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Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

1. Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

Meet your guide at the Panjim Head Post Office near the Mala district of Panjim. Walk through the lesser-known but culturally-rich Fontainhas area of Goa, the oldest and largest Latin quarter in Asia. See heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet friendly locals, and experience the cultural side of Goa. Developed in the late eighteenth century, Fontainhas derived its name - "little fountain" in Portuguese - from the springs found at the base of the Altinho hills. A strong Portuguese influence still prevails in this neighborhood, evident from the architectural style and the road names. Begin your walk at Tobacco Square and trace the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa. Along the way, your knowledgable guide will be happy to share information based on your personal interests. Pass by the small Church of San Thome. Stop into the quaint 31st January Bakery for a quick bite. Take photos against the neighborhood’s colorful backdrop as you make your way to the Chapel of San Sebastian. Explore interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Fundacao Orient, and Galerie Gitanjali. Lastly, visit a famous Goan musician and learn about the Portuguese influence on Goan music. Before heading back to the meeting point, you can stop by a studio which makes handcrafted ceramic souvenirs.

Goa Full-Day Private Tour

2. Goa Full-Day Private Tour

After picking you up up from your hotel, our day will begin with a visit to Shree Manguesh. This famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located on a hillock surrounded by lush green hills. Though small, it has an air of distinctive elegance. Its lofty white tower at the entrance is a countryside landmark. From there, the Shree Mahalsa is just a short distance away. This temple is a place of worship of one of the manifestations of the god Vishnu. Afterwards, we will visit the Sahakari Spice Farm, found in beautiful lush green surroundings. Then, we will continue to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Built in the 16th century, this magnificent building is the most popular and famous of all the churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. The casket was wrought by Goan silversmiths in 1636-37. Dedicated to Infant Jesus, this church is now a World Heritage Monument. From there, we will head to the Se Cathedral. The most imposing of all the churches at Old Goa, its vaulted interior overwhelms visitors with its sheer grandeur. This Cathedral has five bells, among them the famous Golden bell, the biggest in Goa and one of the best in the world. This church is dedicated to St.Catherine of Alexandria. Finally, we will pay a visit to the Church of St.Francis of Assissi. The entrance and the choir were built in the Manueline style, the only fragment of its kind in the East. First built in 1517, it was later rebuilt twice, in 1521 and in 1661. The interior is illustrated with exquisite paintings and the floor has a large number of tombstones with coats-of-arms. The adjacent convent now houses the Archaeological Museum. Experience this and more of Goa's remarkable history, architecture and culture when you come along!

Goa Adventure Party Boat Trip

3. Goa Adventure Party Boat Trip

Board the boat at 10:00 AM or at 2:30 PM. Take part in various watersport activities including kayaking, snorkeling, speed-boat ride, crab catching, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and swimming. Relax on the deck and sunbathe. Take the opportunity to see Goa's backwater islands from the perspective of the water. Keep your eye out for dolphins and other marine animals. You will return to shore at 1:00 PM or 5:30 PM respectively.

Malwan Scuba Diving and Water Sports Trip

4. Malwan Scuba Diving and Water Sports Trip

Start your full day of activities at 8:00 AM with a pick-up from your hotel. Drive to Malwan (Maharashtra) for about 2 hours until you reach the boat jetty where you will be dropped off. Listen to a theoretical training session in the boat and then a practical instruction course in the shallow water. After the training session, you will be taken for an underwater dive.  Once in the water, you will have the opportunity to see reefs, deep drop-offs, shipwrecks, walls, caverns, tunnels, and pinnacles. During the dive, the team will take videos and photos of your experience. You will also have the opportunity to take part in various watersports including jet ski, banana boat, bumper boat, speed boat or parasailing. Return to the boat and enjoy a complimentary lunch, before you are returned to your accommodation.

Goa: Pub Crawl

5. Goa: Pub Crawl

You will meet your guide near the Immaculate Conception Church before embarking on an exciting pub crawl that will show you some of the best nightlife locations that Goa has to offer. This night out in Goa promises to be a rollicking good time where you'll meet new people in an energetic, fun, and friendly atmosphere. You'll visit three local pubs over the course of 3 hours as your guide shares unique stories about the city and local party culture. You'll also get one free drink at each pub.  Your bar journey will begin at a local bar serving fresh homemade draft beer. Alternatively, you can also try a local wine while watching the calm riverfront and admiring its beauty. From there, you'll head to the next venue where you can sip different varieties of Goan feni, a locally produced spirit. It's said that a trip to Goa is incomplete without a sip of a feni drink, which has been produced for 400 years in a typical Portuguese way. The third stop is situated on the riverside in a 19th-century building. Enjoy a local wine plus traditional Goan food with an amazing view. This place has a typical Goan feel to it. The tour employs a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that participants are constantly engaged, irrespective of whether you're interested in history or not. This tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for everyone. You're bound to make new friends as you exchange stories with your fellow travellers from all over the world.

Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

6. Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

Meet your guide at the Viceroys Arch in Old Goa. Explore the significant buildings of the area with a local expert guide and storyteller. Experience Goa's Portuguese heritage on a walking tour filled with historical stories and personal anecdotes. Learn about the history of Goa’s former capital. After visiting the Viceroys Arch, continue to the Church of St. Catherine. Trace the arrival of the Portuguese in India, who called the area “the Rome of the East.” Walk past the ruins of Old Goa to Se Cathedral, the largest church in Asia. Admire the decorative frescoes in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, which depict the life of the patron saint. Afterward, enter the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier.

