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Fontainhas Heritage Walk provided by Make It Happen

Fontainhas Heritage Walk
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
15
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    15
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Soak in the rich heritage of a neighborhood described by historian William Dalrymple as a ‘small chunk of Portugal washed up on the shores of the Indian Ocean’, and interact with locals who strive to keep centuries of culture alive to this day. Discover the untold history of the city of Panjim at Tobacco Square, and hear intriguing tales of the neighborhood's former colonial Portuguese residents. Be transported to a bygone era as we explore painstakingly preserved heritage buildings that have survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century. The quaint streets are lined with traditional Portuguese style homes in a palette of striking bright colors, making this every photographer’s paradise. Visit Panjim’s oldest bakery and have a taste of their traditional Goan treats with a refreshing beverage (subject to the bakery’s operational days & timings). Meet with a renowned local Goan musician and enjoy a live performance of his distinctive blend of Konkani and Latin styles.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 117330P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Snacks
  • A Healthy Local Non-Alcoholic Beverage
  • Music Performance by a renowned Goan Musician
  • Entry to non-residential Heritage Buildings
  • Entry/Admission - Fontainhas
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Panjim Post Office, Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403521, India Out Tour Presenter will be waiting at the entrance of the Post Office.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Snacks
  • A Healthy Local Non-Alcoholic Beverage
  • Music Performance by a renowned Goan Musician
  • Entry to non-residential Heritage Buildings
  • Entry/Admission - Fontainhas
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
Departure details
  • Panjim Post Office, Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403521, India Out Tour Presenter will be waiting at the entrance of the Post Office.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 4 Jun 2021
A note from Fontainhas Heritage Walk
All our tour presenters & hosts will be wearing a face mask and use sanitizers. We will avoid physical contact with guests like handshakes. We will be serving refreshments / meals in places that follow hygiene and sanitary guidelines approved by Make It Happen. All enclosed spaces will be sanitized.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Panjim Post Office
    Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403521, India
    Out Tour Presenter will be waiting at the entrance of the Post Office.
    See address & details
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    Fontainhas
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    Fontainhas is not only the oldest but the largest Latin quarter of Asia. Located at the foot of the hills, Altinho hills with springs surround Fontainhas on the west side, which give it its name from Portuguese for “little fountain”. Witness the Portuguese past that eventually survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century. The houses are dressed in yellow, green and blue, balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transporting you to another era.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Radha S
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Family
We had a really great time on this walking tour of "Make it Happen" tours,with Lata Rodrigues as our guide.She made the Latin quarter come alive for us by giving us a well informed commentary on all aspects of the place. The tour includes a visit to the oldest bakery,sampling their freshly baked local delicacies, an art gallery(with the thoughtful halt at clean washroom),as well as a visit to the cafe, where a local Goan singer entertained us with quite a few songs,all of which reflect the enchanting culture of Goa!!
We have come away with happy memories...
Would definitely recommend anyone visiting Goa to go for this tour ..It's well worth the time and money
Written 12 March 2022
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Thank you so much Radha for a comprehensive and beautifully written review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience in the Latin Quarters. Will share this with Lata. We look forward to hosting you again next time on our other experiences as well.
Written 14 March 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sushma
2 contributions
Feb 2022
I had been to Goa twice in the past and had been to Fontainhas on those trips, but not really understanding the stories behind the colourful buildings you see there.

That changed when we booked Make It Happen's Fontainhas tour. Our Storyteller, Ms. Petulla took us around Fontainhas sharing stories behind the colourful buildings, architecture, and statues. The pace of the walk tour was convenient even for the 2 elders from my family. Her storytelling style was peppered with humour and we thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that we didn't realise how fast the 2.5 hours went by. I particularly liked the Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro and the art gallery she took us to. She also shared great recommendations for places to eat and visit for the remaining days of our trip.

Highly recommend Make It Happen's walk tour if you are someone who likes to know about the history of a place in a fun, non-academic way.
Written 9 March 2022
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Thank you so much Sushma for a beautifully written review of your experience with Make It Happen. We are glad you enjoyed the experience in the Latin Quarters. Will share this with Petulla as well. We look forward to hosting you again next time on our other experiences as well.
Written 14 March 2022
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Smita Mishra
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Solo
It was a wonderful experience. Our guide Amreen was very knowledgeable. She explained the historical importance of Fontainhas in a very interesting manner. She engaged the group with the facts as well as the folk lores about the Fontainhas during the entire walk. We could cover all the important places of the Latin quarters in 2 hours and that's the benefit of such curated walking tours. The meeting with the local musician was icing on the cake. Being a solo traveler, the walk was also an opportunity for me to interact with other travelers of the Group. Amreen was also kind enough to give me tips on best places to buy cashewnuts! I would recommend this tour to all those tourists who want to explore Goan culture and heritage beyond its famous beaches and night life.
Written 3 November 2021
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Thank you so much Smita for a beautifully written review of your experience. We are glad you enjoyed the experience in the Latin Quarters with Make It Happen. Will share this with Amreen as well. We look forward to hosting you on our other experiences as well.
Written 24 March 2022
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Rahul A
Mumbai, India44 contributions
We did the morning Fountainhas Walk with Petulla. By coincidence we were the only ones and it turned out to be a private tour :-)

The tour took us through Fountainhas with breaks in between for a stop at a bakery, art gallery and ending with a short musical performance. Petulla was knowledgeable with regard to history of Fountainhas. The entire tour lasted for about 2 hours. The tour will give you opportunities to take lots of pictures, however if you've been to Pondicherry it will seem familiar.

