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  • Goa Chitra Museum is a tribute by its founder to his ancestors. It has a unique collection and display of traditional farming implements and other ancient tools. Beginning with the original 200 privately collected items, the collections have now grown to more than 4000 objects on display. Each of the artifacts is supplemented by information. Re-Utilisation and recycling of materials like wood work, doors, windows, pillars, railings and other materials and elements from over 300 demolished traditional houses that have been recovered by the designer contribute to the contemporary outlook of the structure with its blend of traditional elements and modern technologies. The concept of the museum is to hold the philosophy that resources in today’s world should not be wasted if, their use is not necessary. Goa Chitra Museum believes in reviving age old traditions through the museum display. It has outrage programs which allow the younger generation to share the wisdom of the past, with the hope that this will create awareness about nature, its influences, and benefits on human life.
     

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    Goa Chitra Museum is a tribute by its founder to his ancestors. It has a unique collection and display of traditional farming implements and other ancient tools. Beginning with the original 200 privately collected items, the collections have now grown to more than 4000 objects on display. Each of the artifacts is supplemented by information. Re-Utilisation and recycling of materials like wood work, doors, windows, pillars, railings and other materials and elements from over 300 demolished traditional houses that have been recovered by the designer contribute to the contemporary outlook of the structure with its blend of traditional elements and modern technologies. The concept of the museum is to hold the philosophy that resources in today’s world should not be wasted if, their use is not necessary. Goa Chitra Museum believes in reviving age old traditions through the museum display. It has outrage programs which allow the younger generation to share the wisdom of the past, with the hope that this will create awareness about nature, its influences, and benefits on human life.
     

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  • The Fatorda Stadium, officially known as the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium situated in Margao, Goa. The venue has been used to host both international football as well as cricket matches. It is Goa’s pride and a grand sight for all football fans in and away from Goa. Magnificent in its stature, it sits a lush, green picturesque location, well guarded by gentle hills around it. The stadium is internationally well known and holds many matches and championships each season. It is one of those cricket stadiums in India which has acquired international fame as a multi-sport complex. For sport lovers, the stadium is held with a lot of awe and respect; its swimming pool end and the church end are the two corners. Both day and night matches are held here and hence it is equipped with floodlights and the latest communication facilities. With a capacity of almost 28,000, Margao’s modern Fatorda Stadium is Goa’s premier sports venue. It’s 2 Kms. Northeast of Municipal Gardens.
     

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    The Fatorda Stadium, officially known as the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium situated in Margao, Goa. The venue has been used to host both international football as well as cricket matches. It is Goa’s pride and a grand sight for all football fans in and away from Goa. Magnificent in its stature, it sits a lush, green picturesque location, well guarded by gentle hills around it. The stadium is internationally well known and holds many matches and championships each season. It is one of those cricket stadiums in India which has acquired international fame as a multi-sport complex. For sport lovers, the stadium is held with a lot of awe and respect; its swimming pool end and the church end are the two corners. Both day and night matches are held here and hence it is equipped with floodlights and the latest communication facilities. With a capacity of almost 28,000, Margao’s modern Fatorda Stadium is Goa’s premier sports venue. It’s 2 Kms. Northeast of Municipal Gardens.
     

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  • This museum is based about 20 Kms. away from Margao, and is known as 'Big Foot'. It attracts innumerable historians and visitors, especially since it is India's first open-air museum, occupying an area measuring 9 acres. The articles exhibited here reflect the cultural traditions of the rural portion of Goa, which dates back to about 200 years. Life-size sculptures are displayed in this famous museum which involve India's longest laterite sculpture namely that of Sant Mirabai which measures 14 metres by 5 metres and accomplished in 30 days. Terracotta toys, bamboo and cane artefacts and clay items are amongst the many objects found here. 
     

    This museum is based about 20 Kms. away from Margao, and is known as 'Big Foot'. It attracts innumerable historians and visitors, especially since it is India's first open-air museum, occupying an area measuring 9 acres. The articles exhibited here reflect the cultural traditions of the rural portion of Goa, which dates back to about 200 years. Life-size sculptures are displayed in this famous museum which involve India's longest laterite sculpture namely that of Sant Mirabai which measures 14 metres by 5 metres and accomplished in 30 days. Terracotta toys, bamboo and cane artefacts and clay items are amongst the many objects found here. 
     

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  • Galleria de Icons is located in Margao. The entrance to the museum is free and the timings for visitors are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with one hour afternoon break from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Closed on Sundays.
     

    Galleria de Icons is located in Margao. The entrance to the museum is free and the timings for visitors are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with one hour afternoon break from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Closed on Sundays.
     

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  • This gallery sandwiched between the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral, is located in what used to be the archbishop’s house, and contains a hodgepodge collection of contemporary Christian art and religious objects.
     

    This gallery sandwiched between the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral, is located in what used to be the archbishop’s house, and contains a hodgepodge collection of contemporary Christian art and religious objects.
     

