Goa Tourism launches helicopter joy rides with effect from Monday the 15th of February. It is run by Goa Tourism and Pawan Hans Ltd.
The first heli joy rides took place on Sunday 14th February, St Valentine's Day.
The cost of the tickets is RS3,500 per person (approximately £35) for a 10 minute ride. It commences at Park Hyatt Hotel then proceeds along the coast, past Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Gonsua, Sunset beaches towards Colva and beyond.
We have not been on one of the flights, which would be a great experience but it's certainly not a great experience for the people using the beaches below. Having experienced the flights going past on the 14th Feb, they were noisy, disruptive and unpleasant. It was relentless, flights were up and down constantly. Cannot envisage that it is peaceful and quiet for the guests at the Park Hyatt Hotel. We would be demanding to be moved to a different hotel had we been spending our well earned holiday in a hotel with that racket going on
The residents of the local villages are most unhappy about this, I am sure other tourists in the flight path will not be too pleased, positive that this will have an adverse affect on beach life and tourism. Can envisage health and safety issues with these low flying craft and the parachutes used in the water sports along this stretch of beaches.
The daily flights will take place between the hours of 12.00 and 16.30. Tickets are available from Goa Tourism Central Reservation Office www.goa-tourism.com or telephone 91 832 2438831. Tickets also available at the venue
It was reported in The Herald that a Tourism Minister did not consider this a noise pollution issue, not sure from where this decision was made, it certainly was not on the stretch of beach involved.