4 amazing walking tours in Goa

A walking tour is a great way to learn about the history of Goa and get a first-hand experience of its culture.
Old Goa heritage walk

Old Goa heritage walk

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Unlike other areas of Panjim, the Campal heritage area is unique in many ways. Campal lies along the river Mandovi and is occupied by a population with a higher economic group. The streets have a grid pattern and there are only residential houses. Every house is different and is accessible via well-tarred roads and has parking space, while the compound walls have ornamental carvings, done using a distinct technology.

The walking tour includes a garden (Jardin de Francisco Luis Gomes), a local drink and interactions with residents of the area.

DURATION: 2 hours

CONTACT: Make It Happen, Goa

PRICE: Starting at Rs 1,000


There are several homes and buildings all over Panjim, the capital of Goa, bearing Portuguese-style architecture. Fontainhas is the quaint little Latin quarter of Panjim, where you will see so many of these beautiful structures.

With a special focus on Fontainhas, you will discover the making of Panjim, and learn how ‘Nova Goa’ developed into the capital city after Old Goa crumbled. Listen to stories about the prominent landmarks of the area -- Adil Shah Palace, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, St Sebastian Chapel, walk through the narrow lanes bearing hallmarks of the Portuguese regime in Goa, and visit one of the oldest houses in the area as part of the walking tour.

And that’s not all. There’s also a visit to one of the most prominent bakeries in the area to try out some local delicacies.

DURATION: 2 hours & 30 mins

CONTACT: Soul Travelling, Goa

PRICE: Starting at Rs 500 (plus GST)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The Fontainhas heritage precinct</p></div>

The Fontainhas heritage precinct

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History buffs will love this heritage walk around Velha Goa (Old Goa), the former capital city of the Portuguese colonial empire.

Time was when Old Goa was a thriving city even prior to the arrival of the Portuguese. Abandoned after the outbreak of a deadly epidemic in the mid-18th century, this precinct is the last standing relic of a long lost past. The area houses some of the oldest churches and monuments in the state, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among these are the Basilica of Bom Jesus (which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier), the imposing Sé Cathedral, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Chapel of St Catherine and the domed church of St Cajetan.

DURATION: 2 hours & 30 mins

CONTACT: Make It Happen, Goa

PRICE: Starting at Rs 850


Vasco-da-Gama is a city of many faces. During this walking tour, you’ll discover hidden stories and fun facts of this fascinating old city.

DURATION: 2 hours

CONTACT: Yo Tours Goa

PRICE: Starting at Rs 1,500

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