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  • Located in Bogmalo which is a short distance from Vasco da Gama, this museum is a unique one amongst museums in Goa. Displayed here are artifacts, items and various staged machinery and equipment of the evolution of India’s naval force over the years. There are two sections to the museum-the outdoor exhibit and indoor gallery. The outdoor exhibit displays a range of decommissioned aircraft that served with the Navy. A small shed hosts a decade old aircraft machines and interested visitors can see the engines as well. The indoor gallery displays information on battles undertaken. A special section of the museum displays naval aircraft armament. Also displayed are the different types of attire of naval servicemen and servicewomen. The museum is open on all days except Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and charges are Rs. 20 for admission. There is a really massive replica of INS Vikrant that played a key role in the Indo-Pak 1971 war and INS Viraat, which is not only the flagship of Indian Navy but also the oldest carrier in service. Giving a bit of dramatic overtone to visit, there might be Navy's air crafts and jets whizzing through the sky on their daily practice runs at the Naval Air Base next door.
     

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    Located in Bogmalo which is a short distance from Vasco da Gama, this museum is a unique one amongst museums in Goa. Displayed here are artifacts, items and various staged machinery and equipment of the evolution of India’s naval force over the years. There are two sections to the museum-the outdoor exhibit and indoor gallery. The outdoor exhibit displays a range of decommissioned aircraft that served with the Navy. A small shed hosts a decade old aircraft machines and interested visitors can see the engines as well. The indoor gallery displays information on battles undertaken. A special section of the museum displays naval aircraft armament. Also displayed are the different types of attire of naval servicemen and servicewomen. The museum is open on all days except Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and charges are Rs. 20 for admission. There is a really massive replica of INS Vikrant that played a key role in the Indo-Pak 1971 war and INS Viraat, which is not only the flagship of Indian Navy but also the oldest carrier in service. Giving a bit of dramatic overtone to visit, there might be Navy's air crafts and jets whizzing through the sky on their daily practice runs at the Naval Air Base next door.
     

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  • The museum of Cristian art is an excellent museum, in a stunningly restored space within the 1627 Convent of Santa Monica, contains a collection of statues, paintings and sculptures, though the setting warrants a visit in its own right. Interestingly, many of the works of Goan Christian art made during the Portuguese era, including some of those on display here, were produced by local Hindu artists. This is Asia’s only museum featuring a collection of items pertaining to the emergence of Christianity in the state. The museum is adjacent to the Convent of St Monica and can be reached easily by the local transport. This museum is located in Convent of Santa Monica, Old Goa, it is a must visit for art lovers as it beautifully showcases treasures adorning the different Portuguese built churches in Goa. The museum showcases the richness of Indo-Portuguese Christian Art from Goa, highlighting a part of Goa’s heritage that was neglected and would have been lost if not preserved. It houses the wealth found in the various churches built by the Portuguese in Goa along with some of the donations by private families. The museum has a spectacular collection of gold items, precious stones, rosaries and ivory images.
     

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    The museum of Cristian art is an excellent museum, in a stunningly restored space within the 1627 Convent of Santa Monica, contains a collection of statues, paintings and sculptures, though the setting warrants a visit in its own right. Interestingly, many of the works of Goan Christian art made during the Portuguese era, including some of those on display here, were produced by local Hindu artists. This is Asia’s only museum featuring a collection of items pertaining to the emergence of Christianity in the state. The museum is adjacent to the Convent of St Monica and can be reached easily by the local transport. This museum is located in Convent of Santa Monica, Old Goa, it is a must visit for art lovers as it beautifully showcases treasures adorning the different Portuguese built churches in Goa. The museum showcases the richness of Indo-Portuguese Christian Art from Goa, highlighting a part of Goa’s heritage that was neglected and would have been lost if not preserved. It houses the wealth found in the various churches built by the Portuguese in Goa along with some of the donations by private families. The museum has a spectacular collection of gold items, precious stones, rosaries and ivory images.
     

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  • Located on the Mahatma Gandhi Road in Panjim, the Goa State Museum has an impressive collection of artifacts. This museum one features exhibits, artifacts and items pertaining to religious expression, history of printing in the state, lottery printing, cultural anthropology, contemporary and Christian art, furniture, sculptures and information on Goa’s struggle for freedom. The museum is open on all weekdays between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm. Photography is allowed only for students and scholars based on prior request. The museum also organises screenings for students on prior intimation. These screenings are short videos displaying the various cultural, heritage and anthropological facts about Goa. There is no entry fee to the Goa State Museum and the museum is divided into several galleries. Twelve out of these are open to the public. Some of the notable galleries are the Banerji Art Gallery and Sculpture Gallery.
     

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    Located on the Mahatma Gandhi Road in Panjim, the Goa State Museum has an impressive collection of artifacts. This museum one features exhibits, artifacts and items pertaining to religious expression, history of printing in the state, lottery printing, cultural anthropology, contemporary and Christian art, furniture, sculptures and information on Goa’s struggle for freedom. The museum is open on all weekdays between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm. Photography is allowed only for students and scholars based on prior request. The museum also organises screenings for students on prior intimation. These screenings are short videos displaying the various cultural, heritage and anthropological facts about Goa. There is no entry fee to the Goa State Museum and the museum is divided into several galleries. Twelve out of these are open to the public. Some of the notable galleries are the Banerji Art Gallery and Sculpture Gallery.
     

