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.
Get insights about the history of Goa dating back to the era of empires and dynasties
This tour highlights the kaleidoscope of history to be found in the hinterland of South Goa. Immerse yourself in pre-Portuguese history dating back over 1000 years, when Chandor then known as Chandrapur was a buzzing trade center.
-A guided tour by a friendly local guide
-Immerse yourself in the history of Chandor dating back to Mauriyan empire of the 4th century.
-Visit a heritage house which predates the Portuguese era.
-Stop by the temple ruins along the Kushavati river
-Get insights into the dramatic history that led to the decline of the Kadambas in Goa.
A guided tour by a friendly local guide
Immerse yourself in the history of Chandor dating back to Mauriyan empire of the 4th century.
Visit a heritage house which predates the Portuguese era.
Stop by the temple ruins along the Kushavati river
Get insights into the dramatic history that led to the decline of the Kadambas in Goa.
What to expect:
The walk begins at St. Tiago Chapel in Chandor and then leads into sites and ruins of historical importance that date back over 1000 years, followed by the scenic view of the Kushavati River.
We visit a heritage house that predates the Portuguese era and contains interesting artifacts which highlight the Mauriyan and Kadamba era.
Fixed Departure: 9:00 am on Saturday
Cost: INR 700 per person
Private: Daily at 9:00 am
Cost: INR 700- 2500 per person (Depending on group size)
Starting Point: Chandor, San Tiago Chapel
– 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
– Entry to Heritage home
– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
– 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.