Caravela casino the only high stakes live
gaming casino in the country, Casino Goa recreates the magic
of Las Vegas-on a ship. Offering a variety of games including
American Roulette, Black Jack, rummy, slot machines and for
the more adventurous, specially created private gaming rooms.
The "Caravela" is a class 7 vessel, which
has been certified by the Merchant Marine Department. A class
7 vessel entails superior construction, in addition to navigation,
life safety and fire prevention devices which have been imported.
"Caravela" 215 feet long, and comfortably
able to accommodate 300 people. The Caravela is an entertainment
destination. Docked at Mormugao, The Caravela takes on a breathtaking
journeys from the harbor, to the Renaissance Goa Resort to
Panaji and back.
Facility includes speciality restaurant,
barbecues at the deck and a swimming pool, rooms, suites and
Water Sports are offered in many of the
beaches in Goa. In many of the beaches private operators offer
fishing, sailing, para-sailing, water-skiing, wind surfing,
diving, water scooters, boat rides and river cruises
Aguada Beach, Vainginim Beach, Bogmalo
Beach are famous for water sports.
Boat cruises are being offered at Panaji
Goans are music lovers
and play Western as well as Indian music. Dances are organized
at various clubs, streets and on the beach. Almost every village
church feast is followed by a dance. Besides this, there are
number of discotheques, some of which are in hotels. All the
five star hotels have casinos.
Bhagwn Mahavir wildlife sanctuary
Situated along the north eastern border
of Goa, at Molem, about an hour and a half journey from Panaji,
this sanctuary covers 240 square kilometer of the dense forest
clad slopes of the western Ghats. Believed to be the state's
largest sanctuaries, it is rich in wildlife, and is also a
birdwatcher's paradise. It is common to see stampeding sambar,
grazing chitals, langurs, wild boar and barking deer. From
here, the dudhsagar falls is an hour's journey.
Bondla forest Sanctuary
This sanctuary, in Ponda taluka, is eight
square kilometers in area, and 52 kilometers from Panaji.
It is really a small zoo, deer park and botanical garden.
For garden-lovers, various plants are available on sale here.
The zoo and gardens are closed on Thursdays.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering 105 square kilometers, this sanctuary
is located in Canacona at the southern tip of Goa, about 60
kilometers from panaji. The land is part hills, part plains
and is covered with dense forest and is well known for its
varied wildlife(flora and fauna and reptiles). The ancient
Jeevottam Partagal Math, noted for Vedic Studies, lies within.
Dr.Salim Ali Bird sanctuary
The western spur of sleepy Chorao Island,
reached by ferry from ribandar, 5 K.M east of Panaji has been
turned into the Dr.Salim ali Bird sanctuary. Fringed by a
dense wall of mangrove swamps, the roadless reserve, which
can only get close to by boat, is home to a healthy and varied
population of coastal birds, as well as flying foxes, jackals
and the odd crocodile. The gray brown mud flats around the
sanctuary are a good place to spot on of the regions more
unusual fish, the buboes;headed mudskipper, which, as its
name implies, can often be seen leaping through the slit.
during late February or early March, is the state's most famous
festival. Introduced by the Portuguese as a means to let off
steam before Lent, it has been celebrated with gusto in goa
since the eighteenth century, and not draws tens of thousands
from around India and abroad.
In recent years, however, the colorful
parade forming its centerpiece has been the cause of controversy,
as its organizers are accused of vulgarizing Goan culture
for crude commercial gain. In spite of the controversy, the
main Saturday parade continues to draw large numbers of revelers
to the Goan capital.
Anjuna flea market
Wednesday flea market is the hub of Goa's alternative scene,
and the place to indulge in s spot of souvenir shopping. A
few years aback, the weekly event was the exclusive preserve
of backpackers and the area's semi-permanent population, who
gathered here to smoke chillums, and to buy and sell clothes
and jewelry. These days, however, everything is more organized
and mainstream. Pitches are rented out by the meter, drugs
are banned and the approach roads to the village are choked
solid all day with buses and cars ferrying tourists from down
the coast. The flea market is a great place just to sit and
watch the world go by. Mingling with the suntanned masses
are bands of strolling musicians, itinerant beggars, performing
monkey acts and snake charmers, as well as the inevitable
hippy jugglers, clad in regulation waistcoats and billowing