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Goa Latin Quarters

The smallest state of India is packing some of the biggest fun to be had and here are some the ways you can go about living it up, Goan style.

Starting Point:Panjim

Duration: 5 nights/ 6 Days

Type : Goa,Beaches

Ideal Season : Oct – May

Experience Goa by Living it up the Goan Way

The Goan society is a melting pot of different identities, and its people have created the quintessential easygoing Goan culture. This ‘Susegad’ lifestyle is rooted, among other things, in the old world charm of their Portuguese colonial structures; in exotic cuisines; in the bylanes of flea markets; in the churches, spice farms, wildlife sanctuaries, the old forts and yes, the beaches. It is quite clear that the smallest state of India is packing some the biggest fun to be had and here are some the ways you can go about living it up, Goan style.

Highlights:

• Stay in Asia only Latin Colony.
• Explore the rich cultural heritage of Divar Island
• Canoe along the Salim Ali Bord Sancutary
• Learn a few Goan recipes
• Explore the unique personalities of the beaches in Goa

Day 1: Land in Panjim
Start by landing in Panaji, the capital city, and take shelter in a budget friendly world heritage hotel located in Asia”s only Latin Colony of Fontainhas. Evening join us for a walking tour around Fontainhas that will take you back to a Portuguese past. Later you can spend you can visit some of the local bars called taverns or visit some of the more suave restaurants in the area.

Day 2: Head to Divar Island
Catch a ferry across the Mandovi River to Divar Island. A gem of old world charm, paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, hidden caves, small houses and winding roads.
Check in at a family run Boutique resort. Later we will take you on a guided tour where you will get to visit some of the interesting places on the island and understand a little more of its historical, social and cultural heritage.
Lunch will be organized at a traditional Portuguese house and you will get a chance to learn a few Goan recipes
Overnight at Divar Island

Day 3: Visit Choroa Island
You can spend the day angling with the local fishermen, cycle to the neighboring Chorao island. Chorao Island is home to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. You can take a canoe ride around the thick mangroves in the Sanctuary.
Overnight at Divar Island.

Day 4 – 5: Head to the Beach.
Head of to the explore some of the many beaches in North Goa and discover the unique personality each one has. Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim and the last one on Goa’s map, Querim and the famous Terecol fort which has been converted to a luxury heritage resort.
Overnight at a beach resort.

Day 6: Check out and departure


Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport.

Closest Railway Station: Thivim Train Station which is 15 km away from Fontainhas.

Bus : In Panjim where major state transport corporation buses operate. In Goa you will find the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) which originates from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand in Panjim.

Social Impact:
– This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
– Make It Happen has collaborated with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), an NGO committed toward preserving the natural and built heritage of Goa. Part proceeds of this tour are donated to GHAG. GHAG supports in providing content and training to guides for this tour.
– By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.

Traveler Tips:
– Please do not tip our guides (in case you wish to make an additional donation to Goa Heritage Action Group, you can speak to the guide)
– Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
– Be aware of people’s sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
– We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.