Want to stand apart from the crowd and party in a unique way? Then the Woof Woof boat party in Goa is for you. The company offers day excursions and trips aboard their teak wood boat. The 52-feet (15.84-meter) long boat can accommodate 12 people at one go and you can book them for private parties with friends, family or colleagues. Sublime, one of the best restaurants in the city caters the meal and there is an in-house DJ who spins some of the best beats.
At Konkan Explorers, the marine life is experienced like no other. Although most people know Goa for its sand, sun, and beaches, Konkan Explorers offers a completely different take on all these things. There are so many nice activities to do like rafting, boating, kayaking, canoeing along with deep sea diving which will show you a completely different side of the city. You can get in touch with them and experience all this for yourself.
A stroll down the Portuguese influenced 18th June Road in Panjim leads you to one of Goa's leading cultural and performing arts centers. Surrounded by beautiful trees and the scenic Mandovi River, most of the culturally poignant events have taken place here. The ground floor of the Academy houses astonishing illusion paintings and a Ganesh idol made of coconuts. As you move ahead, you find a lounge area for artists and VIPs which has the art gallery on the right side. The Kala Academy also has on an administrative block, a black box area where most smaller events take place, an open-air amphitheater and the Dinanath Mangueshkar Hall which is the main performing AC auditorium. At the rear end, lies a sprawling landscaped garden which overlooks the river offering gorgeous views.
Dedicated to Christianity's most famous female martyr Catherine of Alexandria, the Se Cathedral in Old Goa was designed by Ambrosio Argueiro and Julio Simao in 1562 and completed in 1619. The result of a 57 year long period of construction was a masterpiece which successfully infused Corinth, Tuscan, Portuguese and Gothic elements of architecture within it. The Golden Bell which is rated to be one of the finest in the world because of its distinctive rich peal, is housed in this cathedral. To the right, lies the Chapel of The Cross of Miracles where Christ is said to have appeared here in 1919. Folklore has it that this cross has been growing bigger and bigger ever since. St. Francis Xavier of Assisi also baptized a number of indigenous Goans in the baptismal here.
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site area of Old Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesu houses the corporeal remains of St. Francis of Xavier, which have miraculously still not decayed but remain as fresh as ever. And this is no urban legend because once in every 12 years, the remains are exposed to the general public for veneration. This 400-year-old church stands straight with simple exteriors built using red bricks and sandstone however the interiors are adorned with some interesting paintings that depict the life of the saint. A magnificently gilded alter leaves many impressed.
Anyone who has visited Goa would have noticed the distinct cultural flavor that exists in the language, furniture, food as well as clothing of the people. However, after the rise in tourism as well as modernization, these characteristics of the Goan culture are slowly diminishing. Goa Chitra is an ethnographic museum which aims to preserve the craftsmanship, culture and art of the civilizations that existed in Goa previously. Founder Victor Hugo Gomes, who is a professional curator and restorer, is very passionate about the cause and has collected and preserved nearly 4000 artifacts, and his collection is only increasing. His main objective was to offer information to historians, anthropologist and the like and to anyone who is interested in Goan culture and art.
The Goa College of Engineering located at Farmagudi in Ponda, is one of the finest education institutions for engineering in Goa. It offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Technology etc. It also has campus placements, where multinational companies handpick students to come and work with them. Apart from academics, the institution also conducts sports and cultural events to ensure the students' all round development. For more information about the college and the events, please visit the website.
Shree Shantadurga Temple is located in the village of Kavlem in Ponda. Built in 1713, this temple is considered to be the largest temple in Goa. Devoted to the Goddess Shantadurga or Jagdamba, the temple contains a large idol of Shantadurga, or the Goddess of Peace. You will find her idol standing between the fiery statues of Gods Vishnu and Shiva so as to quell the brewing quarrel between them. ,Like other temples in Goa, this one, too, has an annual jatra held during the month of February. This temple also has provision for lodging called agrashalas to aid devotees.
Located merely a distant away from the Shri Mangueshi Temple, the Shri Mahalsa Temple is a religious site solely dedicated to Shri Mahalsa Narayani, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Dating back to the early 17th Century, the temple has withstood it all; the Portuguese rule, the Maratha-Moghul war, and a few natural calamities. Well constructed with granite and wooden doors, the temple has a steady count of visitors all through the year who come here to worship the Goddess. Particularly notable in the temple are the wooden carvings of Lord Vishnu and the giant five level deepstambh (holy lamp). Prayer services are held regularly. The annual Zatra gathering, and the Khojagiri Pornima held here bring together devotees of different sects. Guides who are well versed even with the minutest detail of the temple will be of immense help while you are here.
The Safa Masjid at Ponda is 'one' Islamic structure in the city to have withstood the Portuguese and the Maratha rule. This mosque was built in the early 1560s by Ibhrahim Adilshah, the then Sultan of Bijapur. Famous for its architecture, the mosque is a 'single chambered' structure with complete laterite flooring, carpet paintings and scripts from the Holy Quran adorning the walls from within. The main prayer hall at the mosque is open only for Muslim devotees. Muslims in and around the city assemble at the mosque during Ramadan, the Id-ul-Fitr, the Friday afternoon prayers and other community celebrations.
An entrance lined up with local vendors selling incense, flowers and other devotional offerings, and a flight of bricked steps dotted with clay lamps lead you to one of the most visited religious sites in South Goa, the Mangueshi Temple. This 18th Century structure with marble interiors is solely dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple within its premises houses one of Goa’s most attractive lamp tower, the seven-level deepsthamba. Apart from the main shrine, devotees offer their prayers to the stoned shivalingam, the metallic chariots and also shrines of other deities lined along the temple walls. Each year the temple plays host to the Zatra, a Hindu festive gathering which draws crowds in large numbers.
Nestled in a tropical forest, Goa Butterfly Park & Conservatory is home to more than 120 species of butterflies. A walk through this re-created habitat presents the colorful sight of butterflies hovering over regional plants spread across the park. Initiated by a local homeopath Dr. Jyoti Heblekar, the park offers tours as well as special programs for school groups from time to time. The best time to visit the park is during the months of October to February. Call or visit their website for more information.