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Goa Street Food Tour

1. Goa Street Food Tour

Explore the best of Panjim neighbourhood, one of the most popular districts in Goa. Begin at Panjim Church and walk through the stepped streets, passing through the Portuguese-influenced lanes, centuries-old buildings, and cute little cafes and markets where you will sample some local dishes.  Taste a variety of local street food of Goa including local dishes like Xacuti curry, sweet Peda, cucumber mint juice, and various types of chats, cutlets and more. Witness the preparation of these local favorites and get an in-depth understanding of local food culture. Eat in traditional, rustic restaurants and stalls that are frequented daily by the locals for an authentic experience. All locations are of a high-quality and work with the local partner to give you the best possible culinary experience.

Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

2. Goa: Spice Plantation Tour and Traditional Local Lunch

Escape the crowds and noise of the beaches for a few hours and visit a spice plantation located in Ponda, a city in southern Goa. Discover tropical plants laden with fruits, herbs, and spices on a guided walk of the plantation before enjoying a homely meal. Try authentic Goan cuisine and taste the local drink, Feni, made from cashews. Start off with a private hotel pickup in an air-conditioned car. En route, sit back and take in the views of the paddy fields and villages, or ask your driver for suggestions about Goa and for stories about its people. Upon arrival at the spice plantation, receive a traditional welcome of a warm, soothing herbal tea. Then, set off on a short guided walk around a section of the plantation. Feel free to touch, smell, and taste the different fruits and trees. Depending on the season, you can observe cinnamon, black and green cardamom, mace, piri-piri chilies, coconuts, green pepper, and allspice. Learn more about the uses and health benefits of each spice with the plantation's staff, including tips on how you can incorporate them for your own well-being. After the tour, savor a Goan lunch spread, prepared fresh on the plantation and served in earthen pots. Lunch includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and incorporates the spices grown locally. Sample feni with your lunch, a favorite liquor among the locals produced from fresh cashew fruit and distilled in a traditional pot. Before heading back to your hotel, have the opportunity to purchase spices from the on-site shop and visit a local Hindu temple, if you want.

Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

3. Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

Meet your guide at the Panjim Head Post Office near the Mala district of Panjim. Walk through the lesser-known but culturally-rich Fontainhas area of Goa, the oldest and largest Latin quarter in Asia. See heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet friendly locals, and experience the cultural side of Goa. Developed in the late eighteenth century, Fontainhas derived its name - "little fountain" in Portuguese - from the springs found at the base of the Altinho hills. A strong Portuguese influence still prevails in this neighborhood, evident from the architectural style and the road names. Begin your walk at Tobacco Square and trace the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa. Along the way, your knowledgable guide will be happy to share information based on your personal interests. Pass by the small Church of San Thome. Stop into the quaint 31st January Bakery for a quick bite. Take photos against the neighborhood’s colorful backdrop as you make your way to the Chapel of San Sebastian. Explore interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Fundacao Orient, and Galerie Gitanjali. Lastly, visit a famous Goan musician and learn about the Portuguese influence on Goan music. Before heading back to the meeting point, you can stop by a studio which makes handcrafted ceramic souvenirs.

Goa: Pub Crawl

4. Goa: Pub Crawl

You will meet your guide near the Immaculate Conception Church before embarking on an exciting pub crawl that will show you some of the best nightlife locations that Goa has to offer. This night out in Goa promises to be a rollicking good time where you'll meet new people in an energetic, fun, and friendly atmosphere. You'll visit three local pubs over the course of 3 hours as your guide shares unique stories about the city and local party culture. You'll also get one free drink at each pub.  Your bar journey will begin at a local bar serving fresh homemade draft beer. Alternatively, you can also try a local wine while watching the calm riverfront and admiring its beauty. From there, you'll head to the next venue where you can sip different varieties of Goan feni, a locally produced spirit. It's said that a trip to Goa is incomplete without a sip of a feni drink, which has been produced for 400 years in a typical Portuguese way. The third stop is situated on the riverside in a 19th-century building. Enjoy a local wine plus traditional Goan food with an amazing view. This place has a typical Goan feel to it. The tour employs a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that participants are constantly engaged, irrespective of whether you're interested in history or not. This tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for everyone. You're bound to make new friends as you exchange stories with your fellow travellers from all over the world.

