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Review of Ancestral Goa

Ancestral Goa
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Ranked #146 of 380 things to do in Goa
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

It was nice to see that someone has tried to produce something that give tourists a feel for what Goa was like. I am of Goan ancestry but have always lived abroad. It gave one a feel of the old days and demonstrated that in village/town Goa all the communities live and work in proximity and harmony and respect each other's customs. It is pretty good for Goa but should not be compared to elsewhere as it takes it out of it's context. Spare time- worth seeing definitely.

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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The idea of recreating an old Goan village is cool, and we were optimistic as we arrived. We were a bit annoyed that after paying 50 rupees/person, we were told to pay an extra 20 just to bring in our cameras, turns out that was just the beginning.

The tour guides were completely bored an uninterested. This is probably because most of the tour is though a PA system, so really their only job is to point you to the next display, where you hear another speech on the PA. As a result, we were never really sure where to go or which display to look at. The statues of villagers looked like rejected mini-golf displays. Perhaps most annoying was that the tour takes you through a couple "galleries" that are just cheap gift stores. We eventually broke off from the tour to find the exit, and wandered through the a few more displays before leaving.

The actual "big foot" is laughable, somehow the footprint that was "burned into the rock" is sticking OUT of the rock? Apparently people buy it though, as it was littered with rupees. The only thing remotely impressive was the laterite sculpture, but by the time you get there you're so unimpressed with everything else you don't care. Even the guide describing the sculpture could barely be bothered from reading his newspaper to tell us about it. I'm pretty sure the whole park is just a ploy by the artist/owner to make some money off of this sculpture.

Avoid this place if at all possible. It sounds like alot of drivers try to include this in driving tours of Goa, maybe there's some kind of kickback they get, I don't know. But if someone suggests going here, don't do it.

3  Thank smitity
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

The way to Loutolim is a very scenic drive along the River Mandovi in Ribandar, if you are traveling southwards from North Goa. It's my favourite drive in all of Goa :) I could do this stretch day after day and not tire of it. Make sure you see the brick red Solar dos Colacos Mansion at Ribandar, which is the only one built overlooking the river. You can't miss it on the left bank.

The road is super, and you have a long stretch of avenues on both sides. This place has 2 main attractions : The Ancestral Goa Museum (Rs 50 entrance + camera charges) and the 250 year old Casa Araujo Alvares Mansion (Rs 100 entrance + camera charges) right opposite the museum.

The museum takes you down memory lane, and they have an english / hindi recorded tour for about 30 minutes. Cross over and visit the quaint old Portuguese mansion. The pictures are indicative of a bygone era which still lives. Goa has very many well preserved heritage houses, and you will see quite a few in Loutolim within a one kilometer radius.

Mario Miranda's 300 year old Mansion and the 400 year old Figueiredo Mansion are also worth a watch. If you call up Mrs Figueiredo a day prior you can have Goan lunch with her in her awesome mansion after taking the tour :)

On the way back from Loutolim, you can stop by for lunch at the Gomantak restaurant near Ponda, which although on the main road, can be missed amidst the cluster of trees if you don't keep a sharp eye out on the left. Very good authentic Goan food.

1  Thank Zenobia T
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

The way to Loutolim is a very scenic drive along the River Mandovi in Ribandar, if you are traveling southwards from North Goa. It's my favourite drive in all of Goa :) I could do this stretch day after day and not tire of it. Make sure you see the brick red Solar dos Colacos Mansion at Ribandar, which is the only one built overlooking the river. You can't miss it on the left bank.

The road is super, and you have a long stretch of avenues on both sides. This place has 2 main attractions : The Ancestral Goa Museum (Rs 50 entrance + camera charges) and the 250 year old Casa Araujo Alvares Mansion (Rs 100 entrance + camera charges) right opposite the museum.

The museum takes you down memory lane, and they have an english / hindi recorded tour for about 30 minutes. Cross over and visit the quaint old Portuguese mansion. The pictures are indicative of a bygone era which still lives. Goa has very many well preserved heritage houses, and you will see quite a few in Loutolim within a one kilometer radius.

Mario Miranda's 300 year old Mansion and the 400 year old Figueiredo Mansion are also worth a watch. If you call up dear old Mrs Figueiredo a day prior (0832 2777028) you can have Goan lunch with her in her awesome mansion after taking the tour :)

On the way back from Loutolim, you can stop by for lunch at the Gomantak restaurant near Ponda, which although on the main road, can be missed amidst the cluster of trees if you don't keep a sharp eye out on the left. Very good authentic Goan food.

You may contact Ulhas driver (from Calangute) to take you here in his private taxi : 09823034269

3  Thank Zenobia T
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

We took the South Goa tour conducted by Goa Tourism and think it's best to book the same for coming here. (cost: INR 200 for the South Goat tour, extra fees to be paid: entry fee for Ancestral Goa: INR 50

In Ancestral Goa (phone: +91 832 2777034, info@ancestralgoa.com), main attractions include:
1. Mini Goa that shows people of different occupations making a living
2. Big Foot legend - Wishing spot: This is where Mahader's footprint is believed to have been etched on the rock. It's said that once you place your hand on it and wish for something, your wish will be fulfilled. You should come back/send your thanksgiving, which will be put up on the notice board.
3. Bird Habitat - didn't have the chance to see it
4. Spice and fruit garden
5. Art Gallery

Sant Mirabai's sculpture. which is India's longest laterite sculpture, is a big attraction here.

My suggestion is to come here on your own as you will be rushed if you are on a conducted tour (just like we were) and may miss out on certain things of interest.

3  Thank Sonali_Sengupta
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