Description of Tour
The most visible legacy of the Portuguese is their churches, which remain as silent but forceful witnesses to the intense religious history of the land. Situated to the north of Ponda near the village of Priol, is the Shri Mangueshi Temple located on a hillock surrounded by lush green hills. Though small it has an air of distinctive elegance. Its lofty white tower at the entrance is a landmark of the countryside. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Standing with its back to a wall of thick forest is the Shri Shantadurga Temple, another famous temple in Goa. The interior of the building, dripping with marble and glass chandeliers is dominated by an exquisitely worked silver screen. Treat yourself to a typical Goan buffet lunch on a banana leaf at the oldest Spice Plantation in Goa. A guide will take you around the 130-acre spice farm, where cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbs, fruits, areca nut, betel and medicinal plants grow. Proceed to Old Goa for a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is the most famous and popular church in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. Next, visit the Se Cathedral the most imposing of all churches at Old Goa. Its vaulted interior overwhelms the visitors by sheer grandeur. This Cathedral has 05 bells of which one is the famous Golden Bell. Drive into Goa’s capital – Panjim to spend some time shopping. Wind up your day with a 01 hr boat cruise on the River Mandovi.