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.


Top experiences in Chandor

Chandor activities

$260 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot Air Ballooning in Goa

Begin your day in the early hours of the morning at 6:30am at the Assolda Football Grounds in Chandor. Watch the balloon being prepared for flight as you receive a short safety briefing and the do’s and don’ts of hot air balloon travel. The pilot and crew are professionally trained and ensure that strict safety norms are followed. The total in-air time is approximately 1 hour. Balloons are capable of seating up to seven adults and balloons are made by Cameron Balloons, UK.Once the balloon is ready, take off on a journey of a lifetime. Float over the green fields and golden beaches and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Goa for an hour. The winds will steer you as you enjoy breathtaking views from the sky. Whether with family, friends, or that special someone, a hot air balloon ride is a magical trip that deserves to be on your bucket list.As the rides involve a lot of preparation, make sure to book in advance. Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions, and there a chance of cancellation if weather does not permit. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund. It is also recommended to leave a window of a few of days when you might reschedule your flight should this occur. Tour concludes with transport back to the launch site.

$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

Chandor in detail