Cruising in Goa
The biggest rivers are Sal, Tiracol, Chapora, Baga,
Mandovi, Zuari, Saleri, Talpona, Galgibaga. Among them only basins
of the rivers Mandovi and Zuari occupy the area of 2553 square kilometers
that makes about 70% of the general geographical zone of Goa. The
navigable rivers of Goa with a general length of 253 km are the main
blood vessels of the state and the integral part of its life.
To “backwaters” system of Goa belong also some large and
great numbers of small lakes. The best known are Mayem, Carmbolim,
For tourists “backwaters” of Goa offer an unforgettable
adventure in the form of cruise by the boat. So-called houseboats
are widespread in this part of India. These are the real floating
houses; there are bedrooms with a bathroom, living room and all necessary
rooms, including office for crew. These vessels have very original
structure. They are produced from a tree of anjili and only natural
materials as a bamboo and palm leaves. The houseboat is constructed
without nails and other metal holding elements.
For tourists there are various arrangements onboard. Such excursions
are ideal opportunity to communicate with real local residents from
near villages or with tribes occupying the deep jungle, and to spend
some time in an unusual situation among the tropical nature. In the
rivers of Goa lives incalculable quantity of bird species. Some manage
to observe the crocodiles. The opportunities for fishing are improbable,
and then the personnel may cook your catch at your desire and taste.
Also there are romantic dinners and nights in the floating house.
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