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  • The museum can be reached by the local transport available in the Old Goa town. Located in the convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Old Goa, the Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery has eight galleries full of interesting relics such as prehistoric to late medieval era paintings and sculptures, ceramics, coins, and bronze statues. It is one of the most visited places in Old Goa and was converted into its present form from an old Franciscan monastery. Housed in the convent portion of the church of St. Francis of Assisi, old Goa, it has a rich and rare collection of artifacts, maps and portraits. The eight sections within the museum display masterpieces like sixty portraits of Viceroys and Governors of Goa, Luis Vaz de Camees, Vishnu with ten incarnation, Surya, wooden sculpture of John the Baptist, Gajalakshmi, ivory sculptures of Jesus Crucification, hero stone, sati stone, Persian and Arabic inscription, bronze statue of the first governor of Goa, portrait paintings of Com Joa de Castro, Vasco da Gama, Portuguese arms like rifle, swords and daggers and many more. The museum has facilities like potable drinking water, video show on World Heritage properties in India, clean inventory, children activity center and publication sale counter.
     

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    The museum can be reached by the local transport available in the Old Goa town. Located in the convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Old Goa, the Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery has eight galleries full of interesting relics such as prehistoric to late medieval era paintings and sculptures, ceramics, coins, and bronze statues. It is one of the most visited places in Old Goa and was converted into its present form from an old Franciscan monastery. Housed in the convent portion of the church of St. Francis of Assisi, old Goa, it has a rich and rare collection of artifacts, maps and portraits. The eight sections within the museum display masterpieces like sixty portraits of Viceroys and Governors of Goa, Luis Vaz de Camees, Vishnu with ten incarnation, Surya, wooden sculpture of John the Baptist, Gajalakshmi, ivory sculptures of Jesus Crucification, hero stone, sati stone, Persian and Arabic inscription, bronze statue of the first governor of Goa, portrait paintings of Com Joa de Castro, Vasco da Gama, Portuguese arms like rifle, swords and daggers and many more. The museum has facilities like potable drinking water, video show on World Heritage properties in India, clean inventory, children activity center and publication sale counter.
     

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  • Savoi Plantation has a very rustic decor. Take a guided tour of the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, basil, nutmeg and pepper plantations and the cashew distillation unit. Return to a buffet of Goan Saraswat cuisine at Savoi Plantation's Sadafuli Restaurant. Starters like fried mussels bring on a buffet lunch of bread, rice, prawn and vegetable curries, chicken xacuti, fried fish, stuffed crabs, kismur, pickle, sol kadi, yoghurt and fresh fruit. One can also stay in the farmhouse here.
     

    Savoi Plantation has a very rustic decor. Take a guided tour of the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, basil, nutmeg and pepper plantations and the cashew distillation unit. Return to a buffet of Goan Saraswat cuisine at Savoi Plantation's Sadafuli Restaurant. Starters like fried mussels bring on a buffet lunch of bread, rice, prawn and vegetable curries, chicken xacuti, fried fish, stuffed crabs, kismur, pickle, sol kadi, yoghurt and fresh fruit. One can also stay in the farmhouse here.
     

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  • About 7 Kms. east of Ponda, Pascoal Spice Village offers bamboo river-rafting, elephant rides and cultural shows, along with farm tours and lunch. You can stay here overnight in innovative mud cottages. The lower end of the property is bounded by a tributary of the Mandovi River. A wide variety of spice plants and cash crops is grown here. For visitors there is restaurant with an open-air party facility along with boating. At the Pascoal Spice Village vanilla, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, chillies, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger and fruits are cultivated. There is a large plant nursery with several bonsai here. There are also a great many birds here, and a rivulet that flows through the farm. Enjoy a spot of boating or just sit by the river and feed the fish. When you got hungry try the chicken cafreal, the prawn curry, crispy vegetables and fried kingfish, all washed down with cashew feni or beer. Nature is at its best at this place with a variety of spice plantations and a myriad of crops including exotic nuts.
     

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    About 7 Kms. east of Ponda, Pascoal Spice Village offers bamboo river-rafting, elephant rides and cultural shows, along with farm tours and lunch. You can stay here overnight in innovative mud cottages. The lower end of the property is bounded by a tributary of the Mandovi River. A wide variety of spice plants and cash crops is grown here. For visitors there is restaurant with an open-air party facility along with boating. At the Pascoal Spice Village vanilla, pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, chillies, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger and fruits are cultivated. There is a large plant nursery with several bonsai here. There are also a great many birds here, and a rivulet that flows through the farm. Enjoy a spot of boating or just sit by the river and feed the fish. When you got hungry try the chicken cafreal, the prawn curry, crispy vegetables and fried kingfish, all washed down with cashew feni or beer. Nature is at its best at this place with a variety of spice plantations and a myriad of crops including exotic nuts.
     

