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St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral) Tours and Activities

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St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)
The largest church in Goa and the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, this huge white Portuguese Gothic structure was constructed from 1562 to 1619 to commemorate a Portuguese military victory over Goa that was won on the feast of Saint Catherine. Inside, images of the saint adorn the cathedral walls.
 
The Basics
A monument to Portuguese military might, this gargantuan white edifice contains gorgeous interiors full of religious art and relics. Among these is the Cross of Miracles, where some visitors have had visions of Christ on the cross. The cathedral also houses a bell tower with the largest bell in the state. Many travelers come as part of an organized tour to learn as much as possible about the cathedral’s architecture, artworks, and history.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visitors are expected to dress modestly, with clothing that covers their shoulders and knees.
  • If you visit during Mass, be respectful to worshipers and do not take photos, converse, or walk around.
  • The church is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in history or architecture.
 
How to Get There
St. Catherine’s Cathedral is a popular stop on most tours of Goa that focus on churches or Portuguese colonial history. Those traveling independently will need to get to Old Goa, where the cathedral is located; doing so requires a 20-minute drive or taxi ride from Panaji (the state capital), or about 40 minutes’ drive from Calangute.
 
When to Get There
The cathedral is open every day, from 7:30am to 6pm. Mass is held in the local language, Konkani, at 5:30am Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; at 7:30am Thursday; and at 5pm Tuesday and Friday. Sunday services take place at 7:20am and 10am, and again at 4pm.
 
Who was St. Catherine?
Considered a Great Martyr by those following the Eastern Orthodox tradition, St. Catherine was a Christian princess and a scholar who was killed around age 18 at the hands of Emperor Maxentius, a pagan (though some believe her story comes from a revised telling of the story of the pagan Neoplatonic philosopher Hypatia). There are many legends surrounding the saint, and Joan of Arc claims that Catherine visited her in a vision.
Address: Old Goa, Goa, India
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Goa Small-Group Shore Excursion Trip with Lunch

Goa Small-Group Shore Excursion Trip with Lunch

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Explore Goa’s historical and religious highlights on this small-group shore excursion and tour, with pickup from Goa port or your chosen Goa location. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, admire Hindu temples and visit the Portuguese-built UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, and St. Francis of Assisi Church as you learn about Goa’s colonial history and culture. Your tour includes a visit to a spice plantation with lunch plus entrance fees.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

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Uncover Portuguese history and influence on this private half-day Portuguese heritage tour from Goa. Gain a deeper understanding of the state’s colonial past on visits to Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Born Jesus—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This epic tour includes a visit to the city of Panaji, where you see the impact of the Portuguese in Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter. Catch incredible views of the Arabian Sea from the Dona Paula Jetty before enjoying a traditional lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.00
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$87.00
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Explore the Best of North Goa by Car (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour)

Explore the Best of North Goa by Car (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour)

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Experience the city of sun, sand and beaches like never before on this tour which is a fine blend of sophisticated Catholic and Portuguese architecture, beautiful Indo-Portuguese buildings, old Goa's churches which are part of World Heritage sites and off-course some stunning beaches. Walk through the history that they represent from where they stand on this private guided sightseeing tour by car and delight with amazing highlights that provides you glimpses of vintage city. 1. Discover Old Goa which mostly designed by Portuguese or Italian architects & architecture style ranges from Baroque to Renaissance. 2. Explore Portuguese influenced happening Panjim Church, Fontainhas Neighbourhood & Lord Hanuman situated on top of of Altinho hillock. 3. Explore a offbeat ship-shaped museum showcasing region's cultural & architectural history of beautiful Indo-Portuguese era. 4. Visit well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese Fort Aguada and Reis Magos Forts, Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches
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  • 8 hours
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$85.05
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$85.05
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Private tour of South Goa with pick-up from Mormugao Port

Private tour of South Goa with pick-up from Mormugao Port

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Explore best of Goa; Churches, old town, temples, beaches and important landmarks all in one day. This tour is an ideal way to discover Goa when you are arriving on a cruise and in Goa just for a day. Goa the city that has something for everyone has great nightlife, Goa hosts amazing parties, etc. but Goa is more than just this. It is a mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture and heritage which can clearly be seen through its historical architecture. Experience the rich heritage side of Goa away from the beaches and party areas in this full-day South City tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.18
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$53.18
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Private Heritage Walk in Old Goa