Banglore: Guided Street Food Crawl

5. Banglore: Guided Street Food Crawl

Banglore is a classic destination, and for centuries has been known for its rich and yummy food culture. Locals are fortunate today that this rich food culture is preserved in the form of small food joints, which have been perpetuated by locals for generations.  You will begin by exploring the authentic and classic delicacies of Banglore, witnessing the preparation as you receive an in-depth understanding of the local food culture. As this is happening, your guide will fill you in on the things that influenced the development of these cuisines. You will taste more than 5 mouth-watering and authentic delicacies of royal Delhi on this food tour. Your guides have designed this amazing experience for you, with the intention of taking you to these places for food tastings. Whilst visiting the stores you will be able to cherish the food, delighting your taste buds as you receiving a fabulous and lasting impression.

Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

6. Divar Island: Local Goan Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

Go on a tour of Divar Island and discover the mix of paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, Indo-Portuguese houses, and winding roads that speak to the region's complex history. As you disembark the ferry, meet locals sitting with their fishing rods cast in the Mandovi River and learn about the methods they use to snare a catch.  Then follow your local guide into the village, appreciating the rainbow of colorful houses lining the streets. Learn how the Portuguese occupation of the area shaped the village for centuries to come. Check out the 16th century St. Mathias Church, the quaint Our Lady of Candelaria Chapel, and the ancient Saptakoteshwar Temple. Stop into a traditional Goan bakery to see how the local bread is baked and snag a few recipes from the chef. After touring the village, fill up on a delicious lunch in a traditional Portuguese house. At the end of the tour, head up into the island hills and stop for a magnificent view of the Old Churches of Goa and the river below before taking a ferry back to the mainland.

Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

7. Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

On this private walking tour, explore the rich history and culture of Bangalore’s Basavanagudi neighborhood. After meeting your guide at Vidyarthi Bhavan, one of the best local restaurants in the area, enjoy some coffee, snacks, or breakfast. Afterwards, head into the Gandhi Bazaar to explore a variety of shops, stalls, and local purveyors selling bountiful arrays of produce and fresh flowers. Next, you’ll head to the Bull Temple, a 16th-century Hindu temple featuring a monolithic statue of a bull and an elaborate collection of statues studding the pyramidal temple. Afterwards, you’ll head to the 10th-century Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple, located within a cave, to uncover the mysteries held within.  You’ll end your tour by walking through the oldest section of the neighborhood, glimpsing structures dating back 100 years and meeting locals who define the neighborhood’s culture.

Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

8. Old Goa: Walking Tour of Heritage Churches

Experience Goa's Portuguese heritage on a guided walking tour filled with historical stories and personal anecdotes. Learn the history as you admire historical monuments, including the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral. Meet your guide at the Viceroys Arch in Old Goa and begin your walking tour. Marvel at the impressive buildings in the area and listen to insightful stories and facts from your guide, including Goa’s history as a former capital. Continue to the Church of St. Catherine and trace the arrival of the Portuguese in India, who called the area “the Rome of the East.” Walk past the ruins of Old Goa to Se Cathedral, the largest church in Asia. Admire the decorative frescoes in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, which depict the life of the patron saint. Afterward, enter the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier.

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We had a really enriching experience, loved walking through the colorful lanes and learning about roosters, roofs, sweets (got to eat some sweets as well) and Christmas, among other things. The tour ended with songs and we learnt a lovely dance step! Our storyteller was fabulous too!

Such splendid experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained everything so nicely. Really put spirit into the beautiful architecture and history.

The tour guide Nelson was great, he told us great stories about Goa and was there with all his love, you can tell he enjoys it. Super great

Prasad was an amazing and friendly driver and the plantation itself was interesting with tasty buffet lunch.

Short but instructive visit Good lunch Slightly far from North Goa