Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Heritage walk through Panjim City
Duration: 2 hours

The modern word Panaji is derived from the words panjani and khali, which mean a boat and a small creek respectively, in Sanskrit. Thus the modern word Panjim is believed to be a corruption of the old word Panjanakhani .

We will begin our walk from the traditional causeway Ponte de Linhares which was built to handle the load of horse drawn carriages of its time but has handled the load of heavy motor vehicles since then. We will be covering up all the important buildings of the Portuguese era which would also include the  famous landmark of the present day city the immaculate conception church , than proceeding towards the Latin quarters of the city known as Fontainhas, stopping by a traditional bakery making Goan sweets on a woodfire flame to enjoy some of these amazing local sweets.


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Must see tour of Goa’s stunning


We had an excellent day in Fontainhas on the heritage walk with Mario. Booking, pick-up/drop-off was prompt and on time. Mario took really good care of us and made sure the tour was custom to us and our needs. Although we have been in Goa many times, we had not visited this vibrant part. We thoroughly enjoyed as Mario took us around and taught us tremendous history and interesting facts around the significance of how the houses were built, the colours they chose and how the Portuguese influenced Goa. We took lovely pictures and made sure to pick up some treats from Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro and also returned for dinner one day at Hospedaria Venite. Strongly recommend doing this tour with Mario as he will show you the beautiful and hidden gems of these quarters.

Lucia C

Response from Exotic Goan Excursions

Thank you Lucia it was indeed a pleasure to take you and your family on the Heritage Walk of Fontainhas. I love to show people like you have a keen interest to know about Goa’s Culture, History, Architecture and Gastronomy. It was an absolute amazing day out with you and your family.

Awesome cultural experience with a Knowledgeable guide


Mario is a very hospitable and knowledgeable tour guide. He is a proud Goan and really knows the history and culture of the region . We enjoyed the superb story-telling to relate the present day neighborhood / houses / businesses with how they evolved over time. Mario never rushed through the tour plan, yet patiently answered any questions we had. Some of the tour highlights included the colorful houses with Mario’s color commentary, a special tour of a lived-in 185 year old house, a quick stop at a typical Goan confectionery and enjoying a sampler platter of Bebinca, Dodol and many others as well as the overall history and architecture orientation of the region and city. I highly recommend booking your experience with Mario.

Subhasish R

Response from Exotic Goan Excursions

Thank you Subhasish for your kind review it was a pleasure taking you and your family through the quaint streets of Fontainhas and showing you the Goan architecture and relating to you about Goa’s history , culture and the Local sweets at the bakery. I am glad you had a memorable experience.

Heritage Walk Fontainhas


Had an amazing experience with them. Special mention for Mario, our guide for the excursion explained us pretty much everything about Goan history with great enthusiasm. We opted for heritage walk in and around fontainhas. If you happen to be in Goa then, I would highly recommend this excursion.

Aditya Vickram

Response from Exotic Goan Excursions

Thank you Aditya for your kind review. It was a great pleasure explaining to you about the Goan history as we walked along the quaint streets of Fontainhas.

Heritage Walk Fontainhas


We had our company offsite in Goa in Sept. 22 where we spent a day exploring the heritage of the place. Though I have visited Goa so many times earlier but never got an opportunity to know about its heritage, history and local highlights as explained and described by Mr. Mario Monteiro. His knowledge and passion of about Goa was incredible and with his help we could savor the best of the place including food, art and culture. Thanks Mr. Mario and all the best!

Sophie Johnson

Response from Exotic Goan Excursions

Thank You Sophie for your kind review it was an absolute delight and pleasure to take you and your friends out on the Heritage Walk of Fontainhas Panjim. I am glad that you were able to savour the best of what Goa has to offer.

An Enjoyable Walking Tour Of Panjim City


Dear Mario,

Thanks very much once again for the time that you spent with Elena and myself last week. We really enjoyed our tours in Goa, and the arrangements you made outside of those tours, including having Diego be available as our driver, and making arrangements for us at Utorda beach. Thanks in large part to your efforts, we had a great trip.

Brad Bauer

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