There’s a new way to appreciate Goa’s beaches this November—by duck tour, a first in India. Named for the amphibious vessel that takes passengers over land and water, duck tours are popular in cities like Boston and Singapore, where they provide a wonderful alternative view of riverside heritage buildings. The tours in Goa are scheduled to begin from Tue November 15, 2016.
The bus, a plain but cheery yellow model, is slated to run on two routes in Goa, each an hour long. One tour will give a taste of the state’s natural bounty, from the centuries-old Ribandar causeway that connects Panjim to Old Goa, to the lush Divar Island and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, home to kingfishers, egrets, otters, and crocodiles. The other route will spotlight Goa’s cultural and architectural heritage by touring in and around Old Goa, giving visitors different perspectives of historical structures from the River Mandovi.
Each duck boat can hold 32 passengers, and will run daily. The vessels are being manufactured locally, in collaboration with the technicians who worked on the duck boats in Boston. The project run by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) was a year-and-a-half in the making. With two duck boats set to hit the road, GTDC has plans to add another four to the fleet.
Tickets cost between ₹500-750. Further details such as pick-up points will be available on goaducktours.com next week.