‘Susegad’ Goa Bike Tour

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  • 8 Days
  • 200 Kilometres
  • Panjim
  • Panjim

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Tour Overview

Rediscovering Goa.

Goa is like no other state in India. The Portuguese colonial influence, the endless beaches, the glorious whitewashed churches, or the relaxed culture of ‘Susegad’. Susegad is a uniquely a Goan term that translates loosely to ‘laid-backness’- that is evident in all aspects of the Goan way of life.

Goa is located in the Western region of India with the Arabian Sea to its west. It was formerly a Portuguese province, until as recent as 1961. Rich in heritage, culture, flora, and fauna, it is a biodiversity hotspot and on this ‘Unventured’ trail, you will experience the essence of this diverse and unique state, along with the adventure of exploring it on a bicycle.

As part of your trail, you will be staying at beautiful heritage hotels, beach huts, eco-resorts, in the midst of the forest, and 2 nights by the backwaters in a quaint homestay. As the Goans say, kenna chill, kenna thrill” which translates to “sometimes chill and sometimes thrill”. The Unventured trail is all about pleasing the chill and thrill-seeking explorer in you.

Who can do this tour?

This expedition is for anyone with a keen interest in exploring and truly “travelling” through Goa. You will re-discover its culture, tradition, and history at a pace that allows you to stop, interact and enjoy the true Goan way of life. This is not a physically “intensive” trail and anyone who is initiated to cycling and is keen on exploring and riding with a group of like-minded people can sign up. The terrain in Goa ranges from flat grounds to moderate climbs. The distances pedalled daily will range from 40 to 60 kilometres on rolling terrain and the difficulty level will vary from being easy to moderate as we trail along.

Itinerary

Your Goan trail is all about experiencing the chill and the thrill that Goa has to offer. On this tour, we’ve ensured that we’ve put a good mix of local experiences like an overnight stay in a Goan heritage home, beach shacks, nature resort, and some local homestay experiences in a scenic village, where you can walk around post your ride and make conversation with the locals.

You will ride an average of 35 kilometres per day, but some days could have longer rides than others. The itinerary on each day, ferry hops, and distance of rides are meticulously planned from experience in offering tours in the region.

Day 1 : Bike fit and explore Panjim’s Fontainhas

Arrive at Goa, Panjim. You are expected to arrive at or before noon at Goa airport. A central meeting point in Panjim will be shared with you closer to the date. After a bike fit, we will explore the charming Fontainhas and wander through some interesting galleries and art spaces. ‘Expect the unexpected’ is the phrase to live by. We’ll also visit the Reis Magos Fort, a 16th-century fort that walks you through the history of Portuguese-influenced Goa.

Ride Distance: 15-20 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Homestay/guest house

Highlights:
• You will meet and greet your fellow travellers.
• Introduction to the ‘the Pearl of the Orient’.
• Explore charming Fontainhas, Reis Magos Fort and some interesting galleries and art spaces.

Day 2: Stories from old Goa and history of Portuguese colonisation

On day 2, we will explore Velha, also known as Old Goa. You can relive the essence of the Portuguese empire, religion, and also visit the famed Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Ride distance: 30 Kilometres

Accommodation Type: Homestay

Highlights:
• Explore Old Goa: Portuguese architecture and history
• Explore quaint churches and heritage monuments

DAY 3: Ride into the hills and visit a forest/bird sanctuary

Post an early breakfast, we will ferry hop from Divar Island toward Bicholim and start riding towards Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. We trail through the forest with rich flora, to peek at some interesting natives, like the Indian Hornbill, emerald doves, and Golden Orioles, not to forget the Bonnet Macaques and if you’re lucky, enroute your trail you will even spot pangolins and porcupines. You will stay at a forest resort with activities like guided bird walks for an insight into untamed Goa.

Ride Distance: 70 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Nature Resort

Highlights:
• A ride through the villages and the countryside towards the hills.
• Experience life in the countryside of Goa.
• The stay at a bird sanctuary.

DAY 4: Bird watching and hiking

You will wake up to the chirping of birds and misty forest views. Start your day with a hike to the Tambdi Surla waterfalls with a stop-over at the Mahadev Tambdi Surla temple, which dates back to the 12th century, with architectural influences from the Kadamba Dynasty. On your way up to the falls, your guide will walk you through the diverse fauna of the region. Post lunch, you will drive out to Olaulim village where, if you like, you can canoe in a private lake and view a sunset over the Olaulim village.

