The Grand Old Houses of Goa - A visit to Braganza House (Chandor) and Palacio de Deao (Quepem)

Goa

Along with endless beaches, Goa is speckled with beautiful old buildings reminiscent of the Portuguese who ruled here for 450 years. Over the centuries, under their rule, local nobility evolved, consisting mostly of Hindu Brahmin converts to Christianity. They built grand Goan mansions, whose Portuguese influence is obvious but they also reflect a unique fusion of local and Western ideas.

Pricing:  $ 40 per person for minimum 2 participants.

History and Culture

Along with endless beaches, Goa is speckled with beautiful old buildings reminiscent of the Portuguese who ruled here for 450 years. Over the centuries, under their rule, local nobility evolved, consisting mostly of Hindu Brahmin converts to Christianity. They built grand Goan mansions, whose Portuguese influence is obvious but they also reflect a unique fusion of local and Western ideas.

On this Tour:
• Visit the Braganza house at Chandor in south Goa which is perhaps the grandest colonial mansion in Goa, housing precious artefacts from around the world.
• Get mesmerised by the sheer size of the over 450 year old Braganza House, which has 28 balconies, is 110 metres long and flanks the full length of one side of the village square, boasting of the biggest private library in Goa.
• See a variety of material used in its construction – Portuguese tiles in the visitor’s saloon, Flemish wood in the library, Italian marble in the ballroom, crystal chandeliers from Venice and Belgium and windows made using coloured glass from Venice, and decorated with scraped and laminated oyster shells found on Goan beaches.
• Visit the more intimate Palacio de Deao. This 213 year old mansion was built by the Portuguese Dean of the Church and founder of Quepem town.
• See an unusual style that blends elements of Hindu and Portuguese architecture.
• The Palacio de Deao has lush gardens which have to-date preserved their historical features and also houses an eating area on the belvedere, where Indo-Portuguese cuisine, vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served.
• Stop at the main Margao bazaar for a look at the vibrant and lively fish market.

Duration: Full day - 8 hours

TOUR STYLE: Heritage

MEETING POINT: at your hotel

END POINT: at your hotel

TOUR START/END: The cost includes pickup and drop from your hotel using a medium sized chauffeur driven car.

TOUR DURATION: 8 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day at 9AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress modestly and ensure you have adequate sun protection.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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