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Live guide: English
What's not included
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Cruise terminal pick up and drop
- Entry/Admission - Museum of Goa
- Entry/Admission - Houses of Goa Museum
- Entry/Admission - Museum of Christian Art
- Entry/Admission - Goa Velha
- Departure details
- Traveller pickup is offered.
- Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18983P41
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travellers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
- If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18983P41
- You'll get picked upSee departure details
- 1Museum of GoaStop: 45 minutes - Admission includedSee details
- 2Houses of Goa MuseumStop: 45 minutes - Admission includedSee details
- 3Museum of Christian ArtStop: 45 minutes - Admission includedSee details
- 4Archeological museum GoaEDC complex GoaStop: 45 minutes - Admission includedSee details
- You'll return to the starting point
About the operator
Five Senses Tours
Panjim, Goa, India
Joined in November 2017
#10 of 51 Tours & Activities in Panjim
- kara_bhf_9500Amazing deep dive into Goan History!My friend and I did this tour with Sawani. She is a person who is incredibly polite, deeply knowledgeable, and incredibly interesting! We were picked up from our hotel in Panjim, and the drive to the first location was long. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to Sawani the whole way over and listening to her own personal history as a Goan and archaeologist. She answered all of our questions and is an incredible teacher. After the first 2 locations, Sawani suggested going to the spice farm for our lunch and to enjoy the shade there because the middle of the day is hot. The spice farm that we visited (Tanshikar's) is a really amazing 250 year-old farming property and the tour we got there was great. I really enjoyed learning how certain spices were grown, seeing how they grow, tasting some (!!) and being shown the home of the farm-owners; it is a great multisensory tour! We learned a lot from the woman of the estate and the meal we had was delicious. Afterwards we stopped by the bubbling lake and that was nice. There were only the 3 of us, so we got to dip our feet into the pond and let the fish nibble at our toes while Sawani told us about the area and answered more of our questions. We then drove to the rock art which was incredible. Afterwards she offered for us to see the Buddhist cave. She said there was a way with more walking, but also a way with the car that would not be as long and luckily we were able to take that route. We really had a lovely time with Sawani and am thankful for all the knowledge and history that she shared with us. If you are a total history nerd I highly recommend this tour! It wasn't as much trekking as I thought there would be, but it is fine because they days in Goa do get hot. You do have to be pretty able-bodied to experience this tour. I was incredibly engaged the whole time and loved learning more about this small state.
- KV123400A nice change from the hotel and beachWe were in Goa for a week and wanted to go on a couple of tours. We chose this tour and the Rock Art Petroglyths and Bubbling Lake tour also run by 5 senses. We enjoyed this Museum tour but if you only had time for one we suggest you book the Rock Art Petroglyths and Bubbling Lake tour. Our first stop was at the Chandranath Temple. The road was closed half way up due to roadworks so we had the choice of a one hour walk up the hill or skipping this sight. As we had been sitting on our bums for a couple of weeks we were in need of exercise and enjoyed the pleasant stroll on the road up to the temple. The temple itself isn't overly interesting but there is a nice view from the top. After our exertions we had a very nice lunch at a pizza restaurant. The next stop was the Chitra Museum, The Museum houses a wide range of exhibits depicting the material culture of Goa before the electricity era. It was a hot day and the guide singing in tenor was the highlight but we could have done with less time at this sight as it is interesting but not that interesting and standing in heat is not that fun. The final stop was at the Big Foot museum. This is a great place to take selfies. It is a miniature Goan village set up to recreate the rural life of old days. All in all, we enjoyed this tour and would recommend it especially if you are staying in South Goa
- KV123400Fascinating tourWe really enjoyed this tour and if you are staying in South Goa then the travelling time is at a minimum too so highly recommended. We started with a visit to the Rock Art, Petroglyths in Usgalimal. You can see how these carvings were not noticed for many years as at first glance there is nothing unusual. They don't stand out as the petroglyths are on the ground. The security guard at the site brings out a bottle of water and dribbles it into the carved channels and lo and behold they come to life. Really fascinating scenes of the labyrinth, cows, peacocks, hunters etc. The next stop was at the Netravali Bubbling Lake. It's really a small stepwell than a lake but nonetheless fascinating. Again, nothing looks unusual with this stepwell until you start clapping and then bubbles appear from the bottom. How weird is that? Within 15 seconds of you stopping clapping the bubbles stop and then start again 15 seconds after you start clapping. We then visited Tanshikar's Working Organic Spice Farm. The owner of the farm is full of really interesting information and that's what makes this Spice Farm the one to go to. Lunch is also provided here and you can select the food you want. They brought out grilled fish as well and the Tanshikar cats will gladly scoff up any bits and bones you don't want. We bought some of the spices from the small shop. Finally, on the way back to our hotel, we stopped at the two Rivona Natural Caves which are worth a brief stop. This was an excellent tour and we really enjoyed it.
- KavitaManoj00Excellent Experience - Going back in time !Seamlessly arranged by 5 Senses, the tour was excellent. We had on her list the places that have a history behind them. Ramachandra sequenced the tour in a chronological order with emphasis on the journey from prehistoric times to the current day and age. Ours was a group of 7, and Ramchandra was extremely patient and answered all of the questions. Courtesy Ramchandra - We also got a taste of the local Kasai - a drink made from spices and milk on a rainy evening. As the archeological expert and guide - Ramchandra was knowledgeable, patient, ever helpful and courteous. We enjoyed every bit of the tour. Thank you so much 5 Senses and Ramchandra !