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  • Situated on the extreme North-East of Goa at Dongruli village, Thane, Valpoi, Sattari, the plantation is a rejuvenating experience of a lifetime. Nestled in a valley amidst verdant grass and fruit bearing trees an rivulets, Rustic Plantation is an ideal getaway. This is a magnificent countryside sanctuary of nearly 100 acres of rural farmland nestled in the valley beneath the foothills of Western Ghats, situated in the north east part of Goa. Nestled in the valley amidst vast expanses of greenery on the gently sloping hillside, the plantation offers beautiful views of its surroundings and the spice plantations in the compound. Rustic Plantation is a hundred acre property at the foothills of the Western Ghats. One finds a huge variety of fruit-bearing trees, spices and timber trees here. A wooden bridge welcomes you as you step inside the plantation.
     

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    Situated on the extreme North-East of Goa at Dongruli village, Thane, Valpoi, Sattari, the plantation is a rejuvenating experience of a lifetime. Nestled in a valley amidst verdant grass and fruit bearing trees an rivulets, Rustic Plantation is an ideal getaway. This is a magnificent countryside sanctuary of nearly 100 acres of rural farmland nestled in the valley beneath the foothills of Western Ghats, situated in the north east part of Goa. Nestled in the valley amidst vast expanses of greenery on the gently sloping hillside, the plantation offers beautiful views of its surroundings and the spice plantations in the compound. Rustic Plantation is a hundred acre property at the foothills of the Western Ghats. One finds a huge variety of fruit-bearing trees, spices and timber trees here. A wooden bridge welcomes you as you step inside the plantation.
     

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  • Ancestral Goa is also known as Big Foot, located at Loutolim some 10 Kms. from Madgaon. Set in nine acres of land, this open air museum and park is the first of its kind in India. It is a must-see destination in most Goan travel itineraries. The Museum is an inspiration to all age groups of visitors who come here to experience this wonderful setup. It showcases large life-size statues and structures depicting the culture and tradition of rural Goa going back 200 years. It was the 14 mtr. Saint Mirabai’s sculpture, the longest lateritic stone sculpture in India, and a Limca Book record holder which started the process of creating the museum. The Ancestral Goa Museum also features different miniature houses showcasing the traditional occupations and social classes of fishermen, Goan artisans, farmers, a music school, liquors shops, village market and a feni distillery. Then, there is a spring called Boca da Vaca, a fruit and spice garden, Big Foot Art Gallery, handicraft center, a bookstall and a lot more. The Ancestral Goa will open the doors to your heart and mind in the most sincere and appealing manner.
     

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    Ancestral Goa is also known as Big Foot, located at Loutolim some 10 Kms. from Madgaon. Set in nine acres of land, this open air museum and park is the first of its kind in India. It is a must-see destination in most Goan travel itineraries. The Museum is an inspiration to all age groups of visitors who come here to experience this wonderful setup. It showcases large life-size statues and structures depicting the culture and tradition of rural Goa going back 200 years. It was the 14 mtr. Saint Mirabai’s sculpture, the longest lateritic stone sculpture in India, and a Limca Book record holder which started the process of creating the museum. The Ancestral Goa Museum also features different miniature houses showcasing the traditional occupations and social classes of fishermen, Goan artisans, farmers, a music school, liquors shops, village market and a feni distillery. Then, there is a spring called Boca da Vaca, a fruit and spice garden, Big Foot Art Gallery, handicraft center, a bookstall and a lot more. The Ancestral Goa will open the doors to your heart and mind in the most sincere and appealing manner.
     

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  • Mayem Lake is also known as Maya lake. It is situated around 35 kilometers from Panjim in the Bicholim Taluka. It is a beautiful fresh water lake located at Mayem near Bicholim, in North Goa. The lake is one of the few places where tourists can enjoy a romantic ride in the lake in a paddle boat. The lake is also a great spot for birdwatchers to catch glimpses of migratory birds in Goa. Finding accommodation here is easy as there are plenty of cottages on the forested slopes overlooking the lake. Picturesque surroundings and boating in paddle boats are the key tourist attractions of the place. One side of the lake is bordered by a road while the rest is forested. It’s a very famous tourist destination in Goa and is an ideal location for picnics.
     

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    Mayem Lake is also known as Maya lake. It is situated around 35 kilometers from Panjim in the Bicholim Taluka. It is a beautiful fresh water lake located at Mayem near Bicholim, in North Goa. The lake is one of the few places where tourists can enjoy a romantic ride in the lake in a paddle boat. The lake is also a great spot for birdwatchers to catch glimpses of migratory birds in Goa. Finding accommodation here is easy as there are plenty of cottages on the forested slopes overlooking the lake. Picturesque surroundings and boating in paddle boats are the key tourist attractions of the place. One side of the lake is bordered by a road while the rest is forested. It’s a very famous tourist destination in Goa and is an ideal location for picnics.
     

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  • Kesarval Spring is located 22 Kms. away from Panaji off the National Highway connecting the city of Margao. You can reach the site of this beautiful spring by crossing the bridge over the Zuari River and passing through Cortalim village. The site of the spring has dense undergrowth and the forest land consist of tropical trees. Amidst this pure and untouched nature, in the middle of swaying beetle nut palm, Kesarval spring erupts. 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. Kesarval Spring has become a natural spa. Both young and the old can be seen taking a dip in the water of Kesarval spring for rejuvenation. Appreciating the popularity of the destination, the Tourism Department has earmarked the place as a tourism destination. During monsoon, the rough and tumbling water of the spring can be a treat to watch. Nestled amidst tropical woodlands and waving betel-nut palms, there is nothing extraordinary about the appearance of the Kesarval spring. But what is lacking in appearance is pretty much made up by the supposed curative nature of the spring water. People from the neighboring areas and faraway places flock the Kesarval spring to purge their ailments with a bath in the spring's healing waters.
     

