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Goa Wildife Tour

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The rugged Western Ghats make it an ideal haven for many species of birds and animals and also provide a corridor for migration. The Western Ghats called the Sahyadris in Goa extend for a total of 600 kms in Goa of their total length of 3702 kms.

The widest belt of forests along the Western Ghats is in Goa and neighboring Karnataka state. The coastal areas provide the tropical backdrop.

There are several plants and trees unique to Goa and some introduced by the Portuguese, most famous of which is the green Chillies, which today has become an essential ingredient in the Indian Curry. Average rainfall is over 500 mm along the Western Ghats and a little less elsewhere. The length of the dry season averages from 5 to 6 months. For all these reasons, the dominant vegetation is of the moist deciduous type.

Goa is endowed with over 1512 documented species of plants, over 275 genera of birds, over 48 genera of animals and over 60 genera of reptiles. About 10% of Goa is set aside as wildlife reserve and this area include four large wildlife sanctuaries.

Plants & Trees 
Goa has more than 3000 different species of flowering plants not counting the hundreds of varieties of grasses, ferns and bracken. The most famous tree is the coconut palm, which is in abundance everywhere, from the swaying ranges at the coast to the huge plantations in the rural interior. Cashew nut and mango trees are also seen in large privately owned plantations all over the state and supply a major portion of the export crop that is shipped out of Goa. Goa has a magnificent range of flowering trees and plants which are seen all over the towns and villages in a bewildering range of colors and sizes. During the period before the monsoons, most of these are in full bloom, lending Goa a colorful look. Among the other trees that are found in abundance are the banyan, the peepal, sisso or martel, kharanj and teak. 

Animals 
There are almost fifty species of mammals found in Goa. Among the animals found here are the leopard, monkeys, cheetal or spotted axis deer, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, leopard cat, Indian civet, gaur or Indian bison, sloth bear, Indian porcupine, pangolin, slender loris, wild boar, striped hyena, jackal, wild dog and mongoose. Goa has four species of bats. Flying foxes are also present in large numbers. Most of these are found in the rural interior areas. The Indian giant squirrel, the smaller three-striped squirrel and the five-striped palm squirrel are also found in most areas. Long-beaked dolphins are quite often seen in the shallow waters of Goa's more isolated beaches. Goa has a large reptilian/amphibian population. This includes the ubiquitous common house gecko, a variety of frogs and the quite rare monitor lizard. Two species of crocodile are mostly found along the banks of a few inland waterways. Twenty-three species of snakes are found in Goa. Some of the snakes are common blind snake, the Russell sand boa, the Indian python, the Indian wart snake, trinket snake, Indian rat snake, golden tree snake. Among the few venomous snakes in Goa are the king cobra, the common Indian krait, the coral snake, the Russell's viper, the saw-scaled viper and the bamboo pit viper. Freshwater turtles and rare marine turtles which come ashore between October and December to lay their eggs in the sand are also found in Goa. 

Birds 
Goa has an abundant birdlife. There are some very colorful species found in Goa and among these are the stork-billed kingfisher, the breasted kingfisher, the common kingfisher, the grass-green, blue and yellow bee-eaters, the golden oriole, and the Indian roller, Hoopes, purple sunbirds, and several kinds of bulbuls, babblers and Drongos, paradise flycatcher. The snowy white cattle egret, the large egret and the little egret and herons are most common in the paddy fields along with cows and buffaloes. The beautiful whitebellied fish eagle, the Brahminy kite and the pariah kite are birds of prey found around towns and fishing villages. House crows, jackdaws, king vultures and the white-backed vulture are also seen in most areas. In the state's forests are found the grey hornbill, the Indian pied hornbill and the magnificent great pied hornbill, the lesser goldenback woodpecker, the Indian great black woodpecker, the red junglefowl.

 

Day 01: Arrive - Mumbai

Day 02: Mumbai 

Day 03: Mumbai - Goa 

Day 04: Goa 

Day 05: Goa 

Day 06: Goa 

 

Day 01: Arrive - Mumbai

On arrival transfer to hotel where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis, check in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: Mumbai 

You will be exploring the Mumbai, you will visit The Juhu beach, Gateway of India, Elephanta caves. In the evening Make your way through the various sets of a typical film studio. From a place to the village square. See men with cameras mounted on cranes shooting sequences, inviting your tour of Film city’s electrifying ambiance while dining on delicacies that are no less interesting than the spice of Indian movies. Overnight to be spent at hotel. 

Day 03: Mumbai - Goa 

Today you will be transferred to airport to catch flight to Goa, On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to relax to beach. In the evening enjoy Goan Carnival Theme : Join a traditional carnival, which is a part of Goa’s rich Portuguese heritage. Where revelry, song and dance, great food and good wine come together beautifully. Discover the joy of Goan cuisine at a delightful buffet dinner. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 04: Goa

Explore the North Goa & South Goa. Visit Fishing village : Fishing villages are part of Goa’s rich cultural heritage. Local Goan fishing village is created on the grounds of the hotel, forming a perfect backdrop for a charming evening in a very rustic atmosphere. Artisans display their skills whilst the village dancers whirl to the music of a local band. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 05: Goa 

Free to relax on Beach. In the evening, enjoy Sea food Bar-be-cue on the beach - Dine under a starlit sky on succulent lobsters, jumbo prawns and other local seafood delicacies which form part of a delightful bar-be-cue set up on a lovely stretch of the Goan beach. Guests may also cook their own food on skewers over a camp fire. A local musician captures the magic of the moment on his guitar strings. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 06: Goa 

Breakfast at hotel. Day activities in Goa. Afternoon transfer to Airport for onward flight to your next destination.

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