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Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch provided by GeTS Holidays

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

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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Meet your driver at your Goa hotel in the morning and travel south to 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 and traditions 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. 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. From there, head to Shantadurga Temple. This impressive complex was built in 1738 AD and is surrounded by brilliant green foliage. Your guide explains 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. Next, head to the 400-year-old Mangueshi Temple. Built to honor the goddess Shiva, the temple and its iconic pillars play an essential role in the community. Finally, drive in air-conditioned comfort to a nearby spice village where you are greeted by a biologist who explains 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, head back to your hotel in Goa for the evening.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Meet your driver at your Goa hotel in the morning and travel south to 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 and traditions 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. 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. From there, head to Shantadurga Temple. This impressive complex was built in 1738 AD and is surrounded by brilliant green foliage. Your guide explains 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. Next, head to the 400-year-old Mangueshi Temple. Built to honor the goddess Shiva, the temple and its iconic pillars play an essential role in the community. Finally, drive in air-conditioned comfort to a nearby spice village where you are greeted by a biologist who explains 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, head back to your hotel in Goa for the evening.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5588GETSG11PD
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
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
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up and Drop off location for this tour Panaji / Calangute / Candolim / Baga. This tour will not operate from below location. • Ramada Caravela • Club Mahindra Resort • Emerald Palms by Club Mahindra • Zuri Whitesands Resort • Varca Le Palms • Regenta Resort, Varca
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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 details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up and Drop off location for this tour Panaji / Calangute / Candolim / Baga. This tour will not operate from below location. • Ramada Caravela • Club Mahindra Resort • Emerald Palms by Club Mahindra • Zuri Whitesands Resort • Varca Le Palms • Regenta Resort, Varca
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 4 Aug. 2020
A note from Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch
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.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Ancestral Goa
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Casa Araujo Alvares
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Shantadurga Temple
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Shree Mangesh temple
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Sahakari Spice Farm
    Stop: 1 minute - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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vnktsimhan
Chennai (Madras), India10 contributions
Trip through Thomas cook chennai
Mar. 2019
Very nice arrangement in a vehicle and guided tour at temple and spice village were unforgettable trip we had.
Written 12 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Guest, We are thrilled to know that we could make your trip unforgettable for you. It's always a pleasure to see our guests beaming with happiness. And we hope that you will try our other tours and find them to be as good as this one. Cheers, Team GeTS
Written 15 February 2020
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