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    Kesarval Spring is located 22 Kms. away from Panaji off the National Highway connecting the city of Margao. You can reach the site of this beautiful spring by crossing the bridge over the Zuari River and passing through Cortalim village. The site of the spring has dense undergrowth and the forest land consist of tropical trees. Amidst this pure and untouched nature, in the middle of swaying beetle nut palm, Kesarval spring erupts. 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. Kesarval Spring has become a natural spa. Both young and the old can be seen taking a dip in the water of Kesarval spring for rejuvenation. Appreciating the popularity of the destination, the Tourism Department has earmarked the place as a tourism destination. During monsoon, the rough and tumbling water of the spring can be a treat to watch. Nestled amidst tropical woodlands and waving betel-nut palms, there is nothing extraordinary about the appearance of the Kesarval spring. But what is lacking in appearance is pretty much made up by the supposed curative nature of the spring water. People from the neighboring areas and faraway places flock the Kesarval spring to purge their ailments with a bath in the spring's healing waters.
     

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  • Dudhsagar waterfalls are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. Water plummets hundreds of feet in cascades of large volume, creating a mist all around, giving it a milky white appearance, hence the name. This is a popular destination for trekkers and hikers. One of the most scenic waterfalls in India, Dudhsagar literally means ‘Sea of Milk’. Though perennial, the beauty of the waterfall increases multi-fold during the rainy season. Dudhsagar Waterfall is situated inside the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary in Sanguem district of Goa close to the border with Karnataka. It is about 60 km from state capital Panaji. Water plummets from a height of over 1,000 ft to form one of the most amazing natural phenomena in Goa. The waterfall is called Vajra Sakala Falls by the locals but most people know it as Tambdi Surla falls based on the popular trekking tale to the waterfall which starts from Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple. The waterfall is four-tiered waterfall and is about 1015 ft high and 100 ft wide.

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    Dudhsagar waterfalls are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. Water plummets hundreds of feet in cascades of large volume, creating a mist all around, giving it a milky white appearance, hence the name. This is a popular destination for trekkers and hikers. One of the most scenic waterfalls in India, Dudhsagar literally means ‘Sea of Milk’. Though perennial, the beauty of the waterfall increases multi-fold during the rainy season. Dudhsagar Waterfall is situated inside the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary in Sanguem district of Goa close to the border with Karnataka. It is about 60 km from state capital Panaji. Water plummets from a height of over 1,000 ft to form one of the most amazing natural phenomena in Goa. The waterfall is called Vajra Sakala Falls by the locals but most people know it as Tambdi Surla falls based on the popular trekking tale to the waterfall which starts from Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple. The waterfall is four-tiered waterfall and is about 1015 ft high and 100 ft wide.

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  • Arvalem Waterfall in Goa is located Nine kilometers south of Bicholim town. Here the water drops from a height of 70 feets. The first sight of Arvalem waterfall makes ripples in your heart-it is such a marvelous one. You can't resist the temptation to take a dip at the bottom of the waterfall where it forms a lake. You will be awestruck with the thunderous gush of water cascading down the rocky cliffs. It is indeed a majestic waterfall shedding its exuberant silvery showers all year long and mesmerizing the crowds since ages. The waterfall is fully rapturous after the monsoon and its sights make the tourists gleeful in ecstasy. The government has also made a park here from where one can enjoy the scenic beauty. The surrounding ancient caves add a touch of antiqueness to this charming place, which finds a major attraction for film makers as a favorite shooting spot.
     

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    Arvalem Waterfall in Goa is located Nine kilometers south of Bicholim town. Here the water drops from a height of 70 feets. The first sight of Arvalem waterfall makes ripples in your heart-it is such a marvelous one. You can't resist the temptation to take a dip at the bottom of the waterfall where it forms a lake. You will be awestruck with the thunderous gush of water cascading down the rocky cliffs. It is indeed a majestic waterfall shedding its exuberant silvery showers all year long and mesmerizing the crowds since ages. The waterfall is fully rapturous after the monsoon and its sights make the tourists gleeful in ecstasy. The government has also made a park here from where one can enjoy the scenic beauty. The surrounding ancient caves add a touch of antiqueness to this charming place, which finds a major attraction for film makers as a favorite shooting spot.
     

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  • Towards mainland Goa near Sanquelim the Arvalem caves are easily accessible by road. You can hire bikes from Bicholim Town to cover the 9 Kms. stretches to these caves. Dating back to the 5th to 6th century, these caves are locally known as the Pandava Caves. Legend holds that the Pandavas, from the Hindu epic The Mahabharata, took refuge in these caves while they were in exile. There's much debate over whether the caves are Buddhist or Brahmanical in origin, considering lingas that exist in four different shrines. The shafts of the four crafted lingas are very similar to those that can be found in Elephanta and Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra. Some of the characters engraved on the second linga belong to the Sanskrit and Brahmi script that was prevalent in the 7th century. Excavated from a laterite hill, the complex consists of two major caves and a residential chamber.
     

