Palacio do Deao

Half-hour drive from Margaon in South Goa, is Palacio do Deão, a splendid 200-year Portuguese mansion in Quepem on the banks of the wildly beautiful Kushavati River. Built by a Portuguese clergyman, who was also the founder of Quepem town, the mansion exhibits an unusual blend of Hindu and Portuguese architecture. Its gardens are known as ‘the most beautiful pleasure gardens in Goa’. The mansion has been magnificently restored and you can take a walking tour of the estate topped by a delicious Indo-Portuguese lunch. But let them know you’re coming in advance!