Private Full-Day All-Inclusive Tour Of Goa With Lunch At A Spice Plantation - Panaji

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Your hotel in Goa (not including Palolem, Agonda or Patnem) or the cruise shop terminal in Goa
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Explore Goa, which was a Portuguese colony until 1961 and remains one of the most unexpected destinations in India, on this 8-hour private guided tour which includes Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 16th century churches, one of the largest Hindu temples in the state, and lunch ata spice plantation. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, private air-conditioned transportation, entrance fees, and buffet lunch (vegetarian options available) included.

Highlights

  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

After a 9am pickup at your Goa city hotel, meet your guide and travel in a private air-conditioned vehicle to reach Old Goa, also known as Velha Goa (velha means old in Portuguese). This was the original capital of the state of Goa and the second capital city established by the Portuguese in India.It was established in 1510 and is now aUNESCO World Heritage Site. Appreciate this slice of history as your guide shows you the many churches in Old Goa.

Next, visit the Mangueshi Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples in the state of Goa. It was completed in 1560 and was originally a very plain building. Over the centuries it has been renovated and expanded. Admire the current lavish temple as your guide points out key elements like the Mangesh Linga.

Then continue to the Shanta Durga Temple, a large temple complex near the village of Kavalem, before touring a spice plantation in the town of Ponda. The plantation is spread over a large area where TK SPICES are grown. After receiving a traditional Aarti welcome and a garland of marigolds, tour the plantation then enjoy a buffet lunch on site including traditional Goan dishes served on a banana leaf (vegetarian options available).

After lunch, visit the Portuguese Latin Quarters in the city of Panaji, including Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese). Here the Portuguese influence is easy to see in the architecture, the narrow streets, and the buildings painted in lively colors.

Continue to the village of Dona Paula near Panaji. Formerly called Oddavell, this village was re-named in honor of a beloved and generous benefactor. It is now home to the National Institute of Oceanography.

Finally, explore Panjim City, the capital of the state of Goa, on the banks of the Mandovi River, including the Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church on the main square (known as Praa da Igreja in Portuguese), colorful villas, and cobblestone streets. Thensit back and relax for the return to Goa in your private vehicle, arriving at your hotel around5pm.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Buffet lunch

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Maximum of 8 people

Knees and shoulders must be covered by both men and women who wish to enter temples. Please dress modestly. No tank tops or shorts.

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen recommended

Women may need to cover their hair. Please bring a hat or scarf.

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

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