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Cycling in Goa

It is a country with a variety of landscapes, embedded in a long and interesting history. An eviable culture that embraces the arts, nature, heritage, religion, innovation and a strong sense of justice for all.

Goa - Panjim - Fort Aguada - Anjuna - Mandrem - Tiracol Fort - Mandrem - Cavelossim - Shree Chandreshwar Temple - Chandor - Cavelossim

12 Nights / 13 Days

Day 1

Arrival at Goa

Goa Cycling Tour

Upon arrival at Goa airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel and check in. The remainder of the day has been left free allowing you to explore the local area and to relax and unwind from your flight. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2

Goa Local Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel there will be an informal meeting with some useful information and a few do's and don'ts. This will be followed with the bike fitting. You will keep the same bicycle for the duration of your stay so hopefully know further adjustments will need to be made. We then have a nice easy day of cycling through the beautiful paddy fields and villages of south Goa. This is a gentle ride to allow everybody to become more acclimatised to the heat and the laws of the road. Evening meal will be taken in a local restaurant. Route: Cavelossim - Fartrade - Pedda - Benaulim - Varca - Orlim - Carmona - Cavelossim Distance: 30k (flat)

Day 3

Fun in the Sun

After breakfast we took a longer ride, but it's a enjoyable for all. We start on the road travelling through Fartrade, Varca, Benaulim, Colva, Betul Batim, Majorda, Utorda, Cansaulim and finally Velsao. At Velsao we will stop for refreshments, food and a cooling swim. We then start our beach ride back to Cavelossim. This is designed to be a long fun ride with plenty of refreshment/swimming stops. Overnight stay.

Day 4

Rest Day

Goa Beach

Relax on the beach, try some more of the local food, or if you wish we can take you to our local city-Margao. It really is a true working Indian city completely mind boggling. There is a lot to see and experience. Also Margao has excellent opticians selling designer frames at a fraction of the cost of the same in Europe.

Day 5

Cavelossim - Old Goa - Panjim

Hopefully the jetlag would have worn off and today we will aim to make an early start. This is a slightly tougher ride with a few hills thrown in for good measure. Old Goa was once the capital of Portuguese Goa, but the City was completely wiped out by tropical diseases and plague. The Portuguese ruled Goa for 450 years and have definitely left a large imprint on India's newest state. Old Goa is famed for its cathedrals and "St Francis Xavier" who's body is still kept on show in "The Basilica of Bom Jesus". Panjim then was chosen as the new capital and still remains so today. Again as with all of our rides you will be completely guided with our guides on hand to answer all of your questions. The back up vehicle will carry all of your luggage and be at hand with a steady supply of refreshments. We will be staying in the "Panaji Residency" hotel. Our evening meal will be taken in what is considered to be the best restaurant in the whole of Goa.

Day 6

Panjim - Fort Aguada - Anjuna - Mandrem

Again we aim to leave early catching the ferry across the Mandovi River where we will first visit the fort at Aguada. You will then have the opportunity to shop until you drop at the legendary Anjuna market. Bargains galore. It is a bit hectic but again if you come to Goa you have to go to Anjuna. From Anjuna we then cross the Chapor river travelling via Mandrem to Junas Beach where we will stay at the Dunes Beach Resort. This is the first of a two- night stop in Mandrem.

Day 7

Mandrem - Tiracol Fort - Mandrem

Goa Cycling

A nice lazy day with some cycling is definitely in order. Mandrem is in the Pernem region of Goa and is very untouched by mass tourism. The beaches are beautiful and peaceful. Feni (the local poison!) and fishing are the main industries of this beautiful region. We will be cycling to Tiracol fort crossing the Tiracol River for lunch at this fort, which has now been converted to a Hotel. It is a small piece of Goa in the state Maharasthra and is the northern border of Goa state. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the beautiful beaches and scenery.

Day 8

Mandrem - Cavelosim

Early start. A long day in the saddle, but a good challenge and there to set you in good stead for the hillier rides to come. The back up vehicle is always near by for those who need some rest, but everybody always enjoys the challenge.

