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Rock Art Tour in Goa with an Archaeologist

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Trip Overview

Take a day off from the beaches of Goa to visit the offbeat places like Rivona caves, Usgalimal with an archaeologist to witness rock engravings that date back to the stone age.


  • Visit Rivona caves which were said to be the home of Pandavas during their exile.
  • Understand the mystery behind the bubbles in the bubbling lake Netravati
  • Witness the rock engravings from the stone age.
  • Explore the spice plantation and get an idea on the variety of spices grown there.


Detailed Overview

This Goa tour is led by an Archeologist where we explore 9000-year-old rock carvings, laterite caves believed to be the home of the legendary Pandavas from the Hindu epic of Mahabharata, Netravali temple lake with its quirky bubbles and a spice farm where we have a traditional Goan lunch.



  • The driver will pick up the guests from the hotel or residence in Goa at 8:00 AM.
  • The archaeologist guide cum host for the tour will meet the guests here and after a quick introduction, the tour will start.
  • Drive to Usgalimal which is 65 KM away from Panaji and it would take almost 2 hours to reach. 
  • Begin this tour at an ancient site in Goa located in a small hamlet on the banks of the river Kushavati. The petroglyphs or rock engravings from Panasalimal on the banks of river Kushavati date back to the stone age.
  • The engravings on laterite have a depiction of animals, concentric circles, and human figurines.
  • Our archaeologist will also show you a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs radiating from a centre and a series of concentric circles thought to have been a primitive means of measuring time.
  • Drive to Rivona to visit Rivona caves which are a natural cave made of laterite and this cave is believed to be the home of Pandavas of Mahabharata time during their exile. 
  • Next stop would be Bubble lake at Netravati, which is located in the vicinity of Gopinath temple. The interesting fact about the lake is that the bubble raises when we clap!
  • Our archaeologist will give some inputs regarding the scientific and miracle part of it. 
  • Later, visit Tanishkar's farm situated in the rainforest region of Western Ghats at Netravali village. 
  • Traditional Goan lunch is served in the earthen vessel and after the lunch take a tour of the farm and learn about the different spices that are grown there. 
  • At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to the hotel/ residence in Goa by 5:00 PM approximately.

Basic Details

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  • All transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Driver and fuel charges
  • Any toll and parking charges.
  • Service of a knowledgeable archaeologist.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Monument entrance fees (as per the itinerary).


  • Any camera charges.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above.

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Important Information

  • Tour involves a moderate amount of walking. 
  • All guests are requested to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses/sunscreen, umbrella, hats or scarf and camera if interested in photography.
  • Kids below 2 years of age (accompanied by an adult) are allowed to join for free.
  • Children of 2 years to below 12 years of age will be charged at 50% of the adult pricing.
  • Member of 12 years or above will be charged at adult pricing.
  • Please carry your valid photo identity card.
  • The guests are requested to bring the following during the tour - Water bottle, camera and its accessories to you enjoy photography, sunglasses, sunscreen and umbrella (in case of rainy season or summers).

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 48 hour
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 24 hour
  • No refund after that


Review (1)



21 Jan 2020

Fantastic trip with archaeological, historical and cultural information. Very interesting day and Sawani was a wonderful, friendly host and guide.

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  • The local person's contact details will be shared in the booking voucher which is sent via email. 
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