An experience that introduces the visitor to the history of Goa, this is a recommended diversion for those with an enquiring mind. Check with the concierge on the sight- seeing possibilities for your trip into town. A drive around this tropical paradise gives one a sneak-peak display of the traditional and the modern. Portuguese architecture contrasts with local and modern architecture.
Apart from churches, cathedrals and chapels the Portuguese style mansions have a delightful old-world charm about them. Visit them to admire the Indo-Portuguese furniture, rare pieces of cut glass, blue china and ivory. Some of them even have Italian tiled floorings and rare tapestries dating back to the 1800s. Some Old Portuguese mansions offer a delicious hi-tea where you can stop and chat with the owner.
If you prefer to delve into areas with truly an ancient feel then Ponda, in Central Goa, often referred to as the ‘cultural capital’ as well as the Hindu ‘heart of Goa’ offers the right experience. There are five highly revered temples and the largest mosque in Goa as well as wildlife sanctuaries and spice plantations.