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

Panjim, India

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  • 7 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the culture of Goa, sample its aromatic cuisine, and gain an insider’s understanding of Hindu religion on this full-day private tour. Explore Ancestral Goa with your guide and learn about efforts to preserve art, culture, and the environment. Check out two Hindu temples that showcase Portuguese influence and visit a spice village where you unlock the secrets of India’s most prized export. Hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as a traditional Indian lunch, are included.
  • Private tour in Goa with an English-speaking guide
  • Visit Ancestral Goa, a center for preserving art, culture and the environment located in a traditional village
  • Admire Goa’s Portuguese-influenced architecture and learn about Hinduism at Shantadurga Temple and Mangueshi Temple
  • Tour a spice village and plantation to learn about this important Indian product
  • Enjoy an authentic Indian lunch and taste how the different spices are used in the region's cuisine

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Spice plantation tour
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle on board the vehicle
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

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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Departure Time

  • 9:00 AM

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.
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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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

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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.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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. 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 travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by GeTS Holidays

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch?

A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch?

A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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The guide was good and the tour...
Christine L, Feb. 2016
The guide was good and the tour informative. The buildings and museum were interesting. Spice garden was great.
This tour has been very nice. The...
Joaquin A, 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!
Very enjoyable, guide knowledgeable...
Jacqui M, Apr. 2014
Very enjoyable, guide knowledgeable, enjoyed viewing speces growing.
The tour was really good. Our guide...
Kishan P, 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.
Goa was an amazing tour. We really...
GILBERT G, 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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