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Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days

Base Station: Panjim (Goa)

Nearest City to Panjim: Panjim (Goa)

Best Time to Visit Panjim: October to February

Peak Season: December to February

State: Goa | District: North Goa

Panjim Weather: Summer: Maximum - 40°C & Minimum - 27°C
Winter: Maximum - 30°C & Minimum - 18°C

Goa is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India with beautiful beaches and historical sites. Goa is India's richest state with highest GDP per capita. The Indian epic Mahabharata refers to the Goa as Goparashtra or Govarashtra, which means ''a nation of Cowherds''.

Goa is a strip of land 110 km long and 60 km wide between the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India. Panaji is the state's capital while Vasco Da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese. Goa has a long history of rulers dating back to the 3rd century BC. It was ruled by Emperor Ashoka followed by numerous rulers like Silharas, Kadamdas, Chalukyans, kings of Deccan, kings of Vijaynagar, Adilshah of Bijapur and finally by the Portuguese who were the most successful of them all. Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for 450 years till it was liberated from the Portuguese to form a part of India on 19th December 1961.

Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna owing to its location on the Western Ghats range which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Vagator and Palolem are the some popular Goa beaches. Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort and Dudhsagar Falls are the other popular Goa tourist places.

Goa being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea has a hot and humid climate for most of the year. Tourism is Goa's primary industry it handles 12% of all foreign tourist arrivals in India. Goa has two main tourist seasons winter and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the climate. In the summer time (which in Goa is the rainy season), tourists from across India come to spend the holidays.

The festival of Shigmo Mel or the Holi, Goa carnival and Ganesh Chaturthi are the main festivals in Goa, India.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0832
Languages Spoken: Konkani, Marathi, English and Hindi
Major Festivals: Shigmo Festival (March),
Goa Carnival (Feb),
Ganesh Chaturthi (Sep)
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HOW TO REACH PANJIM (GOA) / PANAJI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Vasco Da Gama - Dabolim Airport (25 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Vasco Da Gama (28 Kms)
Margao Railway Station (36.5 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kadamba Bus Terminus (0 Kms)

179 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN PANJIM (GOA) / PANAJI


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance 1 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Terminus, River Cruise is a memorable and must experience activity in Panaji. It is one of the top Goa places to visit. The river cruises start from Santa Monica Boat Jetty and Panaji Jetty on Mandovi river in Panaji town on Old Panaji Road. River cruise is one of the top things to do in Goa.

The river cruise, especially the evening sunset cruise is a beautiful experience. Most of the cruise trips last for one hour with a ride across the Mandovi River till the Miramar Beach point. The cruise trips are usually accompanied with Goan cultural activities like Music, Dance, etc. The activities also include tourists joining the dance at end of the program.

Visitors can also view Adil Shah Palace from the river, which is the first palace built in Goa by Bijapur Sultan Adil Shah. It was later occupied by Portuguese and converted into a palace. Evening time (around 6 PM) is ideal time for cruise trip .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 7 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Mapusa, Reis Magos Fort is located on the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa. This Fort is one of the prime Goa Tourist Places and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state.

This Fort was built by the Portuguese Viceroy Alfonso de Noronha in 1551 and was rebuilt in 1707. It was played an important role in the defense of Goa in 1739 against the Marathas. Originally it was an armed outpost built by the Adil Shah in the late 1400 and got destroyed in 1500. In the beginning the Portuguese used this Fort as a shelter for the viceroys and dignitaries who arrived from Lisbon. But gradually Portuguese realized the strategic importance of this Fort and used it to ward off Maratha armies.

This Fort is quite small compared to other forts in Goa. It was used .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, Church and Monastery of Augustin is situated in Old Goa. It is one of the prime Goa tourist places. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church and Monastery of St Augustine were built in 1572 by 12 Augustines when they arrived in the city of Goa. The construction of the church was completed in 1602 AD. They also built a convent besides the church. A ban was imposed by the Portuguese government against the Augustines. The church and the convent thereafter were deserted.

The ruins of 46 m high Bell Tower without the bell can be seen from some distance and attract visitors. The four storied arched belfry tower built of laterite of the church facing east. This tower is one of the four towers of St. Augustine Church. The Church had eight richly adorned chapels and four altars and .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, Se Cathedral is considered to be one of the largest churches in Asia, situated in Old Goa, opposite to Basilica of Bom Jesus. The beautiful Se Cathedral is one of the top places to visit in Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine. It is also known to be the oldest and the most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and has the prestige of being the seat of Archdiocese of Goa. According to history, Alfonso Albuquerque in 1510 defeated the Muslim army on the feast day of St. Catherine of Alexandria and took possession of Goa. The construction of this imposing church began in 1562 during the reign of King Dom Sebastiao and substantially completed by 1619. The main altars however were not finished until .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, the famous Bom Jesus Basilica is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa). It is also called St. Francis Xavier's Tomb. It is one of the best Places to visit in Goa and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state. The church is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. The Construction of the church began in 1594 and completed in May 1605. The church is called 'Bom Jesus' meaning 'good Jesus' or 'infant Jesus'. This church is the first Minor Basilica in India and is regarded as one of the best examples of baroque architecture.

The imposing facade built out of black granite in an exquisite combination of the Doric, Corinthian and composite styles, is remarkable for its simplicity. It measures 183 ft in length, .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9.2 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Mapusa, St. Francis of Assisi Church is situated near the Se Cathedral in Old Goa. It is one of the prime tourist places to visit in Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic Church situated in the main square of Old Goa. The Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi were established by eight Portuguese Franciscan friars who landed in Goa in 1517. After their arrival in 1517 with their consistent efforts they constructed a small chapel with three altars and a choir. Eventually in the year 1521 the chapel was modified into a church and dedicated to the Holy Ghost in 1602. Later the church was pulled down and the present church was constructed on the same spot in 1616.

The west facing church has a nave with three chapels on both .....


Beach

At a distance of 14 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 10 km from Mapusa and 41 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Calangute Beach is the largest Beach in North Goa and one of the best tourist Places to visit in Goa. The beach is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism.

Calangute is also called the 'Queen of beaches' in Goa and among the best beaches in Goa. As stories go on, hippies had discovered this beach during the 60's so is it famous since then. Calangute along with Candolim, Baga and Anjuna form part of stretch of beach extending from just outside Panaji city to Fort Aguada. Calangute Beach is a 4 mile long beach that lies between Baga and Candolim beach. It is also among the top beaches of Goa.

The beach is wide with soft sand but the sea is rough. Watching the sunset and sunrise at Calangute Beach is a mesmerizing experience. During the .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 15 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 4 km from Candolim and 49 km from Margao Railway Station, the grand Fort of Aguada was constructed to prevent the entry of ships into the River Mandovi thus protecting old Goa from the attacks of Dutch and Marathas. Aguda Fort is one of the prime Goa tourist places and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state.

The Aguada Fort was built by the Portuguese colonial rulers on the beach south of Candolim at the shore of the Mandovi River in 1612. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name 'Aguada' meaning Water. The heart of the fort was protected by two hundred cannons and a deep dry moat, which one still has to cross to get inside.

A central jail and a lighthouse built during the 19th century are also located near this fort. This is presently serving as the Central .....


Beach

At a distance of 15 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand, Baga beach is located in North Goa. This beach is bordered by Calangute Beach to its south and Anjuna Beach to its north. Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends. Named after the Baga Creek that merges into the Arabian Sea on the northern part of the beach, this is one of the most popular among Goa beaches.

Baga Beach is famous for its beach shacks and the delicious sea food that is offered there. The night life at Baga is even more exciting than its days. Baga Beach is the home to some of the hottest night clubs like Tito's and Mambos which are always crowded with the dance freaks. Mackie's Saturday Night Bazaar offers amazing buys for the shopper.

Baga Beach is a popular tourist attraction of Goa. This beach is entertaining from sunrise to sunset. As the sun sets down, party mode is switched-on around this beach. A former hippie hideaway, .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 11 km from Mapusa, The Chapora Fort is situated in North Goa. It is one of the top tourist places in Goa.

Built in red laterite stones, the fort has steep slopes on all the sides and stands on an area which has irregular outer plan. This massive fort was constructed by the king of Bijapur, Adil Shah. This is one reason why it has been named Shahpura, which means the 'town of Shah'. The Chapora Fort is one of the prime attractions on Goa.

The fort was built in order to keep a watch on Hindu raiders who wanted to set up their territory in Goa. The fort was destroyed after the rule of Adil Shah and was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1617, on the site of an earlier Muslim structure. The Portuguese troops surrendered to the Maratha ruler Sambhaji in 1684 but the locals were not too pleased with this situation and hence Marathas were forced to .....


Beach

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 11 km from Mapusa, Anjuna Beach is situated in Bardez Taluka of North Goa. This beach is located north of Baga and Calangute, and close to the South of Vagator and Chapora. The white sands of the beach and the red laterite rocks create a unique arrangement. It is one of the best beaches in Goa.

Anjuna beach is famous for its stunning natural beauty with coconut trees and soft powered white sands. Anjuna beach is a favorite haunt of the hippies who used to organize the famous rave beach parties in the late 1950s to mid 1960s. The moon light rave parties are well known all over Goa and the world, and attract foreign travellers as well as domestic tourists, especially during the time of New Year and Christmas.

The beach is adjacent to Chapora fort. The 'Albuquerque mansion' located nearby is another attraction. The Anjuna flea market on every .....


Beach

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 13 km from Mapusa, Vagator Beach is situated in North Goa, near Chapora Fort. It is among the top places to visit in Goa.

Vagator Beach is a part of a 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea that begins at Fort Aguada and ending at Chapora Beach and Fort. It is a bay between the rocky headlands and one of the Goa best beaches. It is covered with soft white sand, dotted by coconut trees and huge black rocks. The sea at Vagator turns from aquamarine to emerald green with the movement of the sun.

Vagator Beach is divided into Big Vagator or North Vagator, Middle Vagator (Tel Aviv beach) and Little Vagator (Ozran) by a few rocks. To reach the beach one has to climb down a hill. The Big Vagator Beach is a long white sandy .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 21 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 34 km from Mapusa, Shri Mangueshi Temple is situated in North Goa. It is of the must visit Goa tourist places and a major pilgrimage site of Goa state.

Shri Mangeshi temple is located on a hillock at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Ponda Taluka. Shri Mangeshi Temple is one of the largest, wealthiest and most popular Hindu shrines in Goa. Mythology says that Lord Shiva came to Goa after having lost everything in a game of dice against his wife Parvati. When Parvati came looking for him, he disguised himself as a tiger and frightened her. In a state of shock, Parvati uttered the words ''Trahi Mam Grisha'', which means ''O Lord of the Mountains, save me''. Shiva then reverted into his normal form and returned with her. The words, ''Mam Grisha'' came to be associated with this story and Shiva came to be known as 'Manguesh'. The place where this tale occurred .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is situated in North Goa. It is one of the most visited places in Goa and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is situated in the village of Bandora or Bandivade about 4 km from Ponda. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu's consort Mahalaxmi. The temple is considered as the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult and its unique feature is that the Devi wears linga on her head. The idol of Mahalaxmi with four arms holding a sickle, a club, a dagger and a vessel containing Prasad and flowers, has a close resemblance to that of Mahalaxmi idol at Kolhapur. Besides the main black granite stone idol, there was another idol of the Devi made of panchloha. The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhagavata sect., it is one of the largest galleries of wooden .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Shantadurga Temple is situated in North Goa.

Shri Shantadurga Temple is a large temple located at the foothill of Kavlem village in Ponda Taluka. This temple is considered as one of the most important and the biggest temple in Goa. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga the Goddess of Peace. The deity is also called 'Santeri' informally. According to the legend, a fierce battle was made between Shiva and Vishnu that Lord Brahma prayed to Parvati to intervene, which she did in the form of Shantadurga. Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight. The deity of Shantadurga is shown as holding two serpents one in each hand representing Vishnu and Shiva. This avatar of Shree Jagdamba Devi which had come to make peace between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva came to be known as Shree Shantadurga Devi.

The .....


Beach

At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 8 km from Margao Railway Station and 25 km from Vasco Railway Station, Colva Beach is located in South Goa. It is one of the prime Places to visit in Goa state and among the best beaches in Goa.

Colva Beach is the oldest, largest and the most spectacular beaches of South Goa. The beach consists of about 25 km of the fine powdered white sand and is bounded along its coast by coconut palms that stretch from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa's coastline. Colva is one of the top beaches in Goa.

In the colonial days it used to be the retreat for Margao's high society. Today the area that is reminiscent of the luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class has the beautiful houses and villas that dot the village.

The main beach .....


Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 65 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Palolem Beach is one of the famous & best beaches in Goa and top tourist attraction in South Goa.

Palolem Beach is also known as 'Paradise Beach'. This beach stretches between two magnificent headlands and the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. The beach is about a mile long and it provides seclusion and idyllic scenery. Palolem Beach is a crescent shape beach and one can soak in its views from the southern end till the northern end in one glimpse of the eyes. Both ends have natural jutting rocks trying to touch the sea. It has little wooded islands to the north and a village behind the beach.

At the northern end of the beach there is a fresh water stream and across the stream lies a small undeveloped island that can be accessed by just swimming across .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 71 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 50 km from Margao Railway Station and 10 km from Kulem, Dudhsagar Falls is the largest and highest fall of Goa. It is one of the must visit Goa tourist places and is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism.

Dudhsagar falls is a four tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in Goa. This waterfall is amongst India's tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 m (100 feet) at it's peak. This falls is located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, at the border between Karnataka and Goa states.

Dudhsagar literally means a Sea of Milk in the local Konkani language and gets its name as it appears like an overflowing sea of milk. It is a four tiered waterfall with different ways to reach each level. The bottom of the waterfall is accessible through the Bhagwan Mahavir .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 29 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is one of the famous churches in Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the first church and one of the oldest churches in Goa. It was built in 1541. Praca de Flores'' which means the ''Square of Flowers'' was added in 1843. The Panjim Church is placed on the hillside and just high above the Idalco Palace built by Adil Shah. Standing on the gallery of the church, you can see the entire view of the lovely Panjim city.

The interior of the church is simple. The church has a couple of altars. The main altar is dedicated to Mary Immaculate, on the left is Jesus crucified and to the right is Our Lady of the Rosary. Beautiful statues of St. Paul and St. Peter are seen beside the altars. The St. Xavier's Chapel is another attraction of the church.

The great bell at the Church of Mary Immaculate Conception .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 1 km from Fontainhas, Chapel of St. Sebastian is situated in Panjim City of North Goa.

The Chapel of St Sebastian is a popular tourist attraction in Goa, built in 1818. This chapel is dedicated to St. Sebastian. In earlier days, people were troubled with the disease of pests and plagues, which was very frequent in Salcette area. They turned for help to St Sebastian who treated them through his mediation and miraculous interventions.

This chapel has a small nave with an adjoining narrow corridor with a staircase leading to the choir. This whitewashed church has a striking crucifix which originally stood in the Palace of Inquisition in Old Goa. In the crucifix Christ's eyes are opened. Locals say that the crucifix adorning this church is magical and has the power to punish troublemakers and reward good people.

The Inquisition was set up in Goa in 1560. The crucifix was later .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Mapusa, Fontainhas is situated in North Goa.

Fontainhas is the India's only Latin Quarter in Panaji. Fontainhas is beautiful not only for its architectural design but also for its natural surroundings. It is bordered on the east by the creek of Ourem and on the West by the Altinho hill. The name Fontainhas is derived from 'Fonte Phoenix' or the 'Fountain of Phoenix' which was essentially a water reservoir constructed during the time of the Portuguese. The Fountain of Phoenix can still be seen before proceeding to the Maruti Temple in the Mala area.
The old world charm of the area is retained due to the fact that most houses in the area which are built in the classic Portuguese style are still painted in the traditional colours of pale yellow, green or blue, and have red tiled roofs with overhanging balconies. The quarter shows how Panaji was during the Portuguese rule .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 24.5 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 16 km from Mapusa, Our Lady of Merces Church is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Nossa Senhora das Merces also known as Our Lady of Merces Church is located at Merces part of Panjim. It was originally a chapel in 1600 under Santa Cruz Church. It was established by the Dominicans and was elevated in 1613 after separating from Santa Cruz parish. It was further extended after the suppression of ancient parish of Santa Barbara in 1885.

The Church was built in a cruciform style and oriented in the east-west direction. The facade of the church resembles the Gothic style of church architecture. It has a peculiar design with 3 bays and 3 storeys. It has a templar Cross and an opening flank. The upper fašade is framed by round ribbed columns and gothic pinnacles. One can see the image of a man symbolizing a dove which depicts the 3rd person of the Holy Trinity in this church.

The .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3.3 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 25 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17.5 km from Mapusa, Holy Cross Church is situated in North Goa.

The Holy Cross Church is also known as Santa Cruz Church situated in Santa Cruz or Calapur village. The name Santa Cruz is derived from two words Santa means holy and Cruz means Cross. The Holy Cross Church was built in Calapur at the recommendation of the King of Portugal in 1957 as a means of converting the people to Christianity. The Dominicans baptized thousands in Calapur in a short span by conducting classes in reading, writing and Christian doctrine in the church for the children up to the age of ten.