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    Towards mainland Goa near Sanquelim the Arvalem caves are easily accessible by road. You can hire bikes from Bicholim Town to cover the 9 Kms. stretches to these caves. Dating back to the 5th to 6th century, these caves are locally known as the Pandava Caves. Legend holds that the Pandavas, from the Hindu epic The Mahabharata, took refuge in these caves while they were in exile. There's much debate over whether the caves are Buddhist or Brahmanical in origin, considering lingas that exist in four different shrines. The shafts of the four crafted lingas are very similar to those that can be found in Elephanta and Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra. Some of the characters engraved on the second linga belong to the Sanskrit and Brahmi script that was prevalent in the 7th century. Excavated from a laterite hill, the complex consists of two major caves and a residential chamber.
     

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  • The Cumbarjua Canal in Goa can be called the Crocodile Canal of Goa. It’s a Canal that connects the two main and major rivers of Goa that is Mandovi and the Zuari. The connecting length of the Cumbarjua Canal between Mandovi River and Zuari River is around 15 Kms. The lively mangrove habitat serves as a reproducing ground for fish, prawns, molluscs, birdlife and crocodiles. One can notice around 40-50 Crocodiles within the length and breadth of the Cumbarjua Canal in Goa. Most crocodiles that live in the Cumbarjua canal spend their days sunbathing on the muddy banks of the canal, watching visitors pass by in their canoes. The canal is a 15 km long stretch of water located about 20 minutes drive away from Panaji.
     

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    The Cumbarjua Canal in Goa can be called the Crocodile Canal of Goa. It’s a Canal that connects the two main and major rivers of Goa that is Mandovi and the Zuari. The connecting length of the Cumbarjua Canal between Mandovi River and Zuari River is around 15 Kms. The lively mangrove habitat serves as a reproducing ground for fish, prawns, molluscs, birdlife and crocodiles. One can notice around 40-50 Crocodiles within the length and breadth of the Cumbarjua Canal in Goa. Most crocodiles that live in the Cumbarjua canal spend their days sunbathing on the muddy banks of the canal, watching visitors pass by in their canoes. The canal is a 15 km long stretch of water located about 20 minutes drive away from Panaji.
     

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  • Just a short distance from Panaji, this delightful bird refuge is on the tip of Chorao, an island in the Mandovi. It is fully covered with mangrove species. The whole area has mangrove vegetation. The sanctuary has colourful resident and migratory birds and it is a habitat for plankton, shrimps, prawns and small Fish. Varieties of local as well as migratory birds frequently visit the area. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and an utter delight for anyone whose pulse races at the sight of beautiful, rare birds you are unlikely to catch sight of anywhere else in the country. Marsh crocodiles, foxes, jackals and otters have also been spotted by some visitors, along with the bulbous-headed mudskipper fish that skim across the water’s surface at low tide. There’s a birdwatching tower in the sanctuary that can be reached by boat when the river level, dependent on the tide, is not too low.
     

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    Just a short distance from Panaji, this delightful bird refuge is on the tip of Chorao, an island in the Mandovi. It is fully covered with mangrove species. The whole area has mangrove vegetation. The sanctuary has colourful resident and migratory birds and it is a habitat for plankton, shrimps, prawns and small Fish. Varieties of local as well as migratory birds frequently visit the area. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and an utter delight for anyone whose pulse races at the sight of beautiful, rare birds you are unlikely to catch sight of anywhere else in the country. Marsh crocodiles, foxes, jackals and otters have also been spotted by some visitors, along with the bulbous-headed mudskipper fish that skim across the water’s surface at low tide. There’s a birdwatching tower in the sanctuary that can be reached by boat when the river level, dependent on the tide, is not too low.
     

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  • The Pleasure Island a Country Club and Resort Goa is located 9 Kms. from panjim city and 32 Kms. from dabolim airport. Pleasure Island is in close proximity to Salim Ali bird sanctuary the crocodile habitat and the world heritage monuments at old goa. Resort with a difference-pleasure island is very accessible and very different a multipurpose destination, the backwater club and resort is set in the ambience of a typical goan village just across old goa easily accessible by road or by boat the resort offers many possibilities in leisure and recreation from thrills of aqua sports indoor and outdoor activities health spa, swimming pool water slide and the comforts of cozy villas repete with all modern amenities.
     

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    The Pleasure Island a Country Club and Resort Goa is located 9 Kms. from panjim city and 32 Kms. from dabolim airport. Pleasure Island is in close proximity to Salim Ali bird sanctuary the crocodile habitat and the world heritage monuments at old goa. Resort with a difference-pleasure island is very accessible and very different a multipurpose destination, the backwater club and resort is set in the ambience of a typical goan village just across old goa easily accessible by road or by boat the resort offers many possibilities in leisure and recreation from thrills of aqua sports indoor and outdoor activities health spa, swimming pool water slide and the comforts of cozy villas repete with all modern amenities.
     

