A visit to Goa’s capital city, Panjim is a must if you are on a state tour. Not only is the city aesthetically located along the bank of River Mandovi, but it is also scenically highly appealing at night due to the floating casinos and all the glitz this place has on offer. Not to forget the new bridge named Atal Setu, which stares at the city from a 70m height, often gives a feeling that one is actually watching Mumbai’s Marine Drive with all the glitter of night on display ala a Queen’s Necklace.
With the threat caused by the COVID19 pandemic still looming over the State and the government grappling with this crisis, things have opened up for the public and tourists at large as Unlock 4.0 unfolds with the new domestic season gets underway. But with the monsoon not over yet a visit to Panjim can still offer a lot. In a nutshell, Goa is a perfect getaway destination from the city hustle and bustle and a ride on the river Mandovi gives you the best value for money. An hour’s ride is a worthwhile experience for family and kids.
Wildlife of Mandovi River
The city streets are dotted with classy restaurants that will serve you various local delicacies and fish while the market has a lot to offer shopping-wise. As and when things open-up fully, the river cruise over Mandovi to view an enchanting sunset and a boat ride towards the Divar Island to witness the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary or to spot the Mugger crocodiles on the banks, could be a great experience.
Crocodile Dundee is a new craze gripping tourists. It’s a novel introduction as far as the backwater boat cruise is concerned. This trip involves a quiet sail in the serene backwater of Goa covering Mandovi River and the adjoining Cumbharjua canal where spotting Crocodile is something adventurous in the backdrop of thick mangrove forest. The trip offers lunch at a village spice farm by a local operator and is optional.
Even the state’s tourism department has chalked out tourist-friendly packages to boost river tourism on Mandovi which entails dinner cruise, sunset cruise, boat rides, and various other introductions. The magnificent and historical Adil Shah Palace or the Fort Aguada and its towering lighthouse will definitely greet you once you are on your way on river cruise.
An overnight House Boat ride too could give you a great avenue to experience the ride with family and friends. Various tour operators could be contacted through online portals to avail customized packages to suit your budget and needs and make your experience all the more enriching. Water sports enthusiasts can opt for various options. Kayaking which is fast catching up on Goans waters can also be a great choice.