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Discovery of Divar Island - E Bike Tours
Venture beyond typical beaches and head to Divar, a completely different realm that exists across Mandovi River. Divar Island will surely enchant you with its splendours. Witness time slowing down in this quaint river island situated just a few miles from the capital city of Panjim. Ride through patches of fields, mangroves, churches, temple sites and beautiful houses. Breathe and live rich heritage from traditional occupations like fishing. After immersing yourself in an unseen side of North Goa. The pretty locations and locals of Divar will entice all those looking for untouched pristine beauty. What makes this tour special? • E-biking experience on the beautiful winding roads of Divar Island. • One of the finest baroque churches of Goa with a 360 degree panoramic view. • A mystical temple site dating back to over 1000 years. • Insights to traditional occupations like fishing and learn more about sluice gates.
Monsoon Sea-side Exploratory Trail
Our meeting point is Keri Beach - the Northernmost tip of Goa with the Arabian sea on the west and the state of Maharashtra in the north. After warm welcome followed by a briefing of your day with us, we will head out on an exploration of the vast Paliyem Platue at a leisurely pace or one that suites your fitness level. You will experience various geographical features, starting with a short walk on the beach , trudge a thick forested slope , wander a laterite platue with a lot of vegetation and little streams during the monsoons, water break and pictures at a cliff face and then we will follow a forest stream which flows into a fresh water pond on the beach, there are several rock pools inviting us to cool off before we walk across the beach (Kollum Beach ) and then onto a hill trail with the splendid Arabian sea for company and mesmerizing vistas on the way , finally we will arrive at Keri Beach.
Get Hooked on Fishing
"Learn To Fish" As they say “The early bird catches the Worm”, the experience begins early in the morning in Baga. The Necessary gear will be provided depending on your prior fishing experience. As we trek towards our first fishing spot, we will brush on the safety requirements for this activity as well as you will be introduced to the equipment which will be utilized for the activity. We will fish at the spot until the fish bites decrease and once you are accustomed to the surroundings we will make our way to another hidden spot which is very scenic and breathtaking. Make sure you are ready and your lines are tight at all times, as you may have the bite of your lifetime. This Fishing Experience is going to be just the beginning to a whole new world of Angling. If you are a beginner need not worry, you will learn to fish from scratch. I will assure everyone experiences the feeling of “one last catch” having you ‘Hooked on’ for more! Important points to keep in mind before booking - Request availability if favorable time slot is not available. - This is a land based fishing experience! - Accompaniment is not allowed. - If you aren't ready to get your hands dirty this Activity ain't for you.
Fontainhas Heritage Walk
The walk begins Tobacco Square near the main Post Office in Panjim and then leads us into the heritage precinct of St. Thomas ward, passing the small chapel of Sao Tome. We visit the famous 31st January Street, and then move into the Fontainhas area passing by the chapel of St. Sebastian. This leads to a cluster of interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Portuguese Foundation, and Galerie Gitanjali. We arrange an exclusive music appreciation session by a Goan musician while you get insights into Portuguese influence on Goan music. Get mesmerized by Latin and Konkani Folk music performed by the musician. We then return to the Post Office by a different route highlighting the elements and places of interest that liven up the Latin Quarters in the evenings . Our presenters will highlight all the above places with fascinating history and anecdotes that are unheard of and will share a very unique perspective of the making of Fontainhas. Other things to note: You may bring infants and toddlers based on your own judgement for this experience. We suggest you to bring your own water bottle, preferably a reusable water bottle as we would like to minimize the usage of single use plastic products. Wear comfortable footwear and carry a Hat/ Cap.
Pub Crawl and Local Wine Tasting Tour
We run our Pub Crawl on philosophy: Drink triple. See double. Act single ;). Unwind your evening with an exciting pub crawl in the heart of Goa. We will hop from one pub to another, experiencing the nightlife of the city and taste local Goan beverages and food with lots's of stories associated with them. We will start your bar journey from India's first E Beer pub, where you can pour beer on tap right at your table, also this place has a typical Goan feel to it. From here we will move to next place where you can sip verities of Goan Feni (Coconut Feni, Cashew Feni, Urak) it's said that Goa are incomplete without sips of feni drink, which has been produced from 400 years in a typical Portuguese way. Our third stop is a super cute, super local bar serving Goa's homemade fresh draft beer, and at the last spot you can sip a local wine while watching a calm river front and admiring its beauty. Guys it's not just about booze! some talks, enjoy fun games, some dance, some music and even more fun to make it a night to remember. Also we will share some insider info about the best booze in the area in city. The Night Bar and Pub Hopping Tour ends at the third Pub but not the fun :) Other things to note Legal drinking age in Goa is 18 years, please carry your id card showing age proof in case if it is needed at any location.