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  • It's located at some 2 Kms. from Ponda. This mosque is hailed as the biggest of all the 27 mosques of Ponda. Built way back in year 1960 by Bijapur's Ibrahim Adilshah, it has withstood the trials of times, standing as a mute witness to the winds of change as the Portuguese attempted to colonise the region. It is a place of much reverence for the followers of Islam. The artistic side of Islamic architecture is quite evident in the arched design of Safa Shahouri Masjid. Though it lost much of its previous splendour with the withering of the gardens and the fountains around, the old world charm is still intact. The prayer room at the mosque, with the impressive terracotta roof, is another major crowd puller here. The two major festivals of Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha are celebrated at this mosque with great pomp.
     

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    It's located at some 2 Kms. from Ponda. This mosque is hailed as the biggest of all the 27 mosques of Ponda. Built way back in year 1960 by Bijapur's Ibrahim Adilshah, it has withstood the trials of times, standing as a mute witness to the winds of change as the Portuguese attempted to colonise the region. It is a place of much reverence for the followers of Islam. The artistic side of Islamic architecture is quite evident in the arched design of Safa Shahouri Masjid. Though it lost much of its previous splendour with the withering of the gardens and the fountains around, the old world charm is still intact. The prayer room at the mosque, with the impressive terracotta roof, is another major crowd puller here. The two major festivals of Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha are celebrated at this mosque with great pomp.
     

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  • The Jama Masjid is located in Sanguem, 26 Kms. from Margoa. Jama Masjid is known for its simplicity and elegant architecture and was completed in the late 1950s. It has two towers surrounded by pillared kiosks for a facade and has four minarets, which is customary for a mosque. The place witnesses a lot of action around the time of festivals and is quiet otherwise. The structure is remarkable for its harmonious proportions and elegant simplicity with its four minarets. A lot of devotees celebrate their festivals here with due solemnity and are often seen rejoicing.
     

    The Jama Masjid is located in Sanguem, 26 Kms. from Margoa. Jama Masjid is known for its simplicity and elegant architecture and was completed in the late 1950s. It has two towers surrounded by pillared kiosks for a facade and has four minarets, which is customary for a mosque. The place witnesses a lot of action around the time of festivals and is quiet otherwise. The structure is remarkable for its harmonious proportions and elegant simplicity with its four minarets. A lot of devotees celebrate their festivals here with due solemnity and are often seen rejoicing.
     

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  • Shri Vithal Temple is yet another of the famous temples located in Sanquelim, the hometown of the Ranes of Sattari who played a key role in Goa’s freedom struggle.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Vithal, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and originates back to 1942 AD. The ancestors of the present Rane family, who are believed to have migrated to Goa from Udaipur about 600 years ago, built the famous Sri Vithal temple situated on the bank of Valvanta River. A huge chariot exquisitely carved in wood symbolizing the chariot of Arjuna driven by Lord Krishna in Mahabharata is the center of attraction in this magnificent temple. The main festivity of the temple is usually held during the nine days preceding "Chairtra Purnima".
     

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    Shri Vithal Temple is yet another of the famous temples located in Sanquelim, the hometown of the Ranes of Sattari who played a key role in Goa’s freedom struggle.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Vithal, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and originates back to 1942 AD. The ancestors of the present Rane family, who are believed to have migrated to Goa from Udaipur about 600 years ago, built the famous Sri Vithal temple situated on the bank of Valvanta River. A huge chariot exquisitely carved in wood symbolizing the chariot of Arjuna driven by Lord Krishna in Mahabharata is the center of attraction in this magnificent temple. The main festivity of the temple is usually held during the nine days preceding "Chairtra Purnima".
     

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  • The Tapobhoomi temple complex at Kundaim in Goa is a centre of Param Pujya Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya that harbours a number of projects. Spread over an area of 10,000 sq. mts., it is now a pilgrimage centre to many students of Hindu culture and religion. Tapobhoomi is the result of the divine inspiration of his Holiness Haturli Mathadhish Shrimad Brahmanand Swamiji. He was known for his service towards the poor, downtrodden people and due to his guidance a number of people were also saved from falling into the clutches of vices such as drinking, gambling, drug abuse etc. Tapobhoomi is also known to be a temple of humanity, sanding firm on Bhakti i.e the foundation of devotion. It has been set up to spread the message of divine love and compassion and to educate people about their duties and responsibilities.
     

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    The Tapobhoomi temple complex at Kundaim in Goa is a centre of Param Pujya Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya that harbours a number of projects. Spread over an area of 10,000 sq. mts., it is now a pilgrimage centre to many students of Hindu culture and religion. Tapobhoomi is the result of the divine inspiration of his Holiness Haturli Mathadhish Shrimad Brahmanand Swamiji. He was known for his service towards the poor, downtrodden people and due to his guidance a number of people were also saved from falling into the clutches of vices such as drinking, gambling, drug abuse etc. Tapobhoomi is also known to be a temple of humanity, sanding firm on Bhakti i.e the foundation of devotion. It has been set up to spread the message of divine love and compassion and to educate people about their duties and responsibilities.
     