Day 9

Cavelossim - Shree - Chandreshwar Temple - Chandor - Cavelossim

The Shree Chandreshwar Butnath temple is said to be one of the original places of Hindu worship and thousands of pilgrims travel to the sight every year for its festival. The temple is situated at the top of a 5km long hill climb and is a fantastic challenge for all cyclists. The views from the top are spectacular and the historical aspect of the temple also interesting. We then travel to Chandor to visit the Braganza House. The Braganza's were a wealthy Portuguese family that fought for the freedom of Goa from Portuguese rule. They also mixed Marathi (the language of Maharasthra) with Portuguese words and grammar giving Goa its own language and Konkani identity. The house is now a museum and the last existing member of the family will give you a guided tour.

Day 10

Cavelossim - Cabo De Rama - Palolem

Palolem Beach

We start the day with a gentle ferry ride across the river Sal and a lovely flat warm up ride through the beautiful fishing villages that sit on the river. We then hit the hills as we cycle to Cabo De Rama. In the Hindu religion the sight of Cabo de Rama is believed to be the place of exile of Lord Rama and his child wife Sita (hence the name) The Portuguese took the Fort and built it into a large fortification and prison). The views are spectacular and on a good day you will see troops of wild monkeys and pods of Dolphins. (However we cannot guarantee this!) A picnic lunch is taken inside the Fort). We then climb over the Ghats to Palolem Beach. A truly beautiful place.

Day 11

Palolem - Cortigao Wildlife Sanctuary - Palolem

Cortigao wildlife sanctuary is beautiful and traffic free. For some reason tourists do not go so it is always quiet. There are still working villages within the sanctuary and hunter-gatherer tribes people still live in the hills. There is an optional hill walk that will take us to a height of around 870m above sea level. However it is very demanding and purely optional. We then take the same route back to Palolem. A beautiful ride but demanding as the hills are rolling and it is never flat for long.

Day 12

Palolem - Cavelossim

We will depart from Palolem at around 9a.m aiming to be back in Palolem before lunch time leaving you the rest of the day to relax and pack ready to leave. A sad time for all, but we will endeavour to make the last night fun.

Day 13

Departure

Cycling in Goa

Departure for your onward destination according to your flights.

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Bikes: Mountain Bikes

Bike Sizes: 13-21

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

Accommodation

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

Terrain

The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.

Climate

The variety of the regional features of this country has led to a corresponding variety in environment. The Great Varies have awesome environment throughout the year, while the flatlands are warm and moist. The common level of yearly rain fall is superb in Kerala, Sikkim and some of the Northern Eastern Declares of Native India, when compared to other Native India. July to Aug is the monsoon season, with heavy downpours. It is always recommended to check weather and temperature at websites.

Transportation/Support Vehicles

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

Food

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

What to bring

Footwear

  • Bike shoes
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks

Clothing

  • In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.
  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Riding a bike equipment like safety gloves and shorts.

Others

  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike

Health

Water is higher risk; hence we suggest that you drink only nutrient water in bottles during your trip. A cage of standard nutrient water is always focused for in the start of the vehicle during trips as an urgent evaluate. Despite the high requirements, it is worth providing basic OTC medications for disappointed tummies, complications, pest attacks etc. Indian is a financially creating democratic republic and has worked very hard to control illnesses. Sufficient medical care is available in the major inhabitants' facilities, but is usually limited in the non-urban areas of the country. Many western worlds are utilizing the state-of-the-art healthcare services available in Indian. The cost of treatment is much less expensive here in comparison to the same features available in innovative nations.

The most important cause of sickness of tourists in Indian is food and water-borne illnesses. Malware, bacteria, or harmful bacteria can cause diarrhea. Attacks may cause simple diarrhea and throwing up, high temperature, or, in extraordinary instances, liver organ damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

Precautions

  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.

Medical Information Update

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

Shopping

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

Spending Money

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs

Foreign Exchange

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.

Airport Taxes

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.

Exclusions

  • Insurance Policy - Please take your own Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills
  • Cycles
  • Support Vehicle, parking, toll, driver's allowances
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfast at all destination
  • All Accommodation on Full board
  • First Aid Kid
  • Backup of Support Vehicle