Welcome to Loutolim

The centre of the village is the brooding whitewashed Church of Salvador do Mundo. Walk downhill from there to reach Ancestral Goa, a high kitsch park with a series of sculptures depicting traditional Goan lifestyle. Follow the numbered trail to the mysterious ‘Big Foot,’ a footprint in the rock that you can touch and make a wish on, and Sant Mirabai, the largest laterite sculpture in India.

The village hosts a number of impressive Portuguese mansions but just one, Casa Araujo Alvares, opposite Ancestral Goa, is officially open to the public. You can tour the interior of the 250-year-old house on an automated half-hour ‘sound-and-light show’ which illuminates rooms and furnishings to accompanying commentary.

Though Loutolim’s other mansion masterpieces (Miranda House, Roque Caetan House and Salvador Costs House among them) aren’t officially open to the public, you can always peer through the great wrought gates.

About 1km from the church, you find British-run Casa Susegad. With just five lovely, antique-filled rooms, it makes a wonderful upmarket retreat. An organic vegetable garden supplies the ingredients for delicious dinners, and a menagerie of parakeets, monkeys, cats and dogs inhabit the extensive gardens, complete with terrace swimming pool.

Without your own wheels, Loutolim is best accessed by taxi from Margao; a one-way fare should be about ₹180.

Top experiences in Loutolim

Loutolim activities

$52 Cultural & Theme Tours

Goa Private Cultural Tour with Shantadurga Temple and Lunch

In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Goa and taken south to Ancestral Goa, known locally as the Big Foot Museum, in the village of Loutolim. Discover the Portuguese influences of this cultural center and learn how a local artist created the surrounding village to help preserve the culture and traditions of the region.With your guide, walk around the village to witness age-old customs and practices such as brewing feni, a local spirit made from coconut or cashew fruit. Visit Casa Araujo, a 250-year-old well-preserved Portuguese mansion. Inside, see its curving stairway, the elevated entrance, the imposing doorway and lavish rooms such as the chapel, dining hall, offices and bedrooms. Afterward, continue your tour to Shantadurga Temple, a complex constructed in 1738 AD. Admire the lush vegetation surrounding the temple and learn about its Indo-Portuguese structure as you explore inside. Notice the impressive facade, the vibrant colors of stained-glass windows and the palkhi, a golden palanquin on which the deity is carried on festive occasions.Then, visit Mangueshi Temple, a 400-year-old temple dedicated to the goddess Shiva and noted for its beautiful pillars. Your guide will tell you about Hinduism and the temple’s important role in the community.After touring the temples, drive to a nearby spice village, where you’ll be met by a professional biologist for an informative tour of the plantation and garden. Hear details about the herbs and discover their uses in medicine and cuisine. Then, make yourself comfortable around the table for a mouthwatering buffet lunch of authentic Indian cuisine. Test your newfound knowledge by tasting how the difference spices are used.You’ll head back to your hotel in Goa in the evening.

$113 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Cultural Tour Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in Goa in a private air conditioned vehicle for your ancestral and cultural tour of Goa. Located in the village of Loutolim, the Ancestral Goa cultural center is designed to preserve Art, Culture and Environment. Your guide will share the culture and traditions of the region and the Portuguese influences. You will watch traditional dances and how they make the feni, a local moonshine made from cashews or coconut. Visit Big Foot Cross Museum which houses an unusual collection of crosses from around the world. You will also visit the 250-year-old Portuguese mansion called Casa Araujo and explore its lavish rooms, which include a dining hall and chapel. An impressive doorway leads to a towering staircase that makes this historic structure truly stunning. After, visit the Shantadurga Temple. This impressive complex was built in 1738 AD and is surrounded by brilliant green foliage. Your guide will explain about the Indo-Portuguese architecture inside. Brilliant stained-glass windows and a golden palanquin known as a palkhi decorate this religious center. Next, head to the 400-year-old Mangueshi Temple. Built to honor the goddess Shiva, the temple and its iconic pillars play an essential role in the community. After this, drive to a nearby spice village and plantation where you’ll be greeted by a biologist who will explain the vegetation that lives on the plantation. You will also learn about medicinal purposes for certain herbs. You will then have a chance to sample cuisine that uses these flavorful spices for lunch (Beverage excluded). Once you finish your tour, you will be driven back to your hotel in Goa.

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