Awesome Goa Photo shoot
This is a very safe, fully outdoor experience with spacious distance in-between the photographer , while we shoot at Coconut Tree Road. We take all the now-established measures to ensure safety without missing on the fun! This is a quick 30 minutes to 1 hour photoshoot-experience while being photographed from a professional portrait photographer! While enjoying my chilled, polite, fun and very friendly character that is guaranteed to put you at your ease, I will provide you with a lot of "insiders" information and suggestions about Goa and make you see the city from an insider’s point of view. Let me show you the heart and soul of the Portuguese ancient yet modern city and offer you a wonderful photo digital album of your memories to keep forever! Please contact me if your preferred date or time is not available. Instagram @ikonfotografo
Visit a two hundred year old Indo Portuguese house & chapel
The Portuguese colonial rule lasted 451 years in Goa. When they finally left in 1961, they left behind their deep rooted culture, language, values and unique architecture predominantly seen in Indo Portuguese houses & chapels. Our heritage home Casa Oliveira Fernandes is also featured in the renowned book "Houses of Goa". We will begin the tour at a meeting point and then proceed to the private chapel belonging to the Oliveira Fernandes family dedicated to Our Lady of Piety. Here we will explore the history and unique artifacts of religious significance within the chapel. We will then proceed to the house. Casa Oliveira Fernandes is a 200 year old Indo Portuguese home which is inhabited by the 7th generation of the Oliveira Fernandes family. . As we start I would suggest you pay close attention to the myriad of rare artefacts around you. Each one of them has a story to tell as they have usually travelled a long journey from across the world through the ancient trade routes. This unique experience is sure to help create a wonderful memory of your visit to Goa as you will get a peek into the mystique of Indo Portuguese homes and the secrets they hold within them. At the end of the tour you will be treated to authentic Goan snacks & refreshments.
Brought in by the Portuguese Caravels
What does the Goan culture epitomize? The hearth. I am known as the ‘Culinary Queen of Goa’, and have delved into the influences (besides the others) that the Portuguese occupation (17th century) have left in local kitchens. Come home to understand the 'nuances' and story telling behind the ingredients that go into these dishes through a demo and tastings. Understand the history behind the food as our grandmothers did. How did these curries and masalas reach the traditional Goan table? The participation and the one on one interaction will create a great experience and with recipes shared at the end to explore the stories evolved over centuries, the traditional grandmother recipes passed down through generations. The Inspiration behind these Goan favorites of seafood and during monsoons...meat….the red, yellow, orange masalas will be a mouth drooling experience. Other things to note Some of the dishes includes a lot of coconut, chillies and toddy vinegar but we can discuss your preferences. Goan foood normally possesses a sweet sour savoury salty and spicy attribute. There are different fish preparations that will be served depending on availability but its not all about curries or masala. So join us for an experience as done in the past...sail on this caravel with its own unique flow.
Panaji City Walking Tour
Panaji, the capital of Goa has a lot to offer. We start with a walk through the 18th century conservation area. The magnificent structures make you fall in love with them. End the tour with loads of memories and friends. Be prepared to be active and sweat, as we see the true face of Goa.
Premium pet-friendly guided kayak tours in Chapora river
Hi globe trotter! Join me on the most picturesque kayaking experience in the backwaters of river Chapora --- a calm,little-known river, yet home to unique fauna and birds. We walk by the river as we sip on some freshly picked tender coconut water before we start kayaking in one of the cleanest river waters in the country. We watch birds fly and fish jump out of the water almost always in this pure ,untouched hinterland experience of a lifetime,leaving you yearning for more of a Goa that you never knew existed. The trail is easy and short,lasting around 2 hours. While kayaking is a fairly easy exercise in the calm backwaters, interested children and senior citizens can enjoy this activity in absolute safety with me in government licensed kayaks and safety equipment , accompanying you throughout.
