Goa has long been associated with tourism and adventure. With every waking day, the number of tourist destinations are increasing as countries are pulling out all the ‘plugs’ to attract high spending tourists. Keeping this in mind, the stakeholders are continuously trying to brand and re-package Goa as more than just sun, sea and sand.
Here are 5 projects that you will expect to see more of in Goa in the not-too-distant future:
Hot air Balloon
One hot air balloon ride has already been started in Goa in the last tourist season and more will follow soon. The hot air balloon gives tourists an opportunity to view Goa at close quarters from the sky and shows the beauty of the hinterlands. The current Cameroon 180 Hot air Balloon is operational at Assolda, in Quepem Taluka, which is in South Goa.
The 1st heli-joy ride kicked off earlier this year and it is set to resume in October, once the new season starts. You can book your ride of a life time at www.goa-tourism.com.
The 15 minute journey showcases a Birdseye view of the following sites:
- Fort Aguada
- Miramar Beach
- Dona Paula
- Candolim Beach
- Calangute Beach
- Anjuna Beach
- Panaji City
- Mandovi River
- Old Goa Church
The proposed cable cart will move from Panaji to Reis Margos and will carry 800 people per hour. The cable cart will travel one way across the River Mandovi and the route will measure 1,240 metres in length. The long term plan is to extend the circuit all the way to the Calangute-Baga belt.
The sea plane pilot project has already been tested and is expected to be rolled out soon. Nine people can be carried in the Cessna Amphibian sea plane at one time. The proposed journey for the sea plane includes flying from Vasco Da Gama to Dona Paula, Coco beach, Miramar and Chapora.
Six amphibious vehicles will move through the backwaters of Goa. The ferry points of Goa will be used as the starting points for the rides. If you are a crocodile enthusiast and bird watcher then this comes highly recommended on your itinerary.
These adventure rides will definitely be popular and put Goa on the international map. But are the Goans up for it?