Drive distance: 55 kilometres

Accommodation Type: An Island Retreat/Homestay

Highlights:
• The early morning bird watching session.
• A hike to a waterfall.
• Watch the sunset at an island homestay.

DAY 5 : Rest day and island hopping

You can rest up and stay in bed longer. Enjoy the views of the island or take a leisurely walk around the farm-stay. We start our day late as we go island hopping to Chorao and ride through the picturesque village of Ribander. The highlight through your trail is the charm of these islands, where life seems to have been unchanged for hundreds of years and can only be seen and experienced by walking or cycling through the countryside.

Ride distance: 30 Kilometres

Accommodation Type: An Island Retreat/Homestay

Highlights:
• A much-needed relaxed day.
• Island hopping on bicycles.
• Truly witnessing “Susegad Goa”.

DAY 6 :Ride through the countryside, market walk, and down to the beach

Post a hearty breakfast, we ride to the waves of Ashvem and stop over at the Mapusa fish market to look at the hustle and bustle of fish mongering. After a fun ride through busy roads and villages, we check-in at our beach resort. Ashvem Beach is quiet and unlike the touristy beaches that you would usually find in Goa. Sit back and watch the waves or better still, play a round of beach volleyball, and watch the sunset over the horizon.

Ride Distance: 25 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Beach Shack

Highlights:
• A visit to a local market.
• A ride to the beach.
• Witness the sunset by the beach.

DAY 7 : Quiet time on the beach

We rest today and you are free to do whatever you like. You can choose to walk around the beach and soak up the mild winter sun or perhaps even ride some waves. It is a day to bum out by the beach, mingle with the local volleyball team or get your own frisbee championship going. Indulge in some shopping at the flea market and feast on local cuisine…think vindaloo and prawns.

Ride Distance: 0 kilometres
Accommodation Type: Beach Shack

Highlights:
• Spend some time relaxing by the beach.
• Visit the local flea markets and shopping.

DAY 8 : Homeward bound

We bid goodbye to the “Pearl of the Orient” and take home with us fond memories of Goa, rediscovered through its architectural splendours, beach resorts, backwaters, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Drive Distance: 90 Kilometres

Tour Inclusions

The Unventured Experience

On the Unventured trail, you will experience a diverse and unique side of Goa with the added adventure of riding through it all on a bicycle. Along your trail, you will be staying at beautiful heritage hotels, beach huts, eco-resorts in the midst of the forest, and also in a quaint village homestay in the Divar Islands.

Difficulty Level: Moderately challenging due to the altitude and weather conditions

Preparedness – Physical & Mental

Our ‘Susegad God Cycling Tour’ is a good blend of nature, culture, history, local food, and real-world experiences. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a regular city commuter; this trail has a good combination of challenging climbs to downhills through quaint countryside roads, villages, and forest trails for you to trail leisurely as you interact with locals.

This tour is graded medium intensity in terms of distance and gradient climbing since most of the rides will be done on 100% tarmac roads. We suggest that our guests start mountain biking in their own home country a month before this trip. This is to ensure you take away the unfamiliarity with mountain bikes that occur due to lack of practice, physical unpreparedness, and that you don’t hold up the other prepared participants. This tour will include a local guide, a tour leader, a mechanic, and a designated support vehicle with driver.

Cycling Support

Your tour will be supported with a “support vehicle”, the cycles are 21-speed aluminum 6061 alloy frame mountain bikes. You will also have a well-trained mechanic accompanying you, and a full repair kit with essential spares. We will also be carrying a backup cycle along the expedition; just so that nobody misses out on the riding experience, should his or her bike have a serious breakdown.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in 2-3 star hotels and homestays with good hygienic bathrooms offered on a twin-sharing basis.

Transport: A team of 10-12 riders will be supported by one coaster bus with a carrier that will transport both the riders and bikes along with a spare cycle, lunch packs, and water. Through the day this vehicle will trail with the riders.

Our tour cost is inclusive of:

  • Transportation from Panjim to Panjim
  • Accomodation on all days
  • All meals specified in the itinerary, water, juices, and snack packs
  • Good quality cycles and helmet (Mountain Bikes)
  • Mechanical and medicinal support through the tour
  • Services of a local guide
  • Entry fee to all historical monuments and places of interest

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic /Aerate beverages
  • Camera charges (still and video)
  • Evacuation charges
  • Expenses incurred beyond our control (bad weather, natural calamity)
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