Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch

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Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch
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Gain a deeper insight of Goa’s 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 India’s many Portuguese influences; and a spice village, where you’ll discover India’s most important and iconic commodity. Enjoy an authentic Indian lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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In Brief

Location:
Goa, India
Country:
India
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:
Daily
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
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Ancestral Goa, Loutolim Salcete, 403718 India

Ancestral Goa. Commonly referred to by locals as Big Foot Museum, this cultural center in the village of Loutolim is designed to preserve the culture an dtraditions of the region and pays homage to Portuguese influences. Tour the village with your expert guide and gain insight into age-old traditions like bringing feni—a local moonshine made from cashews or coconut.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Casa Araujo Alvares, Near Big Foot, Loutolim 403718 India

Check out the 250-year-old Portuguese mansion called Casa Araujo and explore its lavish rooms, which include a dining hall and chapel. An impressive doorway leads to a towering staircase that makes this historic structure truly stunning.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shantadurga Temple, Kavalem Village, Ponda Taluka, Panjim India

Shantadurga Temple. This impressive complex was built in 1738 AD and is surrounded by brilliant green foliage. Your guide will explain more about the Indo-Portuguese architecture when you venture inside. Brilliant stained-glass windows and a golden palanquin known as a palkhi decorate this religious center.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Shree Manguesh Saunsthan, Dinanath Mangeshkar Rd, Mangeshi Village, Mardol, Goa 403401, India

400-year-old Mangueshi Temple. Built to honor the goddess Shiva, the temple and its iconic pillars play an essential role in the community.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sahakari Spice Farm, Curti, Ponda India

Finally, drive in air-conditioned comfort to a nearby spice village where you’ll be greeted by a biologist who will explain the vegetation that lives on the plantation. Learn about medicinal purposes for herbs and sample cuisine that uses these flavorful spices during a full buffet lunch of authentic Indian fare. At the conclusion of your private cultural tour you’ll head back to your hotel in Goa for the evening.

Duration: 1 minute

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

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

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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Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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. You’re welcome to bring a packed lunch if you’d like to eat prior to the buffet lunch.
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.2 out of 5 based on the last 5 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2013
The guide was good and the tour informative. The buildings and museum were interesting. Spice garden was great.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016
This tour has been very nice. The experience in both temples has been wonderful. And the Spice Village is lovely. Very good experience!
• Submitted 10 Mar 2015
Very enjoyable, guide knowledgeable, enjoyed viewing speces growing.
• Submitted 23 Apr 2014
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.
• Submitted 05 Dec 2013

In Brief

Location:
Goa, India
Country:
India
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:
Daily
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