Goa Tour for Art Lovers

Heritage & Culture - With a unique and distinct culture, blending ancient Indian traditions with colonial Portuguese heritage, Goa’s heritage makes for a particularly interesting holiday destination. Lemon and pistachio heritage homes hidden amongst a verdant landscape, along with Hindu and Christian architecture side by side, there’s plenty for holidaymakers to learn and discover. 

Day 01. Arrive at Goa Dabolim Airport. Assistance on arrival - Transfers to the hotel.

Day 02. Post leisurely breakfast today late morning, explore the nearby South Goa beaches. You can visit Benaulim, Sernabatim & Varca beach to witness the calm & pristine Arabian sea waters. Enjoy some leisure time at these clean Goa beaches. You can find some shacks at Benaulim which can serve you a chilled beer or a warm cup of coffee. All these 3 beaches offer you a spectacular sunset view. Just let the evening pass by and relax. That’s what South Goa beaches are known for. Sernabatim beach is my personal favourite. It is less crowded as there is only one shack. Perfect for a peaceful time. Also, these beaches are very clean. Hence, you can consider taking a dip in the ocean as it changes hues along with the setting sun. Return to your hotel for Dinner.

Day 03. Early breakfast today at the hotel – Leave for Panjim. - You can witness the grandeur of historical monuments. Once you have admired the beautiful structures of Old Goa, - Visit Our Lady of Immaculate Conception - Not all of Goa’s myriad ancient churches are concentrated in Velha Goa. A notable exception is the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church It is possessed of a singularly distinctive appearance thanks to the double flights of steps that zigzag across the hillside on which it is built. True to its name, the façade of this church is painted an immaculate, sparkling white. To the untrained eye, this might even belie the actual age and antiquity of this church.

The church houses the ancient bell that was removed from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace. This bell is considered to be the second-largest of its kind in Goa surpassed only by the Golden Bell which resides in the Se Cathedral. Later drive to the North of Goa to visit Later you will be visiting Chapora Fort –It is just 700 meters from the Vagator beach. It is located on a hill just above the Vagator beach, with the Chapora beach on the other side. The Chapora River meets the Arabian Sea here. The present Chapora fort was erected by Adil Shah of Bijapur on the site of an ancient fort, which existed even before the Portuguese came to Goa in 1510. The Portuguese rulers took over the Chapora fort in 1717 and made it a border outpost for controlling land, allowing easy sea passage, and preventing enemy attacks.

The reason to visit Chapora Fort is to learn about Goa’s rich history. See military architecture and learn about maritime defence. Walk on the ramparts and get a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea, Chapora River, Morjim beach, Ozran Beach, Chapora beach, Vagator beach, and even up to the Anjuna beach.

Lunch at a Local Shack and proceed to the Market of North Goa and Aguada Fort - Standing on the crumbling ramparts of what was once the most formidable and impregnable of the Portuguese forts in India, one looks out at a panoramic ocean vista, witnessing the confluence of the Mandovi River and The Arabian Sea, over which the fort has kept watching for more than four hundred years.

 

You will later be visiting the Aguada Fort is a monument to Portuguese construction and engineering. Although parts of it have fallen to the ravages of time, much of it is intact and it remains the best-preserved Portuguese fort in India today. Built over three years from 1609 to 1612, it once defended the Portuguese stronghold against Dutch and Maratha invaders.

It is named for the freshwater spring that gives the fort a constant supply of potable water, ‘AQUA’ being The Portuguese word for water and ‘Aguada’ signifying a place where water is collected. So well built and fiercely armed was this fort that it has never fallen into enemy hands.

Day 04. Today is Saturday - Arpora Saturday Night Market before dinner. Arpora night market can top all the places to visit in Goa if you are looking for unique experiences. Proceed to your hotel late evening – Dinner at a local restaurant and return to your hotel – This will be a long drive today.

Day 05. Day at Leisure in South Goa. Enjoy pool/beach and water sports. - Afternoon visit Tambdi Surla Temple {ASI Site} and return to your hotel.

Day 06. Late Breakfast at the hotel and later proceed to Goa Airport for your onward flight.