The facade of the Church of Santa Cruz is a replica of the Se Cathedral and many little secrets are carved into the main door. In addition to the main church building there are 5 chapels and 9 crosses, besides many crosses that have been erected by families themselves.

The feast of Holy Cross Church .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3.3 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Mapusa, Shri Maruti Temple is situated in North Goa.

The Maruti Temple is situated on top of the Altinho hill overlooking the Fontainhas district in Panaji. It is dedicated to lord Hanuman, the monkey god and enshrines Lord Hanuman as the presiding deity. The Maruti Temple is also beautifully lit up at night and as it is brightly lit the temple is visible from a distance.

Lord Hanuman is a Hindu deity who is an ardent devotee of Rama, a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. A general among the vanaras, Hanuman is an incarnation of the divine and a follower of Lord Rama in the struggle against the demon king Ravana.

The Maruthi Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Panjim, It is said that the idol of Maruthi in the main temple can be seen even from the main road, through an opening in the basement wall of the temple. One can see the beautiful .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 29 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Mapusa, Church of Our Lady of Help is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Help stands on the banks of the Mandovi River in Ribandar. This Church is also known as Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda. It was built like a ship in 1565. The earliest chapel constructed in Ribandar was in between 1551 and 1554. It was dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and it was affiliated to the early Church of Our Lady of Livra Febres in Chimbel.

The present Church of Our Lady of Help was built by Portuguese sailors in thanks to Our Lady who saved their lives from a ship wreck. According to legend Our Lady appeared miraculously during a terrible storm in which the ship was caught in the Arabian Sea. It is said that she stood on the forecastle all through that momentous night, directing the devil himself to maneuver the ship to safety. To venerate the miracle, .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 29 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Mapusa, St. Agnes Church is situated in North Goa.

St. Agnes Church also known as Santa Inez Church situated in Santa Inez part of Panjim. It was initially a small chapel built in 1584. It was rebuilt in 1605 and one year later it was raised to a parish church by provision dated 27th November 1606.

The present Church of Santa Inez was built in 1653. At first the parish was under the charge of the Augustinians. The Augustinians worked in this Parish till 1769. The adjoining parochial residence was once the house of Canon Francisco da Cunha Souto Maior. The Archbishop of Goa lived there from 1795. The new parochial residence was built in 1986. A parish community hall was added on the top floor in 1989.

The Church building represents the Mannerist Neo-Roman style of architecture. The church features low domes, three storey towers and rococo. Main altar inside the .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 4.8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 31.4 kms from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Karmali Railway Station, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located in North Goa. It is an ideal Goa sightseeing options for half day trip.

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is situated at Chorao Island on the Mandovi River. This sanctuary is one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in India. It has been named after the famous ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali. This Bird Sanctuary is one of the smallest bird sanctuaries in Goa and is spread over an area of just 1.8 sqkms. The Sanctuary houses around 400 species of birds including both local and migratory. The Sanctuary is rich in flora growth and one can see a thick covering of mangrove vegetation here. The flora cover is very fertile over here the mangrove ecology is considered to be the best for birds, fish and insects.

The Sanctuary is blessed with many overflowing water streams .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 14 km from Mapusa, Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca is situated in North Goa. This is one of the most beautiful sites in Goa situated in very scenic location right on the banks of Mandovi River.

Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca is also known as Our Lady of the Rock of France. The Church gets its name from Saint Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca, a Spanish saint who is believed to have saved Portuguese sailors from a dangerous situation on their voyage to India.

The church was built in Britona on the banks of the River Mandovi in 1626, dedicated to Nossa Senhora De Penha De Franca. The church was entirely funded by a widow named Ana De Azvado, a Franciscan Tertiary. But the church was collapsed in 1651 and was then rebuilt in 1655. This beautiful church was declared a national monument in 1932.
Our Lady of the Rock of France became famous for the miracles performed for those .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 km from Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Mapusa, St. Michael's Church is situated in Panaji, North Goa.

The Church of St Michael the Archangel is one of the oldest churches in Goa which was built by the Dominicans in 1544. It is also said that the Dominicans resided at the parish only in the year 1548. In the year 1776, the church was handed over to the Diocesan Clergy. It is also the only church in the town serving one of the largest parishes in Goa.

The Chapel of Blessed Sacrament was annexed in 2006 during the tenure of Fr. Carmo Martins. The Parish has a mixed population with lot of settlers from other parts of Goa and especially on the Dona Paula Plateau as well as on the main land.

The Taleigao parish celebrates the harvest feast with pomp on 21 August, and the feast of the patron on the nearest Sunday on or after 29 September. The harvest feast dates back to the Portuguese Regime and is an integral part .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 7 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Mapusa, The Reis Magos Church is situated in North Goa.

The Reis Magos Church also known as Church of the Three Magi Kings was built in 1555 in the town of Reis Magos. This church was built by the Franciscan friars who watched over the missionary work here. They also founded a small educational institution over here. This Church is one of the oldest churches of Goa.

Three Kings Church was dedicated to Saint Jerome. It is believed that this church was constructed on the remains of an ancient Hindu temple. Two typical symbols of the Hindu Vijayanagar temple architecture bas-relief lion figures can be seen on the flanks, at the start of the steps going up to the Church. The Church was renovated in 1771 and the pillars of the church were created in 1764. The two Viceroys of Goa were buried in the premises of the church and their gravestones are intact till date.

Reis .....


Beach

At a distance of 7 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand and 22 km from Vasco Da Gama, Bambolim Beach is a popular stretch for tourists located in North Goa.

Bambolim Beach is a small, clean and largely undiscovered beach that is a bit away from the mainland. This beach is basically located in a shaded spot right before the mouth of Zuari River and in between the Medical College of Goa and the University of Goa. Bambolim Beach is lined up with trees and shrub vegetation with many paths leading to the beach. Many Goa University students visit this beach during their free time due to the close proximity to the institute. The beach is clean and quiet, yet beautiful.

Bambolim Beach is very peaceful and calm beach. Very beautiful shells are found on the shore of this beach. It is famous for Oyster shells. The Bambolim Beach has its beach shacks where exotic Goan cuisine can be tasted. The restaurants offer not just amazing food but the very location gives you the combination of beauty .....


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At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Mapusa, San Pedro Church is situated in North Goa.

The San Pedro Church also known as St. Peter's Church located in Old Goa. This is a very old Church built in 1543 and it is one of the eight parish churches of the old City of Goa, besides the Cathedral Parish. It is today the only survivor. It was built at the cost of the public treasury by workmen from Portugal. The Church was declared a national monument in the 1930's.

The San Pedro Church is not as monumental as some of the other churches in Goa. The Church was built in Renaissance and Mannerist style. It has large size fronton of peaked gable with oculus which has been closed. The facade of the Church is devoid of orientation. It has large porch with tiled sloping roof. The Church contains a two storied bell tower to the left.

The Sao Pedro Church is a quiet, unassuming little chapel that lies in historic .....


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At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 22 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Mapusa, Nossa Senhora de Belem Church is situated in South Goa.

Nossa Senhora de Belem Church or Our Lady of Bethlehem Church is located in Bambolim. It is also known as the Bambolim Church. A beautiful white and pink structure is relatively a newer construction. It sits pretty atop the Orte De Vigar Hill in Bambolim.

The Church of Our Lady of Bethlehem has been a chapel in the original parish of Bambolim built by the Provision of 1852. The Church has a reference to Augustinian Archbishop Dom Frei Alexio de Menezes who after declaring Bambolim a separate parish from Siridao Parish built a new church in the year 1616. In 1825 the chapel was converted into a Church as Our Lady of Belem.

On the first Sunday of every January a feast is held in the name of Our Lady of Bethlehem subsequent to the feast of three Kings.


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At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 3 km from Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach is situated 1 km ahead of the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea.

Miramar Beach is also known as 'Gasper Dias Beach'. The name of the beach is derived from the word 'Miramar', which in Portuguese stands for 'viewing the sea'. Miramar Beach is the place where the Mandovi River meets the blue water Arabian Sea. From the beach across the river is an excellent view of Fort Aguada. One can see migratory birds such as gulls and plovers at the beach from November to March.

The Miramar Beach is said to be one of the cleanest beaches in Goa and it offers the opportunity to view the stunning sunset. It is a romantic gateway for adventure freaks, beach lovers and honeymoon couples. At Miramar beach one can get pleasure and satisfaction with some interesting activities like fishing, bird watching, shopping and strolling around.

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At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 20 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Mapusa, Siridao Beach is also known as Shiridon and Xiddona situated in North Goa.

Siridao Beach is a beach with coarse sand that lies at the mouth of the river Zuari. Siridao Beach is popularly known as the beach of Shell Collectors. One can come across a wide variety of oysters and pearl shells at the beach.

The Siridao Beach is a rocky and sandy beach where you can see some mysterious caves. Another attraction is 'The Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth' and is situated atop a hill, right on the Siridao Beach. Thousands of the devotees come to the chapel to pay reverence to Lord Jesus. The first Sunday after Easter is the feast of Jesus of Nazareth at Siridao.

At the entrance of the Siridao village you can see three stone carved statues playing musical instruments with a dog. Here is preserved the testimony of a huge man like creature who once inhabited the place .....


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At a distance of 8.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 24 km from Mapusa, St. Anthony Church also known as Royal Chapel is situated in North Goa.

The Royal Chapel of St. Anthony was built in the 17th century. This is situated opposite the ruins of the Church of St. Augustine and south of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is dedicated to St. Anthony, the patron saint of the Portuguese army and navy. It is also one of the earliest churches to be built in Goa by Alfonso de Albuquerque. In 1835 the chapel was closed but opened again in 1894 when it was also renovated. It was inaugurated again in 1961 after complete restoration done by the Portuguese Government.

The Royal Chapel of St. Anthony is a semicircular small chapel. The facade exhibits unique style and it is not a copy of any famous architectural design. It faces east and the belfries give it a fortress like appearance. The doorway features a semi circular arch and twisted .....


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At a distance of 8.6 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 24 km from Mapusa, The Convent and Church of St John is situated in North Goa.
The Convent and Church of St John located to the east of the tower of St. Augustine. This church was built in 1685 and it is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Success. It is a simple looking building. The convent was abandoned in 1835.

This convent was repaired by the Portuguese Military Force, stationed there till December 1961 when Goa was liberated by the Indian Army. The convent was erected by some members of the Congregation of St. John of God. This Congregation was only of the Brothers who looked after the sick in the hospitals. In the beginning eight brothers had arrived in the City of Goa in 1685, sent by Portuguese King Dom Pedro II. The brothers worked in several hospitals in and outside India. They lived on alms when the suppression of the religious orders came in 1835, the convent was used as .....


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At a distance of 8.6 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 24 km from Mapusa, The Convent and Church of St Monica is situated at Old Goa part of North Goa.

St. Monica Church and convent is situated in the Holy Hill or the Monte Santo of Old Goa, opposite to the ruins of St. Augustine Church. This is also known as the Royal Monastery of Santa Monica. It was started in 1606 but was finished only in 1627, because a fire destroyed the building in 1620. It took 15 years to rebuild. It is Goa's only convent for nuns. It used to house around 150 cloistered nuns who were called the daughters of St. Monica. The Church and the Convent of St Monica is acclaimed as the first nunnery of the East. The Convent has a vast courtyard with a cloister and its three storeys have numerous cells and halls. It was closed as a nunnery after its last sister died in 1885. It was reinstated to church status in 1968.

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At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, The Chapel of St. Catherine is situated in Old Goa part of North Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Chapel of St. Catherine is located in the west of St. Francis of Assisi Church and is dedicated to St. Catherine. It was built by Alfanso De Albuquerque in 1510 when he defeated the local Muslim ruler Adil Shah on St. Catherine's Day that is 25th November 1510. In 1534 the chapel was granted cathedral status by Pope Paul III. It was enlarged in 1550 by the Portuguese Governor George Cabral and rebuilt in 1952 using laterite blocks.

The Chapel was built in Renaissance style architecture. The Chapel with a pale yellow exterior is built with laterite stones and plaster with lime mortar and has a tower on either side. The Chapel interior has only one altar which is plain. On one side of the Chapel is a stone inscription .....


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At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, The Church of Our Lady of Rosary is the oldest church situated in Old Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church of Our Lady of Rosary is located atop the Monte Santo or the Holy Hill. The church stands on the site of Portuguese leader Alfonso de Albuquerque's victory over the armies of Bijapur Sultan in 1510. In fact the Lady of Rosary church is believed to be built by de Albuquerque as a sign of gratitude for his victory.

The church is an excellent example of Manueline style architecture of the early Portuguese. With windows near the roof and rounded towers, the church looks more like a fortress. The church has a two storied portico. It is built with laterite and plastered with lime mortar. The portico as well as the facade of the church has rounded towers on either side with the cross on .....


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At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 38 km from Mapusa, Dona Paula Beach is one of the famous beachs in Goa.

Dona Paula Beach has a very romantic legend attached to it. It is believed that Dona Paula De Menzes, daughter of a viceroy, threw herself off the cliff when she was not allowed to marry a local fisherman whom she loved. It is said that she is still seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea. This is a spot to sunbathe and relax. At the end of the bay there is a beautiful islet-hillock. From the top of this hillock one can have views of the Marmugao Harbour and the Arabian Sea up to the Zuari Bridge to the east. At the base there is a carved sculpture named ' Image of India' depicting a couple, a man facing west and a woman facing east. It was made by Baroness von Leistner. .....


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At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 35 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Mapusa, Kegdole Beach is a serene and comparatively less commercialized beach in North Goa.

Kegdole Beach is famous for having highly beautiful surroundings and strategic location at the base of the hillock close to the mouth of the Mandovi River. The Indian Navy has a Naval Academy on the top of the hillock. Among the more exploratory kind, the beach is known for its enchanting views of the ocean and sunset on one side and the Reis Magos Fort on the other side. Like the other commercial Goa beaches Kegdole Beach is not over crowded so tourist spend some time on sea shore in solitude and enjoy the natural beauty scattered there.

Towering just above the beach is the Reis Magos fort. Also located close by is the Verem Lighthouse and the INS Mandovi Jetty of the Indian Navy. The light house is no longer in use. To the left of the .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway station, The Chapel of St. Francis Xavier is situated in Old Goa.

The Chapel of St. Xavier belongs to the Doric style architecturally. It is built of laterite blocks plastered with lime mortar. The tiled roof supported by wooden rafters and it is a plain chapel with only one altar. The Chapel was located within the College of St. Paul and was dedicated either to St. Anthony or to St. Jerome. As the Chapel was used by St. Francis Xavier, it was rededicated to him after his canonization in 1622. The original Chapel fell into ruins in 1570 and the present Chapel was rebuilt in 1884.

St. Francis Xavier the patron saint of Goa died in 1552 on his way to China. The body brought in 1554 to Goa and is kept in the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The sacred relic of St. Francis Xavier normally housed in a silver casket in the Bom Jesus church, is brought in a conventional emission by several priests to .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, St. Cajetan's Church stands opposite to the Se Cathedral in Old Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The St. Cajetan Church has been constructed on the primary design of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. The Church of St. Cajetan is the only surviving domed church in Goa. The Church of St Cajetan was built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines, who were sent by Pope Urban III to preach Christianity in the kingdom of Golconda. The friars were not permitted to work in Golconda so settled at Old Goa in 1640. The construction of the church began in 1655 and completed in 1661.The Church is named after the founder of the Theatine order, St. Cajetan. The main altar of the St Cajetan Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence.

The St Cajetan Church is an example of Corinthian architecture while the interior is a blend of .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 8 km from Mapusa, Mae De Deus which literally means Mother of God is located in Saligao, North Goa.

This beautiful Mae De Deus church is situated 4.5 km from Calangute Beach. It was built in 1873. The shrine of the Nossa Senhora Mae De Deus was brought over from the ruins of the convent of Mae De Deus at Old Goa. It is a modern church. The foundation stone was laid on in 1867 and completed in 1873.
The church stands as a fine example of the Gothic style of architecture. The doom shape gives a magnificent look to the church. The statue of Nossa Senhora is worshipped by the devotees in the courtyard of the church. There are two lofty bells inside the tower that add to the serenity of the church. The church also makes for a photographers dream canvas.
This is one of most beautiful churches in Goa, well lit and a superb sight especially at night. It is the Parish Church for the village .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Mapusa, Church of Our Lady of Compassion is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Compassion is also known as Our Lady of Piety. This Church is located in Piedade which is located at the bottom of a small forested hill on Divar Island. The church designed by a Goan priest is known to be the first Christian structure erected here and dating from the early 18th century.
The original Lady Divar Church dated from 1699 to 1724. The Church was rebuilt in impressive Indian baroque style. The exterior and the interior of the church are carved with beautiful flowers and motifs. The Church is white in color and looks heavenly. The interior features interesting stuccowork, Baroque plaster decorations and altars. There are windows which have been deeply set up in the walls of the church.

This Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Piety which is lies on the main alter. .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 22 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, St. Anne's Church is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Saint Anne also known as Santana Church at Talaulim was founded in the year 1577. The present day Church was reconstructed by Mons Francisco do Rego with his own money. Due to some unforeseen circumstances he could not complete the construction. The church was completed by Father Antonio Francisco da Cunha in 1695. Then Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has been working on the restoration of this 432-year Old Church.

The Church architectural style is classified as Indian Baroque style. This makes the church a rare piece of architecture in India. The Church has a unique cylindrical roof structure. In the transept of the church directed towards the altar is a picture of St. Anne with a staff in hand and wearing a hat as she was seen in the visions. The church is located at the right bank .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 35 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 16 km from Mapusa, Our Lady of Remedies Church is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Remedies is also known as Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church. It is located at the heart of Nerul Village. Traditionally a fishing community, the Nerul Church is one of the largest in Bardez taluk in Goa.

Nerul has its own parish in the form of the church dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies constructed in 1569, by the Franciscan orders and is truly a marvelous architecture. It was attacked thrice by the Marathas, but they were repelled by the sound of khoznne (gun powder crackers) and the sight of fabricated cannons made of palm trees placed on the porch roof.

The Church with an antique architectural style figures among the last works in Bardez by the Franciscan Order before their expulsion by the Portuguese. This Church is a three storey neo-Roman Style Structure with twin bell .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Mapusa, Divar Island is situated in North Goa.

Divar Island is situated on the Mandovi River near Chorao Island in Goa. The Divar Island derived its name from the word 'Dipavati' which means a 'small island' in the Konkani. The largest settlement on the island Piedade is spread at the bottom of a small-forested hillock. There is the Church of Our Lady of Compassion. The island is dotted with well-maintained, elegant Portuguese villas. From the top of the hill superb panoramic views of the surrounding countryside including Old Goa, Panaji, Mandovi River and the bridges across can be seen.

The Divar Island was a famous site of Hindu pilgrimage and hosted the ancient temples of Shree Saptakoteshwar, Shree Ganesh and Shree Dwarkeshwar besides others. Portuguese activists irreversibly destroyed these in the 16th century in their drive for Christianization of Goa. It is .....


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At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 17 km from Mapusa, Coco Beach is one of the popular beaches in Goa at a distance of 2.5 kms from Reis Mogos Fort.

The Coco Beach is located at the mouth of the Nerul River on the Mondovi Estuary. It is a protected bay of the Mondovi River. The beach is often regarded as an abridged gateway between Candolim and Nerul. Beautiful tall palm trees framed the beach.

The beach though little dirty compared to other beaches is popular for water sports and boating. Boat trips into the Mondovi River also hosts another tourists attraction which is spotting the wild dolphins. These trips also extend up to the base of Aguada fort and present magnificent view of the fort, Aguada prison and the lighthouse (usually one hour boat ride). The busy mornings spent in boat trips are followed by quiet and tranquil afternoons and evenings. Reis Magos Fort and Reis Magos Church are situated close to .....


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At a distance of 12 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, St. Paul's Church is situated at Old Goa part of North Goa.

The St. Paul Church is a ruined Church that is a popular tourist attraction in Goa. It is located on the road from Old Goa to Ponda. The Church of St. Paul came into existence as an institution of Holy Faith. This institution was established by Diogo de Borba and Miguel Vaz to train young converts.

The construction of the church began in November 1541 and was completed on 25th January 1543. The day which marked the completion of this Church was the day of Feast of Conversion of St. Paul to whom the church was dedicated. However, Church of St Paul was pulled down in 1560 because of its poor condition. In the same year on 25th January a big foundation stone was laid for a huge church. Three arches of magnificent dimensions covering the existing road were built under the supervision of Jesuit Joao de Faria 20 years later, .....


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At a distance of 10.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, The Church of the Cross of Miracles is situated in North Goa.

The Church of the Cross of Miracles lies on a hill on the southern outskirts of Old Goa. It offers a breathtaking view of Old Goa from the hills. The Church is now completely in ruined state. It was built in 1619 to house the Cross of Miracles which has been decayed and then the present Church was rebuilt in 1674 at the same place.

The architectural work of the Church resembles to that of medieval Europe. The Church of Cross of Miracle is built of laterite and plastered with lime mortar. The Convent and The Church of the Cross of Miracles was built in Renaissance and Gothic architectural pattern. This style and model of architecture is typical to the Portuguese that they followed it during the 16th century. The Church actually had a simple structure. Unfortunately, the convent was not maintained .....


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At a distance of 10.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 36 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 6 km from Mapusa, St. Diogo Church is situated in North Goa.

St. Diogo Church is a well known Franciscan Church situated at the foot hills of Monte de Guirim. The Church was built by Fr Miguel de Sam Boaventura in 1604, with support from the local Comunidade. It was repaired in 1703, when two belfries were added to it. Finally in 2004 on the occasion of its 4th centenary a significant volume of renovation work of the church and of the parochial residence was carried out.

The Church was built in Mannerist Neo-Roman style. This magnificent Church is the 13th of the 24 Churches erected in the Bardez taluka. The main altar is dedicated to the patron St. Diogo and on either side is St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis of Assisi. There are 5 other ornate altars present in the nave. The altar on the left hand side is dedicated to infant Jesus and on the right is dedicated to Our Lady .....


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At a distance of 11 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount is situated in North Goa.

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount is situated on the top of the hill behind St. Cajetan Church. The Chapel was built under the orders of Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1510 and is referred to as in existence in 1519. It was reconstructed twice.

Built in typical Portuguese style, the Chapel is brightly white washed. A series of steps leads to the Chapel, which is built of laterite plastered with lime mortar. The Chapel has 3 altars. The main is dedicated to Our Lady of the Mount. The side altars, dedicated to Lisboa and to St. Anthony, the Hermit.
During 16th century King Adil Shah attacked Portuguese and made an artillery station on the hilltop near the Chapel that inflicted heavy damages on the Portuguese forces. This Chapel was restored to his past glory in 2001. This Chapel one gets a breathtaking view. You can .....


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At a distance of 11 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 18 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 41 km from Mapusa, The Pilar Seminary is situated in North Goa.

Pilar Seminary is one among the two surviving seminaries out of the four originally built by the Portuguese. This stands on a hillock at Goa Velha, which was once the capital of the famous Kadamba dynasty and was known as Gopakapattam.
The Capuchin monks founded the Seminary in 1613. A University of Science, Arts and Theology was established in the premises of the Pilar Monastery in 1633. They also built Our Lady of Pilar church. The Pilar Monastery will complete 400 years in July 2013.

The beautiful Seminary features a marble platform, altar and amazingly beautiful stained windows which were built in Germany. The beautiful old Church at the Seminary has an exquisite baroque doorway made out of carved stone. A niche above the doorway holds a statue of St Francis of Assisi and the door has on it a carving of two .....


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At a distance of 11 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 13 km from Mapusa, Our Lady of Hope Church is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Lady of Hope is also known as Nossa Senhora da Esperanca Church is located at the foot hills of Candolim and facing the Nerul River. The primitive church was built in 1560 by Fr. Pedro de Belem. Repaired and remodeled in 1661, the Franciscans were not satisfied with the result. The Provincial Antonio de Assumpcao then ordered the old church to be demolished and a new one to be constructed. The new Church was built in 1667 and the entire cost for all this construction was borne by the village community.

The Church is unique and it was built in Mannerist Neo-Roman style. The front piece is topped by pediment. Its large twin towers have special pagoda like roofs. The finials are of spear type. The twin bell towers rise high above the central gable. In 1948 the left side tower of the church collapsed .....


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At a distance of 11 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 38 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Mapusa, Candolim Beach is a part of a long extension of beach coastline along the Arabian Sea that begins at Fort Aguada and ends at Chapora Beach in North Goa.

Candolim Beach is positioned between Sinquerim and Calangute beaches. Candolim Beach is another relatively busy soft sandy beach that due to erosion can be narrow in some places. The bulk ore carrier River Princess ended up being grounded some 100 m from the beach during the 2001 monsoon. Despite numerous pledges by both local and central government, she still lays rusting. Various attempts have been made to salvage or refloat the ship.

The founder of science of hypnotism Father Abbe Faria was born here. Candolim is also the place where the Goans launched first revolt against Portuguese. Candolim Beach was the first area to have adopted Christianity under the Portuguese rule.

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At a distance of 11 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 4 km from Dona Paula Beach, Odxel Beach is located in North Goa.

The Odxel Beach is a very small sea beach approximately 250 m in length but is very pleasant and quite. Odxel is located between Dona Paula and Bambolim just before the Goa University. This beach is a favourite picnic spot of the local people and not known on the tourist map.

Odxel Beach is not favourable to swim as there are a lot of rocks and current. The beach offers a quite and peaceful place to just relax. The locals are quite friendly too. A picnic spot favoured by the locals, the Beach is today the site of some real estate development.

In Odxel Beach there is a Portuguese Catholic chapel located at the right hand position. Many a couple has got married here. This church is the pilgrimage tourism spot in this region. The chapel caters to the local Catholic population in the village. There is also a shrine .....


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At a distance of 12 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 29 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 6.4 km from Bambolim Beach, Vainguinim Beach is a small beach situated in North Goa.

Vainguinim Beach is one of the beautiful beaches of Goa. This beach is surrounded by palms and is known for its sparkling crystal clear waters. A large number of tourists enjoy swimming at the beach which also makes it a truly relaxing place to enjoy.

Vainguinim Beach is flanked by the sea green waters of the Arabian sea on the one side and the steep cliffs of the Western Ghats on the other side, it is truly a must visit for all the tourists to Goa. Thus, over 500 bird species can be spotted near the plantation at the beach.

The picturesque beach is very neat and tidy and is excellent for spending a pleasant vacation. Vainguinim Beach also offers water sporting facilities to the adventure lovers. Banana Ride, Wind Surfing, Para Sailing, Water Skiing, Water Scooter and Knee and Wake Boarding .....


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At a distance of 12 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 39 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 9 km from Mapusa, St. Alex Church is situated Calangute of North Goa.

St. Alex Church is one of the architectural masterpieces and counted among the oldest churches in Goa. The Church was dedicated originally to Our Lady of Guadalupe; however it was thereafter dedicated to St. Alex by an Apostolic Brief in 1815.
According to the history of this church, the original chapel was built in 1576 by St. Francis. The structure then was built simply of palm leaves along the sea shore. In 1595 the church was rebuilt by Franciscans with a cemetery. The church was a simple structure covered with leaves, made on the same location of the original chapel. The present structure of the church was made in 1741 by the villagers. In 1765, the towers of this church were installed, while the sanctuary was rebuilt in 1916.

The Church of St. Alex has two towers and a splendid dome modeled on the .....


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At a distance of 12 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 39 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 14 km from Mapusa, Sinquerim Beach is known as the first tourist beach of North Goa.

The Sinquerim Beach is a beautiful beach that has a spectacular stretch of sand. It is located at the south of the famous beaches like Baga, Calangute and Candolim. It is an ideal place for swimming and one should not miss visiting this beach when on their travel to Goa for beach holidays.

The Sinquerim Beach is a semi circle shaped beach lies adjacent to the Aguada Beach. The lovely beach of Sinquerim is one of the oldest preserved beaches in Goa. The famous fort Aguada is located near the beach. Fort Aguada was built by the Portuguese in the early 17th century to defend them against any foreign attack and to control the entry of the intruders through River Mandovi.

This beach gets very crowded with tourists and vendors. It is not really a .....


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At a distance of 12.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 39 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23.7 km from Mapusa, St. Christ Church is situated in North Goa.

The Church of St. Christ or Santo Cristo is also known as Holy Christ Church. The Church was located at Vanxim, an island in Goa within a stone's throw of another island Divar. Originally the chapel was built in remote times. It was repaired in 1879. It was separated from the parish of Naroa, on which it depended and elevated into an independent parish in 1956. This island was called 'Ilha de capao' by the Portuguese. This Parish is presently looked after by the parish priest of Sao Matias, Divar.

The Church of St. Christ was constructed in Neo-Roman Style of Architecture. The facade has three storeys and two octagonal bell towers with balusters. It has a porch with tiled roof. The church building was painted with white and blue colors. The main altar is dedicated to Jesus Christ on the cross with his face glancing .....


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At a distance of 13 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 40 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, The Church of Our Lady of Miracles also known as St. Jerome's Church is situated at Mapusa in North Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Miracles was originally built by the Portuguese in 1594. Believed to have been built on the site of a Hindu temple. This church was dedicated to Saint Jerome and is still often called St Jerome's Church. The statue of St. Jerome was brought from Choras Seminary. The building caught fire in 1961 and a large part of it was destroyed. After its renovation the church was dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles and is locally known as Milarges Church.

This graceful church is located at the end of the market road in Mapusa. The exterior of the church is in beautiful Portuguese architecture with blonde bricks and tan colored trim. It has an altar which is devoted to Our Lady of Miracles. St. John the Baptist Statue is present on the right hand side of the altar .....


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At a distance of 13 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 31 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 27 km from Mapusa, St. Bras Church is situated in North Goa.

The Historic Church of Sao Bras or St. Braz was perched on a small hillock at Gandaulim village. Originally there was a small chapel built in 1541 by Croatian sailors and traders settled in this village. It was elevated to a parish church in 1563. It was built with funds from the government treasury while the Comunidade had the charge of conservation of the temple. The Church houses the imposing wooden images of Santa Luzia and Our Lady of Health, which were brought here with the extinction of the church of Santa Luzia.

The St. Braz church has three altars. The main alter is dedicated to Sao Bras - patron against throat sickness; on both sides of Sao Bras are the images of Santa Luzia - patron against eye illnesses and Santa Apolonia - patron against teeth ailment. The staff in the hand of Sao Bras is of pure silver .....


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At a distance of 13 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 39 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5 km from Mapusa, St. Elizabeth's Church is situated in North Goa.

St. Elizabeth's Church also known as Santa Isabel de Portugal Church is located in Ucassaim. The construction of the original church building commenced by Franciscans in 1618 and was completed in 1628. The Comunidades of Ucassaim, Bastora, Punola, Paliem and many private individuals funded the construction. A storm destroyed the church in 1708 and in the same year the church was reconstructed on an enlarged scale. Some major repairs were done internally in 1996 and in 2008.
The Church of Ucassaim is dedicated to St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal and is quite elegant in its architecture. The Church was built in Mannerist style with Rococo features. It has a Rocco curved gable with crown mounted above icon and a bell tower to the left. A magnificent statue of Christ the King is found in front of the church.

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At a distance of 14 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 40 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 16 km from Mapusa, St. Lawrence Church is situated in Candolim of North Goa.

The Chapel of St. Lawrence is located at a distance of 5 km from Candolim Beach along the Fort Aguada Road (1.4 kms). This Chapel is dedicated to St. Lawrence the Martyr or controller of winds, a patron saint of sailors. The Church was founded in 1630 by the Count of Linhares, Viceroy Dom Miguel de Noronha. The decision to build the church was taken soon after the fort was completed. The reason to build the church was so that the enemies could not get a close by outpost near the fort.
The St. Lawrence Church is also known as the Linhares Church. The church front is covered by an enormous sheltered yard and has a plain triangular peak with a solitary round window in the middle. The outline is finished with 2 thin towers behind it. The columns are brightened with engravings from the life episodes of St. Lawrence .....


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At a distance of 14 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 40 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Swiss Chapel is situated in Mapusa town of North Goa.

The Swiss Chapel also called Holy Cross Chapel. This Chapel was built in 1843 and is located quite close to the heritage buildings of Mapusa Court and the Municipal building on the Jerome Road.

Holy Cross Chapel has an admirable cream and blue coloured wooden altar and shrine. Figurative grillwork is hard to find in Goa it is usually commemorated an event in British-Indian history. This little Chapel has a royal bust moulded on the grill. The ritual at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is followed every Friday from 7.30 am followed by the Ritual of the Benediction at 7 pm.

Swiss Chapel organizes the Holy Cross Feast at the beginning of Lent. Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. In Western Christianity Ash Wednesday marks the first day or the start of the season of Lent which begins 40 days prior .....


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At a distance of 16 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 42 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 8 km from Mapusa, St. Michael's Church is one of the oldest churches of Goa situated on Anjuna beach road.

The Church of St. Michael was established in 1595 and is dedicated to S. Miguel. The Church was erected in 1603 by the visiting Jesuit Missionaries. Rebuilt in 1717 on the model of the famous Se Cathedral of Old Goa, this outstanding landmark is a most interesting specimen of colonial architecture of the 16th century. The Church has a large welcoming door and two towers on either side. The Portuguese style of architecture is the prime attraction of the church.

The Church is visited by tourists in large numbers to witness the statue of St. Michael with a scale in his left hand and a demon placed under his feet. The tabernacle placed in the centre of the main altar also attracts visitors. The Church also houses three large chapels, one dedicated to S. Antonio, one to Nossa .....


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At a distance of 16 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 43 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 9 km from Mapusa, St. Thomas Church is situated in North Goa.

