Goa -Church’s , Temples , Spice and City - Pick up from Cruise Terminal
Free for childrens up to 10 years
Temples, Churches,Â Spice PlantationÂ &Â MargaoÂ City
Start time: 9:00 am & end time aroundÂ 15:00 hrs
We start the day to a visit to the former capital of Goa â€œOld Goa where we visit Churches built by the Portuguese. Visit the Basilica ofÂ BomÂ JesusÂ where the relics of St Francis Xavier been kept, later visit the Se Cathedral this church is theÂ second biggest in Asia.
TheÂ MahalsaÂ NarayaniÂ Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s consortÂ Laxmi, though some people believe it is the Lord Vishnu’s female formÂ Mohini. A lamp tower, which is seven floors high, can also be found here. Garuda, the great bird that was Lord Vishnu’s conveyance sits atop a pillar, which rests on the back of a turtle. There are intricately carved columns and painting of the 10 avatars or incarnations of Vishnu.
From here we drive to theÂ spice plantation.Â TourÂ guide will then take you on a tour of the plantation which will last about one hour, the guide will explain about all the spices and plants you discover and tell you about their medicinal properties. Black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves,Â chillies, coriander and all spice are just some of the spice plants you will find in the plantation. Varieties of Cashew trees,Â betelnutÂ palm trees and some tropicalÂ fruits like Star fruit, Custard apples, Papaya, Bananas, Pineapples and the Citrus fruits are also found in the grounds.
After you turn round the plantation, you will be served lunch. The lunch is a very tasty local meal served on a banana leaf plates, accompanied by a sweet dish and a tipple of cashewÂ feni(GoanÂ specialty).
Then proceed toÂ MargaoÂ CityÂ ,Â which was once considered the Capital of Goa during its early centuries, left the job of capital to the river port ofÂ ChandrapurÂ or now presently called asÂ Chandor.
In early centuries it was termed as Goaâ€™s second best city after the CapitalÂ PanjimÂ city, but todayÂ Margaois the biggest city of Goa. It is the busiest city, lively and full of crowds, having one of the largest markets with huge variety in Goa. Even in the early days of itâ€™s this place was famous for beautiful site scenes, exotic locations, lovely built temples and for many more wonderful things. Even long before Portuguese entered Goa,Â MargaoÂ city was known for its University having library with books over 10,000 which in those periods was not only something wonderful thing but surprising too.
It was in the year 1881 thatÂ MargaoÂ town was beginning to grow as a commercial center, it was in this particular year that first step was taken to setup the Centenary of the railway era in Goa, and first single line track was opened running the railway fromÂ MormugaoÂ HarbourÂ throughÂ MargaoÂ to outside the state border in east and joining to Indian Railwayâ€™s network in Karnataka.
Rate will down $75 if 2 more people join on the tour