Spellbinding Lagoon Trek
We'll escape the heat and crowded beaches by hiking through the Mahadei Wildlife Sanctuary's tall lush forest to a hidden gem. We'll leave for the village in the extreme east, prepare to be cut off from the rest of the world once we get to the rural village. Following a warm welcome, we'll eat an authentic local breakfast to fuel us for the journey ahead. The trail that leads to the lagoon will leave marveled with the tall lush forest canopy. Depending on your fitness level, the hike to the lagoon will take about 25-35 minutes. You'll be fascinated by the beautiful blue water as we approach the lagoon after descending the slope. Prepare to swim, relax, and splash your way around this lovely lagoon. All the Swimming and splashing around will undoubtedly whet your hunger for a delicious lunch. After that, we'll drive to the village to eat an authentic local Lunch prepared with care just for us. As we return to our own homes, you will be amazed by how the locals live in these tranquil forests and wishing you could spend more time there.
Old Goa Heritage Walk
The walk starts at the Viceroy's Arch near the Ferry point, where you get introduced to the historical Portuguese past of Old Goa. Old Goa was also known as ‘Rome of the East’ due to the incidence of prettily designed churches and wide open piazzas. We then pay a visit to the very beautiful St. Cajeten church of the Italian Order. St. Cajetan Church also known as the Church of Divine Providence is a church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa. We then move ahead to old main street of Old Goa, the Rua Direita to pass by the Se Cathedral and the Church of St Francis. Se Cathedral is one of the most ancient and celebrated religious buildings of Goa. This magnificent 16th century monument in Goa, build under the Portuguese rule is the largest church in Asia. After surveying the pieces of ruined buildings displayed outside the Museum, we proceed to Old Goa’s earliest catholic structure, the Chapel of St Catherine, before visiting the magnificent Church of Our Lady of Rosary. Our Storytellers will highlight all the above places with fascinating history and anecdotes that are unheard of and will share a very unique perspective of the making of Old Goa. Please Note: The Basilica of Bom Jesus will remain shut till Oct 6th 2022 for visitors and devotees due to restoration work.
Island Hopping E-Bike Tour
We depart from the starting point and take a ferry ride to Divar island. We head to fisherman’s hut overlooking the city of Old Goa. As we proceed to a mystical temple site, we visit one of the finest baroque churches of Goa on our way. We ride through patches of fields and dense mangroves. We then take another ferry from Divar island and head to Vanxim island. We explore the backwaters on a motorboat hosted by a local fisherfolk. Proceed for fishing and crab catching. Refresh yourself at a very peaceful house for a home cooked delicacy.
Highlights of Portuguese influenced Goa
Experience the glimpse of Portuguese Era, beautiful Indo-portuguese buildings and monuments that riddled with history and heritage of the vintage city. Pass through the Fontainhas Neighborhood and see the inside of the city with some charming places with a beautiful view which we have discovered and travelers don't want to miss in this amazing walking tour of the old town. Highlights of Portuguese influenced Goa is an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle. Capture the beauty of colorful lanes, houses, historical monuments and friendly local people in your lens, capture memories not just only pictures and store them in your memories to cherish life-long from this tour. We follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you. By the end of the tour you will develop a great perspective of the city, its culture and you will also get some great insider tips and tricks to save money and to explore the best of the city.
Feni & Tapas Food Trail with Tastings and Drinks
The Goan Feni and Tapas Food trail is a specially curated food trail in Panjim that includes some of the most iconic places for Goan food paired with the best Feni and Feni based cocktails paired with it. Although a far cry from a regular tavern trail or pub crawl in Panjim, this trail gives you some of the most astonishing insights about Goan Heritage brew Feni, with both indigenous and Portuguese influences. We begin with a casual introduction at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church and seamlessly delve into the stories of Goan food, its historical influences, anecdotes and key ingredients that makes Goan food unique. We then introduce the heritage brew Feni through stories, its origins, its culture and its evolution over time. The Goan Feni & Tapas is a celebration of Goan and Food and Feni. We break several stereotypes associated with Goan cuisine. Tasting of Feni in its expressions in raw form, infusions or blended as cocktails. Partaking in this vivid narrative of Goan cuisine in the Food trail of Feni and Tapas where you discover plethora of untold stories relating to the Goan cuisine would leave you a feeling of nostalgia. The Goan Feni & Tapas Food trail is designed include cultural aspects and lifestyle in the storytelling and highlights some of the vintage establishments of Panjim that has received iconic status among Goans.