Goa Carnival Experience

Let's continue our celebrations this year with Carnival, a tradition that dates back to the arrival of Portuguese in Goa way back in 1510.

Starting Point: Panjim, Goa

Duration: 3 Nights 4 Days

Cost Starting from : INR 25000 per person.

Dates : 10th February – 13th February 2018

Type: Culture, Heritage, Festival, Carnival


Prior Registration Requied


Carnival is uniquely Goan and is not celebrated anywhere else in India. Join us in what culminates into a grand exhibition of Goan culture from elaborate colorful parades on the streets of Goa to traditional customs and rituals performed in the hinterlands.

Witness a unique form of ritual dance called Mussal, in the evening within the community which happens exclusively in Chandor. This form of dance dates back to the early 14th century and was performed to celebrate the victory of the Hindu King of Vijaynagar, Harihar, over the Cholas.


Day 1: 10th February 2018 

Arrival in Goa and stay at The Island House (recommended)

Enjoy the colorful Carnival float parade in Panjim starting late afternoon.

Day 2: 11th February 2018

Take a tour around Divar island which boasts of one the finest baroque churches, ancient temple sites, caves and till today practices traditional fishing methods. Also, get a chance to visit a traditional goan bakery and enjoy an authentic Goan lunch.

Starting Point: Divar Island Ferry

Time: 10: 00 AM to 03:00 PM

Duration: 5 Hours

Day 3: 12th February 2018

Fonatainhas Heritage Walk

About the walk: A walk through an old Latin quarter in Panjim – a satiating treat for photographers and history buffs as the place maintains to this day its Portuguese influence, such as the narrow streets, old villas and buildings painted in lively hues of red and blue. Also, enjoy Latin music performed by a renowned Goan musician.

Starting Point: Panjim General Post Office

Time: 09: 30 AM to 11:30 AM

Duration: 2 Hours

Lunch at Viva Panjim

Leave for Chandor at 02:30 PM

Chandor Walking Tour: 

About the walk: This tour highlights the kaleidoscope of history to be found in the hinterlands of South Goa. Immerse yourself in pre – Portuguese history dating back over 1000 years, when Chandor then Chandrapur was a buzzing trade center

Starting Point: San Tiago Chapel, Chandor

Time: 04: 30 AM to 06:30 AM

Duration: 2 Hours

Post dinner, witness a unique form of ritual dance called Mussal

Duration: ~ 1 hour

Overnight Stay at Chandor

Day 4: 13th February 2018

Breakfast at the Hotel

Drop to Goa International Airport



Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport.
Closest Railway Stations: Thivim Train Station which is 15 km away from Panjim.

Madgaon Railway Station which is 10 km from Chandor
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
– Entry to 3 Heritage homes
– Meeting with a well renowned Goan musician

– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature

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.