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Trips from Cavelossim

You have been so helpful on this forum I'm hoping you can help me. We are travelling with Thomsons in March to Cavelossim (staying in Dona Sylvia).

We would like to do some trips but not sure about some of them on the Thomsons website as they state 3 day/2 night trips!

As first timers to Goa are there any other tour companies anybody would recommend and any trips that they would recommend doing - husband not keen on doing train journeys as worried about being packed in like sardines in high heat! Fancied the houseboat trip but not sure end of March/beginning of April would be too hot without aircon??

Any advice/tips welcomed - many thanks :-)

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You would be better off getting a taxi.the costs seem high but shared between 2 people including 2 hour waiting times they are not as expensive as you would think.

We visited Agonda beach which is a wonderful area .The drive there is excellent.Winding roads through villages and forests.

A trip to Chanderath Hill is worthwhile.Great views and an old Indian temple at the top.Not that far.We paid about £20 for the trip between 2 people with a 2 hour wait.

We used the bus to go to Mobor beach and Varca.Mobor is lovely.Varca is a bustling village full of mopeds,bikes,cows and people.You can walk to the beach frome here.Another unspoilt South Goan beach.

The bus costs pennies and runs every 15 minutes from outside the hotel.

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Thanks so much Mgggggg - I have printed this off to take with us - much appreciated.

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when you get the bus to varca beach how do you know when to get off, is it very far. we used the bus last year to go in to margao and that was great fun, just when you thought there was no way they could fit another person on the bus would stop and another 10 or so would get on, at least you knew you couldn't fall over, a real laugh for a few pennys.

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I agree the buses are a great way to get around and very cheap - though they do get busy and pack them in like sardines. Benaulim is also well worth a visit on the bus, you can get off at the crossroads and walk to Benaulim beach or it's not that far to walk on to Colva.

When we went to Varca we got off the bus at the big church. It's quite a long walk down to the beach from the main road.

We've also been to Panjim on the bus, you need to stay on the bus until it gets to Margao bus station and then change onto the shuttle bus to Panjim. You're guaranteed a seat on this bus and it doesn't take long to get to Panjim as it doesn't stop all the time like the local bus.

If you go to Agonda for the day it's worth stopping off at the old fort at Cabo da Rama en route. There are lovely views along the coastline and monkeys playing in the trees.

Old Goa is well worth a visit and you can stop off at the spice farm too. A local taxi driver will be able to take you there.

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We stayed at the Doña Sylvia over Christmas. Also 1st time visitors to Goa. What a brilliant holiday!

We went on the Jungle Book tour it's an overnight trip staying at the elephant sanctuary. It was £280 for 4 of us 2 adults 2 kids but we thought it was good value as it was 3 trips in 1.

A jeep ride to Dudhsagar falls a 2hr walk through what they called a jungle (just a wood really) but good to see. They also had a mini spice plantation showing us all the various spices we only get to see in our supermarkets. And best of all the elephants. What wonderful animals they are we had plenty of hands on time with them. Washing them in the river, getting the elephants version of a power shower :-) The coach ride was around 2 hrs but aircondotioned.

We also went to Margao on the public bus. As already said they kept packing them in. Great fun. On the return to Cavelossim we got tuktuk's an even better laugh!

I will do a full 1st timers report on our holiday when I have more time.

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That would be great to see your report. 9 weeks tomorrow and already SOO excited.

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The walk to Varca beach is quite a long way as stated, but the road there is very quiet.Varca is an elongated village so as soon as you pass a few houses you are in the countryside.

We kept on walking till we reached the walls of a posh hotel .There was a road down the side of the hotel lined with taxis.We walked down this road and got to the beach through the beach exit of the hotel.

You can always get a taxi back to Varca,It shouldn't cost a lot.

The bus cost about 10p each way!

If you go to Mobor just stay on the bus until it reaches the terminus, Get on the bus on the opposite side to the Varca stop which is on the same side as the Dona Sylvia.

From there it is a great walk along the edge of the river or onto the very end of Mobor Beach which is wonderful.There are some beach bars ahead of you

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