AVAR DAY TOUR
1 st December 2018
Explore Goa – AVAR Day Tour
Located on the Western Ghats of Konkan, Goa is known as the smallest and the fourth smallest populated state of India. Goa is known for sharing harmonious relationship among its various religious communities, living peacefully for generations. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world
Date: 1 st December 2018
Start Time: 9:00 am (Pick up from Holiday Inn, Goa)
End Time: 7:00 pm (Drop at Holiday Inn, Goa)
- Explore the historical monuments of Goa that contributed to the rich heritage
- Understand the reason for ancient trade with Indian subcontinent
- Explore the architecture and influence of Portuguese in Goa
- Visit a spice farm and experience an ecofriendly farm life
- Enjoy Goan cuisine with a specialist farmer
- Expertise and personalized care
Goa is beautiful Indian state blessed with beaches, tropical forests and some great biodiversity. A hotspot for spice cultivation, Goa attracted many invaders for trade in the past who settled in the state to make it their own home. The dense forests, the beautiful beaches and the pleasant locals helped Portuguese settle in and they brought in with them Portuguese architecture, cuisine, culture trade and also ruled in Goa for almost 450 years. The glorious history of Goa saw many invaders however Portuguese held their fort strong until India gained Independence from British Rule.
Visit Se Cathedral – This church is one of the largest in India and is also the most popular churches of Goa. This Cathedral was built to celebrate the victory of Afonso, who was a Portuguese ruler after he captured a Goan city in 1510. The day of the victory was also the feat of St Catherine and the Cathedral was thus dedicated to her.
Visit Bascilica of Bom Jesus -A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bom Jesus Basilica is one of the oldest churches of Goa located in old Goa. The beautiful church is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture which is a style of building that had begun in the late 16th century.
Explore Church of St Francis Of Assisi – which is one of the most respected Roman Catholic churches in Goa. Built in 1661 by the Portuguese, this beautiful church displays a Barque and Corinthian architecture with intricately laid out ornaments in the interiors. The interiors that have been done so beautifully is sure to leave you impressed. Another impressive thing about this church is the museum inside. The museum displays many artifacts, paintings and also stunning sculptures.
Chapel of St Catherine – Probably one of its kinds built in Goa. Though it is small in size, the beauty and elegance of this church will leave you in awe. Built by the Portuguese governor in 1510, it underwent a lot of modifications and finally was rebuilt in 1952. The designs used for interiors are simple yet elegant and the rectangular windows add beauty to the church. This church was built to commemorate St Catherine and as a memory of Alburquerque’s conquer over Goa.
Drive to Spice Plantations and meet the specialist farmer. Have a sumptuous meal cooked in the authentic Goan style and have it in earthenware. Savour the delicacies and spend the afternoon exploring the spice farm which cultivates numerous spices, fruits, grains, vegetables, flowers etc and is haven for some endemic species of fauna as well.
Evening tea and drive to Calangute beach and explore the local market to pick up some typical Goan trinkets and souveniers.
- Traditional Goan lunch
- Expertise and Guidance at Heritage monuments, guided trail in spice plantations
- Transportation in AC coaches
- Mineral water and snack hamper during bus journeys
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Accident insurance
- Beverages of any nature
- Tips & gratuities
- Emergency evacuation
- Camera and video camera charges
- Anything not mentioned under Inclusions section