Welcome to Chandor


Between the late 6th and mid-11th centuries Chandor was better known as Chandrapur, the most spectacular city on the Konkan coast. This was the grand seat of the ill-fated Kadamba dynasty until 1054, when the rulers moved to a new, broad-harboured site at Govepuri, at modern-day Goa Velha. When Govepuri was levelled by the Muslims in 1312, the Kadambas briefly moved their seat of power back to Chandrapur, though it was not long before Chandrapur itself was sacked in 1327, and then its glory days were finally, definitively, over.


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$72.20 Day Trips & Excursions

HERITAGE TOUR OF SOUTH GOA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Figueiredo MansionTHE FIGUEIREDO MANSIONGoa’s most influential family for over 400 years. Built in 1590, the Figueiredo Mansion pre-dates the Taj Mahal by decades. It was designed by Jesuit priests from nearby Rachol Seminary to accommodate a newly-converted Goan family – the Podiars, who took the name Figueiredo.The house’s sumptuous interior stands in studied contrast to the natural beauty of the paddy fields and coconut trees that surround it.In the 18th century, with the family’s rise in power, the house was suitably augmented to achieve its current proportions. The addition is still known as the “New house”.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Menezes Braganza House, Chandor, South Goa District, GoaLocated in Chandor Village, Braganza House was built in the 17th century. This huge house issituated on one side of the village square. It has now separate houses, with a common entrance. Theeast wing occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, has a small chapel with a relie of St. Francis Xavier, which is a fingernail. The artefacts collected by the family over a number of years, have added to the beauty of the house. There is a Great Salon, a big ballroom with the floor made of italian marble antique chanderlier from Europe adorning the ceiling, and heavily carved , ornate rodewood furniture. What stands out among the furniture is a pair of high-backed chairs, beating the family crest, which was given to the Perira – Braganza family by King Dom Luis of Portugal. Most of the furniture dates back to the 18th Century and is made from local seeso (martel wood), lacquered or inlaid with mother of pearl by craftsman from Curtorim Village. For antique aficionados, the house holds many delighful finds.The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes braganza family. Apart from its exquuisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, it also houses a collection of family portraits, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The library is believed to be the first private library in Goa .It has almost 5,000 leather bound books collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, renowned for the part he played in Goa’s independent movement.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Palacio do Deao, Quepem, South Goa District, GoaThis 213 years old mansion was built by a Portuguese noble man, who was the Dean of the Church, and founder of Quepem town. The house faces the Church he built and is on the banks of the wildly beautiful Kushavati River.It is built in an unusual style blending elements of Hindu and Portuguese architecture.Another of its outstanding features are the lush gardens which have managed to preserve their historical features and have, since old times, been known as the most beautiful pleasure gardens.Duration: 3 hours

$220 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot Air Ballooning in Goa

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Village Panchayat AssoldaLocation is Assolda Football Ground.Its on Margaon-Chandor-Curchorem Road

$125 Day Trips & Excursions

Goa Chandor Heritage Trail Day Tour with Archaeologist Guide

8 AM- Hotel Pick up830 AM- Ruins of ChandorWe begin our trail at the excavated site of Chandor. Chandor was known as Chandrapur in its heydays and used to be a thriving Port and a great centre for trade and commerce between the late 6th and mid-11th centuries It was the capital of the Bhoja and Kadamba dynasties. We will walk through the old town of  Chandor with its preserved ruins of an old fortification wall, a battlefield and a number of sculptures. Excavations in Chandor revealed the ruins of an 11th-century temple dedicated to Shiva. Parts of these ruins are now exposed for us to experience.  A broken Nandi is prominently on display. Muslim raiders in the 13th century disfigured the Nandi while looking for hidden jewels.Next, to this temple stands a chapel from which begins the ‘Musal Khell’ a traditional folk dance that has been a tradition since Kadamba times. Today, it is performed on the next day of the Carnival. The Kshatriya Christians of the town, who were Hindus before converting to Christianity,  perform this folk dance. The Fernandes family plays a significant role in preserving this tradition.10 AM- Sarah Fernandez heritage homeThe Fernandez family was one of the elite Hindu families of Chandor before the arrival of the Portuguese. Later they converted to Christianity and took the title of Fernandes. We will explore their mansion featuring architectural elements of Goan Hindu and Catholic Architecture. Some of the highlights include the palanquins, ballroom furniture, cupboards, showpiece collection and also a secret tunnel!11 AM- Braganza MansionWe visit the Menezes Braganza Pereira Mansion, a royal Portuguese style house with its elegant furniture and chandeliers in the Italian marbled ballroom. The pair of the high-backed chair that was presented to the Perreira-Braganza family by the king Dom Luis, is the highlight of this Mansion. It is also believed, the family hosts a  fingernail of relic of St. Francis Xavier,The west wing of the mansion belonged to the Menezes Braganza family, a reputed nationalistic journalist, and author who contributed immensely to the Goa’s Liberation Struggle. We will spend time appreciating various artefacts and family portraits which are on display in this wing. We will finish our tour at the private library and study room of Braganza, the revolutionary.Noon- Drop back to hotel

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Rediscover Chandor, forgotten capital of Goa

8 AM- Hotel Pick up to commence the Chandor tour830 AM- Ruins of Chandor You will begin the Chandor tour at the excavated site of Chandor along with our cultural evangelist. Chandor was known as Chandrapur in its heydays and used to be a thriving Port and a great centre for trade and commerce between the late 6th and mid-11th centuries It was the capital of the Bhoja and Kadamba dynasties. We will walk through the old town of  Chandor with its preserved ruins of an old fortification wall, a battlefield and a number of sculptures. Excavations in Chandor revealed the ruins of an 11th-century temple dedicated to Shiva. Parts of these ruins are now exposed for us to experience.  A broken Nandi is prominently on display. Muslim raiders in the 13th century disfigured the Nandi while looking for hidden jewels.Next, to this temple stands a chapel from which begins the ‘Musal Khell’ a traditional folk dance that has been a tradition since Kadamba times. Today, it is performed on the next day of the Carnival. The Kshatriya Christians of the town, who were Hindus before converting to Christianity,  perform this folk dance. The Fernandes family plays a significant role in preserving this tradition.10 AM- Sarah Fernandez heritage homeThe Fernandez family was one of the elite Hindu families of Chandor before the arrival of the Portuguese. Later they converted to Christianity and took the title of Fernandes. We will explore their mansion featuring architectural elements of Goan Hindu and Catholic Architecture. Some of the highlights include the palanquins, ballroom furniture, cupboards, showpiece collection and also a secret tunnel!11 AM- Braganza MansionWe visit the Menezes Braganza Pereira Mansion, a royal Portuguese style house with its elegant furniture and chandeliers in the Italian marbled ballroom. The pair of the high-backed chair that was presented to the Perreira-Braganza family by the king Dom Luis, is the highlight of this Mansion. It is also believed, the family hosts a  fingernail of relic of St. Francis Xavier,The west wing of the mansion belonged to the Menezes Braganza family, a reputed nationalistic journalist, and author who contributed immensely to the Goa’s Liberation Struggle. We will spend time appreciating various artefacts and family portraits which are on display in this wing. We will finish our visit at the private library and study room of Braganza, the revolutionary.Noon- Drop back to hotel to end the Chandor tour

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