Goa Street Food Tour

7. Goa Street Food Tour

Explore the best of Panjim neighbourhood, one of the most popular districts in Goa. Begin at Panjim Church and walk through the stepped streets, passing through the Portuguese-influenced lanes, centuries-old buildings, and cute little cafes and markets where you will sample some local dishes.  Taste a variety of local street food of Goa including local dishes like Xacuti curry, sweet Peda, cucumber mint juice, and various types of chats, cutlets and more. Witness the preparation of these local favorites and get an in-depth understanding of local food culture. Eat in traditional, rustic restaurants and stalls that are frequented daily by the locals for an authentic experience. All locations are of a high-quality and work with the local partner to give you the best possible culinary experience.

Hampi 2-Day Sightseeing Tour from Goa

8. Hampi 2-Day Sightseeing Tour from Goa

Spend time in Hampi, a magnificent city of ruins on the UNESCO World Heritage list, on a 2-day trip from Goa. During your tour, you will visit this city located in the state of Karnataka beside the Tungabhadra River. Enjoy valuable insight into the history of the area as you learn about the artistic excellence and power of the former rules of Hampi, once the capital of the Vijaynagara Empire. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Goa - Hampi In the morning you will be picked up from Goa and make the drive to Hampi. Upon arrival, check into a 4-star hotel. Take a walk along the Tungabhadra River toward the Hampi market, which you will have time to explore. Then enjoy free time and spend the night in Hampi.  Day 2: Hampi - Goa (Meals: B) Wake up early for a trip to Matunga Hill to watch the sunrise. Then visit Virupaksha Temple, the most famous and oldest temple housing the deity of Shiva. You will also see the Vittala Temple complex, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy, and more. After lunch, begin the journey back to Goa.

Beautiful Goa Beach Tour

9. Beautiful Goa Beach Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour to enjoy the beauty of Goa. Take in the laid-back atmosphere and magnificent beaches of this unique, picturesque place. After pick-up from your hotel, we will start our day with a visit to Kerim Beach, the northernmost tip of the state of Goa and home of the Kerim beach. This pristine beach is located 28 km (17 miles) from Mapusa and is one of the steepest slope beaches in Goa. Although the waters are clear and alluring, we advise getting the opinion of the local folks as well as the lifeguards before jumping in for a swim. Our next stop will be Ashwem Beach, situated south to the Arambol beach. This is another isolated beach in Goa with vast stretches of sand on the horizon as you make your way to beach shacks and huts midway along the beach. There are a number of restaurants in the area that serve sumptuous seafood. Finally, we will head to Anjuna beach. This classic north Goa market has been around since the mid 1970’s and seems to be growing continuously, it now covers most of the area behind the south side of Anjuna beach. Every Wednesday at 11:00, a massive flea market opens for business. What started as hippies selling off their possessions to afford a ticket back home has now turned in to a commercial spectacle on a grand scale. These days, there are not many foreign sellers, and even fewer hippie ones. Nowdays most sellers are professional market vendors from Rajasthan and other places in north India, Tibet, Nepal and other places, offering everything you would normally find at the local beach markets, and much, much more. Get a taste of Goa's relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking scenery on the full-day beach tour.

Highlights of Portuguese Influenced Goa: 2-Hour Guided Walk

10. Highlights of Portuguese Influenced Goa: 2-Hour Guided Walk

Experience authentic Goa on this amazing walking tour of the old town with a fun and entertaining storyteller guide. You will explore the best of the Panjim neighborhood - the most happening neighborhood in Goa. Discover hidden places and admire beautiful views of the old town. Set off from Panjim Church and walk towards the Archbishop's Palace, passing by the Portuguese influenced lanes, centuries old buildings, and historic cafes. You will also visit an art gallery with Scandinavian art and original work by locals. Your guide will make sure that you have a walking tour that is unique, fun, and memorable. Listen to heart warming stories about the city and get amazing insights into the lives of locals. You will learn all about the colorful Indian culture, customs, and traditions. By the end of the tour, you will have gained an overall perspective of the city and you will also get some great insider tips and tricks to save money and to explore the best of the city.

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What people are saying about Goa

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 68 reviews

We had a very fun and informative walk with Lata Rodrigues. She was very pleasant and took us walking around the Latin Square lanes which we enjoyed a lot. A stop by at Uncle Chico's home was like an icing on the cake. He was such a sweet soul who entertained us with Goan Songs in his pretty little home! Highly recommend anyone visiting Goa to take this stroll with Lata!

The tour was very very interesting and our guide, Amreen, was well prepared and a witty one! I recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in visiting the churches of old Goa and wants to know more about the history around them.

This tour exceeded all expectations. Competent guide with very well-founded knowledge. Great tour not only over the island, but also through the history of Goa. And finally, a fantastic meal with a very educated lady.

fantastic ! my guide was amazing with little care! I had a great time . I would even be ready to redo ♥ ️ Divar Island is a place to preserve, far from noise and the city .. a real haven of peace on Goa

Highly recommended for all foodies! my guide was Vrushali who knows everything about Goan food and Indian culture as well!