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About Mormugao

India's sunshine state of Goa has many natural riches: stunning beaches, fertile farmland, thick forests, lush river valleys and acres of peaceful coconut groves.

 

Located along the Arabian Sea, the main port Mormugao is tucked down in the Southern district. Away from the hippie party strip of the north, and a short drive from the busy port, you'll find a much quieter, more serene scene. With less development here, you can spread out and enjoy miles of blissful palm-fringed sand with gentle sound of lapping azure water.

 

Inland, catch a glimpse of the real Goa, where farmers work the same fields and orchards that their families have tended for centuries.

 

The influence of the Portuguese from colonial times is still clear to see. See the meticulously kept mansions and admire the spectacular rococo and baroque churches which gleam whitewashed amid emerald paddy fields.

 

Shore excursions in Mormugao

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Basilicas of Goa

Activity high

Duration: 4¼ hours

Visit some of Goa’s world-famous basilicas for a look at the territory’s rich history.

Old Goa remains the spiritual heart of the territory and is renowned for its baroque churches. Visit some of the best, and learn about the area’s history along the way.

Considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India, the Basilica of Bom Jesus (literally, 'Good (or Holy) Jesus') gained fame throughout the Roman Catholic world as home to the tomb of St Francis Xavier, Goa’s patron saint. See the richly gilded altars and the glass casket that holds his remains.

Continue to one of the largest churches in Asia, Se Cathedral. Construction began in 1562 and was completed in 1619, with funds from the royal treasury and the sale of crown property. Its architecture is an interesting mix of Portuguese-Gothic, Tuscan and Corinthian styles. The main altar is dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria.

Afterwards, a short walk takes you to the Church of St Cajetan, modelled after St Peter’s in Rome. Its neo-Classical facade, with twin towers flanking the great dome, disguises an interior that is pure, unrestrained Baroque. Hidden beneath the church is a crypt where embalmed bodies of Portuguese governors were kept before they were shipped back to Lisbon.

On the way back to the ship, stop briefly at Panjim to view the vegetable and fruit market.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¾ hours of walking required on this tour, as well as around 8 steps to negotiate. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Cansaulim Beach Break

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6 hours

Soak up the sun and relax on warm golden sand at one of Goa’s prettiest beaches, with a beachside buffet lunch included.

The golden sand of Goa’s beaches is world famous and the beach at Cansaulim is undoubtedly one of the prettiest. Idyllically situated between Bogmallo and Utorda Beach in South Goa, this serene paradise is an ideal place to unwind or take a dip in the warm Arabian Sea. The long clean stretch of sand is also ideal for those who prefer to take a stroll, further along the beach you can stop off to watch local fishermen bring in their catch or repair their nets later in the day.

A delicious buffet lunch is included at a local beachfront snack bar, for you to enjoy without interrupting precious beach time.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are reminded to take swimwear, a towel and sunscreen with them. Sun loungers are not included on this tour and are subject to availability. The journey to Cansaulim beach is approximately 30 minutes each way. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Goa Chitra Museum and Taj Exotica

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4¼ hours

Unlock the timeless artefacts and agricultural history of ancient Goa before enjoying refreshments at the Taj Exotica Resort.

Visit the Goa Chitra Museum - the first and only ethnographic museum in the region. Step back in time and discover well preserved ancient treasures and a unique collection of some of Goa’s earliest original farming implements and other ancient trade tools, set against the backdrop of a traditional organic farm. The museum’s architecture applies modern technology to traditional materials, and elements such as natural wood and stone. The doors, windows, pillars and railings were salvaged by the designer from more than 300 traditional houses that were demolished nearby. This is a monumental testament to one man’s single-handed quest to collect and preserve Goa’s farming traditions and lifestyle.

There are currently more than 4,000 artifacts on display here—collectables pottery, farming tools, musical instruments and ancient carts. Goa Chitra also showcases an organic farm for the cultivation of various vegetables, herbs, spices, sugarcane, and rice—all staples of the area. Founded and administered by Victor Hugo Gomes, the Goa Chitra Museum has been rated by the Archaeological Survey of India as the ‘top contemporary museum’ in India.

Afterwards, continue to Taj Exotica resort, where a refreshing cup of tea or coffee will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour, as well as around 25 steps to negotiate.

Goan Forts and Heritage

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 6 hours

Discover Goa’s rich military and cultural history on this comprehensive tour that includes a home cooked lunch.

Your first stop is Fort Aguada - a well-preserved 17th century Portuguese fort built in 1612 that was at one time home to over 79 cannons. Its freshwater spring was an important asset for water supplies, as well as defence, and gave the fort its name. The lighthouse, built in 1864, is 4-stories tall and is the oldest in Asia.

Continue to the Reis Magos Fort, perched high over Panjim City, this was the last line of defence for the Portuguese during the Goan Liberation Movement War. Built in 1551 and featuring unusual laterite walls, the buildings were lovingly restored in 2012.

A short distance away is a private villa, ‘Solar dos Colaços’ where a delicious home cooked meal awaits you. Relax and enjoy warm Goan hospitality over a buffet style lunch which is accompanied by local music from a live band.

Before returning to your ship, a walk through a local village market will offer up some photo opportunities and a brief look at the day-to-day life in this area.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking required on this tour, as well as around 60 steps to negotiate. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Passengers are recommended to wear a hat and sunscreen and to carry a bottle of water.

Goan Gastronomy

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5½ hours

Your chance to savour the unique culinary delights of a region famed for its love of food, spice and all things nice - visit a local market and private villa.

If you’re an avid foodie, this tour has your name written all over it. Goa is renowned for its great love of elegantly blended spices and a desire to combine influences from other parts of the world. In fact, the Portuguese strongly influenced the development of Goan cuisine and the local people embraced it with open arms. The Portuguese introduced the chilli pepper which is a very important aspect of Goan cuisine and was a huge influence for wider Indian cuisine. They also introduced potatoes, pineapples, guavas and cashews which were not used in Goan cuisine before their arrival.

During your tour, you’ll visit a local market and shop for your ingredients, accompanied by a Goan chef who will guide you along the way. Afterwards, you’ll move on to a private villa where your chef will give you a mouthwatering insight into local dishes. They will prepare you a delicious traditional lunch and you’ll be able to take in all the aromas and flavours that make Goan food so universally popular.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, as well as some steps to negotiate.

 

A selection of cruises to Mormugao

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