TRANSPORT ( BUS )
| This is the cheapest mode of transport in Goa. Most of the main
towns of Goa are connected by road. The
state-run Kadamba Transport
the main operator, although there are also other private companies.
The bus services are frequent, though at times they travel at slow
pace, making frequent stops.
If you want to travel in comfort board the bus at the bus stand,
the destination at bus stands are written
in English. Pay your fares in the bus. The Kadamba Transport Corporation
started point-to-point shuttle services to and from Panaji; Ponda;
Margao; Vasco-da-Gama; and the
tickets to these destinations have to be purchased before boarding
the bus. The fares are as follows:
With the opening of the Konkan Railway, it is possible to travel
from Canacona to Pernem enjoying the hidden
parts of Goa along the journey.
( RENTALS )
| There are a number of companies that operate self-drive car
rentals. Although it is expensive it is worth trying. Several companies have counters at the airport. It is usually
cheaper to rent a car and driver for a specific
trip. Some hotels provide cars for self-drive.
/ Car hire
There are two types of taxis in Goa, one is the black and yellow
taxi and the other is the tourist taxi normally
found outside hotels and at some beaches. The most common is
Maruti van, a Japanese Suzuki minicab or minivan.
Hiring a motorcycle in Goa is easy, and can be found at most of
the coastal resorts. Though some travelers
wanting to stay for a longer term prefer hiring for a month or
two, you still can hire a bike for a day
or weekend if you wish to travel from say Anjuna to Palolem for a
change. The machines available are Enfield
350 cc, more modern Yamaha 100s and gear-less Kinetic Honda
scooters which are more popular. You need an international license
to ride in Goa. Some places need
your passport and some deposit
while a few just ask the name of the hotel you are staying at. On
a rented bike you can reach the state's
remote beaches and traverse long distances with relative ease. A
word of caution, before driving away
ensure the lights and brakes are in good shape.
Goa is probably the only state in India where motorcycles are a licensed
form of taxi. If you are traveling
your own, this mode of transport is much cheaper. Licensed motorcycles have a yellow painted front mudguard
and are found in large numbers throughout the State.
| Most of the
beaches have bicycle renting facilities, of late you can choose
between the old hero standard bicycles to the more
modern improved ones. Depending on the owners preferences you may
have to keep a small deposit or
even your passport.
| With more
entrepreneurs entering in these services, you can take a boat ride
from beach to beach. sometimes snacks included. some even offer