Private Heritage Walk in Old Goa

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A two hour walking tour of what is known as Old Goa. Old Goa is a World Heritage site housing some of the most historically significant buildings and churches in the region. Among these are the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St. Francis Xavier are to be found, the imposing Sé Cathedral, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Chapel of St Catherine, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, the Church of Our Lady of Rosary, the Church of St Cajetan, the Chapel of St Anthony and the ruins of the Tower of St Augustine’s Church.
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  • 2 hours
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Goa Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Goa Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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You don’t have to rack up big taxi fares while traveling around India. This Goa hop-on hop-off tour is the perfect way to get around without spending a ton of money on rides. The hop-on hop-off busses conveniently run every 45 minutes, and provide stops at 19 places around the western state. Plus, you can listen to onboard commentary about Goa and use the onboard Wi-Fi as you ride.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.77
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$7.77

Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation

Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation

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See the highlights of Goa on a 9-hour tour that visits temples, churches, a spice plantation, and more. Stop at Shri Manguesh Temple, Shree Shantadurga Temple, the Basilica of Bom Jesus — a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Se Cathedral. You'll learn from your guide about the history of one of India's key trading ports as you tour this vibrant region.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.00
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$96.00
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Old Goa Churches Walk

Old Goa Churches Walk

Explore the beautiful churches of Old Goa on a small-group walking tour. Goa was once a Portuguese colony which has resulted in a number of churches in the area. Visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Se Cathedral, which is the largest church in Asia, and more as you learn about the state’s rich history from your tour guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.25
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$18.25

Private Portuguese Heritage Tour of Goa

Private Portuguese Heritage Tour of Goa

Swap beaches for churches on a private sightseeing tour that focuses on Goa’s Portuguese heritage. Exploring with a private guide means that you’ll receive undivided attention and have ample time to ask questions, as well as benefiting from the flexibility to customize your tour. Plus, you’ll travel between the historic attractions of Old Goa in air-conditioned comfort.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$166.00
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$166.00
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Walk Through the Ruins of Old Goa (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

Walk Through the Ruins of Old Goa (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

The land of fun and frolic, Goa has more to it than its beaches; Its magnificent churches relics of Portuguese colonization and these brilliantly preserved buildings & landmarks transporting you back in time to a bygone era. On this amazing walking tour discover magnificent churches old Goa also known as “Rome of the East” because of its beautifully designed churches and wide open piazzas. Old Goa's magnificent architecture is heavily influenced by the prevailing Portuguese design which ruled over it for around 450 years. Walk around the ancient place that is riddled with history and heritage, gain insight from the 15th century churches to monasteries lying in ruins, an unmatched local experience with awesome stories that you to remember for lifetime. We follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.34
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$11.34

Private tour of South Goa by Car

Private tour of South Goa by Car

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Goa the city that has something for everyone has great nightlife, Goa hosts amazing parties, etc. but Goa is more than just this. It is a mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture and heritage which can clearly be seen through its historical architecture. Experience the rich heritage side of Goa away from the beaches and party areas in this full-day South City tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.51
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$25.51
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Private Custom Goa Shore Excursion Tour with guide

Private Custom Goa Shore Excursion Tour with guide

Explore the scenic beauty of the serene and tranquil side of Goa- with a private and customizable tour according to your requirements and have the best experience. A professional guide will be at your service to enlighten you about the history and interesting fact about this place- and thereby helping you share an incredible walking and ferry shore excursion tour of Goa. Includes transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle, ferry transfers & sightseeing with a knowledgeable guide
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  • 8 hours
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$196.00
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$196.00
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Goa Spiritual Walk - A Guided Tour

Goa Spiritual Walk - A Guided Tour

Goa is one of the best places to be. It has rich scenic beauty, excellent seafood, and great nightlife but this tour will help you dive into the culture of Goa and help you learn more about religion and history. All the places covered in the tour has a lot of stories to say. If you are searching for a tour that can help you learn more about the culture of Goa, this is the best-suited tour. Goan culture has a lot to be explored and this package has all of it. All the covered places, including Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Sé Cathedral, Adil Shah Palace Gateway, and Church of St Cajetan are hand-picked, especially for you to make your experience worth it. This tour has everything to leave you with a lot of memories. All you would have in the end is Goodies, snacks and a lot of stories to share with everyone. Tour Timings: 9:00 am - 11:30 am Duration: 2 hours 30 mins Minimum Booking Accepted - 2 pax
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$17.28
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$17.28
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Goa - South Goa & Beaches 4 Days Holidays

