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

5 Ratings
  • E-Ticket
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  • Day Trip
  • Private Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • Live Guide
  • 7 hr

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.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Ancestral Goa

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

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

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:

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

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 minutes