In terms of value of money, we found tour expensive for value offered and hence would not recommend it to others. The walk can easily be done on your own with some research on the net.
Written 28 December 2021
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Hello Rahul and Asha, The fact that you managed to have a private experience for a standard pricing itself is value for money. Also, while you might be able to walk to all the spots using internet research and Google maps the indepth storytelling and perspectives that we offer is not available online. Thank you for booking with us!
Written 1 February 2022
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Biswa M
Kolkata (Calcutta), India186 contributions
Mar 2022
Booked the Fontainhas Heritage Walk conducted by Make It Happen. The guided tour was very nice. Our guide, Petulla, was very knowledgeable and friendly. She told us the stories behind some of the buildings and families located in the Latin quarter. The walk started at 10 am and took about 2 hrs to complete. It also included a performance by a local musician called Francisco who serenaded us inside a café with his selection of Latin music. Refreshing drinks were served at the end. All in all, it was very good experience. This is meant for those culturally-minded folk who have an interest in the history behind the Portuguese heritage of Goa, and not for people who are there just to click selfies and pics for social media. I was in a group of 4, but private tours are also available. They are more expensive than group tours, but they include an interaction with a local family at their home, which must be fascinating.
Written 29 March 2022
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Thank you so much Biswaroop for such a comprehensive and beautifully written review of your experience. We glad you had a great experience in the Latin Quarters with Make It Happen. Will share this with Petulla as well. We look forward to hosting you again on our other experiences as well.
Written 29 March 2022
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gauri k
2 contributions
This was the first time out of our many visits to Goa that we made the effort to find out more about the history of the place. Make It Happen and their excellent guide Petulla was the most brilliant way to do that. My teenage daughter and I had a wonderful time on this thoughtfully curated tour. We were accompanied by a like-minded group of lovely walking-group mates from all over India with whom we struck an instant rapport. Petulla made sure to not only explain the rich history and heritage of the area we were in, but also encouraged the group to mix, took photos for us, and was so patient and ever smiling... a bundle of positivity and a great ambassador of her home, Goa! To finish the tour, we were treated to a refreshing kokum drink, serenaded by the melodious and lovely Evanne (hope I got her name right).

If like us, you are looking to add a cultural and historical quotient your basic Goa holiday, don't think twice before booking walking tours with Make It Happen.
Written 4 April 2022
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Thank you so much Gauri for such a comprehensive and beautifully written review of your experience. We are so glad you enjoyed the experience in the Latin Quarters with Make It Happen. Will share this with Petulla as well. We look forward to hosting you on our other experiences as well.
Written 4 April 2022
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Pranav
1 contribution
Mar 2022
This walking tour was one of the highlights of my visit to Goa. Our storyteller, Petulla ensured we had a wonderful experience, as we navigated the colourful and narrow bylanes of the Fontainhas area. The tour had a personal touch, with a few stops at a cosy bakery (the carrot cake was delicious), a cafe (the live performance here was a pleasant surprise) and even an art gallery. Additionally, the insights on the history of the area and its rich culture made it all the more enjoyable. All in all, if you're looking for an informative, fun filled experience, with a "Goan" vibe, I would highly recommend this tour.
Written 8 March 2022
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Thank you so much Pranav for a comprehensive review and the wonderful words. We are glad you enjoyed the experience in the Latin Quarters with Make It Happen. Will share this with Petulla. We look forward to hosting you again next time on our other experiences as well.
Written 14 March 2022
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Ravi C
2 contributions
Jul 2021
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour on a rainy afternoon in July. While the focus is on the beaches and the nightlife, Goa has a rich history that is often overlooked by visitors. Fonatinhas is a colorful little heritage part of Panjim. Our guide Amreen was great at narrating the interesting stories behind the foundation of Panjim and some of the important buildings, the architecture, etc. We had a little coffee break at a cute little cafe and were treated to a live performance of Konkani and Portuguese songs by a local artist. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to spend a fun couple of hours learning more about Goa and Panjim's pre-colonial and colonial past.
Written 25 July 2021
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Thank you so much Ravi for a wonderful review! It was pleasure hosting both of you in Panjim. We look forward to hosting you on our other experiences as well.
Written 28 July 2021
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Nalini Gouri
New Delhi, India5 contributions
Feb 2022
We had a lovely tour with a young storyteller you has majored in history. Amreen was incredible and her knowledge in history made the Old Quarters come to life. Her charm and wit made it even more interesting. I recommend this tour as this company is reviving the awareness of how much cultural heritage needs to be revived. the colorful houses and their details were linked to old families of Goa making them even more interesting and this is a tour for all ages.
Written 1 March 2022
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Thank you so much Nalini for the wonderful words. We are glad you had a great experience in the Latin Quarters with Make It Happen. Will share this with Amreen as well. We look forward to hosting you on our other experiences as well.
Written 23 March 2022
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Akash Kuttappa
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
This walk was the highlight of our trip with Lata from Make it happen sharing a rich history of Fontainhas and the culture of Goa.

Walking through small roads and colourful houses, exploring their architectural elements and discovering tiny nooks which you otherwise wouldn’t find were just some of the many things which stood out for us.

Her ways of sharing the history through stories captivated everyone around and her energy is definitely contagious and keeps you going all the way till the end. This pushed us to try out even the Old Goa walk and the Chronicles of Diwar Island
Written 6 March 2022
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Thank you so much Akash for a beautifully written review. We are glad you had a great experience in the Latin Quarters with Make It Happen. Will share this with Lata as well. We look forward to hosting you on our other experiences as well.
Written 15 March 2022
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