St. Thomas Church is one of the oldest and most revered Churches located in Aldona. Aldona is the 7th parish established by Franciscans in Bardez. The church is dedicated to St. Thomas. Originally the Church was built in Coimavaddo by Franciscan in year 1569. The new building was built in 1596 AD due to the requirement of a more conveniently located bigger church. But since it was still a mud structure a new and strong edifice was made in 1610 which can be seen till today. The parochial residence and the present sacristy were added by 1898 and the tower on the left side came up in 1927. The church today hosts 8000 parishioners.

It was built on a high plateau on the banks of the Mapusa River. A flight of broad steps cut into a cliff and lead to an open plain that surrounds the grand white building. The Church interiors .....


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At a distance of 16.6 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 20 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, The Church of Our Lady of Refuge is situated in Mandur part of North Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Refuge also known as Nossa Senhora do Amparo Church was founded in 1710 on the initiative of the Gaunkar Dionisio Ribeiro and his wife Angelica Rodrigues. The primitive chapel was part of the parish of Azossim. It was raised to seat of its own parish on February 1, 1717.

It is one of the most characteristic 18th century churches on the Islands, and in that sense it is one of the primary Goan churches. The white-washed Catholic Church represents the Neo-Roman style of architecture. This is a rectangular single nave building forming a large, low compressed box with a tile roof. The Chapel has a groin vault with penetrations. The side walls of the nave and sanctuary are articulated by two superimposed levels of very shallow square niches. Superimposed pilasters separate the niches .....


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At a distance of 16.6 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 12.3 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 10 km from Verna Railway Station, Kesarval Spring is located in South Goa. The Kesarval Spring is on the Verna Plateau and can be reached by the highway towards Margao. The spot can be reached soon after crossing the bridge on the Zuari River and passing through the village of Cortalim. The site of the spring has dense undergrowth and the forest land consist of tropical trees.
The world Kesarval means eagle. Once it was in these forest slopes that hundreds of eagles lived and mastered over the earth from the sky. Unlike earlier when a stony zigzag trail was the only route to reach the spring, steps were built in the 1950s below the hill so that bathers could reach the spring without difficulty.

This spring is famous for its medicinal elements in water. The spring has a reputation of its own among the people of the area as well as among the tourists who come here. It is popularly .....


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At a distance of 17 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 17 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 30 km from Mapusa, St. Lawrence Church is situated in Agassaim of North Goa.

The Church of St Lawrence was raised by the Jesuit missionaries to the north of the Zuari River in the year 1565. This church is dedicated to St Lawrence the Martyr or Sao Lourenco, the patron saint of the poor and of cooks.
The church of St Lawrence overlooks the village from its vantage point on the little hillock on which it is situated. Built in exquisite Portuguese style architecture. Before Jesuits built the present structure, there existed a small chapel in its place. The existing building has a single tile roofed nave and vaulted chapel with a high choir borne by Tuscan columns made of stone from the north, a false transept, north tower set back slightly from the main facade, three-arched exterior galilees added in recent years and a sharp pointing gable with round oculus. The church is adorned with .....


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At a distance of 17 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 13 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 16.7 km from Margao Railway Station, St. Philip and James Church is situated in South Goa.

The Church of St. Philip and James also known as Ss. Filipe & Tiago Church is situated at Cortalim. The Church of Cortalim was built around 1566 on the ground donated by the Gaunkars to the Jesuit college of St. Paul and was dedicated to the Apostles St. Philip and St. James. St. James is also called San Tiago. A chapel situated near the church marks the place where the first Jesuits to enter Salcete celebrated a mass to signify the event on May 1, 1560.

According to the history the present Church stands on the place where once a Hindu temple of Lord Manguesh stood. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese conquerors somewhere in 16th century. The temple then was shifted to the present location of Mangueshi in Ponda.

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At a distance of 17 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 42 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 2.5 km from Mapusa, Nossa Senhora da Fuga Chapel is situated in North Goa.

The Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Fuga Chapel also known as Cunchelim Church is located in Cunchelim village. It was erected in remote times; the Chapel of Cunchelim had a new provision of erection in 1847. The chapel was related to the Parish of Mapusa from which it was elevated to the status of a Church on 30th October 1977. There is a special plaque put up of 'Benefactors from Iran', since the bulk of donations came from Persian Muslims.

Dedicated to Our Lady, the Church attracts a large number of people irrespective of caste or creed. There is a Boy's Cross with a tiny enclosure along the road. The bell-tolling pattern that accompanies the recitation of the Angelus with feelings has remained constant from its very inception. The main feast of the church lasts for 10 days.

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At a distance of 17 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 31 km from Mapusa, Shri Lakshmi Ravalnath Temple (also known as Shri Devaki Krishna Ravalnath Temple) is situated in Marcela of Ponda Taluka.

This temple is also known as Pisso Ravalnath and is known to be the only temple in India where Lord Krishna is worshipped along with his mother Devaki as Devaki Krishna.
The original temple of Devaki Krishna was on the island of Chodan (Chorao) in the Mandovi River. It was destroyed by the Portuguese rulers and relocated first at Maem between 1530 and 1540 AD and then shifted to its present location at Marcel between 1540 and 1567. There was a small shrine to the deity earlier and the present temple was built in the year 1842.

The inner sanctum of the temple has the beautiful idol of Devaki and Lord Krishna. The idol of Devaki is in standing posture with a child Krishna between her legs. This particular posture is considered to be unique. .....


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At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 45 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 6 km from Mapusa, St. Christopher Church is situated in North Goa.

St. Christopher Church or Sao Cristovao Church located beside a river in Tivim. The Church of Tivim was built in 1627 by the villagers of Tivim, Sirsaim and Assonora. The primitive church was destroyed by the invading forces of Sambhaji in 1683 and it had to be rebuilt around 1685. The parish of Tivim extended till Assonora beyond which was the Apostolic Vicariate of Bijapur. Renovated in 1720, the church attracts a large number of devotees. Since 1766, the parish is looked after by the diocesan clergy.

St. Christopher Church is dedicated to Patron Saint Christopher. The one-time patron saint was celebrated for carrying people across a tumultuous river with only a staff in hand. One stormy night he carried a child on his shoulders whose weight seemed to increase with each step he took. The child revealed himself .....


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At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 45 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5 km from Mapusa, Our Lady of Consolation of the Persecuted Church is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Consolation of the Persecuted is also known as Nossa Senhora Consolacao dos Perseguidos church. It is situated in Tropa. There was a chapel at Tropa in 1762 affiliated to the parish of Siolim. It was rebuilt in 1971, when Tropa was elevated to the status of a parish.
In the 16th century conquest of Goa this place was well fortified by the Portuguese with police to ward off the Bhosle attacks. The locality came to be known as Tropa meaning troops because the Portuguese Government had stationed a military force there.

The church of Tropa is dedicated to Our Lady of Consolation. The church was built in eclectic design with Neo-Gothic touches. The church has 3 storeys and pointed arches for openings in lower storeys. It contains twin turrets and a porch with rusticated .....


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At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 35 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 33 km from Mapusa, Shri Mahaganapati Temple is situated in North Goa.

Shri Mahaganapati Temple is located in Candola or Khandola village of Ponda Taluka. This temple is one of the oldest temples in Goa. This Temple is dedicated to the Elephant god Lord Ganesha. The original temple was located on the island of Divar, area adjoining the Church of Our Lady of Piedade. After it was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1540 the devotees of lord Ganesha moved the idol to Khandepar in Ponda Taluka later Narve in Bicholim Taluka and finally to Khandola in 1750.
Once, the temple committee decided to replace the old 13th Century idol with a new one. But during the ceremony the Lord demanded a permanent place in the temple. So the old idol was retained alongside the new one. Today we can see two idols in the garbagriha, the new idol established in 1969 and the old 13th century idol which is to the .....


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At a distance of 20 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of Health Church is situated in South Goa.

Our Lady of Health Church at Sancoale is also known as Nossa Senhora de Saude Church. The Jesuit missionaries came by the way of Sancoale in 1560 and deciding to settle there. By way of commemorating their occupation they established the Nossa Senhora de Saude Church. The first Church of Sancoale was founded in 1606 and dedicated to Our Lady of Health. The construction of the church was completed in 1566 on the site of an earlier Hindu temple of Laxmi Narasimha. The Church building caught fire in 1834.

Today only a part of the church's facade stands on the banks of the Zuari River. The erstwhile Portuguese Government had declared it a national monument on 19.3.1937. The Patron of Goa Blessed Joseph Vaz wrote his famed ''Letter of Bondage'' at this church in 1677.

The facade of the church .....


Beach

At a distance of 20 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Railway Station and 13 km from Mapusa, Chapora Beach is a picturesque beach situated in North Goa.

Nestled at the mouth of the Chapora River, it is a pleasant change from the bustling Anjuna Beach. This beach is famous for fishing and boat building. Like the other popular beaches of Goa, Chapora also stays crowded most of the time of the day. The picturesque beach with white sand and a number of coconut palms along its stretch is well known as the Chapora Fort that was built 500 years ago during the Portugal rule is situated nearby. There is a famous Ganesh fruit juice center in Chapora selling organic juices and gathering people from around.

The Chapora Beach is picturesque and offers amazing views of the sunrise as well as the sunset. Swimming at the Chapora Beach is not safe as the undercurrents are sometimes very strong. At Chapora Beach, you can take a lazy walk, soak the sunrays or just play around .....


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At a distance of 20 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Mapusa, Ozran Beach is also known as Little Vagator situated in North Goa.

Ozran Beach is located just after Anjuna Beach, close to the Vagator Beach. The Ozran Beach is a small but very picturesque beach. It is situated behind the hillocks on which the fort of Chapora is located. To reach the Ozran Beach travellers have to climb a small hill. Wonderful surroundings make the beach one of the main attractions of Goa.

Ozran Beach is an extension of the Vagator Beach. It is a hotspot for foreign tourists and has one of the most picturesque settings found in this coastline. Ozran is a rocky beach more so on it's left and right extremes. The beach appears less crowded compared to Vagator Beach. Mostly Goan's in many groups spend their day at Ozran beach with their family and friends.

Towards the northern side of the beach there is a huge human face carved on a rock. .....


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At a distance of 21 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 8.5 km from Mapusa, Our Lady of The Sea Church is situated in North Goa.

Our Lady of The Sea Church is located in Oxel Village. It is also known as Nossa Senhora do Mar Church in the beginning belonged to Nagoa and then to Siolim Marna rectorate. The Church of Oxel was built in 1661. The Church and the residence of the parish priest were built in 1661. The roof was renewed in 1686 and some years later the whole frontispiece was repaired. The image of Our Lady of The Sea at Oxel is taken from the Chapel of Our Lady of The Sea in the Convent of Santa Monica, Old Goa. The present church building was constructed in 1899.

The feast of Our Lady of The Sea Church is celebrated on 2nd Sunday of May every year. The people of Oxel also celebrate many Christian festivals such as the Sao Joao feast on 24th June then on 29th June the Sangodd.


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At a distance of 22 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 49 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Mapusa, Corjuem Fort is a fortress situated 4 km from Aldona on the island of Corjuem in North Goa.

Corjuem Fort is also known as Khorjuem Fort. It is smaller than the other forts in Goa, but it gives a good view of the surrounding river and land. According to late Father Moreno de Souza the island name originates from Khor as in khorik which means deep or lower and Zunvem which means island.
The Corjuem Fort was constructed in the year 1551. The fort is a relatively small fort and is square shaped. The walls are wide and have numerous gun ports and murder holes. At each corner of the fort is a ramp like stair that leads to the ramparts. The Fort has a well and a three room living quarters. The chapel of St. Anthony was earlier known to have been in the Corjuem Fort.
The Corjuem Fort was protected by the Portuguese from the Marathas, Bhonsles and the Rane Rajputs in .....


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At a distance of 22 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 7 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 35 km from Mapusa, Sao Jacinto Island is situated in South Goa.

Sao Jacinto Island or San Jacinto Island is a small island lying in the Mormugao bay. It is a lovely little place located about 7 km from Bogmalo beach. This tiny island was blessed with incredible, breathtaking natural beauty where you can catch sights of plate corals.

Most of the island is covered with forests and just the south-western coast is dotted with old houses. There is an old chapel situated here that has an underground tunnel to the other side of the river to Siridao. The main attraction of the island is an old picturesque chapel, which can also be sighted while traveling form the Dabolim airport. This church is called as the St Hyacinth Church that celebrates the feast on the last Sunday of September. One can even see an Old Portuguese lighthouse on the island. Beyond it, a path will take you up the hill .....


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At a distance of 22 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 41 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 26 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Mahalasa Temple is situated in North Goa.

The Mahalasa Temple located at Mardol in Ponda is one of the most famous temples in Goa. It is also known as the Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple and is dedicated to the Goddess Mahalasa. She is worshipped in two distinct traditions. As an independent goddess, she is considered as a form of Mohini - the female avatar of the god Vishnu and is called Mahalasa Narayani. Mahalasa is also worshipped as the consort of the folk god Khandoba an incarnation of god Shiva. In this tradition she is associated with Parvati, Shiva's wife as well as Mohini.
According to the legend, the presiding deity Goddess Mahalasa once appeared to a cattleman on the Sonsada plateau at Verna. Asked to go and fetch his master by the goddess, the petrified cattleman is said to have tried to escape his difficult situation by lying that .....


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At a distance of 23 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 39 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 33 km from Mapusa, St.Stephen's Church is situated on the island of Jua near Divar in North Goa.

The Stephen's Church is also known as St. Estevam Church, which is perched on top of the hillock. The present Church was not the first church on the island. The Jesuits first built the church in 1575, which was destroyed due to fire on 25th November 1683 by Sambhaji Raja Bhonsle during the Maratha campaign against Goa. The villagers of Santo Estevam soon rebuilt their church. However, Maratha forces burned it down again in 1739. The present edifice was erected in 1759.

St. Stephen's Church was one of the large churches to be built in Goa and is special due to its exterior portion resembling a false dome surrounded by twin towers with lanterns. The Church is built in Corinthian style with a nave ceilings decorated with floral graffiti, side altars and elegant pulpit. The main altar .....


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At a distance of 23 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 18 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 14 km from Margao Railway Station, Holy Cross Church is situated in South Goa.

The Holy Cross Church also known as Verna Church is located in Verna. Since 1568 the Church was built three times in three different places. The present church is the third one and it was built in 1612 by the Jesuits. The first church of Verna was founded in 1568 on the elevated site of a temple to the goddess Santeri. The church later moved to the site of the Hindu cemetery traditionally located on high ground. The third church that is the present one was built 100 paces from that place. There is a Catholic cemetery on the slope above the church. This cemetery was created at the time but occupies the site of the old Hindu cemetery.

The facade of the Church is similar to the Old Goa Bom Jesus Basilica facade but divided into three orders. The facade faces north with a set- back tower on its east front .....


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At a distance of 23 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 49 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 10 km from Mapusa, Our Lady of Victory Church is situated in North Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Victory is also called as Nossa Senhora da Vitoria located in Revora. This church was built in 1653. It was burnt and destroyed in 1705. The present church was built in 1952. It is situated at a short distance from the old church and has been entrusted to the Capuchin Friars from 1st January 1982.

The white washed Church was constructed in Neo-Gothic Style. The three Storey building contains two bell towers with gothic style tapering roofs. The facade of the church has conical and pointed arches.

The feast of Our Lady of Victory was celebrated on 2nd Sunday of May with great fervour.


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At a distance of 23 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 40 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Mapusa, St. Estevam Island is situated in North Goa.

St Estevam is an Island in Tiswadi, Goa. It is encircled by the Mandovi River on all sides and was connected to the mainland by the bridge only in the mid 1980s. Also known as Juvem and in the past it was known as Shakecho Juvo - the isle of vegetables. Santo Estevao is most famous for its premium seven-ridged, light-green and long lady finger or okra. That's why many people refer to villagers as 'bhendde'.

Juvem is the fourth largest island in Goa. This Island originally consisted of three small islets Jua, Tolto and Vantso with a canal connecting them. These small islets have been joined together into one island that is Santo Estevam. Juvem is rich in historical heritage and natural beauty. There is a fort situated here on a hillock which was built in September 1668. It was named as the fort of St Francis Xavier .....


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At a distance of 23 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 40 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 26 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Lakshminarasimha Temple is situated in North Goa.

The Lakshminarasimha Temple is located in Veling, which is about 6 km southwest of Mardol in Ponda region. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Narasimha is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu which is half lion and half man.

According to the history, the original temple was built in the Sancole village of Salcete and the shrine was later shifted with other deities of Sri Vijayadurga and Sri Shanthadurga to its present location in the year 1567. The temple still has wooden bars relief and carvings. The paintings and carvings in the temple chowka depicts Sri Narasimha Purana are beautiful and are worth seeing. The sanctum houses the idols of Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu and the atmosphere is calm and peaceful. The hall of the temple also displays the images .....


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At a distance of 23 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 16 km from Margao Railway Station and 18.5 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium is located at national highway Verna-Goa in South Goa. Abyss Marine Aquarium is one of the famous tourist places along with the sun, sand, sea, temples and churches.

Abyss Marine Fish Aquarium consists of wide range of attractive marine live fish and the traditional activities of Goan fishermen families in statue format. There are some 60 different varieties of fish at Abyss. Carefully preserved and kept in impressive aquarium in a lively ambience. You can watch attractive, unique, harmful and sophisticated fish which moves in closed aquariums.

