Goa Neighborhood tours

Our most recommended Goa Neighborhood tours

Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

1. Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

Visit all the landmarks of Goa on this cultural and heritage sightseeing tour. Travel comfortably from one landmark to the next with a friendly local guide in a private air-conditioned car. Trace the history of Goa from its capital city and beautiful places of worship. Start your day with an early pick-up and head towards Panjim. Appreciate the significance of the Portuguese rule in Goa through the neighborhood known as Fontainhas, Asia's oldest Latin Quarter. Walk amongst the narrow winding lanes and remember to take photos against the bright yellow, green, blue and red walls. Next, head to the former capital Old Goa, now home to World Heritage churches. Marvel at the architecture of the Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Cajetan, and pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Next, visit the Mangueshi Temple, which is of great significance to the Hindu community. After a full day of culture, head to a Spice Plantation located in Southern Goa. Here, you will have a chance to taste a delicious buffet lunch of Goan food preparations. Walk through the Spice Plantation and gain more information on the different herbs and spices used in India. Relax in the green surroundings and peaceful outdoors away from the crowds and noises. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

2. Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

Escape the crowds and noise of the beaches for a few hours and visit a spice plantation located in Ponda, a city in southern Goa. Discover tropical plants laden with fruits, herbs, and spices on a guided walk of the plantation before enjoying a homely meal. Try authentic Goan cuisine and taste the local drink, Feni, made from cashews. Start off with a private hotel pickup in an air-conditioned car. En route, sit back and take in the views of the paddy fields and villages, or ask your driver for suggestions about Goa and for stories about its people. Upon arrival at the spice plantation, receive a traditional welcome of a warm, soothing herbal tea. Then, set off on a short guided walk around a section of the plantation. Feel free to touch, smell, and taste the different fruits and trees. Depending on the season, you can observe cinnamon, black and green cardamom, mace, piri-piri chilies, coconuts, green pepper, and allspice. Learn more about the uses and health benefits of each spice with the plantation's staff, including tips on how you can incorporate them for your own well-being. After the tour, savor a Goan lunch spread, prepared fresh on the plantation and served in earthen pots. Lunch includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and incorporates the spices grown locally. Sample feni with your lunch, a favorite liquor among the locals produced from fresh cashew fruit and distilled in a traditional pot. Before heading back to your hotel, have the opportunity to purchase spices from the on-site shop and visit a local Hindu temple, if you want.

Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

3. Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

Meet your guide at the Panjim Head Post Office near the Mala district of Panjim. Walk through the lesser-known but culturally-rich Fontainhas area of Goa, the oldest and largest Latin quarter in Asia. See heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet friendly locals, and experience the cultural side of Goa. Developed in the late eighteenth century, Fontainhas derived its name - "little fountain" in Portuguese - from the springs found at the base of the Altinho hills. A strong Portuguese influence still prevails in this neighborhood, evident from the architectural style and the road names. Begin your walk at Tobacco Square and trace the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa. Along the way, your knowledgable guide will be happy to share information based on your personal interests. Pass by the small Church of San Thome. Stop into the quaint 31st January Bakery for a quick bite. Take photos against the neighborhood’s colorful backdrop as you make your way to the Chapel of San Sebastian. Explore interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Fundacao Orient, and Galerie Gitanjali. Lastly, visit a famous Goan musician and learn about the Portuguese influence on Goan music. Before heading back to the meeting point, you can stop by a studio which makes handcrafted ceramic souvenirs.

Highlights of Portuguese Influenced Goa: 2-Hour Guided Walk

4. Highlights of Portuguese Influenced Goa: 2-Hour Guided Walk

Experience authentic Goa on this amazing walking tour of the old town with a fun and entertaining storyteller guide. You will explore the best of the Panjim neighborhood - the most happening neighborhood in Goa. Discover hidden places and admire beautiful views of the old town. Set off from Panjim Church and walk towards the Archbishop's Palace, passing by the Portuguese influenced lanes, centuries old buildings, and historic cafes. You will also visit an art gallery with Scandinavian art and original work by locals. Your guide will make sure that you have a walking tour that is unique, fun, and memorable. Listen to heart warming stories about the city and get amazing insights into the lives of locals. You will learn all about the colorful Indian culture, customs, and traditions. By the end of the tour, you will have gained an overall perspective of the city and you will also get some great insider tips and tricks to save money and to explore the best of the city.

Beautiful Goa Beach Tour

5. Beautiful Goa Beach Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour to enjoy the beauty of Goa. Take in the laid-back atmosphere and magnificent beaches of this unique, picturesque place. After pick-up from your hotel, we will start our day with a visit to Kerim Beach, the northernmost tip of the state of Goa and home of the Kerim beach. This pristine beach is located 28 km (17 miles) from Mapusa and is one of the steepest slope beaches in Goa. Although the waters are clear and alluring, we advise getting the opinion of the local folks as well as the lifeguards before jumping in for a swim. Our next stop will be Ashwem Beach, situated south to the Arambol beach. This is another isolated beach in Goa with vast stretches of sand on the horizon as you make your way to beach shacks and huts midway along the beach. There are a number of restaurants in the area that serve sumptuous seafood. Finally, we will head to Anjuna beach. This classic north Goa market has been around since the mid 1970’s and seems to be growing continuously, it now covers most of the area behind the south side of Anjuna beach. Every Wednesday at 11:00, a massive flea market opens for business. What started as hippies selling off their possessions to afford a ticket back home has now turned in to a commercial spectacle on a grand scale. These days, there are not many foreign sellers, and even fewer hippie ones. Nowdays most sellers are professional market vendors from Rajasthan and other places in north India, Tibet, Nepal and other places, offering everything you would normally find at the local beach markets, and much, much more. Get a taste of Goa's relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking scenery on the full-day beach tour.

Goa Street Food Tour

6. Goa Street Food Tour

Explore the best of Panjim neighbourhood, one of the most popular districts in Goa. Begin at Panjim Church and walk through the stepped streets, passing through the Portuguese-influenced lanes, centuries-old buildings, and cute little cafes and markets where you will sample some local dishes.  Taste a variety of local street food of Goa including local dishes like Xacuti curry, sweet Peda, cucumber mint juice, and various types of chats, cutlets and more. Witness the preparation of these local favorites and get an in-depth understanding of local food culture. Eat in traditional, rustic restaurants and stalls that are frequented daily by the locals for an authentic experience. All locations are of a high-quality and work with the local partner to give you the best possible culinary experience.

Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

7. Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

Go on a tour of Divar Island and discover the mix of paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, Indo-Portuguese houses, and winding roads that speak to the region's complex history. As you disembark the ferry, meet locals sitting with their fishing rods cast in the Mandovi River and learn about the methods they use to snare a catch.  Then follow your local guide into the village, appreciating the rainbow of colorful houses lining the streets. Learn how the Portuguese occupation of the area shaped the village for centuries to come. Check out the 16th century St. Mathias Church, the quaint Our Lady of Candelaria Chapel, and the ancient Saptakoteshwar Temple. Stop into a traditional Goan bakery to see how the local bread is baked and snag a few recipes from the chef. After touring the village, fill up on a delicious lunch in a traditional Portuguese house. At the end of the tour, head up into the island hills and stop for a magnificent view of the Old Churches of Goa and the river below before taking a ferry back to the mainland.

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