Goa tourism department on the auspicious day of Dussehra has launched a vessel that can run both on land and on water to attract large number of tourists in the coastal state.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched the vessels popularly known as Goa Duck Boats and said “An adventure service as unique as this will create excitement and attract tourists by tapping into their curiosity and thrill seeking instincts. It is a novel concept in India with the excitement of touring the state on land and water."
The full-fledged operations of the Goa Duck Tours will begin in November and online bookings will be through the Goa tourism website. It was informed that while the amphibious rides will initially be carried out with two vehicles, another four vehicles will be added to the fleet in a phased manner.
The vessels have been manufactured by Goa-based Amphibious Design (India) Pvt Ltd and will be used for operations by Amphibian Tours Pvt Ltd, the official said.
The vehicles have a maximum capacity of 32 seats and the tour comes at a price tag of Rs 500 per head per trip. Circuit tours will operate from Panjim which will be the designated pick up point and will cater to Old Goa and Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary to showcase the natural and cultural treasures of Goa.
Each tour will be for an hour and six time slots will be scheduled for each vehicle in a day.