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Useful information for excursions in Mormugao
Below you will find information on the most beautiful sights, a map of the cruise port in Mormugao as well as many useful tips and information for your cruise excursion in Mormugao (Goa).
The most beautiful sights in Mormugao (Goa)
Mormugao is a port city on a small headland in the Indian state of Goa. The city is located on the west coast of India on the Arabian Sea. Mormugao is characterized by its clear and straightforward architecture. The Hindu construction can be witnessed in many corners, the jungle also extends into the city. Mormugao is located on the Zuari River and is one of the most important ports on the Indian west coast, where mainly Indian iron ore is exported. Nearly 100,000 inhabitants live in the city. From the old fortress Mormugao Fort you have an excellent view of the harbour and the sea.
The state of Goa is famous for its hippie culture of the 60s and for its palm-fringed sandy beaches, which are among the most beautiful in India. Throughout the year many colourful festivals are celebrated with happy music – perfect to get to know the impressive culture of the inhabitants!
In the interiors of Goa visitors come across Portuguese fortresses, Christian churches and Hindu temples in a magnificent landscape – nature lovers and those interested in culture will get their money’s worth. Goa was still a Portuguese colony until 1961, so there are still many architectural and historical traces of the colonial era. The mix of European and Indian architecture and traditions makes this region unique. The impressive ruins of the ancient fortresses of the Portuguese conquerors are scattered throughout the state.
Old Goa About an hour’s drive away is the ancient Hindu town of Old Goa, also known as Velha Goa. It used to be the capital of the Portuguese colony and is still one of the most important places in the country where you can find yourself in the Portuguese-Indian history. During the heyday of the former capital lived up to 300,000 inhabitants here, currently, there are only just over 5,000 inhabitants. It used to be called the “Rome of the Orient”. Today you will find many relics of the former, imposing style of Portuguese colonial architecture. Old Goa has been included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Tourists and Indian pilgrims come to the city on the bank of the Mandovi River, mainly because of the gigantic facades, the well-preserved churches with their gilded altars and old tombs.
The Sé Cathedral is the largest building in the city of Old Goa. It was built in Gothic-Portuguese style with a Tuscan exterior and a Corinthian interior. Originally built with two towers, today the cathedral has only one tower, which houses one of the largest bells in Goa.
The Basílica do Bom Jesus plays an important role, especially in the Roman Catholic Church. It is also considered to be the most important church in Goa and is an important place of pilgrimage, as it houses the bones of St. Francis Xavier. In addition to the golden altars, the tomb of St. Francis is the highlight of the basilica.
Other important sights include the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of St. Cajetan and the ruins of the former Augustinian monastery.
Spice Plantations & Market
India is world-famous for its sheer endless variety of spices. The colours and smells are impressive. The state of Goa is home to numerous traditional spice plantations. Take a stroll through one of the many spice farms and let yourself be carried away into the world of aromas of various herbs and spices such as ginger, nutmeg or betel nuts. During a plantation visit, you will be amazed by the variety and use of Indian spices. The spices are of course used for food preparation, but equally important is the healing power of individual plants. You can have lunch and taste the spices of the plantations with a typical Indian meal.
In the colourful and lively markets, you can enjoy the scent of jasmine, frangipani, musk, saffron, sandalwood and frankincense. In the markets, you get an authentic impression of everyday life, as well as a good idea of the culture of the local inhabitants. Of course, you can also buy great souvenirs here and take a bit of India home with you.
Goa Chitra Museum
Visit the Goa Chitra Museum, one of the best private ethnographic museums in Goa. The small museum houses an impressive collection of transportation from Goa to all of India, as well as implements that were used in Goa in the past. More than 4,000 exhibits will introduce you to the culture of ancient Goa, including pottery, farm tools, musical instruments, carts and palanquins. The museum also includes the village of Goan.
The village has preserved its originality and various trees and plants decorate the small town.
An absolute must in Goa is a visit to the idyllic and seemingly endless sandy beaches. The 100 km long coastline Goas impresses with azure blue sea, palm trees, fine sand and long beaches, only interrupted by small rocky coves. Every year, thousands of tourists come to the region for this reason. It is no coincidence that the beaches of Goa are still known today as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The distances between the different beaches are small, so you can easily commute from one to the next.
