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A Report from

Goa, India, Jan 28th – Feb 12th, 2008,

Tom Tams

My wife Sandra and I decided to book a holiday to Goa after talking to several of our friends who have been there on a number of occasions.

We booked a package tour through Hays travel on behalf of Manos costing £1,114.

This included a one night’s stay with parking for two weeks at Britannia Airport Hotel near Manchester airport, flights with my travel to Dabolim, in flight meals included, coach transfer to the resort hotel The Riverside Regency in Baga Beach on a bed & breakfast basis.

Food and drink is very reasonable, 6 Bacardi’s and bottled Cokes, six large bottles of Kingfisher lager and two meals would normally come to about £14

Visas and inoculations

We applied to the High Commission of India for our visa’s in December total cost £74 = 2x postal orders and special delivery self addressed envelopes

Two injections from the practice nurse (Hepatitis A, Polio, Diphtheria, Typhoid, & Tetanus)

We were also advised to take antimalarial tablets, Paludrine/Avloclor at £30 for two boxes.

(Although a few people say these aren’t necessary we took them just in case)

Books used

Birds of Southern India: Richard Grimmett & Tim Inskipp and various trip reports from the net

Sites Visited   

Guides Used


Morjim Beach.

Rama M Govekar (Raymond)


Mahesh Dhargalkar



Maem Lake    

Lloyd J. Fernandes.

Zauri River




Fort Aguada




Apora Woods


Baga Hill & Fields
Batim Lake







A total of 203 birds seen of which 139 were new species for me: See List

Tom Tams.

Images of Goan birds can be viewed here:


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