Walk down tiny streets, past old houses, at Fontainhas, Old Goa.
In Panjim, I take guests to Fontainhas in Old Goa. We walk down the tiny streets, past old houses, admiring the gorgeous Portuguese architecture that’s been preserved remarkably. I then take people to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where St Xavier’s sacred relics still rest. Given that he’s the patron saint of Goa, this is one place that shouldn’t be missed.
Close to sunset, there’s nothing like a boat ride at Nerul. You hop into a small boat, which takes you up and down the river. It’s lush, peaceful, and far removed from the crowd.
Finally, I take my guests to the Mapusa Friday Market and the Saturday Night Market in Arpora. In Mapusa, you can buy local vegetables, old Goan clay pots, masalas and suchlike. The night market though is the crazy, funky side of Goa. People come from all over to sell all kinds of things. From food to art to music—it’s all here. Just the place to hang out on a Saturday night.
Just 10 days to go to India's top rated and most entertaining half marathon runs. It is also India's only Beach-and-River-Side Marathon - presenting the Goa River Marathon.
Goa - A 100 Km beach lined costal state in Western India holds the Goa River Marathon each year in the second week of December. The Goa River Marathon is one of the very few in the world which is organized 'BY THE RUNNERS', 'FOR THE RUNNERS'.
For latest information and registrations, please visit: http://www.goarivermarathon.com/
The Goa River Marathon is a 21 Km half-marathon and a 5 Km mini 'walk-run' event held near Vasco da Gama, the port city in the beautiful State of Goa, India. The typical city-village scene, large enthusiastic crowds, party atmosphere and 100 Kms of un-spoilt Goan beaches appeal to all the first-timers.
The Main Course: This is a competitive event held over a 21 kilometer route.
As you run the first leg of your 21 kilometer route, on the left you will see the calm, beautiful and soothing waters of the 'Zuari' river. You will see the occasional fishing boat with a man or two in them waiting patiently for the fish as if frozen in time. You see this against the backdrop of the beautiful St. Jacinto Island and you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's truely no better or a more beautiful place to run a marathon. The route takes you to picturesque St. Jacinto Island and then back along the same route. The main event also has a special "Veterans" category for both males and females of age 45 and above. The top 3 runners in this category (males and females) will be awarded prizes too.
The Community Fun Run: This is a just-for-fun non-competitive event where participants can walk or run. The idea is to just reach the finish line in the spirit of participation. Although the mini event is non-competitive, prize would be awarded for best costume, best theme group, oldest participant and so on. Along the way it takes in many of the city's sights passing through green fields, house clusters, the beach front, the local commercial and market areas. The port town of Vasco da Gama is 5 to 15 minutes drive from three beaches, namely, Baina, Bogmalo and Velsao. There are also plenty of accommodation options ranging from 5-Star to budget hotels. So don't delay - register online today!