In addition to the main aquarium, there are some small open aquariums which allow visitors to view the fishes from a closer point. Lobsters, starfish, parrotfish, catfish, lionfish, sea cucumber, finger star fish and many more beautiful varieties you get to see here, fish .....


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At a distance of 24 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 51 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 11 km from Mapusa, St. Clara's Church is situated at Assonora in North Goa.

The Church of St. Clara is also known as the St. Clara of Assisi Chapel. It was built by the Franciscan Friars in 1781, but was burnt down several times by the Marathas. However it was rebuilt every time it was destroyed. The Chapel was affiliated to the parish of Tivim. It became a fully fledged Church on 18th October 1805. At that time the Church had a parochial school and a music school too.

The Church has five altars and the main altar is dedicated to Santa Clara. The Church constructed a hall for the parish and Village activities in 2001. The Church is well known for its Friday's inner healing sessions that attract huge crowds. Youth retreats held here also receive wide support.

The feast of St. Clara Church is celebrated on 2nd Saturday of May that is 14th May every year with great pomp .....


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At a distance of 24.4 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 14 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 18 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of Assumption Church at Velsao is located 3 km from Cansaulim, South Goa.

Our Lady of Assumption Church was founded in 1635. Before the foundation of this church the villages of Velsao, Pale, Chicolna and Issorcim were affiliated to the Church of St. Thomas in Cansaulim. The Church land was donated by the Noronha family in 1635. Descendants of the Noronha's still live in the house next door.

The feast of Our Lady of Assumption is always celebrated by Catholics on August 15 is a grand affair at two major churches in Goa one is Our Lady of Hope at Candolim in North Goa and other is Our Lady of Assumption at Velsao in South Goa. At both churches the nine-day novena precedes the feast.
It is basically a three day affair with the death of Mother Mary, Veneration, accession to heaven in body and soul with all the religious fervour and .....


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At a distance of 24.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 50 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Mapusa, Chorao Island is situated in North Goa.

Chorao Island is an island along the river Mandovi near Panaji. The Chorao Island was called Chudamani meaning stunning precious stone in Sanskrit. Legend says that the island emerged from the diamonds thrown away by Yashoda, Lord Krishna's mother. The Islanders call it chodan or chodna. It was the Portuguese who called it Chorao. The Portuguese noblemen were the founders of the Chorao Island and created it as a pleasurable place to live. Thus, the place derived its name as Ilha Dos Fidalgos (Island of Noblemen).

Chorao Island is the largest island among other 17 islands of Goa. The earliest settlers with the island had been 10 households of the Goud Saraswat Brahmins. The Chorao Island is attractive primarily because of its amazing flora and fauna. In the western part of the island, on an area of 178 hectares, the largest .....


Beach

At a distance of 25 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 15 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Velsao Beach is situated in South Goa.

Velsao Beach is adjoining with the Bogmalo Beach to its north and the Majorda & Colva Beach to its south. The beach is famous for its large stretches of silver soft sands and picturesque sunsets. The shoreline of the beach is dotted with numerous palm trees. The lovely long stretch of white sand is perfect for relaxation, strolling and sunbathing.

Velsao Beach is amazingly gorgeous beach that stretches 20 km. Velsao Beach abounds in pristine natural beauty. The air is pure and the surroundings picturesque. The calm and quiet atmosphere of the beach lets you hear the cooing of birds very clearly.

Velsao Beach offers magnificent views of the sunrise and sunset. The seashore can be absolutely empty and free from tourists. Many people also flock here to enjoy the feast of Three Kings at Our Lady of Cures .....


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At a distance of 25 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 50 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 13 km from Mapusa, Shri Lairai Devi Temple is situated in North Goa.

The temple of Shri Lairai Devi is located at Shrigao in Bicholim Taluka. This temple is dedicated to Lairai Devi. Lairai Devi and Virgin Mary of nearby Mapusa are recognized as sisters by Goan Hindus and Catholics. The architecture of the temple is unique, with a dome and a tall pyramid like tower adorning the top. This temple is a combination of northern and southern art and design of temples. Shri Lairai Saunsthan is one of the oldest and most famous Devasthans in Goa.

The Lairai Devi Temple is famous all over Goa for the Shrigao Jatra held in early part of May. Every year thousands of devotees attend annual feast of deity to witness the walking of 'dhond' through sacred fire called Homakund. The festival begins early in the morning and continues throughout the day. The devotees (dhond) take a bath and walk .....


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At a distance of 25 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 50 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Mapusa, Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple is situated in North Goa. The Saptakoteshwar temple at Narve is considered to be one of the six great sites of temples of Lord Shiva in the Konkan area. Saptakoteshwara was one of the chief deities of Kadmaba Dynasty of 12th Century. This temple was built by King for his wife Kamala Devi, who was great devotee of lord. Coins found from this era mention the name of the deity along with that of the King Jayakeshi.

The presiding deity of the temple is Saptakoteshwar an incarnation of Lord Shiva. According to the legend, Lord Shiva appeared at this place to grant the wishes of seven holy sages who prayed for seven crore years. This incarnation of the Lord is known as Saptakoteshwar (sapt means seven and Koteshwar means lord of crores). The original Saptakoteshwar temple was in Narve on Diwar Island build by Kadambas. In 1352 the Kadamba kingdom .....


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At a distance of 26 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21.5 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Nageshi Temple is situated in North Goa.
Shri Nageshi Temple or Nagueshi Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Donshiwado of Ponda Taluka. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Naguesh an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple is one of the oldest in Goa and of considerable archaeological importance and also among well known Goa places to visit.

Shri Nageshi Temple is considered to be ''Swayambhu'' shrine of Lord Shiva popularly known for its miraculous powers. The history is not available at present except a reference in the folk songs. The environs known as Nagzar had in the past a grove of Shami trees. A cowherd noticed a cow from his herd regularly showering milk on a stone in the forest. Thus the Shiva linga was discovered by the people.

The Nageshi Temple was built in 1413, when the region .....


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At a distance of 26 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 42 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 31 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Navadurga Temple is situated in North Goa.
Shri Navdurga temple is situated at Madkai which is in Ponda Taluka. The Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Navadurga. The diety is originally brought from Ganvshi village in the Tiswadi Taluka. The temple is almost 500 years old and was renovated in 1603 AD.

The presiding deity worshipped at the Navdurga temple is a fierce form of goddess Durga known as the Mahishasuramardini. The stone idol of the Goddess placed on a raised platform in the Garbhagriha of the temple. The idol is in standing position and is four feet tall. The goddess neck is slightly bent to the left. The deity in her form is highly venerated in Goa. Lord Ganesh, Betala, Narayana, Grampurush and Ravalnath are the other deities worshipped at this temple.

The Palakhi (palanquin) of Navadurga is taken out on Shukla Navami of every .....


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At a distance of 26 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 36 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Gopal Ganapati Temple is situated in North Goa.

The Shri Ganesh temple also known as the Shri Gopal Ganapati temple is set amidst beautiful natural surroundings at Farmagudi of Ponda Taluka. This Temple was dedicated to Elephant God Ganesha. According to the history, the Portuguese Viceroy attacked the fort of Ponda in October 1683 but had to beat a quick retreat at the sudden appearance of the Maratha King Sambhaji with a large army. Farmangudi commemorates this event. The stone image of Gopal Ganapati was discovered by herdsmen while grazing cattle near the hill and later installed in a small shrine with a thatched roof. The temple built by late Shri Dayanand Bandodkar the first Chief Minister of Goa has the idol made of metal alloy consecrated on 24th April 1966.

It is a good specimen of Indian temple architecture synthesizing both ancient .....


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 26 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 25 km from Margao Railway Station and 4 km from Ponda Bus Stand, Mystic Woods is a conservation project of Butterfly Conservatory of Goa, a NGO dedicated to restoring the green heritage of Western Ghats.

Butterfly Conservatory is located 3 km from the Tropical Spice Farm and 4 km from Sahakari Spice Farm. The conservatory is spread over 4000 sq mts and is founded by a couple who are nature enthusiasts and also environmentally conscious. At the time of establishment only 25 species of the butterflies could be seen here but currently 133 species of butterflies beautifying the conservatory. The entire conservatory is designed in the manner of a park like structure where one can stroll and indulge in a visual treat of the nature. It is a great place to take the kids to introduce them to the colorful world of butterflies and caterpillars.

The butterfly house or conservatory is a facility which is specifically intended for the .....


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At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 15 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Margao Railway Station, Three Kings Church is located at Velsao in South Goa.

Three Kings Church is a small church situated at Cuelim hill. It is closer to Verna railway station. It is a very famous tourist spot.
According to the history this church is a haunted church. Long ago three Portuguese kings lived there. They often used to fight to gain power in the land but they were tied by the Portuguese diplomacy between rulers policy. Holger Alvunger, one king invited other two kings for a supper in the church. King Holger poisoned other two kings. The supporters of the dead kings became furious and gathered there to kill the wicked man. Holger committed suicide by taking poison. People buried all three bodies in the church.

This Church is mostly closed in the evenings as there is a tale the locals tell and basically centers on the premise that no one who has ever .....


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At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 17 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 18 km from Margao Railway Station, St. Lawrence Church is situated in Cansaulim of South Goa.

The Church of St Lawrence was constructed and founded in the year 1598 by Father Gonsalo Carvalho S.J. who was the second vicar at the St. Thomas Church, Cansaulim. The Chapel of Three Kings was also founded during the same period on the Cuelim hill.

The Chapel was built in Portuguese architectural style and it is a remarkable sight. Though the chapel has suffered damage and destruction due to vandalism and neglect, it was repeatedly restored to its old glory. The chapel was renovated in 1783 and was expanded to accommodate more space in 1863 as well as in 2001. St. Stephen chapel at Pale village in Velsao is also considered to have been constructed along with this chapel.
Feast of St. Lawrence is held on 10 August, all over Goa. The traditional blessing of the rice paddy sheaves .....


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At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 36 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Margao Railway Station, St. Roque Church is situated in South Goa.

St. Roque Chapel also known as Bandora Chapel is located at Bandora village of Ponda. Bandora is an ancient village nestling among the green fields and hills of Ponda. Bandora has a cluster of well known temples. Right in the midst of well known temples of Goa, perched on small hillock is a chapel dedicated to St. Roque. The Chapel of St. Roque was founded in 1904 and was affiliated to St. Anne's Church, Ponda.

When the old chapel was being demolished the chapel bell was taken down and cleaned. It is about 45 kg in weight. Inscriptions in Devanagiri and Portuguese script were found stating that it had been donated to the chapel by Mrs. Naboobai Vishwanath Katkar in 1913. This is a testimony to the harmony between Hindus and Catholics in Bandora since ages. Even after all these decades of tolling .....


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At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37.4 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Margao Railway Station, Safa Masjid is located in North Goa.

Safa Masjid is situated at Shahpur of Ponda Taluka. Also known as the Shahouri Masjid, the mosque is considered as an important heritage monument of Goa. The Safa Masjid is a very relevant representative of the history and culture of medieval Goa. The Safa Shahouri Masjid, the biggest and most famous of the 27 mosques in Ponda Taluka was built in 1560 by Ibrahim Adilshah of Bijapur. 'Safa' is an Arabic word which means clean, chaste and pure. The mosque bears a resemblance to the word appropriately. The Safa mosque has survived the destruction caused by the Portuguese colonizers as part of the Inquisition process.

The Safa Masjid is thus a fusion of Indo-Islamic style. This is a small single chambered mosque with tiled roof having flight of steps in front. A masonary portico adorns the outer periphery of .....


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At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 44 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 30 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Anant Temple is situated in North Goa. Shri Anant Temple also known as Madanant Temple is located at Savoi-Verem of Ponda Taluka. This is one of the famous temples situated in Ponda and the only temple of Ananta in Goa. It is surrounded on all sides by water and beautiful scenery. The temple of Sri Anant was built in 1540.

The temple of Anant is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Ananta is the serpent on which Vishnu rests and is said to be the holder of the entire universe's weight. Goddess Shri Laxmi is sitting at the feet of Lord Vishnu. The idol of the deity is carved with black stone. Besides the main deity Anant Sheshashayi, the complex also has Shantadurga, Kamini, Narayan and Grampurush temples.

The structure of the temple is small and is quite inviting. The pillar decoration is very minute and full of intricate designs. The distinct structure .....


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At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 54 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Mapusa, Shri Bhagwati Temple is situated in North Goa.

Shri Bhagwati Temple is located 7 km from Pernem. The temple of Sri Bhagwati is quite unique and is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati an incarnation of Goddess Parvati- consort of Lord Shiva. The Shri Bhagwati temple is an ancient temple in Goa. It is said to be more than 500 years old and is situated by the side of the main road. The Portuguese rule was quite disadvantageous for the existing temples in Goa as they had to face destruction and devastation at the hands of the foreign rulers. Very few temples survived the wrath of the invaders. Shri Bhagwati Temple is one of the few temples that were allowed to stand.

The presiding deity of temple is Goddess Bhagwati in Ashtabhuja (eight hands) form. On a high pedestal in a standing position the Goddess Bhagwati is also very imposing. At the entrance of the Bhagwati temple .....


Beach

At a distance of 27 km Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 54 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Mapusa, Morjim Beach popularly known as the Turtle Beach is located in North Goa.

Morjim Beach is situated on the northern side of the Chapora River and south of Ashvem Beach. One can see the beautiful Morjim Beach from the Chapora fort. The part of the beach directly opposite the fort is usually deserted. A few palm and Casuarinas pines can be found on the beach.

In recent years, Morjim has earned the label as 'Little Russia' due to the concentration of Russian tourists visiting and residing in the beach town. Morjim Beach is a quiet and secluded beach unspoilt by tourism.

The Morjim Beach is most renowned for the Olive Ridley turtles that have their nesting ground here, which are an endangered species. The sight of the tiny hatchlings, turtles and crabs makes your experience at the beach an unforgettable one. However, touching the eggs or hatchlings is a punishable .....


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At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 1 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, St Andrew's Church is situated in Vasco Da Gama, Goa.

Church of St. Andrew's the Apostle was founded by the Jesuits in 1570. The inaugural mass was celebrated with great pomp on 5th April in 1570. Adil Shah's soldiers destroyed the original building in 1578. Viceroy Ferrao Teles de Menezes ordered the priests throughout Goa to build beautiful Churches of stone and lime. The present Church building probably belongs to 1594. The church had a magnificent ''facade'' which was destroyed in the year 1950.

After the construction of the main building the original peak gable fašade was restructured with Neo-Gothic features added to it. The parochial residence was extended in 1989 by the parish priest, late Father F. Couto. Major changes were made in 2009 when the current priest Father Jose Antonio Costa began expansion and renovation work. The church also has a new school building on the .....


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At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 23 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Margao Railway Station, Mae de Deus Church is situated in South Goa.

Mae de Deus Church also known as Mother of God Church is located 2 km from Majorda Beach. Mae De Deus Church is one of the prominent sightseeing attractions in Goa. The Church was established in 1588 by Jesuits. The Church of Majorda was made a parish church during the tenure of Archbishop Aleixo de Menezes. The Church was set on fire by the Marathas in April 1738 and it was rebuilt in 1739.

The Church exhibits the Gothic style of architecture and is dedicated to the Mother of God. According to one legend, a wooden box with the image of Mother of God was laid under cornerstone of the Temple. Earlier in Majorda village there was a Hindu Temple which was dedicated to the Great Mother - Mamay.

The Church is celebrating two festivals one is on 5th May and the second one 'Boa Morte festival' is .....


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At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 35 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Ramnathi Temple is situated in North Goa.
The Ramnathi Temple also known as the Shanteri Kamakshi Temple is located in Ramnathim, Bandode close to the Shantadurga Temple, Kavlem. This temple belongs to the Saraswat Brahmins. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ramnath an incarnation of Lord Siva.

According to the history the original Ramnathi temple was located in Loutolim in Salcete Taluka. The Idol of Ramnathi was shifted to the present site in 1566 to prevent its destruction by the Portuguese troops. It was renovated again in 1905.
According to mythology Rameshwar is the original abode of Lord Ramnath. The courtyard of the temple has a five storied Deepstambha or Lamp Pillar adorned with images of Hindu gods and Goddesses on its base. After entering the main door of the temple, one enters the ''Sabha Mantap'' or the hall of worship. This .....


Beach

At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 17 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 14.4 km from Margao Railway Station, Arossim Beach is situated between Utorda and Bogmalo Beach in South Goa.

Arossim Beach is one of the most picturesque and scenic locations with its palm trees, beautiful Blue Ocean, golden sand and wooden boats scattered throughout the shore. The Arossim beach falls in the lovely village of Cansaulim, one of the largest villages in Goa. The beach is safe for swimmers and one can visit the 16th century church of Saint Thomas.

Arossim Beach is a popular destination for party and leisure seekers, which is the venue to indulge in varied beach activities. October to March is the ideal time to visit Arossim Beach and enjoy beach activities like water surfing, scooting, parasailing, water skiing, swimming, sunbathing and speedboat rides. Boats are also easily available at this beach for enjoying speedboat rides and fishing. Necessary equipment and .....


