Goa’s green hills, the Western Ghats in the interior, and its long beach stretches offer the most scenic, diverse and interesting biking routes in the country. Cycling through the villages of Goa is a pleasant and relaxing experience. Traditional houses, temples, churches and mosques, verdant greenery and the ever-present backwaters offer a soothing backdrop to leisurely rides through the countryside. Small bakeries and cafes en route offer a taste of local fare, and a traditional taverna is never too far away.
We take you on tiny tours of Goa. Each lasts around three hours, taking in a piece of history or a slice of culture. Ride on top-of-the-line Montra Trance 21-speed geared hybrid bicycles.
Cycle Tour of Old Goa
Start from Goa’s capital, Panaji. Take the magnificent Linhares Bridge and Causeway, built in 1633 and still used for today’s traffic, to reach Old Goa, getting updated on all the monuments en route. Cycle through Old Goa with the finest guides telling you about what was once India’s second-largest city, but is now a collection of fine churches and Asia’s largest Cathedral. Visit the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Monte, with a magnificent view of the entire area. Everyday.
Time: 3 hours
Daily 15:30 to 19:00 hrs
Cost: Rs1,870 per person.
Islands of Goa
Start from the Divja Circle, close to the bus stand in Goa’s capital, Panaji. Pedal to Ribandar, over the 380-year old Ponte de Linhares causeway. Take the traditional Goan Ferry across the Mandovi River to the riverine island of Divar. Drive through this village still relatively untouched by urbanization. Have breakfast (on us) at a traditional bakery or eatery. At the other end of the island, take a ferry to Narvem, then to a backwater where birds of all kinds gather. Then pedal through the riverine island of Chorao, before taking yet another ferry back to Ribandar, and then back to Panaji.
Time: 3 hours
Daily 07:30 to 11:00 hrs
Cost: Rs1,870 per person
Eat, Swim, Chill, Cycle
Start from the Divja Circle, close to the bus stand in Goa’s capital, Panaji. Pedal to Ribandar, over the 380-year old Ponte de Linhares causeway. Take the traditional Goan Ferry across the Mandovi River to the riverine island of Divar. Drive through this village still relatively untouched by urbanization. Then, take a ferry to Naroa. Stop at a backwater where birds of all kinds gather. Then pedal to the riverine island of Chorao. Stop at the lovely St Peter’s Paradise for some well-earned Rest & Recreation. Eat a sumptuous breakfast and take a leisurely swim in the infinity pool, with spectacular views of the river. Last, take yet another ferry back to Ribandar, and then back to Panaji.
Time: 5 hours
Daily 07:30 to 12:30 hrs
Cost: Rs2,390 per person
Use of 21-speed geared hybrid/mountain bicycle
Group leader and guide
Use of Helmet and lights for safety
Only for Islands of Goa: Breakfast at a traditional local eatery / bakery in lieu of snack and soft drink
Only for Eat, Swim, Chill Cycle: Use of Swimming Pool and Breakfast at the Divar Island Resort
Transport to and from starting/ending point
Anything not in the included list
Accompanying vehicle with bike stand
Any special gear / refreshments required
Sun Screen lotion
If you wear spectacles, a strap to stop them from falling
Clothes for Cycling
Tee shirt and shorts OR long sleeved shirt and long track pants if you get easily sunburned
Same Day: 100% deducted
Up to 24 hours: 75% deducted
Over 24 hours: 50% deducted
Photos courtesy: Indian Cyclists Network