dolphin Trips and River Cruises along Mandovi River

Alcove Beach Resort, Vagator Goa, India conducts sightseeing tours to all important places of tourist interest in Goa. They include beaches, Churches, Temples, museums, places of natural beauty like the Dudhsagar Waterfalls as well as Dolphin Trips and River Cruises.

Chapora Fort

View of the Chapora Fort The Chapora Fort is located very close to Alcove Resort on a hill overlooking Vagator, Morjim beaches and Chapora river. This fort offers spectacular views of Vagator, Anjuna and Morjim beaches. This fort has steep slopes on all sides and is generally well preserved except for a few parts which are in ruins.

The strategic importance of this fort to the Portuguese diminished once the northern territory of Pernem finally fell in their hands and this fort was abandoned in the year 1890.

Morjim, Ashvem, Mandrem and Arambol Beaches

Morjim Beach in North Goa Morjim is a quiet and relatively isolated beach in Pernem taluka in North Goa. Famous as one of nesting sites of Olive Ridley turtles, Morjim has a very laid back atmosphere and a long wide stretch of Beach. The turtle conservation centre is located a few kilometers away on the road to Pernem.

As you go further North along the same stretch you will get to Ashvem beach which is a beautiful palm fringed beach. Mandrem is a continuation of Ashvem.

Finally if you continue northwards you will find Arambol beach .Arambol beach is clean and deserted for most parts of the year. If you follow the trail along the rocky end of the beach you will paliem beach. Continuing further you will reach the Arambol Lake which is a fresh water lake sandwiched in a valley and extending into the jungle. Watersports activity like para gliding and Kite Surfing has picked up here in recent years.

Keri Beach and Tiracol (Terekol) Fort

View of the Tiracol Fort A short distance to the north of Arambol lies the Keri beach. Crossing the ferry will set up your date with Tiracol or Terekol Fort which is the northern most point of Goa.

Do not forget to check the magnificent interiors of the Chapel dedicated to St. Anthony which is present in the Courtyard of the Fort.

Vagator and Anjuna Beaches

View of the Sunset at little Vagator Beach Vagator with its rocky terrain and dense coconut plantations surrounding the beach presents an irresistible sight to any visitor. It located 20 Kms from Panaji, Goa's capital. The Vagator beach stretch is divided into the big Vagator beach and the Little Vagator beach. Our Resort, the Alcove touches the little vagator or the Ozran Beach.

To the south of Vagator is located the Anjuna Beach where the famous Flea market is held every Wednesday.

Calangute, Baga, Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches

View of the Calangute Beach Calangute is frequently referred to as the "Queen of Goa's Beaches". Calangute and Baga Beaches located about 10 Kms from Mapusa, form a continuous long beach stretch and is the most popular tourist destination in Goa. Facilities for Water Sports like Surfing, Boat Rides and Parasailing are available at Calangute Beach. Baga beach lies to the North of Calangute about 2 Kms away whereas Candolim is about 2 Kms away to the south. Sinquerim and Fort Aguada lie about 5 kms away to the south.

Another highlight in Calangute is the statue of Dr. Jack Sequiera at Calangute junction. Dr. Sequiera (Fondly remembered as Jak Siker) was a great Goan personality who fought to maintain Goa's seperate identity and prevent it's merger into the neighbouring state of Maharastra. It is due to Dr. Sequiera's efforts that today Goa is a seperate state with Konkani as it's Official language.

Panjim Church and Miramar Beach

View of the Panjim Church Panjim or Panaji as it is officially known is the capital of Goa. The Portuguese name was Pangim. The city is home to several tourist attractions among them being the Adilshahi Palace which was until recently being used as the Goa legislative Assembly. Built in 1541, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is located in the centre of the city. Other notable landmarks include the Menezes Braganza Institute famous for it's hand painted blue tiles on the walls called Azulejos, the Central Library, the Mahalaxmi Temple, the Jama Masjid mosque, the Chapel of St. Sebastian, the Kala Academy, and Miramar Beach.

The Fontainhas area is considered to be the Old Latin Quarter, and has several rows of beautiful traditional houses belonging to the bygone era. The Fountainhas Festival of arts held every year in the Month of January or February brings to life a bygone era. Located at the outskirts of the capital city, is the Miramar beach which is extremely popular with people of Panjim and surrounding areas. The samadhi of Mr. Dayanand Bandodkar, the first Chief Minister of Goa is located at the edge of this beach.

World Heritage Monuments – Churches at Old Goa

Casket of Saint Francis Xavier Basilica of Bom Jesus - The church is located in Old Goa, which about 10 km from the city of Panjim. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, built in 1594, is one the world heritage monuments and of the seven heritage monuments in Goa. The sacred relics of the patron saint of Goa St. Francis Xavier are kept in this Church. Public Viewings of the relics are held every ten years in an event known as the "Exposition".

Se Cathedral - The Se Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Asia. The Portuguese Viceroy Redondo commissioned the Se, or St. Catherine's' Cathedral. It took 80 years to built and was consecrated in 1640. The Se cathedral has five bells out of which one is the famous Golden Bell which is one the largest in the world.

St. Cajetan Church - The model of this 17th century church is based on the original design of St. Peter's church in Rome. The external as well as the internal architectural style is Corinthian. The Bom Jesus Basilica and the Se Cathedral, are both included in the list of world heritage sites. The other ancient churches in Old Goa are the Church of St. Francis of Assissi and St. Cajetan Church. Other sites in Old Goa include St. Augustine Tower and Viceroy's Arc.

Goa Dolphin Trips

View of a Dolphin Dolphin watching trips are extremely popular in Goa. During the months of early October to late May, Dolphin watching trips are organised in the sea along Goa's Coast right from Vagator in the north to Palolem in the south.

As soon as the dolphins are sighted, you will get a chance to watch the playful dolphins frolicking about in the Arabian waters. Be ready with your cameras, Dolphins will often swim within a few feet of your dolphin tour boat to have a look at you. Dolphins are playful mammals and will delight you with their antics.

Goa River Cruises Along Mandovi River

We also organise river cruises along Mandovi River. These river cruises have on board folk dance performances as well as traditional goan song and dance presentations. Popular dances like Corridinho, Dekhni are performed live on board.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Elephant Conservation Centre Trip

Nature Trails in the form of Trip to Elephant Conservation Centre, Jungle Book (Overnight Trip) and Elephant Jungle are also organised. A trip to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, which has several species of wild animals as well as an excellent plant nursery is also organised.

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