Goa - South Goa & Beaches 4 Days Holidays

Goa is place of Fun, Adventure, Relaxation & Heritage. This tour will give all this experiences.It is Must visit place of India.Get customized service, we will provide all possible services to make this trip memorable.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.20
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$275.20
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Churches of Goa - Spiritual Walking Tour

Churches of Goa - Spiritual Walking Tour

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Goa is also popularly known as the “Rome of East” especially because of its magnificent Churches. Walk around this rich place that is riddled with history and heritage, gain insight from the 15th-century churches to monasteries lying in ruins. Explore the historic Churches of Goa and experience the glimpse of Portuguese Era, various religious faiths and their prime importance for the locals. Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Asia, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Archaeological Museum, Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery, Adil Shah Palace Gateway, Viceroy’s Arch, Statue of Jesus, Church of St Cajetan and enjoy the excellent views of the Mandovi River and Divar Island. The storyteller guide will tell you interesting stories and facts about the places. Starting Point: Basilica of Bom Jesus End Point: Church of St Cajetan, Velha Morning Tour: 9 AM to 11 AM Evening Tour: 2 PM to 4 PM
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.07
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$17.07

South Goa Tour by Luxury Coach

South Goa Tour by Luxury Coach

Unwind and take this laid-back tour around South Goa's less crowded and serene destinations. Visit one of the finest baroque churches, Bom Jesus of Basilica Church, and be in awe as you explore this world heritage monument and resting place for St. Francis Xavier. Your next stop will take you to one of the largest Catholic church in South Asia, the Se Cathedral. Built by the Portuguese in 16th century, this magnificent monument seals Roman Catholicism's victory in Goa during its capture in 1510. The tour also includes a visit to the city's historic and beautiful temples, the Mangueshi and Balaji Temple. Before traveling back to your hotel, you'll be taken to a relaxing river cruise as you watch the sun set on the horizon.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.50
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$5.50

Shore Excursion Goa (for Cruise Travelers)

Shore Excursion Goa (for Cruise Travelers)

The tour will begin with pick up from Goa Port. Our tour guide and driver will meet you at port with special permit to receive you from port arrival langue. This tour include visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St Augustine and Shree Mangueshi Temple. After the tour we will drop off you back to the Port..
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.74
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$219.74
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Churches and Convents Of Goa Private Tour with Pickup

Churches and Convents Of Goa Private Tour with Pickup

Embark on full day tour of Churches & Convents Of Goa the former capital of the Portuguese Indies with English speaking guide in a private vehicle. These monuments were influential in spreading forms of Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art in all the countries of Asia where missions were established. Pick up and drop off from your hotel in Goa, entrances to monuments and museum is well included. We are flexible to accommodate guest interest and cover any other monument of their choice within the city.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.74
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$155.74
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Explore Highlights of North Goa with Divar Island (Guided Fullday Tour by Car)

Explore Highlights of North Goa with Divar Island (Guided Fullday Tour by Car)

Experience the city of sun, sand and beaches like never before on this tour which is a fine blend of sophisticated Catholic and Portuguese architecture, beautiful Indo-Portuguese buildings, old Goa churches which are part of World Heritage sites and beautiful little riverine Divar Island. Walk through the history that they represent from where they stand on this private guided sightseeing tour by car and delight with amazing highlights that provides you glimpses of vintage city. Highlights 1. Discover Old Goa which mostly designed by Portuguese or Italian architects & architecture style ranges from Baroque to Renaissance. 2. Explore Portuguese influenced happening Panjim Church, Fontainhas Neighbourhood & Lord Hanuman situated on top of of Altinho hillock. 3. Explore a offbeat Divar Island which appears to be a floating land of mangroves hugging the river, surrounded by marshy waters and checkout the ruins of three villages – Piedade, Malar and Naroa of Divar and enjoy the local food.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.05
per group
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$85.05
per group
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Private Photography Tour of Goa: Capturing Instagramable Sites