- KavitaManoj00Excellent!Seamlessly arranged by 5 Senses, the tour was everything we wanted. Highly informative and at a pace we liked. Sawani, as the archeological expert and guide was just amazing. She is so knowledgeable, patient, ever helpful and courteous. We enjoyed every bit of the tour. Thank you so much 5 Senses and Sawani !
- mjohn194800Totally different - totally fascinatingReally fantastic day-trip. Just the two of us, together with our guide who seemed to be a bottemless pit of knowledge about the sites we visited and their history. But almost more importent to us was her willingness to share her experience and wealth of knowledge about everyday life in Goa today. Our only disappointment was that we were not able to enter the caves - especially having seen similar caves (in North Goa) on line. Not sure whether she felt we were too old to cope with the physical effort involved or the access was no longer possible. But it really didn't spoil the whole experience and we would recommend it to anyone interested in the historical and archaeological background to the region.
- Sue Q00Day out to visit caves, rock carvings, spice farm and templeFantastic trip with archaeological, historical and cultural information. Very interesting day and Sawani was a wonderful, friendly guide and host.
- Julie P00Experiencing the history and culture of GoaSawani, a PhD student in archeology, guided me on an early morning. Her genuine, pleasant demeanor and wealth of knowledge about Goa, history and culture was exactly what I was looking for. While driving to the sites or at their location, Sawani explained the reasons why people, past or present, created the current structures, temples, or art in their environment. The rock art, cave, bubble lake, temples and the spice farm gave me invaluable insight into Goan people, reflective of history, geography, religion and agriculture. The car ride to the locations is relaxed and beautiful. Every location we visited was so distinctly different that it captures another side of history and livelihood. The meal at the spice farm was incredible and the 5th generation owner of the farm is warm and incredibly generous. I highly recommend this tour to experience insight you won’t get anywhere else. By the end, it felt like Sawani was a good friend and it was so hard to leave South Goa. Thank you!
- Countryexplorer12300Incredible tourIncredible is the word for this experience. Sawani was an archaeologist who took Ian on this adventure. The rock art was out of the world and so incredibly beautiful. Sawani helped us understand the style and the meanings. She is an awesome person and we also visited a lake with mysteries and the highlight was authentic Goan lunch in a working farm. Do this
- emis36000Wonderful!Had a wonderful tour of Chandor today with Ram. He was also generous to add a few additional stops, since I was the only person in the tour and hadn't been in the area before! He was incredibly knowledgable about Goa history and really filled in a lot of gaps for me in my understanding of the history of this area. Really appreciated the attention and his tailoring the tour to me and my knowledge level (quite low when it comes to history, in general, much less Indian history) and made it relatable to me, making it more likely I will remember it!
- sallysamon00Mysterious cave engravings in GoaThis tour blew my mind. I never knew Goa had 9000 year old cave drawings. We got an archaeologist to guide us on this tour through the caves as well as a remote lake with mysterious bubbles! Overall it was a fantastic day with mystery and our curiosity awakened! I would urge people coming to Goa to explore this.
- RAK_cooking00Terrific tour of temples and other areas in GoaWe had a wonderful day visiting 5 temples, larger ones as well village temples, older and newer, as well as other places in the nature reserve, etc. Rama and Neha had so many interesting details to add and we enjoyed learning about the people and places in the region. We had a few surprise detours, including the place for the best chai in Goa (it is secret) and fish pedicures. They also adjusted the tour to our interests. Highly recommend for a day of exploring.
- brie21200Superb Tour of Old Goa ChurchesDespite starting late (our schedule didn’t allow earlier start) which meant walks in the heat, it was highly enjoyable. We loved it. Our guide, Rama was passionate about and enthused us in the subject. I’d love to come back and walk early Sunday morning (7am) through the precinct and hear the organ music filling through the air... Ps. The verdict’s still out on possible connection between rupee (currency) and rupia (metal old Goan coins were made of) :)
- Discover73287900Cultural day trip to petroglyphs and spice farmThis fascinating trip through the south Goan countryside was one of the highlights of our vacation. Our guide, Sawani, an archeologist, was an energetic font of information and a brilliant teacher. She was well informed and excited by all things Goan: history, architecture, agriculture, economy, culture. The trip was well organized, perfectly paced with time for spontaneous stops at a temple and a market. The driver was skilled and the car was comfortable with AC. Tanishkar spice farm is a joy to visit with a tour led by a third generation farmer who is an amusing, engaging and passionate guide. We learned the difference between tree and shrub spices, and organic farming methods. We were shown a 200+ year old mud house and were provided with a traditional Goan lunch. The ancient rock art site was much more expansive than expected and was captivating with many questions regarding its origin yet unknown. Shiwani is an intuitive guide committed to making a memorable experience.
- londonmargaret100great tourThis is worth doing to see more of Goa than beaches. We also did an additional trip with same company to the beautiful Divar island and also to the Shri Saptakoteshwara temple (dont miss it!) which due to location of hotel we couldnt do on the first trip which is also recommended. If only to see more lovely countryside, little lanes , river etc. The guide and driver were brilliant.