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» West India
» Goa
Transport Facilities: Railways, Airways, Bus Transport
Major Attraction: Ferry Ride
Local Transport: Yellow-top Metered Taxis, Auto Rickshaws
Travel Information on: Accommodations, Tourist Office, Banks

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation in Goa ranges from charming old family homes turned into guest houses at budget prices and aesthetic mid range resorts with Goan cottages by the sea, to splendid five star deluxe hotels. In addition Goa Tourism Development Corporation (Trionora Apartments, Panjim) runs moderately priced accommodation throughout Goa.

INFORMATION OFFICES
Government Of India Tourist Office
Communidade Building
Church Square, Panjim

Government Of Goa,
Department Of Tourism Offices
Tourist Home, Patto, Panjim

North Goa - Tourist Shopping Complex,
Mapusa
South Goa - Tourist Hostel,
Margao

Tourist Information Counter
Interstate Bus Terminus, Panjim

Tourist Information Counter, Tourist
Hostel, Vasco-da-Gama Tourist Information Counter,
Dibolim Airport

Government Of Tamil Nadu
Tourist office, Rayu Chambers
Dr. A.B. Road, Panjim

Kerala Tourist Office, Bhanav Apartments,
Dr. Shirgaonkar Road,
Panjim

Maharashtra Tourism
Development Corporation
Tourist Hostel, Panjim

Karnataka Tourism
Development Corporation
Velho Filhos Building,
Municipal Garden Square,
Panjim

Government Of Andhra Pradesh
Tourist Information Centre
Rua de Ourem, Panjim

At Delhi:
Government of Goa,
Tourist Information Counter,
Goa Sadan, Amrita Shergil Marg,
New Delhi

At Mumbai:
Government Of Goa, Tourist
Information Counter,
Central Railway Station,
Mumbai

BANKS
Most banks in Goa offer currency exchange. Some major banks are:

State Bank Of India,
Panjim

Andhra Bank
Panjim

Bank of Baroda
With branches at Panjim, Mapusa, Anjuna, Calangute, Vasco, Margao, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Colva and Betalbatim.

Central Bank Of India
Panjim

IDBI
Near Cine Blue, Margao,
Accepts American Express Cards Issued In India.

Times Bank
18th June Road, Panjim
& Municipality Building, Margao
Accepts Centurion Bank Cash Cards.

Andhra Bank
Panjim
Accepts Centurion Bank Cash Cards.

Andhra Bank
Panjim
Accepts master card, JCD and VISA

HDFC
Margao,
18th june road Panjim
Accepts American Express, Master,
VISA , VISA Electro, CIRCUSS

ICICI BANK
Opposite Passport Office, Panjim
Opp Molipot House Near Loyala
Road, Margao
Accepts ICICI Bank Cards.

BY FERRY
If auto-rickshaws are the quaint essentially Indian mode of transport, flat-bottomed ferries are their Goan equivalent. Crammed with cars, buses, commuters on scoters, fisherwomen and clumps of bewildered tourists, these rusting blue-painted hulks provide an essential service, crossing the coastal backwaters where bridges have not yet been built. They're also incredibly reasonable, and run from the crack of dawn until late in the evening.

The most frequented river crossings in Goa are Panjim to Betim, across the Mandovi; Old Goa to Divar Island; Siolim to Chopdem, across the Terakol River; and Cavelossim in the far south of Salcete Taluka, to Assolna.

LOCAL TRANSPORT
By Motorcycle Taxi: Goa's unique pillion-passenger motorcycle taxis, known locally as "pilots", are ideal for nipping between beaches or into town from the resorts. Bona fide operators ride black bikes with yellow mudguards and white number plates. Fares, which should be settled in advance, are comparable with auto-rickshaw rates.

By Rented Motorcycle: Renting motorcycle in goa gives a lot of freedom. Officially, one needs an international driver's licence to rent, and ride, anything more powerful than a 25cc moped. Rates vary according to the season, the vehicle, and how long one wants to rent it for most owners also insist on a deposit and passport as security. The range is pretty standard and the reasonable choice is a 50 cc moped. These are fine for buzzing to the beach and back, but to travel further try the stalwart Enfield Bullet 350cc, popular mainly for its pose value; the smaller but more reliable Honda Kinetic 100 cc, which has automatic gears and is a good first-time choice or the best all rounder, the Yamaha RD 100 cc; light, fast enough, reliable, economical and with annual gears.Go to top, Goa



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