Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple And Spice Village Including Lunch - Panaji

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up and Drop off location for this tour
    Panaji / Calangute / Candolim / Baga.
    This tour will not operate from below location.
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Gain a deeper insight of Goas cultural heritage, Hindu religion and robust cuisine on this private full-day tour. With your guide, visit Ancestral Goa, a center for preserving art, culture and the environment; two Hindu temples, displaying Indias many Portuguese influences; and a spice village, where youll discover Indias most important and iconic commodity. Enjoy an authentic Indian lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

Know More about this tour

In the morning, youll be picked up from your hotel in Goa and taken south to Ancestral Goa, known locally as the Big Foot Museum, in the village of Loutolim. Discover the Portuguese influences of this cultural center and learn how a local artist created the surrounding village to help preserve the culture and traditions of the region.

With your guide, walk around the village to witness age-old customs and practices such as brewing feni, a local spirit made from coconut or cashew fruit. Visit Casa Araujo, a 250-year-old well-preserved Portuguese mansion. Inside, see its curving stairway, the elevated entrance, the imposing doorway and lavish rooms such as the chapel, dining hall, offices and bedrooms.

Afterward, continue your tour to Shantadurga Temple, a complex constructed in 1738 AD. Admire the lush vegetation surrounding the temple and learn about its Indo-Portuguese structure as you explore inside. Notice the impressive facade, the vibrant colors of stained-glass windows and the palkhi, a golden palanquin on which the deity is carried on festive occasions.

Then, visit Mangueshi Temple, a 400-year-old temple dedicated to the goddess Shiva and noted for its beautiful pillars. Your guide will tell you about Hinduism and the temples important role in the community.

After touring the temples, drive to a nearby spice village, where youll be met by a professional biologist for an informative tour of the plantation and garden. Hear details about the herbs and discover their uses in medicine and cuisine. Then, make yourself comfortable around the table for a mouthwatering buffet lunch of authentic Indian cuisine. Test your newfound knowledge by tasting how the difference spices are used.

Youll head back to your hotel in Goa in the evening.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

English-speaking guide

Transport in private air-conditioned vehicle

Spice plantation tour

Lunch

Water bottle on board the vehicle

Entry/Admission - Sahakari Spice Farm

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Please note that lunch will not be served until mid- to late-afternoon. Youre welcome to bring a packed lunch if youd like to eat prior to the buffet lunch.

A maximum of 9 people per booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

In the wake of the ensuing COVID crisis, we have re-invented our hygiene protocols and have taken concrete steps along with training our guides, drivers, representatives and other staff at our destinations offices. So, we are fully prepared for your safe travel.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-Feb-2020

    Very nice arrangement in a vehicle and guided tour at temple and spice village were unforgettable trip we had.

  • 24-Feb-2016

    The guide was good and the tour informative. The buildings and museum were interesting. Spice garden was great.

  • 24-Feb-2016

    The guide was good and the tour informative. The buildings and museum were interesting. Spice garden was great.

  • 10-Mar-2015

    This tour has been very nice. The experience in both temples has been wonderful. And the Spice Village is lovely. Very good experience!

  • 10-Mar-2015

    This tour has been very nice. The experience in both temples has been wonderful. And the Spice Village is lovely. Very good experience!

  • 22-Apr-2014

    Very enjoyable, guide knowledgeable, enjoyed viewing speces growing.

  • 22-Apr-2014

    Very enjoyable, guide knowledgeable, enjoyed viewing speces growing.

  • 01-Dec-2013

    The tour was really good. Our guide had arrived on time and was very knowledgeable. The spice village and lunch was amazing. Really worth booking.

  • 01-Dec-2013

    The tour was really good. Our guide had arrived on time and was very knowledgeable. The spice village and lunch was amazing. Really worth booking.

  • 18-Feb-2013

    Goa was an amazing tour. We really enjoyed the spice village and luncheon. Also, the method used to show the Portuguese house and the lifestyle of Goa was very unique. We came away with great information and the food was terrific. This tour was the highlight of all our Indian visits.

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