from/per person Rs 3,300
  • 4 HOURS


Description

Catch a ferry and cross the Mandovi River to Divar Island - a gem of old world charm, paddy fields, ancient temples, pretty churches, hidden caves, small houses and winding roads. As you drive around Divar you'll also notice a rainbow of houses, painted brightly in reminiscence of the Portugese times. Divar is the second largest island of the seven islands which are situated in the Mandovi River, the largest being Charao Island. . On our guided tour you get to visit some of the interesting places on the island and understand a little more of its historical, social and cultural heritage.


Travel Itinerary -:


• The tour begins by taking the ferry across from Ribander to Divar. Our guide and driver will greet you at the ferry point on the Divar side.
• From there we proceed by car to St Mathias Church built in the late 16th century. Near here is a hidden underground cave.
• Then we see the extraordinary Our Lady of Candelaria chapel built on the site of an old temple and a little ahead the ancient Saptakoteshwar temple tank. From here we proceed to the Naroa ferry and see the wall of an old Fort and the holy bathing site of the Hindus called the Porne Tirth , where 3 rivers meet.
• We head for lunch in a traditional Portuguese house stopping over at a local bakery to see how the local Pav is made. You will get to learn a few Goan recipes from our local chef After lunch we visit the sluice gates to understand how the traditional Khazan system works
• We then proceed to the main hill where the Piedade Church is located. In the graveyard of the church is the cemetery chapel which shows remains of the Ganesh temple. We take you inside the Piedade Church which is one the finest Baroque Churches in Goa.
• On the way back to the ferry we stop at the bird tree and have a spectacular view of the churches of Old Goa across the river.


 


Inclusions

• English-speaking guided tour around the Island
• Vehicle from the Divar side of the ferry
• Lunch .


Exclusions

• Hotel pickup and drop-off
• Additional food and drinks
• Souvenirs and items of a personal nature


Highlights

A guided tour by a friendly local guide - Lunch served in a traditional Goan House - Learn a few Goan recipes - Visit one the finest Baroque churches in Goa - Insight into traditional fishing methods that are still practices. - Visit some of the ancient temple sites. Guide: Romeo Pereira: A senior citizen who is a resident of Divar. He is a member of a local charitable society and ex member of the local Panchayat. He spends his days after retirement translating Portuguese legal documents and doing social work. He will share his perspective on the rich cultural heritage of the island.


Additional Information

• Traveler Tips: - Please do not tip our guides (in case you wish to make an additional donation to Goa Heritage Action Group, you can speak to the guide)
• Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
• Be aware of people's sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
• We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.
• Social Impact: - This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
• Make It Happen has collaborated with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), an NGO committed toward preserving the natural and built heritage of Goa. Part proceeds of this tour are donated to GHAG. GHAG supports in providing content and training to guides for this tour.
• By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.
• Some tours require your original passport/ID Proof, we have mentioned this information in the important notes so please ensure that you read the important information, Tripxoxo will not be responsible if you miss any tour where your passport or ID is mandatory.
• Tripxoxo reserves the rights to charge 100% No show charges if guest is not turning up on time for the pick up/Stay.
• No refund for partly utilized services.
• Due to any uncontrollable circumstances i.e. (traffic conditions, vehicle breakdowns, delay by other guests, weather circumstances) if the tour gets delayed or cancelled, Tripxoxo will provide alternate options if possible.
• Seating arrangement are done as per the availability & it is decided by Driver or Tour Guide.
• If in any case the guest does not show up on time and our vehicle departs from the pickup location then Tripxoxo will not arrange for alternative transfer & no refund is provided for the missed tour.


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