Beach

At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 5 km from Dabolim Airport and 9 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Bogmalo Beach is one of the least crowded beaches of Goa and is quite picturesque.

It is situated in a small bay with around a mile of curving sandy beach, which is generally very quiet. The beach is also considered to be the cleanest in South Goa. The beach is safe and perfect for swimming. Even though swimming is safe in Bogmalo, one must be careful when swimming and check out with the lifeguards for the strength of the undercurrents.

Water sports are the prime attraction of Bogmalo. Activities like windsurfing, water skiing, ski-jet facilities are available. Dolphin spotting is other popular attraction for the tourists. Sunbathing is another popular activity on Bogmalo beach. The Sunset view is amazing from the beach. The sandy beach at the end of the cove is the most picture perfect spot at Bogmalo.

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At a distance of 28.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 33 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19.5 km from Margao Railway Station, Mount Carmel Chapel is situated at Ponda part of South Goa.

Mount Carmel Chapel was built for the battalion stationed at Ponda and erected by provision of 13.5.1782 at the request of the Colonel Antonio de Assa Castelo Branco, Commander of the Royal Legion and of the Province of Ponda. Fr. Filipe Osorio from Raia was then missionary vicar of Ponda.

Since 1981 many of the parish activities like marriages and baptisms are held in this Chapel because of its centrality. From 1962 the Franciscan Friars were Given the Parish of Ponda. The Friars have celebrated the golden jubilee of their presence here in 2012.

Mount Carmel Chapel is now used by the Indian Army. The 18th century chapel has dark and intricately carved wooden altars. One can see people wielding brooms and dusters and cleaning the chapel.

Timings: 9 AM - 7 PM from Mon .....


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At a distance of 28.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 23 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 8.5 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of the Poor Church is situated in South Goa.

Our Lady of the Poor Church is located in Nuvem Village. It is also known as Igreja Mae dos Pobres (Mother of the Poor Church) or The Holy Family Church. The main altar of the church is actually dedicated to Jesus, Mary and Joseph in 1695. It was affiliated to the parish of the Holy Spirit Church, Margao. Nuvem became a separate parish in 1903.

The Church was built in Neo-Roman-Mannerist architecture. It is the only heritage structure in the village of Nuvem has been plunged into a bitter row over an alleged proposal for its demolition for a bigger church.

The Mother of the Poor Church feast is celebrated by the villagers on the first Sunday of November. The statue of Mae Dos Pobres being taken in a procession at Jesus and Mary Church on the occasion of the feast which was celebrated .....


Beach

At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 3 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Hansa Beach is situated in South Goa.

Hansa Beach is extremely beautiful and tranquil beach. Hansa Beach is not part of commercial and public beaches of Goa. Hansa is a clean beach with pristine waters. However the beach is controlled by the Indian navy wing due to its location to close proximity to major naval installations in the area. The navy regularly cleans up the beach to ensure it remains spotless clean. Access to the beach is through the INS Hansa Naval base beside the Naval Aviation Museum.

This beach is safe for swimming and is free from the flowing currents. The long stretch of the sand at the beach is best for long walks. It is believed that this beach has access of naval personnel and their families only.

The Hansa Beach is not accessible to tourists or the public in general. However if the patrolling sentry is in a good mood a small portion of the beach is .....


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At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 25 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 11 km from Margao Railway Station, Saviour of the World Church is situated in South Goa.

The Saviour of the World Church is also known as Igreja do Salvador do Mundo. The Saviour of the World Church was built in 1586. It was built in Loutolim to look after the spiritual needs of the catholic population of the village after they converted from their original Hindu beliefs.

This is a small Church with a simple facade. The Church is one of the best preserved Jesuit churches of the late 16th century in Salcete and from an architectural point of view is very close to its prototype, the church of Rachol.

The facade is very elaborate and complex corresponds to profound architectural changes introduced in the 19th century. The Church has a single nave and tiled roof. It has a false transept and chancel with barrel vault decorated with coffers. A single tower stands against the .....


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At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 25 km from Mapusa, The Church of St. John of The Cross is situated in North Goa.

The Church of St. John of the Cross or Sao Joao da Cruz Church is located in Sanquelim. The Church dedicated to St. John of the Cross was built as a chapel in 1826 at the initiative of Archbishop Frei Manoel de S Galdino from the donations raised by the faithful and the Portuguese Government. Within a year that is in 1827, the chapel was detached from the parish of Bicholim and it was raised to the status of a parish church.

The Church has been taken care of by the Jesuits most of the part. The Church of St. John of the Cross was reconstructed two times in 1933 and in 1948. A new church building was blessed on 19th December 2004. The Church is a fairly simple looking structure but its Baroque facade is quite distinctive. The original facade was maintained and a belfry was added on the right side of .....


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At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 25.6 km from Mapusa, Shri Dattatreya Temple is situated in North Goa. Shri Dattatreya Temple also known as Shri Datta Mandir is located at Dattawadi, Sanquelim. Shri Datta Mandir is one of those temples that remained untouched from destroy of the foreign rulers and is now one of the oldest temples in Goa. This is a very famous temple of Shri Dattatreya.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Dattatreya - the Hindu Trimurthy that is the combined form of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. These three gods are considered as the holy trinity. These three gods are symbol of preservation, creation and destruction. The architecture of the temple is a combination of the traditional local building and a rigid architectural style. This unique combination has given the temple an exclusive look. The interior of the temple is made of white marbles. The temple possesses intricate carvings and extensive work of craft. .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway station and 9 km south of Bicholim, Arvalem caves are 6th century ancient rock cut caves situated in North Goa.

The Arvalem Caves are popularly known as ''Pandava Caves''. According to the history, the five Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata sought refuge in these caves during their exile. The Arvalem Caves are very much patterned in the Buddhist cave style. The architecture of the caves is simple yet appealing. The walls are plain with no paintings on them. The rock structure has been cut into laterite stone, with the sanctuary at the northern end and the vihara at the southern end. The mysterious look of the caves has been attracting the tourists over long years. The presence of the famous Rudreshwar temple and a waterfall in its vicinity, makes this place a must visit in Goa.

There are five compartments in the cave complex and the middle compartment enshrines the 'linga' held in great reverence .....


Beach

At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 21 km from Vasco Da Gama and 11 km from Margao Railway Station, Majorda is one of the most popular beaches in South Goa.

Majorda Beach is situated in the southern part of Bogmalo. This beautiful beach covered with lot of palm groves. Some of the most famous hotels and resorts of Goa are found here and thus it is quite a popular place for a holiday.

According the Indian mythology, Legends believed that Lord Rama was kidnapped and brought to the Majorda beach in his childhood. Later, again in life while in quest of his consort Sita, he came to the Cabo-de-Rama which lies at the southern end of the Majorda beach.

Majorda is also the place where the Jesuits discovered the best toddy of Goa who used it to leaven the bread. Even today the people of Majorda are known to be the best bakers of Goa as they were the first to know the art of baking European breads.

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At a distance of 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 17 km from Mapusa and 15 km from Arambol beach, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is situated in Parnem Taluka of North Goa.
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church was the first church in the whole Pernem Taluka, at the time this area was under the rule of Portuguese. This church has kept the flame of Christianity burning bright. Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Nossa Senhora do Carmo) is a catholic church dedicated to Virgin Mary. This white washed church located close to the Arambol beach holds a lot of religious significance amongst locals as well as tourists.

The church was built in 1780 and initially dedicated to St John the Baptist. The church was reconstructed in 1841 and then dedicated to Our Lady of the Mount Carmel. A part of the frontispiece was reconstructed and the church was repaired in 1878. In the year 2000, the church building was enlarged and a new parochial house was built.

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At a distance of 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46.5 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 28 km from Mapusa, Shri Rudreshwar Temple is situated in North Goa.

The temple of Rudreshwar is located at Arvalem in Bicholim Taluka. This temple is half a km away from the rock-cut caves or Pandava caves of Harvalem where the ancient linga of Rudreshwar is venerated.

The main deity of the temple is Shri Rudreshwar an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The Rudreshwar Temple is newly built on the site of an old ancient site and is also known as the temple of Lord Shiva. The idyllic Harvalem water fall is close by. The image of Rudreshwar is facing the water fall.

Shri Rudreshwar temple is famous for its grand festival of Mahashivratri which draws a large number of devotees from all parts of the country. The temple also assumes importance as Hindus perform rituals for the dead here.


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At a distance of 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 25 km from Mapusa, Shri Vithal Mandir is situated in North Goa.

Shri Vithal Temple also known as Shri Pandurang Mandir is located at Vithalwadi, Sanquelim. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vithal an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built by the Rane families who migrated from Udaipur about 600 years ago to Sanquelim and had played a key role in Goa's freedom struggle.

The temple is built on the banks of the Valvanta River. It was reconstructed in 1942 incorporating North India style of temple architecture though sanctum-sanctorum was left unaltered. The idols are very beautiful and the temple from inside is quite spacious with lot of beautiful designs. The main attraction of Shri Vitthal Temple is an exquisitely carved wooden chariot which symbolizes the chariot of Arjuna of Mahabharata driven by Lord Krishna.

The main festival is Chaitri. The main festival dedicated .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand, 2 km from Sanquelim and 8 km from Bicholim, Arvalem waterfalls is one of the most amazing spots situated in North Goa. Cascading down from a height of 50 m (24 ft), Arvalem is one of the top places to visit in Goa.

The Arvalem Waterfall also known as Harvalem falls is a very scenic and beautiful picnic spot. This beautiful waterfall forms a huge lake at the bottom, which is much popular amongst the swimmers. The color of the waterfall becomes muddy brown in monsoon rains and the water flow is quite less in summer.

This waterfall is set amidst charming surroundings, with the Rudreshwar temple in its vicinity. The temple holds importance for the Hindus who believe in releasing the soul on the 12th day after death. The Rock cut caves are just situated nearby. The Arvalem waterfall is one of the most crowded tourist spots in Goa. The Government has developed a park at the waterfall where one can peacefully sit and enjoy the .....


Beach

At a distance of 30 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 18 km from Mapusa and 5 km from Morjim, Ashwem beach is so different from other beaches situated in North Goa and it is relatively less crowded.

Ashwem beach situated south to the Arambol beach is another isolated beach in Goa where one can see vast stretches of sands. Ashwem Beach is one of the Goa best beaches which is a clean sandy beach and not much crowded. The waves are gentle and the sea hardly ever gets choppy. A perfect place for those looking for privacy, it is safe for swimming. This Beach is known for its numerous restaurants and their mouth watering seafood. Ashwem beach is also the nesting place for the Olive Ridley Turtles which is a rare species. The nesting season is between September to February which also happens to be the peak tourist season of Goa.

Ashwem beach is also a little rocky beach. The Goan families go to Ashwem beach for having their picnics. To the .....


Beach

At a distance of 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 19 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Margao Railway Station, Utorda Beach is located about 7 km from famous Colva Beach in South Goa.

Utorda Beach is one of the most amazing and beautiful beaches in South Goa. It is bordered with two other famous beaches Majorda in the south and Arossim in the north. Utorda Beach is separated from its neighbors by a small river. Utorda Beach has a large cover of pine trees and palm trees. It is a very quiet and peaceful beach because of less crowed.

The beach has long straight patches of unspoilt soft sands. Waves of the Arabian Sea here is calm and not so high, which make swimming safe and enjoyable even for novice swimmers. Parasailing, jet skiing and beachside shopping are some of the activities in this beach or you can choose to go for long walks along the beach strip and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Utorda Beach has some good beach shacks and restaurants. Good .....


Beach

At a distance of 31 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 9.5 km from Margao Railway Station, Betalbatim Beach is located north of the famous Colva beach in South Goa. This is one of the virgin and most beautiful beaches in South Goa. It is also one of the relatively less known beaches in Goa.

Betalbatim beach is popularly known as the Sunset Beach of Goa. This vast stretch of white sand beach lies in between the Majorda and Colva Beaches. You can literally walk up to Betalbatim Beach from Colva Beach (road distance is about 4.5 km). Unlike most Goa beaches that are lined up with palm trees, this beach has a numerous pine trees along the shoreline. Betalbatim is known for its clean sands and beautiful surroundings. It is a very quiet and a secluded beach and because of the shade of the pine trees, it is used as a picnic spot by families and schools.

This Beach is amongst the cleanest of all .....


Beach

At a distance of 31 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 16 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Margao Railway Station, Cansaulim is a famous beach located in South Goa.

Cansaulim Beach along with Arossim Beach and Cuelim Beach forms India's second largest stretch of beach. Cansaulim Beach is actually an extension of Velsao Beach. The beach has clean white sands and lots of palm trees. It is located on the northernmost end of Velsao beach. The large stretches of white sands give the beach a deserted look. Cansaulim Beach is among the mostly secluded Goan beaches. Coastal dense palm groves at Cansaulim Beach provides a refreshing cool roof from the bright sunshine and appears more pleasant during the hot months of April and May.

This beach is lined with many beach shacks with comfortable accommodation facilities. Some of the famous bars and pubs are also located at this beach that serve refreshing drinks like beer, feni, wine and vodka. In addition, Cansaulim .....


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At a distance of 31 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 57 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 18 km from Mapusa, Mandrem Beach is an isolated beach with vast stretches of empty sand that has very little shade and is located in North Goa. It is one of the secluded and less crowded beaches in Goa.

The Mandrem Beach is situated to the north of Ashwem Beach towards the Arambol Beach. It is a continuation of the Ashwem Beach and very similar to it. This beach is quite secluded to the other beaches. Being a serene beach one can see white bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarinas trees at Mandrem Beach. Sometimes even the famous Olive Ridley turtles have their hatching nests over here if the Morjim Beach is overcrowded.

The beauty of Mandrem Beach is especially during the High Tide time when the sea water rushes into the Mandrem Creek or River. This Mandrem creek runs parallel to the beach which swells with water during the high .....


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At a distance of 32 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5.7 km from Margao Railway Station, Holy Spirit Church is situated in Margao, South Goa.

The Holy Spirit Church was built on the site of the original Sri Damodar temple that was destroyed by the Portuguese and the deity was moved to Zambaulim. The Church of Holy Spirit was first built in 1564 by Jesuit missionaries who arrived in India mainly from Europe. It was the first church to be ever built in Margao but was destroyed during the Muslim invasion in 1571. It was then rebuilt in 1675.

The church is the best examples of the Indian Baroque style. The exterior of the church is brilliantly white washed with towers on both sides and a central dome structure. The interiors are finely carved from floor to ceilings. The altars dedicated to Immaculate Conception of Mary, St. Peter and St. Michael are heavily ornamented. The church also has a gorgeous pipe organ. The church can be entered .....


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At a distance of 32 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5.6 km from Margao Railway Station, the ''House of Seven Gables'' or ''Sat Burzam Ghor'' is situated in South Goa.

The House of Seven Gables is one of the popular attractions of Margao. This is also called ''The house of Eurico Santana da Silva''. The famous House of Seven Gables is a magnificent mansion commissioned in 1790 by Sebastino da Silva, emissary and private secretary of the Portuguese Viceroy. Of the seven original gables, only three remain today.

House of Seven Gables located near Largo de Igreja Square is the elegant Portuguese mansion and important landmark in the Margao city in Goa. This ancestral home of Eurico da Silva has drawn tourist attraction over the years.

The Seven Gables house was originally sported a row of seven typically Goan high pitched gables. It was designed and spaced out like a palace. It is also known as the 'House of Seven Roofs'. It .....


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At a distance of 32 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 8 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Issorcim Beach is supposed to be a part of the Hollant Beach in South Goa.

Issorcim Beach is located in the Mormugao Taluka. The Beach is about 1.5 km from the famous Bogmalo Beach. Issorcim of Hollant Beach is a peaceful and quite scenic beach especially during the high tide, when the sea meets a freshwater stream flowing nearby. There is also a spring near the church at the edge of lush green fields.

The Issorcim Beach is smaller in size and it is good for fishing. This Beach is peaceful, isolated stretch of clean white sand which provides an excellent opportunity to spend some time without any noise. The beaches of Vasco, Cumberthi and Baina have become extremely polluted, so Issorcim provides a good alternative. It is also a good place for angling.

Issorcim Beach is the only place other than Grande Island where you can see plate coral growing. The coral reefs and coral .....


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At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 4 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Mormugao Fort is located just south of Mormugao Port in South Goa.

The Mormugao Fort was essentially built by the Portuguese in 1624 to protect the harbor, territorial waters in and around the Port of Margao. The Mormugao Fort is a tough fortification jutting out far into the sea with a magnificent lookout for invaders and attackers. The Maratha warriors continued to attack the town and the Fort and finally the Portuguese gave up the township in preference for Old Goa.

Mormugao Fort was considered as one of the most important coastal forts of Goa. Primarily, Mormugao was generalized to be the capital of the Portuguese empire, hence the Fort was erected and in 1703 the viceroy moved into the town. Mormugao Fort is closer to Varca beach.

The Mormugao Fort is about 10 km in circumference and boasts of possessing some ancient articles like 20 bulwarks, three magazines, five .....


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At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5 km from Margao Railway Station, Monte Hill is situated in south Goa.

