Loutolim and ChandorIn different directions, the villages of Loutolim and Chandor in South Goa are studded with ageing Portuguese homes, most of them empty and driving around the countryside is a nostalgic experience. Loutolim is among Goa's prettiest villages, with narrow village roads meandering through green fields and a thick canopy of trees. The spice gardens here are worth visiting.
If you’re up for another delicious slice of Goan-Portuguese architecture, get ready to be wowed by Brangaza House in nearby Chandor, another amazingly preserved Goan country house. This is a 400-year-old piece of living history, with each of the two wings still occupied by two branches of the Braganza family, the Menezes-Braganzasand the Braganza-Pereiras. A treasure-trove of period furniture and Chinese porcelain, this mansion will give you a glimpse into how the landed gentry in Goa once lived. Again, give the family a heads-up before you turn up.