Private Photography Tour of Goa: Capturing Instagramable Sites

If you are a travel enthusiast who also likes to keep up with social media trends, Instagram is one of the most preferred ones. And this tour has been designed in the same context. Visit the most photogenic and the trending places of Goa on Instagram and make the most of your photography skills. The tour starts with pick up from your hotels located in Calangute, Candolim, Baga, Panjim areas, and proceed towards world UNESCO heritage sites. Located in Old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, and Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi are the most visited landmarks of Old Goa. The architecture of these churches is a mix of Catholic and Portuguese. We will proceed towards the quiet Dona Paula and Miramar Beach. You can enjoy water sports and can shop for souvenirs. Finally, we will walk through the colorful lanes inspired by Portuguese architecture and click some amazing photos. The tour ends by dropping the guests off at their hotel/meeting point in the evening.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.03
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$25.03
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Private Tour to Goa and Dudhsagar Waterfalls with Lunch

Private Tour to Goa and Dudhsagar Waterfalls with Lunch

Tour starts with hotel pick up, you are taken to world UNESCO heritage site of old Goa and visit two of the most important landmark. Later you stop for breakfast and then head to Mollem national park. The guests then take the Jeep safari exploring the wildlife around and reach the tallest waterfall of Goa- the Dushsagar waterfalls. Guests can go for a swim or explore a nearby forest, its delight for photographers to click beauty of nature in its raw form. After this experience, we move onto the next unexplored destination - Keri village rich in spice plantations and natural beauty. Indulge in the delicious Exotic Goan style food before the tour. The guests then take the guided tour exploring the wide variety of spice plantation gardens, chirping birds, and the calm surrounding away from the hustle and bustle of the normal Goa vibe. The tour ends by dropping the guests off at your hotel/meeting point in the evening.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.24
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$66.24
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Private South Goa City Tour with Spice Plantation and Lunch from North Goa Hotel

Private South Goa City Tour with Spice Plantation and Lunch from North Goa Hotel

This tour is designed for travelers who would like to explore best of Goan culture along with its natural beauty in a day. You visit Dona Paula, the village famous for its legend of star-crossed lovers Dona and Paulo who committed suicide after jumping off a rocky cliff there. Proceeding further, Bom Jesus Basilica Church and Se Cathedral are the next stops. Both are amazing churches of old Goa, while the former being a world heritage site. The beautiful Portuguese architecture gives it a unique style. The Mangueshi temple and then the Shri Shantadurga temple are the second last and the last stops on the tour. Both build between 14th to 17th century, the temples attracted several deities and tourists towards them due to their brilliant structures and beautiful idols. You enjoy Delicious meal at Spice Plantation. You also visit another heritage site of Fontainhas, a vibrant street dotted with Portuguese styled houses
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.69
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$55.69
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Private City Tour of South Goa

Private City Tour of South Goa

After pick up from the hotel, you will proceed towards world UNESCO heritage sites. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral and Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi is the most visited landmarks of Old Goa. The three churches are situated nearby and can be explored on roads. The architecture of these churches is a mix of Catholic and Portuguese. Later you will visit Shree Mangesh temple dedicated to Lord ShivaIt is located at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Ponda taluk, Goa. The Goan architecture of this temple is mesmerizing, also a unique 7 storey octagonal lamp tower known as Deepastambha adds more beauty to the structure. After experiencing the religious side of Goa you will proceed towards the quiet Dona Paula Beach. You can enjoy water sports and can shop for souvenirs. Next location is a bustling area within the capital Panjim, Miramar. Many shacks sell local fashion, jewellery, and food here. The tour ends by dropping the guests off at their hotel/meeting point in the evening.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.48
Price varies by group size
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$27.48
Price varies by group size
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Full-Day Private South Goa Sightseeing Tour with Port Pickup

Full-Day Private South Goa Sightseeing Tour with Port Pickup

This tour is designed for travelers who would like to explore the best of Goan culture along with its natural beauty in a day. You visit Dona Paula, the village famous for its legend of star-crossed lovers Dona and Paulo who committed suicide after jumping off a rocky cliff there. Proceeding further, Bom Jesus Basilica Church and Se Cathedral are the next stops. Both are amazing churches of old Goa, while the former being a world heritage site. The beautiful Portuguese architecture gives it a unique style. The Mangueshi temple and then the Shri Shantadurga temple are the second last and the last stops on the tour. Both build between the 14th to 17th centuries. The temples attracted several deities and tourists towards them due to their brilliant structures and beautiful idols. You also visit another heritage site of Fontainhas, a vibrant street dotted with Portuguese styled houses.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$44.16
Price varies by group size
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$44.16
Price varies by group size
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