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.
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.
– Local English-speaking guide
– A Souvenir.
– High Tea
– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– 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.
– 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.