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As an India cruise passenger with an itinerary that includes the western port city of Goa, with its coastline that stretches along the Arabian Sea, you’ll want to book Goa shore excursions that show off a triumvirate of its best offerings: warm, sunny days, legendary beaches, and a world of exotic spices.
To head straight for the sun and sand, book Goa shore excursions for a day at Cansaulim Beach, one of the finest in western India. Enjoy a cool drink at a local eatery before enjoying a swim in the warm Arabian Sea. Plunk down on the golden sand and chill out for a while, or walk the peaceful beach and work up an appetite for a leisurely lunch.
If you’re looking for things to do in Goa, India from a cruise, and you’re a foodie at heart, a trip to a working spice plantation is the way to go. On a guided tour, you’ll ride through the Goa countryside, passing rice paddies and Hindu temples, where you’ll visit Goa’s most important temple, built in 1738 and dedicated to the Goddess Durga. At the plantation, with a spice expert as your guide, you’ll see the plants of familiar favorites like vanilla and not so familiar ones like cardamom. You’ll soon become a spice expert with advice from your spice guide. Continue the spice experience with a sumptuous lunch and an opportunity to purchase fresh spices.
Goa shore excursions to the city’s beautiful old churches will pique the interest of history buffs. From 1510 to 1961, Goa’s history was thoroughly entwined with the Portuguese, who populated the city with churches. The Portuguese influence is evident in the colonial architecture, heritage, and grandiose churches that you’ll visit. Se Cathedral, with its bell tower that houses a “golden bell,” was rung during the Inquisition. Nearby is the very old St. Catherine’s Chapel and St. Cajetan church, fashioned after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
If you’re looking for a leisurely way to explore local history and culture while on your Goa cruise, board a motor coach for a narrated ride in the hills and around the countryside. You’ll experience photo-worthy stops at markets where locals shop for fruits and vegetables as well as at a charming hotel for a round of relaxing refreshments.