Fontainhas Heritage Walk
Experience the Fontainhas Heritage Walk, an old Latin quarter of Panjim
The Fontainhas Heritage Walk is an immersive walking tour in Goa narrating its past. Witness the Portuguese past that eventually survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century. The houses are dressed in yellow, green and blue, balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transporting you to another era.
Fontainhas is not only the oldest but the largest Latin quarter of Asia. Located at the foot of the hills, Altinho hills with springs surround Fontainhas on the west side, which give it its name from Portuguese for "little fountain". The ancient creek known as the Ourem creek binds it on the east side. In the monsoons, experience the rain soaked streets in our Fontainhas Heritage Walk. The rainy season of Goa adds to the feel the special charm as one can quietly stroll through the narrow streets.
In the late eighteenth century, a Goan expatriate named Antonio Joao de Sequeira, who had made his wealth while working in Mozambique, established Fontainhas. The name came from the fountain at the foot of the hill which began to sprout around 1770. It is patterned along the lines of Lisbon’s Bairo Alto.
The people of Fontainhas lead an affluent life. Get access to heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet wonderful people and experience the cultural side of Goa like never before. We will take you to meet a renowned Goan musician who plays Fado and Latin music.
– A guided tour by a friendly host / presenter.
– Breakfast / Lunch / High Tea served in a traditional Goan House
– Learn a few Goan recipes.
– Visit one the finest Baroque churches in Goa
– Insight into traditional fishing methods that are still practices.
– Visit some of the ancient temple sites.
Experience the Campal Heritage Walk, the planned part of Panjim City
The Campal heritage walk explores some of the prettiest parts of Panjim – the Kala Academy Building built by the famous architect Charles Correa, the tree lined Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, the Mandovi River and the view of the Reis Magos fort across the river.
The heritage district of Campal was laid out by the dynamic Portuguese Viceroy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro between 1827-35. The St Inez creek joins the Mandovi River in this area and we see some of the problems created by modernization and economic growth.
Unlike other areas of Panaji, the Campal heritage area is unique in its nature and characteristics. The street pattern consists of a grid iron pattern and only residential houses fully self sufficient in their needs and demands. Every house is different in its character, accessible with well tarred roads, parking space and compound is housed with ornamental railings carved in stones, and a distinct construction technology used to construct these houses.
Basically, a formal layout with a garden (Jardin de Francisco Luis Gomes) facing the river front as focal point. Campal lies along river Mandovi and predominantly a residential area, occupied by higher economic group of population. The area is serene and tranquil away from the main hub of activity.
-Interact with an English speaking friendly local presenter.
-Understanding how Panjim grew to be arguably the prettiest state capital in India
-Understand the stress between conserving the old and modernization.
-Get insights on how natural beauty can still be part of a modern city.
Interact with an English speaking friendly local presenter.
Understanding how Panjim grew to be arguably the prettiest state capital in India
Understand the stress between conserving the old and modernization.
Get insights on how natural beauty can still be part of a modern city.
The walk starts inside the Kala Academy grounds by the main entrance. We highlight the work of the world famous architect Charles Correa, and also the fine trees planted in this part of the city.
We walk through to the river to the lighthouse to see the Reis Magos Fort from across the river.
We then walk along the river through the gardens while explaining the history of Goa and Panjim and cross the road to the Maquinez Palace and the old GMC.
We then come to the beginning of the St Inez Creek where we talk about the story of how Panjim was reclaimed from marshland and the present state of the creek.
We then enter the streets of Campal and highlight the architectural aesthetics of some of the houses.
We then make our way back to Kala Academy, making a stop to highlight the Military Hospital.
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.
– 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.
– Local English-speaking guide
– A Souvenir.
– High Tea
– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– 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.