The most beautiful beaches can be found in the south of Goa. Agonda Beach is one of the favourites for many, you will also find fishing boats, cows and dogs. Even the natural, palm-fringed dream beach Colva beach is a real insider tip since you usually have it to yourself. This is definitely one of the highlights for beach lovers. Only about 30 minutes away from the harbor Bogmalo Beach also has a beautiful sandy beach and is very quiet. In addition to cows, who are also regular visitors here, you also have some opportunities to eat in small beach bars. The beautiful Anjuna Beach is one of the most famous beaches in India and was the hotspot for hippies in the early 70s. On Wednesdays, half of Goa meets there on the huge “hippie flea market”, which is reminiscent of the bygone era
The city of Panjim, also called Panaji, is around 40 km away. It is the capital of the state of Goa and was formerly called “New Goa”. The city has received its Portuguese past surprisingly well. Whole neighbourhoods still consist of winding cobblestone streets, old colourfully painted houses in the Portuguese colonial style with overhanging flower-decked balconies, pastel-coloured terraces, red tile roofs, whitewashed churches and innumerable small bars and cafes. In general, the city has all the familiar Mediterranean features of Portugal.
The old quarter Fontainhas is the most beautiful area for a walk. Here you will also find the Chapel of Saint Sebastian, as well as the Church of the Immaculate Conception, consecrated in 1541 and built in the Portuguese colonial style, which is the main church of Panaji.
Other highlights of the city are the Hindu Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, the Jama Masjid Mosque and the Maruti Temple.
North of the capital Panaji, Fort Aguada is perched on a rocky headland. It is considered the best-preserved Portuguese fortress in Goa. The ruins of the fortress are impressive, as well as the magnificent views of the opposite city Panaji.
Map of the Cruise port in Mormugao
The mooring in Mormugao is located directly in the bay. Built under Portuguese leadership as a natural harbour, it is still today an important Indian port for the export of iron ore. As today’s industrial port, it is located far from the city centre. The centre of Mormugao City is approximately 5 km away. There is no port terminal building.
At the end of the long pier the harbour exit, you will find many taxi drivers and rickshaws wait.
Worth knowing about shore excursions in Mormugao
Shipping companies and routes
The port of Mormugao is a popular port of call for cruises in the Indian Ocean and is often used for transports, e.g. on the routes from Dubai to Singapore (and vice versa). Often the trips are 2-3 weeks. Costa also offers pure Indian cruises from/to Mumbai with stops in Mormugao. TUI Cruises travels Mormugao from/to Dubai on Mein Schiff 5 in 14-day routes. Shipping companies include AIDA Cruises, MSC, Celebrity Cruises, P & O, Seabourn and Silver Sea Mormugao.
Entry and visa
British and American nationals need an electronic tourist visa (ETA) in addition to a valid passport to enter Mormugao, which you must apply in good time prior to departure. In total, the visa is valid for one year and can be used for four more seaports (Kochi, Mormugao, Mangalore and Chennai). This is especially useful if you also use one of these ports as part of your cruise. The ETA costs $ 80 USD per person and is a so-called “visa on arrival”. This means you will receive a stamp upon entry.
It is also advisable to obtain additional information from your cruise company about the valid entry requirements of your cruise.
The currency in India is the Indian Rupee (INR). One pound equals to 86 INR and 1 USD equals to 69 INR. We recommend changing money in banks or official bureaux de change, as the import and export of Indian currency is prohibited. Alternatively, you can withdraw money from ATMs using your credit card.
More and more restaurants and businesses accept credit cards, you should still have some cash with you. It is also important that the bills may not be damaged (torn), as these can be denied as a means of payment.
Taxi and public transport
If you want to explore Goa on your own, we recommend taking a taxi. Taxis are usually available at the harbour exit. Note, not all taxis are equipped with air conditioning, and not all taxi drivers speak English. There are no fixed taxi prices, you should definitely negotiate.
The three-wheeled rickshaws (tuk-tuks) are a cheaper alternative. If you want to explore the region in a tuk-tuk, best not be too squeamish.
From the port, you can theoretically also travel by public transport, although it is rather discouraged since you may not reach the tourist attractions and your comfort may not be the best. A bus stop is right on the square in front of the harbour exit.
The best months to go to Mormugao are the winter and early spring months. In November, December, January, February and March there is an average temperature of 33 degrees and it a dry period. In addition, the sun shines 9 to 10 hours a day.
The main season for cruise ships is from November to April.
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