Monte Hill is a hillock in the commercial capital Margao. The prime attraction of this hill is the Chapel of Calcada de Nossa Senhora de Piedade, which is popularly known as Our Lady of Mercy. The Mount Church is a simple whitewashed building, faced by a similarly diminutive piazza cross.

There is a Good tarred road leading to the Monte Hill. Monte Hill is Margao's highest point, which gives the beautiful view of the town. There are benches for sitting where you can feel the cool breeze especially in evenings. It is also a lover's point where you can see many couples.

Every Sunday the church is open for service. On Good Friday the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is enacted on a wooden cross at this chapel. The body of Christ is taken to the Church of the Holy Spirit in a procession. This chapel is known .....


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At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 3.4 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of Grace Church is situated in South Goa.

Our Lady of Grace Church is also known as Nossa Senhora da Grace. This church was established in the year 1959. Earlier it is a military chapel. It is situated in the heart of Margao city. Our Lady of Grace Church was formerly known as the Capela de Batalhao. This former military chapel has a hospital that has been named after the church.

This church is a splendid piece of classic Italian style architecture. This church represents the first breath of the Renaissance in provincial Portuguese architecture. Note the massive figures on columns at either side of the portal. According to local legend these four figures represent the first victims put to death in the Inquisition in Evora in 1543.
It is a small church compare to the other churches of Goa. This is a very peaceful place. This church .....


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At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 24.6 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 6.7 km from Margao Railway Station, Our lady of Merces Church is situated in Colva part of South Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Merces is also known as Nossa Senhora de Merces. Dedicated to our Lady Mercy, this hallowed Church was built in 1630 and later rebuilt in 18th century. It is one of the foremost testimonies of the hamlet of Colva erected in Colonial era. This white washed church is a little gem of a masterpiece and is steeped in centuries of history.

The highlighting feature of the Church is the infant (Menion) Jesus statue. This miraculous statue of the infant Jesus is known to grant the wishes of childless couples, answering their prayers. This statue was found by Fr. Bento Ferreira, a Jesuit priest on the Mozambique coast. He brought the statue to Goa in 1648 and placed it in the church.

Our Lady of Mercy Church celebrates the annual Fama Festival on 3rd .....


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At a distance of 34 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 16 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Navadurga Temple is situated in North Goa.
The Shri Navadurga temple is located in Borim. The temple is among the famous religious places in Goa. The Navadurga Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati the holy consort of Lord Shiva.

According to the history, a group of Brahmins had earlier brought the Goddess Navadurga deity from Karad in Maharashtra to Benaulim in the South Goa. The deity was later transferred from Benaulim in Salcete to its present site at Borim.

The villagers of Borim celebrate a festival known as the Borim Jatra in the month of November which is dedicated to Goddess Navdurga.


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At a distance of 34 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 29 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 7.5 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of Snow Church is situated in South Goa.

Our Lady of Snow Church is located in Raia Village of Salcete Taluka. Raia has the distinction of being the first village in Salcete to be Christianized, when its people was converted simultaneously to Christianity in 1560. Raia Church is the first church built by the Portuguese and was dedicated to our lady of snows. This church is also known as the Raia church. Blessed in 1699 during the inauguration by 22 Jesuit priests, this church is one of the oldest in Goa. The church and parochial residence were thoroughly renovated in 2003.

This church is famous for 'Konsache fest' on 5th August, Which is celebrated with great pomp after the sheaves of rice harvest. It is attended by people of all faith and a large number of devotees from all over the state. The local parish priest cuts the first sheaves .....


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At a distance of 34 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand and 22 km from Mapusa Bus Stand, Arambol also known as Harmal beach is a pristine and secluded beach situated in North Goa. It is one of the most beautiful among Goa beaches and also a relatively less crowded beaches in North Goa.

The Arambol Beach extends over 16 km and consists of two beaches. More popular is the Harmal beach contains long stretch of curving sand and it is good for swimming. It is a perfect place for people looking for peace and tranquility. The second, more picturesque beach lies beyond the rocky stretch and can only be reached on foot and is bordered by steep cliffs on both sides. It is a rocky as well as sandy beach and has a fresh water lagoon which extends along the bottom of the valley into a thick jungle. The lake is fed by boiling hot springs and is lined with sulphurous mud which people love applying on their body to do wonders to their skin.

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At a distance of 34 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 61 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Mapusa, Kalacha Beach is located in North Goa.

Kalacha Beach is also known as Paliem Beach. It is famous for its picturesque fresh water lagoon named Vagkolam or Sweet water Lake, which is near the shore at the very end of the beach. This fresh water lagoon is fairly secluded and very popular among the foreign tourists.

Kalacha Beach is a small beach located to the south of Querim Beach. As per the local belief, the beach was discovered by the hippies in the 1960s. Surrounded by rocky terrain and steep cliffs, this beach is popular for its scenic beauty.

The Kalacha beach is incredibly beautiful with its silver and golden powder sand and is lined with palm and coconut trees. This beach is a more unexplored and quieter beach as compared to the Arambol. The beach can only be reached by foot by taking a walk along the north of Arambol beach.

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At a distance of 35 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5 km from Margao Railway Station, St John the Baptist Church is located 4 km from Benaulim beach in South Goa.

The Church of St. John the Baptist is one of the most famous churches in the entire state of Goa. The church of St. John the Baptist which is situated at Monte Benaulim was originally built nearer the shore and has been shifted to this present location in the year 1956.

The Church is popular for its Goan-Christian style of architecture. This church is very attractive and the view of this site is also excellent. The church features low domes, four storeyed towers and rococo. Main altar inside the church has plain paneling and gallery in cornice design. Father Joseph Vas, who was born in Benaulim was baptised in this chapel.
Feast of St John or Sao Joao is celebrated on June 24 every year. People especially young men wear crowns of leaves and fruits and around the area .....


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At a distance of 36 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 31.4 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway station and 7.4 km from Margao Railway Station, Rachol Seminary is also known as the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol situated in South Goa .

Rachol Seminary was originally built as a church by the Portuguese in 1580 and it was later a fortress and prison. It was converted into the diocesan seminary in 1762. Surrounded by the ruins of a Muslim Fort and beautiful golden rice fields, this is one of the first few seminaries on Goa. A hospital and a school for the poor along with a theological college are housed inside the seminary. The first printing press in India was setup at this seminary in 1616.

This is a working Seminary today. Today it houses the ''museum of Christian Art'' which chronicles the evolution of Christian art in Goa with interesting artifacts of the bygone era. The Seminary has a Church built in 1576 dedicated to Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, which .....


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At a distance of 36 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5.7 km from Margao Railway Station, St. Sebastian chapel at Aquem Alto is located in Margao of South Goa.

St. Sebastian Chapel is locally known as Pandava Chapel, this Chapel has recently been given the status of a church. St. Sebastian Chapel was named as Pandava Chapel because a group of ancient caves were located behind this church. These caves and tunnels were built by the Pandavas for defense from enemies like Shivaji and his warriors. These ancient caves are now heritage monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The chapel of St. Sebastian came into existence in its primitive stages in the year 1592 after missionaries converted it from a private Hindu temple. This temple was known as 'Pandavachem deul' owned by Tipu Suntu Naique Sar Dessai, a descendant of the Pandavas, who had converted to Christianity on the 29th of February 1560 along with a thousand .....


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At a distance of 36 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 33 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 8.3 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of Snows Church is situated in South Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Snows also known as Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Neves is located in the village of Rachol on the banks of the Zuari River. The Church dedicated to Our Lady of Snows. The Church was built in 1576 by the Jesuits close to the famous Rachol Seminary. Before that there was a little chapel inside the fort of Rachol where the Jesuits who settled there in 1556 would celebrate Mass. The church was later rebuilt in 1596.

The Church of Our Lady of Snows at Rachol is said to be the first church of Salcete and is called the Matriz (Mother Church) of South Goa. The Church was built in Neo-Roman Style of Architecture. It has a single large low nave with tile roof and barrel-vaulted chancel. The Church facade has three sections and two orders. The church contains a single bell tower .....


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At a distance of 36 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 6 km from Margao Railway Station and 4.5 km from Colva beach, Benaulim Beach is known for its calm and peaceful environment located in South Goa.

The best thing about Benaulim Beach is that it is still rather undiscovered by domestic tourists even though it is a famous beach for fishing. This beach gets fairly crowded in the evenings and on weekends. This Beach is right place for picnic and one can just relax the day off soaking in the sun. Moreover, one can see bull fighting at Benaulim Beach between the months of October to March. Watching the bull fight at the beach adds delight to traveling in Goa.

Dolphin Cruises are the main attractions on this beach. The trips are reasonably priced and chances of spotting dolphins fairly high. The Benaulim village in Goa is known for its carved rose wood furniture. Also Benaulim is famous as the place where the legendary Parashuram's arrow landed, by which Goa was created. Apart from .....


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At a distance of 36 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 7 km from Margao Railway Station, Sernabatim Beach is an idyllic, virgin and silver sand beach located in South Goa.

Sernabatim Beach is sandwiched between Colva and Benaulim Beach. This Beach is essentially a continuation of the Colva Beach and lies just 1 km from Colva Beach. It is far from the hustle and bustle of other major beaches of Goa. This beach is a much cleaner and quieter beach in Goa and an ideal place for swimming and relaxing.

The sun setting into the Arabian Sea at Sernabatim Beach is a mesmerizing scene, which is not to be missed. Waves here are small and low which makes this fantastic beach is an ideal place for swimming. During monsoon period the beach slope is steep after the water line.

The main activities at Sernabatim Beach are boating and hiking, dolphins watching and going onto different excursions to the nearby attractions like Colva and Benaulim .....


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At a distance of 37 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 32 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 6 km from Margao Railway Station, St. Rita Church is situated in South Goa.

Santa Rita de Cassia Church or St. Rita Church was located in Maina, Curtorim. The Church was dedicated to Saint Rita of Cassia. She was an Italian Augustinian nun, widow and saint venerated in the Roman Catholic Church.

The original chapel of St. Rita was part of the Curtorim parish. It was built in 1782 and erected by the provision of 8.6.1783. Maina was elevated into a parish in 1960. A new and more spacious church was built and inaugurated on 22nd May, 1999.

St. Rita Church was built in Modern design with neo-Gothic elements. It is a two-storeyed structure with two entrances. Statue at apex is crowned by belfry. The feast of St. Rita Church was celebrated on 16th January every year.


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At a distance of 37 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 32.7 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Kamakshi Temple is situated in North Goa.
The temple of Shri Kamakshi is set amidst hills in the picturesque village of Shiroda of Ponda Taluka and was built in the late 16th century. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi an incarnation of Goddess Parvati consort of Lord Shiva.

According to mythology, Shri Kamakshi idol at Shiroda was brought from Guwahati in Assam, where she is known as Kamakhya and which is her original abode. The original temple of Shri Kamakshi was located in Raia in the Salcete Taluka. The deity was shifted to Shiroda between 1564 and 1568 because as a part of Goa Inquisition the Portuguese rulers demolished almost all the Hindu shrines. It is believed that a potter from the Raia accompanied by some worshippers of the deity smuggled the idol of Goddess Kamakshi across River Kushavati to safety in the Shiroda village. .....


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At a distance of 39 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30.5 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 7 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of Glory Church is situated in South Goa.

The Nossa Senhora da Gloria Church or Our Lady of Glory Church is located at Varca. Founded by the Jesuits, the Church was erected into a parish in 1635. The present Church was built in 1700 and dedicated to Our Lady of Glory after the earlier church was destroyed. A new parochial residence was inaugurated in 1998.

Our Lady of Glory Church is actually an 18th century building with single nave and false transept, long and wide, with a tile roof and articulated by semicircular niches. This Church has a particularly striking facade, making use of a fan-like central feature based on the conch shell to give an effect of radiating light. Its twin towers are topped by semi-domes but doors on the ground floor and the windows on its 2 upper storeys are Romanesque. The north tower houses a rare two-storey .....


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At a distance of 40 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway station and 9 km from Margao Railway Station, St. Alex Church situated in Curtorim of South Goa.

St. Alex Church is one of the oldest churches in Goa and is the first chapel church. It was built in 1597 on the banks of the Angoddi Tollem Lake which gives it a natural scenic background along with the peace and quiet on the site of an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the powerful deity Ravalnath, incarnation of Lord Shiva.

This Church was constructed in 1597 with financial help from the Communidade of Curtorim. The Church was rebuilt in 1647 and today is a magnificent structure standing majestically by the side of Angoddi Tollem one of the five big lakes in Curtorim. The St. Alex Church looks truly glorious during the Christmas season when the youngsters from the village prepare a floating crib in the lake.

The Church has more of a contemporary 18th century styled design with lively .....


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At a distance of 42 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 33 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 9 km from Margao Railway Station, Varca Beach is one of the most beautiful and exotic beaches of South Goa.

Varca Beach is situated about 2 km from Benaulim Beach. It is one of the cleanest beaches in Goa. This beach is marked by a number of wooden boats, belonging to the fishermen of the city.
Varca Beach is the perfect place for those who want to spend time in peace. The best time to visit the Beach is from November to March. The Varca Beach in Goa is not as commercialized and crowded as other major beaches of Goa.

Varca Beach offers tourists a wide choice of water sports ranging from Jet Ski, speed boat rides, water skiing, Para sailing and many more. This beach is ideal for swimming. Other major attractions of the beach comprises of the Dolphin watching trips organized on a regular basis. You can also indulge in sunbathing, yoga .....


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At a distance of 42 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 10 km from Margao Railway Station, Nossa Senhora de Belem Church is situated in South Goa.

The Church of Nossa Senhora de Belem is also known as Our Lady of Bethlehem Church located in the village of Chandor or Chandrapur, the ancient capital of the Bhojas and the Kadambas. The church was built in 1645 replaced the principal Sapta Matrika (Seven Mothers) temple, which was demolished in the previous century. In earlier days it was called Our Lady of Remedies Church till its tower collapsed in 1949 and after rebuilding the tower in 1950 a new name Our Lady of Bethlehem was given.

The frontispiece was reconstructed in Neo-Gothic style, but the nave and sanctuary of the Church retain their Mannerist character. It was blessed in 1950. A piazza Cross of intricate design stands on the Church premises.

The Chandor Parish Church celebrates the Feast of the Three Kings every .....


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At a distance of 42 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 68 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 29 km from Mapusa, Keri Beach is the northernmost beach in Goa.

Keri Beach also known as Querim Beach is a quiet beach located to the north of the Arambol Beach. The beach lies at the mouth of the Terekhol River on the southern bank. Across the riverbank one can also see the famous ancient Portuguese fort known as the Terekhol Fort. The fort today is operational as a legacy hotel. There is a ferry service available that takes you to Terekhol every 30 min, except at low tide. The view from the fort is definitely worth a visit.

Querim Beach is dotted with many pine trees. The waters here are clear and the beach is serene and calm. A long strip of sand is interrupted by jagged red rocks and headland on the south side and the Terekhol River to the north. The white sandy beach is one amongst the less crowded beaches of Goa and is a serene and calm place to spend a beautiful holiday. .....


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At a distance of 46 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 16 km from Margao Railway Station and 38 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Cavelossim Beach is a beautiful beach situated in South Goa.

Cavelossim Beach is situated between Sal River and Arabian Sea. This beach presents a beautiful view of the river Sal, the paddy fields and soft sandy beach. Cavelossim Beach is filled with soft white sands and dotted with black lava rocks at certain places. This beach is much bigger and cleaner and quieter than most of the famous beaches in Goa.

The tourists can enjoy sun bathing on the beach, dolphin trips and sunset cruises are among the other attractions at the Cavelossim Beach. Cavelossim Beach is ideal for shell collecting, strolling or indulging in more active pursuits like renting a kayak or catamaran. Tourists can come to the beach at any time throughout the year. November to March seem to be the best time for coming to the beach. .....


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At a distance of 48 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 18 km from Margao Railway Station and 41 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Betul Beach is a small picturesque beach in South Goa.

Betul Beach is a small beach amongst the beaches of Goa and is situated along the southern end of the River Sal. This beach is basically a cove, it has a hillock on one side and laced with coconut tree plantation on the other side. You will be able to see where the Sal River drains out into the vast Arabian Sea in the Betul Beach. Moreover Betul Beach is a stretch of silvery sand it offers total privacy and breathtaking views. The sea breeze keeps the climate pleasant for almost the entire year.

This secluded beach is known as the fishing beach of Goa and is very famous for its cool climate. A number of tourists visit this beach to enjoy their fishing in Goa as the fishing port situated here is well advanced. A number of deep sea trawlers and fishing boats also bring in their fresh catch .....


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At a distance of 49 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 40 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Margao Railway Station, Mobor Beach is a beautiful beach located in South Goa.

The Mobor Beach is a beautiful, tranquil and clean beach situated at the south of the Cavelossim Beach. It was practically unheard of till 1980s. Around 1980s, this pristine beach was discovered by the tourists and started gaining popularity. It is a public beach and is amply provided with the beach umbrellas and chairs. It is situated close to the famous Colva Beach. A major factor that attracts the tourists to this place is its serenity and less crowded atmosphere.

