Goa is one of the most sought tourist destinations of India. The beaches are its highlight but it’s the Goan heritage that also draws tourist. From the mythological tales of Lord Vishnu’s Dashavatar to centuries of Mauryan rulers, the Chalukyas, the Muslim rule of Adil Shah to the colonial masters of Portuguese, Goa has a vast history. The famous explorer Vasco Da Gama’s discovery made Goa, a key Portuguese colony for all trade in Asia, for over 450 years till it was surrendered to Independent India.
The highlights of heritage tours of Goa include a visit to Old Latin Quarters of Panjim, Old Heritage homes in Fontainhas, Forts in Goa and the UNESCO World Heritage titled Churches in Goa.
Heritage Hotels of India offer Goa heritage tour packages, which cover a visit to the old charm of Portuguese colonies. Marvel at the exquisite architecture. Have a taste the delicious Portuguese-inspired cuisine at cafes and bakeries. Explore the museums and also enjoy a stay at one of the heritage hotels in Goa.
FAQs of Goa Heritage Tours
Ques: What is the best way to experience the heritage of Goa?
Ans: The best way to experience the rich heritage of Goa is to stay in the heritage property of the state as well as to embark on the heritage tour of Goa and explore the Portuguese churches, which retain the old worldly charm of Portugali era in India.
Ques: What are the main airport and railway stations to reach Goa?
Dabolim Airport is the major airport in Goa which is located around 30 km away from the state capital Panjim. Dabolim airport is well connected to the major airports of India and also operates some international flights to Goa.
Goa comprises six railway stations and out of which Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama are the major railheads where most of the tourists get down. These railway stations have trains from the major cities of the countries.
Ques: Which are the famous heritage hotels in Goa?
Ans: Goa was the Portuguese colony and has a vast history. The city comprises the architectural marvels and heritage property which depicts the glory of the bygone era. The famous heritage hotels in Goa are:
- Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel
- Arco Iris
- Siolim House
- Hotel Panjim Inn
- Taj Fort Aguada Resort
Ques: Which are the famous Portuguese churches in Goa?
Ans: Goa is renowned for the Portuguese churches which are the architectural marvels. The famous churches in Goa are:
- Basilica of Bom Jesus
- Se Cathedral
- Church of St. Cajetan
- Church of St. Francis of Assisi
- Church of Our Lady of Our Immaculate Conception
Ques: What is the best time to plan a Goa trip?
Ans: Goa is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. The best time to visit Goa is especially during the winter from November to February. The pleasant weather during these months is favorable to enjoy beach parties and many thrilling watersports. The month's May to September is not favorable to plan a trip due to fewer beach activities and also the climate turns humid.
Ques: Is vegetarian food available in Goa?
Ans: Yes, vegetarian food is available in Goa. There are several hotels and restaurants where one can find delicious vegetarian food.
Ques: Is it safe to visit the Goa beaches at night?
Ans: Yes, the beaches in Goa are safe at night. The shacks in some beaches are also open for tourists till late at night or early morning. Goa is one of the best places to enjoy the nightlife.
Ques: What are the top things to do in Goa?
Ans: Goa is famous for lovely beaches which are popular for adventure activities. It is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts and there are several other things to do in Goa. The top things to do in Goa are:
- Experience Canyoning
- Quad Biking
- Hiking and Camping
- Houseboat Trip
- Dolphin Ride
- Spice Village Tour
- Crab Catching
- Surfing, Snorkeling, Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Scuba Diving