Exploring Upstream On The Mandovi River In Panjim, Goa

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Mandovi river
Mandovi river

Panaji city is on the southern banks of Mandovi River, the biggest river of Goa. In the urban areas, Mandovi is bustling with river cruises. If you go upstream a couple of kilometers, you get to feel the natural beauty and experience the ferry services across the Mandovi, made available by the River Navigation Department of Goa.

Originating in the state of Karnataka, Mandovi river traverses about 2/3rd of its path in the state of Goa. Enriching the Goan’s life by way of portability, irrigation facilities, agriculture & coastal resources.  And forming an amazing biodiversity basin.

Backwaters canal that helps control flooding
Backwaters canal that helps control flooding
Mangroves by the river
Mangroves by the river

Walking along the banks of the river you can enjoy the cool breeze, sights of water bodies reflecting the sun rays, hills & forests at a distance. View of islands, majestic mangroves that support a variety of life & experience the sounds of placid water flow.

Egret by the shore of Mandovi river
Egret by the shore of Mandovi river
Common Kingfisher bird by the river looking for the prey
Common Kingfisher bird by the river looking for the prey

One can easily spot various species of birds like EgretsHerons, Eagles/ Kites and Cormorants.  If you are lucky Kingfisher birds and more can be spotted by the river estuary. As the sun sets down the Arabian seas, flocks of birds can be seen flying across the river to their nests deeper in the islands.

Mandovi River at Dusk.

Mandovi river by the dusk
Mandovi river by the dusk
Ferry plying across the Mandovi river
Ferry plying across the Mandovi river

The colorful skies, beautiful reflections in the waters and city lights in the background are mesmerizing sights. Those who like nature and wish to spend some time away, but not too far from the city, this place would be a perfect getaway. Add it to your itinerary at Panjim, Goa.

River Navigation Department of Goa ferries across the river help you get to the islands. And provide an opportunity to capture images as you navigate across the river.

Explore Panjim city and around, important places to see in Goa.

  1. Walk around Fontainhas.
  2. Caranzalem Beach.
  3. Walk around Dona Paula.
  4. Walk through Smuggler’s mind at Indian Customs & Central Excise Museum.
  5. Birds Eye View from Reis Magos Fort, Goa.

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