Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Discover Goa

Duration: Full Day

discover goa

Located half way down the west coast of India, Goa is a place of distinct natural beauty, boasting tropical beaches, lush green countryside, beautiful waterfalls and rich flora and fauna. It is no wonder India’s smallest state is known as the "Pearl of the Orient". Goa was a Portuguese colony until 1961 and the region still retains its laid-back Mediterranean atmosphere, which is more relaxed than the rest of India.

Discovered by travellers in the late 60s, Goa became well known for being a hippie hangout and backpackers’ paradise, but now it is a popular holiday destination for all sorts of people on all sorts of budgets seeking sun, sand, beautiful scenery and cultural diversity. This full day excursion will reveal some of Goa’s highlights, giving you an insight into the rich heritage, diverse landscapes and local industries of this unique Indian oasis.

Your day of discovery will begin by driving along one of Goa’s scenic coastal routes, passing beautiful temples and churches dating back to the 16th century on the way. We will travel through sleepy villages and past old Portuguese-style houses which serve as a reminder of the state’s Portuguese heritage. Goa was under Portuguese rule for over 450 years, and under many different ruling empires before that, dating back to the 3rd century BC. The result is a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences which are evident throughout Goa – in its culture, architecture and cuisine.

One of the first stops of our tour will be a visit to a local rubber plantation, where you can see how sap is extracted from the rubber trees and made into rubber sheets. Watch local men tap the rubber trees to get the latex. We then drive onwards to a Laterite stone quarry, where you can watch local labourers using mechanical cutters to mine this unique surface formation. Known locally as “Vettukallu”, laterite is a red-brown soft stone, formed by the decay of volcanic rocks in tropical heat and heavy rainfall. It is easy to mine and has been used extensively throughout Goa. The majority of churches and convents were built using these large, heavy stone blocks. However, laterite can disintegrate quickly if it is not protected and kept in a good condition, so many buildings have had to be rebuilt or repaired over the years using lime mortar.

This fascinating tour provides an ideal opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of West India during your holiday in Goa.

India Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £1049 per person
superior golden triangle + the fariyas mumbai

Superior Golden Triangle + the Fariyas Mumbai

This 7 nights tour is the perfect introduction to the wonders of India's 'Golden Triangle'. This area is home to the...

From £1069 per person
india golden triangle and beyond + marina byblos hotel

India Golden Triangle and Beyond + Marina Byblos Hotel

Overview India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From...

From £1069 per person
india golden triangle and beyond + rembrandt hotel and towers

India Golden Triangle and Beyond + Rembrandt Hotel and Towers

Immerse yourself in the welcoming culture of India and discover the beauty and vibrant heritage of the country with the...

From £1079 per person
superior golden triangle + movenpick hotel jumeirah lake towers

Superior Golden Triangle + Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lake Towers

India is one of the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the colourful and vibrant cities...

From £1079 per person
superior golden triangle + the travancore heritage

Superior Golden Triangle + the Travancore Heritage

If you've never been to India before, prepare to be dazzled by its beautiful monuments, breath-taking nature and...

From £1089 per person
india golden triangle and beyond + rove downtown dubai

India Golden Triangle and Beyond + Rove Downtown Dubai

Overview India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From...

Talk to a specialist


Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 09:00 - 21:00 GMT

Related articles for India

Alila Fort Bishangarh to open as first fortress resort in India

India’s charming Jaipur is now home to the first fortress hotel in India. Constructed above a heritage fortress that has been left intact, the Alila Fort Bishangarh is a lavish resort property housing five different types of suites with amazing views. The hotel is expected to open its doors to the public this month.

W Goa Hotel marks Starwood's W Hotels debut in India

W Hotels, the luxury brand under the Starwood umbrella, has launched its first hotel in India. The beachfront W Goa resort overlooks the India Ocean and comes equipped with a luxury spa, fitness centre kids’ club and business centre. The hotel is the first of three W hotels scheduled to be launched in India in the coming years.

Life Full Joy list their ten best reasons to travel to India

Few countries pack as much history, culture, and diversity into one place as India. A vast county known for its spicy cuisine and incredible architecture, one trip is hardly enough to experience the entire subcontinent, but blogger Life Full Joy has compiled a list of the top ten reasons to visit India, a guide of sorts to essential travel experiences to have in the country.