This beach is now one of the most happening and popular holiday destinations in Goa and is known to be an ideal location for the adventure tourists. The beach is located close to the mouth of the river Sal. The tourists can enjoy sun bathing on the beach. Dolphin trips and sunset cruises are among the other attractions at the .....


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At a distance of 50 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, The Guardian Angel Church is situated in South Goa.

The Guardian Angel Church is also known as Anjo Custodio Church located in Curchorem. This is the only church in Goa and whole of Asia which is dedicated to Guardian Angel. The original chapel was commenced in 1885 but the chapel was completed in 1887. It was affiliated to Tilamola parish. In the year 1917, Fr Agnelo D' Souza was appointed as its 'Capelao Curial'. The chapel was rebuilt in 1933 and Sanvordem was upgraded to a fully fledged parish by the provision of 10th January 1936. The parish was under the spiritual care of the members of the Society of Pilar from 1953 to 1997. The church was rebuilt in 1999.

The Guardian Angel Church is in mixed style architecture with Neo-Roman features. It has three Storeys and 2 bell towers with pointed arches. It has large concrete porch supported by .....


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At a distance of 52 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46.5 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17.7 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple is situated in South Goa.

Shri Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple is located at Fatorpa of Quepem Taluka and is one of the oldest temples of Goa. It is also one of the prime places to visit in Goa. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shri Shantadurga. Originally from Cuncolim village in Salcete Taluka, the Goddess was removed to Fatorpa in 16th Century during religious persecution by the Portuguese.

During the reign of Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shahu, the temple was reconstructed which was previously destroyed by Portuguese invasion. The temple complex is on the foothills of a mountain chain bordered by greenery in all sides. At the entrance of the temple of Shree Shantadurga Kunkalikarin, there is a massive doorway called Mahadwar. The temple has the big gold plated .....


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At a distance of 52 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 47 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Canaguinim Beach is the last beach in South Goa.

Canaguinim Beach is the most secluded beach lying south of Betul Beach. It has a low wall around it and also has some sedimentary rocks and a river Sal inlet at the end of the beach. Due to this reason the beach is usually deserted. However, since the beach is not frequented by tourists and is secluded from a safety point it is advised not to visit the beach during the night. Canaguinim Beach is covered with sandy rocks and becomes isolated. The silver coastal stretch of the beach is much small and less crowded compared to other beaches in the vicinity.

Canaguinim Beach consists of two amazing beaches North Canaguinim Beach and South Canaguinim Beach. These beaches are surrounded by lush wild vegetation, covered with golden sand and washed by warm waters of the Arabian Sea. North Canaguinim Beach .....


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At a distance of 54 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 49 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Damodar Temple is situated in South Goa.
The Shri Damodar Temple is one of the most beautiful and famous architectural constructions in Goa. It stands on the bank of Kushawati River near the Zambaulim Village on the border of Quepem Taluka. Hindus believe that the Kushawati River has healing powers help to get rid of various body ailments.

This famous temple is dedicated to lord Damodar an incarnation of lord Shiva. The deity was originally based in a temple where the Holy Spirit Church in Margao now stands and was moved to escape from the Portuguese inquisition in 1565 when the temple was destroyed and the church was built on its site. Both Hindus as well as the Catholics alike revere it. It was originally founded in Mathagram later known as Madgaon.

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At a distance of 56 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 82 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 43 km from Mapusa, Terekhol Fort or Tiracol Fort is located on the northern tip of Goa at the mouth of the Tiracol River. The name tir-khol means 'steep river bank' in Marathi.

Fort Terekhol was built by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the king of Sawantwadi in the 17th century. The Terekhol Fort was won by the Portuguese in 1746 and it became an important part of Portuguese maritime defences. The Fort was rebuilt in 1764 by the Portuguese viceroy Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida.
The Fort site chosen was a hillock on the right bank of the river, which gave a commanding view of the Arabian Sea. The Bhonsles of Sawantwadi kept a sizeable fleet of native vessels which sheltered in the Tiracol River. The fort initially consisted of 12 guns, a barrack and a chapel.

The Terekhol Fort was used as a military base for an attack on the Portuguese by Dr. Bernado Peres Da Silva in 1825. He .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 56.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Terminus, 53.4 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 24.2 km from Margao Railway Station, Jama Masjid is situated in South Goa.
Jama Masjid is located in Sanguem. This is one of the few beautiful and revered mosques in Goa. The mosque is a well known Muslim religious place of worship in Goa which is known to have been completely renovated in 1959 AD.

The moment, you enter this elegant mosque. You can see towers at the entrance faced. These towers are surmounted by pillared kiosks. In the center of The Jama Masjid is a Dome shaped structure surrounded by four minarets. This mosque is place of humble prayers. This place becomes very active at the time of festivals. The new structure of the Jama Masjid is significantly noted for its elegant simplicity and harmonious proportions. The entrance facade of the Jama Masjid has two towers, which are surmounted by pillared kiosks. In the center of The Jama Masjid is a Dome shaped structure .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 57 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 52 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 24 km from Margao Railway Station, Our Lady of Miracles Church is situated in South Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of Miracles is situated at Sanguem. It was originally a military chapel built by the Portuguese Government. The first church built in 1763 was situated in Zambaulim. The Sanguem Chapel affiliated to the Parish Church of Zambaulim was blessed in 1853. The Sanguem Chapel was raised to the status of a Parish Church and the Church building was constructed in 1858.

The old Church of our Lady of Miracles was demolished and a new church was built in 1977. The Church is known for its miraculous powers for receiving healing and peace. Every Friday, praise and worship is conducted in the church. The Parish witnesses a lot of harmony between other faiths coming from Hindus and Muslims, who have a strong devotion to Our Lady of Miracles. Our Lady of Miracles is said to answer everyone's .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 60 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 56 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 27 km from Margao Railway Station, The Cabo De Rama Fort is situated in South Goa. This is one of the prime attractions in South Goa and also an ideal Goa sightseeing options.

Cabo de Rama Fort is also known as The Cape of Rama. The fort derives its name from Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana stayed here with his wife during their 14 years of exile. The Fort was first occupied by Hindu rulers who spread their empire all over India. The cape is crowned by a fort which was originally a Hindu structure and rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1763 after acquiring it from the Maratha King of Sonda. The Fort has elaborated defenses complete with a moat, gatehouse and several bastions. Many of the bastions still have large cannons lying strewn above them. The fort has a well and two springs from which cold and hot water used to emerge from two different nozzles. .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 66 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 72 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 58 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Mahadeva Temple is situated in North Goa.
The Mahadeva Temple is a 12th century temple situated inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary near the village of Tambdi Surla. This is the only structure preserved in Goa with Kadamba-Yadav architecture. The Mahadeva temple of Tambdi Surla is the oldest temple of Goa that survived from the Portuguese as it was set next to a stream in the middle of the small clearing, hidden in the dense jungle. This historic temple is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

According to the history, the temple was built by Kadamba Queen Kamladevi. Most of the ancient temples in Goa were being destroyed either by Mughal rulers or by Portuguese. However this temple survived all the invasions by Muslims and Portuguese because of its remote location. It is situated in deep forest and was difficult to trace. .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 66 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 44 km from Margao Railway Station, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Mollem village in Sanguem Taluka, Goa. Formerly known as Mollem Game Sanctuary it was renamed as Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in 1969.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary sprawling an area of 240 sq km, this is the largest of four protected wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. It also encompasses the 107 sq km Mollem National Park. The Sanctuary is divided into two halves by the National Highway 4A and by the railway line of Londa to Mormugao.

The Sanctuary is particularly known for its Leopards, Elephants, Deers & Gaur or Indian Bison. The chief attraction of the sanctuary is the King Cobra, which is found here in abundance. One can also see various other snakes like krait, python, viper etc. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to around 200 species of various types of birds like Malabar pied hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, .....


Beach

At a distance of 66 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 61 km from Vasco Da Ma Railway Station and 33 km from Margao Railway Station, Cola Beach is a stunning remote beach in Goa and among the most beautiful beaches in South Goa.

The Cola Beach or Khola Beach is a private beach located 5 km north of Agonda Beach and 12 km from Palolem Beach. It is one of the remote beaches of Goa that is suitable for those seeking a lovely place for complete peace and relaxation. It is also much cleaner and quieter than the better known Goa beaches. One distinctive point that separates Cola Beach from others is the fresh water lagoon on its sea shore that is connected to sea. It is one of the unexplored beaches in Goa which glorifies exotic beauty and tranquility. Cola Beach is characterized by the fresh and cool breeze of palm trees.

There are two beaches, Little Cola Beach in the north and usual Cola Beach .....


Beach

At a distance of 69 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 36 km from Margao Railway Station and 9 km from Canacona Railway Station, Agonda beach is a 3 km long stretch of pristine beach situated in South Goa.

Agonda is a great spot for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing. Agonda beach might not be the most ideal place for swimming. It is one of the top beaches in South Goa. Located between Cabo de Rama & Palolem, Agonda provides an opportunity to relax on a long beach. Agonda beach is simply divine, wide, quiet and picturesque with a turtle centre in the middle protecting precious Olive Ridley eggs. This beach is special because you will find absolutely no tourists, no stalls, no restaurants, nothing just the trees, the beach, the beautiful ocean and you. The beach stretch has an ancient Agonda Church, the Saint Anne's Church and few academic institutions.

Public transportation is available from the Canacona Bus Station for Agonda .....


Beach

At a distance of 69 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus stand, 36 km from Margao Railway Station and 3 km from Canacona Railway Station, Butterfly Beach is located on the Butterfly Island in South Goa.

Butterfly Beach is a tiny beach cove that lies just 6 km north of Palolem beach. The sands here are perfectly white and the water translucent. Butterfly Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches among all the beaches of Goa. It is serene, peaceful and mesmerizing. This beach would be the best place to unwind and relax.

The Butterfly Beach is surrounded by a lot of rocks. Butterfly beach can easily be described as a piece of heaven on earth. It is one of the most photogenic beach paradises in the world. The Butterfly Beach was named by earlier tourists who used to visit the place and saw millions of butterflies flying on the blossoms on the hillside.

The main attraction of the beach is its famous Dolphin Play and the mesmerizing sunset. The sea urchins, sea cucumbers, footprints .....


Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 66 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Colomb Beach also known as Colom Beach is located in South Goa.

Colom Beach or Colomb Beach is a small horseshoe shaped bay between the Palolem Beach and Patnem Beach. This beach is one of the isolated beaches of Goa. The Beach is covered with golden sand with some splashes of black stones. From three sides the beach is surrounded with rock formations of different peculiar shapes and sparse vegetation. The landscape is covered with palm trees.

The northern end of the bay is bordered by Neptune's Point, the rocky outcrop that separates Colomb from Palolem Beach. Neptune's Point is home to the famous Silent Noise weekly headphone parties. Colomb Beach has cute and comfortable Bhakti Kutir eco-tourism complex.

One of the most interesting Colomb Beach sightseeing is a special unique rock called Pandava's drum. If you throw a stone into the .....


Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 66 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 37 km from Margao Railway Station, Patnem Beach is situated in South Goa.

Patnem Beach is a 900 m long, wide beautiful strip of golden sand, which reclined from both sides onto rocky headlands and capes. Patnem beach is situated to the southern edge of Colomb, south of Palolem. The Arabian Sea is shallow here. Really it is much the same beach with only about 1 km separating from Palolem.

Patnem Beach is also the quietest place amongst all the beaches of South Goa. The Patnem Beach is a crescent white sand beach and is not as long as Palolem and Agonda Beach. Patnem is never overcrowded even in the peak season, on Christmas and New Year and is an ideal place for complete relaxation. Patnem is one of Goa's best beaches for children since the nightlife is low-key, the food is varied and high quality and the sea is relatively calm.

The Patnem Beach is suitable for swimming .....


Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 66 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Rajbagh Beach also known as Rajbaga or
Rajbagh is situated 3.5 km south from the famous Palolem Beach in South Goa.

The main Rajbagh Beach starts from the southern end of Patnem Beach. This beach is very nice, beautiful and clean. The length of the Beach is about 1 km. The Rajbagh sea coastline is covered with high palm trees and heavy pine trees which stretching from the cape, that separate the Rajbagh Beach from the neighboring Patnem Beach up to the Talpona River mouth.

The Rajbagh Beach acquires its name from the famous hotel Rajbagh Residency located close by. The hotel authorities are to be credited for keeping the beach clean and tidy. The Rajbagh Beach is ideal for a do nothing vacation. Almost the entire Rajbagh coastline is occupied by luxury five-star. Though not a private beach, Rajbagh gets very few visitors other than the hotel .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 74 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 69 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 40 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Mallikarjun Temple is situated in South Goa.
The Mallikarjun temple is dedicated to Lord Mallikarjun an incarnation of Lord Shiva and he is also known as Adavat Sinhasanadhishwar Mahapati Canacona among the locals. It is situated in Sristhal village which is 7 km northeast of Canacona. The shrine is known to be one of the oldest in Goa and is situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings.

The temple is at least 200 years old as per the writing on a plaque near the temple dome. The temple is believed to be constructed in the middle of the 16th century by ancestors of the Kshatriya samaj. It was rebuilt in 1778. According to legend, the location of the temple is supposed to be the place where Lord Shiva met his consort Parvati after a long separation.

The Mallikarjun Temple has more than 60 Hindu Gods idols. The architecture of the structure .....


Beach

At a distance of 76 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 71 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 9 km from Canacona Railway Station, Talpona Beach is located in South Goa.

Talpona Beach is one of the remote beaches of Goa. Its nearest neighbors are Galgibagh Beach to the south and Rajbagh Beach to the north. The beach is about one km stretch of golden sand and stands at the mouth of the Talpona River. The beach of Talpona is covered with pure sand of a golden colour with some small patches in its northern part of the beach. The Talpona River joins the Arabian Sea here.

The Talpona shoreline is framed with palm trees and pine groves. There is a spacious open sandy ground with small shrubs and seashells. The both sides of Talpona Beach is closed with woody capes and headlands.

The sea is quiet and calm, water is crystal clear. The Talpona beach has small sand dunes and is not very frequented by tourists. It is suitable for those seeking complete isolation and is quite .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 78 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 73 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 44 km from Margao Railway Station, St. Anthony of Lisbon Church is situated in South Goa.

The St. Anthony of Lisbon Church is also known as Santo Antonio de Lisboa Church. The original chapel of St. Anthony of Lisbon related to the Mission of Sivansor and it was built in 1807 at Galjibaga on the beach front. The chapel fell under the Karwar diocese, however and initially it remained locked as there were no priests in residence. It was raised to the rank of a parish church in 1824 and a residential quarter was attached to the main pulpit of the Church. The church was repaired in 1878.

The feast of St Anthony's is the main festival of the place, which falls on the 19th of January. The feast draws a large crowd from the neighboring villages at which time old alliances are renewed, new friendships are formed, and often marriage proposals are discussed between parents of prospective .....


Beach

At a distance of 84 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 79 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 50 km from Margao Railway Station, Galgibaga Beach is the less crowded beach in South Goa.

Galgibaga Beach is also known as the Turtle Beach and is one of three other Goa beaches along with Agonda and Morjim Beaches, where the state program of olive turtles saving and protection works and implemented perfectly. The whole northern part of this beautiful beach is used for turtles nesting. This is the reason why there is an absence of the shack culture or any permanent structure on the beach, which otherwise is a very common sight on the other beaches of Goa.

This empty stretch of beach with its silvery sands and clusters of coconut palms is a calm and serene paradise and a poet's delight. If you are in Goa in January and February you may be lucky enough to see the turtles nesting and hatching. Visitors are only requested not to touch or .....


Hill Station

At a distance of 88 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 115 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 68 km from Belgaum, Amboli is a hill station in Maharashtra situated at an altitude of 690 m (2000 ft). It is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa.

This hill station forms the southern range of the Sahyadri Hills. The Konkan coast lies on one side of Amboli, whereas valleys are found on the other three sides. A British Colonel Westrop made a major contribution to the development of Amboli as a hill station.

Amboli is an idyllic hill station that comes alive in monsoon when the area is abounding with waterfalls and mist. Amboli is receiving an annual rainfall of about 750 cm, wettest region in Maharashtra.

The best time to visit Amboli is between October and February, when the waterfalls can be seen gushing down from the hills. The sunset point, Amboli Waterfall, the origin of Hiranyakeshi River, Shirgaonkar .....


Beach

At a distance of 91 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 87 km from Vasco Railway Station and 24 km from Canacona Railway Station , Polem Beach is the southernmost beach in Goa. This is a place where South Goa beaches are ending and the Karnataka state sea coast line starts.

Polem Beach is about 700 m long and is another very serene, uncrowded beach .It is a beautiful secluded beach that has stretches of white sands and rocky headlands. It is suitable for those who want to be away from the crowded areas as it is a totally isolated beach.

Polem Beach is a very clean and unspoilt unlike the other commercial beaches of Goa. It is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. A good number of dolphins and white bellied fish eagles are often seen in the clear waters of the beach.

Polem Beach is mainly a deserted place, so there is a huge possibility that except fishermen you won't meet anyone. But in a few shacks which you will easily find .....

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