INDIA (eTN) – Goa, a popular tourist destination in west India, was once ruled by the Portuguese. Plans are underway to start helicopter services to cater to the large number of tourists that are coming to the beaches, as well as the cultural and natural attractions.
Initially, three helipads will be made ready to receive the choppers. There will be one near the Old Goa Basilica, a second one near Fort Aquada, and a third near the Lalit Hotel.
Director of Tourism Ameya Abhyankar said in Delhi on March 5 that talks were on with Pawan Hans, which has a fleet of helicopters and is government-owned, and the Civil Aviation Ministry has also been approached for the necessary permissions.
Goa has been trying to spread the arrivals to destinations to places other than just the beaches. Also, more markets are being explored in Latin America and other new places.
For the first time, a new festival is being added to the list of tourist activities – a Coconut and Cashew Festival, which will be held from April 29 to May 3, 2015. Other agro-based products can be experienced at the festival.
Other festivals to date are the Shigmotsav, which offers music and dance, being held from March 7 to March 20, and the Goa Food and Cultural Festival will be held from April 17 to 21.