Before independence, the many rivers that drain across Goa made
getting around a problem. Nowadays, however, thanks to a network
of road bridges, life is a lot easier.
For tourists, white Maruti Van Taxis serve as the main means of
travelling between resorts. One will find them lined up outside
most charter hotels, where a board invariably to destinations in
and around the region. The fixed rate fares only apply to peak season,
however, and at other times one should be able to negotiate a hefty
Goa's international airport is 29 km from Panjim at Dabolim. Mumbai-Goa
is a 45-minute flight and one has the option to fly on Indian Airlines
or Jet Airways. Regular flights also link Goa with Delhi, Pune,
Cochin, Bangalore and Chennai. Some charter companies fly into Goa
directly from Europe. has
coach services operating to and from the airport. All the major
hotels also arrange transport for the guests. A prepaid taxi service
is also available over here. All the major airline services have
daily flights to Goa from Bangalore , Delhi , Mumbai and Pune and
twice a week from Chennai and Kochi. The International Service of
airlines also connects Goa with Kuwait and Sharjah twice a week.
The Konkan Railway makes Goa easily accessible by rail from cities
such as Delhi , Mumbai , Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Mangalore , Ernakulam
and Thiruvanantapuram . The daily New Delhi (Nizamuddin) to Vasco-da-Gama
Goa Express has been resumed. Goa is also linked to Bangalore ,
Chennai , Hyderabad and Pune via Londa.
The Goan Transport Corporation, Kadamba, runs long-distance services
throughout the state from their main stand at Panjim, Mapusa, Margao
and destinations in the adjoining states of Maharashtra and Karnataka
. Private buses, serving everywhere else including the coastal resorts,
are affordable, frequent, and more relaxed than many in India.
If auto-rickshaws are the quaint essentially Indian mode of transport,
flat-bottomed ferries are their Goan equivalent. Crammed with cars,
buses, commuters on scoters, fisherwomen and clumps of bewildered
tourists, these rusting blue-painted hulks provide an essential
service, crossing the coastal backwaters where bridges have not
yet been built. They're also incredibly reasonable, and run from
the crack of dawn until late in the evening.
The most frequented river crossings in Goa are Panjim to Betim,
across the Mandovi; Old Goa to Divar Island; Siolim to Chopdem,
across the Terakol River; and Cavelossim in the far south of Salcete
Taluka, to Assolna.
By Motorcycle Taxi
Goa's unique pillion-passenger motorcycle taxis, known locally as
"pilots", are ideal for nipping between beaches or into
town from the resorts. Bona fide operators ride black bikes with
yellow mudguards and white number plates. Fares, which should be
settled in advance, are comparable with auto-rickshaw rates.
By Rented Motorcycle
Renting motorcycle in goa gives a lot of freedom. Officially, one
needs an international driver's licence to rent, and ride, anything
more powerful than a 25cc moped. Rates vary according to the season,
the vehicle, and how long one wants to rent it for most owners also
insist on a deposit and passport as security. The range is pretty
standard and the reasonable choice is a 50 cc moped. These are fine
for buzzing to the beach and back, but to travel further try the
stalwart Enfield Bullet 350cc, popular mainly for its pose value;
the smaller but more reliable Honda Kinetic 100 cc, which has automatic
gears and is a good first-time choice or the best all rounder, the
Yamaha RD 100 cc; light, fast enough, reliable, economical and with
Tours and Cruises
GTDC operates guided bus tours out of Panjim and major coastal resorts
to sights around the state. The itineraries, however, cover too
much ground in too little time, and are somewhat rushed for most
people. Those offered as optional excursions by package tour companies
and large hotels.
Boat trips from the coastal resorts
are popular among foreign tourists. Billed “dolphin-spotting”
or “crocodile-watching” cruises, they usually last all
day and the price includes meals, drinks and transport to and from
your hotel or designated pick-up point.
Cheap, frequent and running just about everywhere accessible by
road, buses are by far the most popular mode of transport in Goa,
and you’re bound at some point to catch one, if only to get
into town or to the next resort. Visitors not yet initiated into
the joys of Indian public transport are unlikely to forget the experience.
If you’re lucky or catch the bus near the beginning of its
route, you might get a seat. Otherwise, be prepared for an uncomfortable
crush as more and more passengers squeeze themselves and bags of
shopping. Private buses are particularly notorious for overloading.
Conductors dangle out of the side doors chanting their destination
with the rapidity of horse-racing commentators. One consolation
for the crush is that fares are so low as to be virtually free by
Western standards. Traveling by bus is also a great way to experience
the Goans’ Goa.
Tickets are generally sold by conductors on the bus itself –
keep some small change handy for this.
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