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  • The Shri Shantadurga temple at Dhargal is located 14 kms from Mapusa and 27 km from Panjim in Pernem. The temple has extremely beautiful natural surroundings and is known to have been built in 1550 A.D. It is housed in a vast compound and has a deepastambha in front and a gopuram atop the sanctum. Shantadurga or Santeri is worshipped as a 'Gramadevi' in many villages and is a manifestation of Durga adopted by Goans. Also known as the goddess of peace, Shantadurga is believed to have stopped the quarrel between Shiva and Vishnu. The Shantadurga temple at Dhargalim is known to have been built of mud and palm leaves as laterite or granite were rarely used in the earlier times. It has other three storeys with Mahadeva and Ganapati in one, Dadd in the second and Ravalnatha in the third. At different spots one will also see niches with deities Purmar, Santeri, Dadd and Ravalnatha.
     

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    The Shri Shantadurga temple at Dhargal is located 14 kms from Mapusa and 27 km from Panjim in Pernem. The temple has extremely beautiful natural surroundings and is known to have been built in 1550 A.D. It is housed in a vast compound and has a deepastambha in front and a gopuram atop the sanctum. Shantadurga or Santeri is worshipped as a 'Gramadevi' in many villages and is a manifestation of Durga adopted by Goans. Also known as the goddess of peace, Shantadurga is believed to have stopped the quarrel between Shiva and Vishnu. The Shantadurga temple at Dhargalim is known to have been built of mud and palm leaves as laterite or granite were rarely used in the earlier times. It has other three storeys with Mahadeva and Ganapati in one, Dadd in the second and Ravalnatha in the third. At different spots one will also see niches with deities Purmar, Santeri, Dadd and Ravalnatha.
     

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  • Sumptously built at Kavlem, is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. Has a rich and beautiful Garbhakuda or the holy of holies where the deity is kept. The deity was shifted from kelsi. Agrashalas provide lodging facilities to the devotees. Shri Shantadurga Temple is situated at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, Goa. A small laterite mud shrine was built and the deity was installed here. The mud-shrine was converted into a beautiful temple whose foundation stone was laid in 1730 and the temple was completed in 1738 and renovated in 1966. The temple has a huge tank, a Deepastambha and Agrashalas. 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 original place of Shree Shantadurga devi was at Keloshi.
     

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    Sumptously built at Kavlem, is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. Has a rich and beautiful Garbhakuda or the holy of holies where the deity is kept. The deity was shifted from kelsi. Agrashalas provide lodging facilities to the devotees. Shri Shantadurga Temple is situated at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, Goa. A small laterite mud shrine was built and the deity was installed here. The mud-shrine was converted into a beautiful temple whose foundation stone was laid in 1730 and the temple was completed in 1738 and renovated in 1966. The temple has a huge tank, a Deepastambha and Agrashalas. 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 original place of Shree Shantadurga devi was at Keloshi.
     

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  • Shri Gaudapadacharya Math, Shri Saunsthan also known as Kavale Math, located in Kavale, Ponda, Goa is the oldest math or Aadi Math of the Dakshinatya (South Indian) Saraswat Brahmins. It was founded by Vivarananda Saraswati Swami Gaudapadacharya in around 740 AD, whose guru was Govinda Bhagavatpada who in turn disciple of Adi Guru Gaudapadacharya. There is also a belief that, Adi guru Gaudapadacharya himself established the Shri Gaudapadacharya Math when he lived in Gomantak (Goa). Thus, the math came to be known as Shri Saunstan Gaudapadacharya Math. The Peethadhipati of this math is called Shri Gaudapadacharya. Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins and Smarta Gowd Saraswat Brahmin sects are the main disciples of this Math.
     

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    Shri Gaudapadacharya Math, Shri Saunsthan also known as Kavale Math, located in Kavale, Ponda, Goa is the oldest math or Aadi Math of the Dakshinatya (South Indian) Saraswat Brahmins. It was founded by Vivarananda Saraswati Swami Gaudapadacharya in around 740 AD, whose guru was Govinda Bhagavatpada who in turn disciple of Adi Guru Gaudapadacharya. There is also a belief that, Adi guru Gaudapadacharya himself established the Shri Gaudapadacharya Math when he lived in Gomantak (Goa). Thus, the math came to be known as Shri Saunstan Gaudapadacharya Math. The Peethadhipati of this math is called Shri Gaudapadacharya. Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins and Smarta Gowd Saraswat Brahmin sects are the main disciples of this Math.
     

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  • Born under the divine inspiration of his Holiness Haturli Mathadhish Shrinad Brahmanand Swamiji, the Tapobhoomi Complex at Kundai has no doubt became a centre of pilgrimage to the devotees of Hindu culture and religion, spread over an are of 10,000 sq. mts. This centre of Param Pujya Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya harbaurs a number of projects, a unique Datta mandir, Sanskrit pathshala, Dhyaan Gumfa, Ayurveda Centre, Yoga Anusandhan Kendra, Bhajani Vidyalayi Bhaktoddhar Library, etc. His Holiness Brahmanand Swamiji, who is the head of Haturii Math has rendered services to uplift poor, downtrodden people in the last two decades.Tapobhoomi has been set up to educate mankind about its duties and responsibilities. Tapobhoomi has been set up to spread the message of divine love and compassion. Tapobhoomi is indeed a temple of humanity, standing firm on the foundation of devotion i.e. Bhakti.
     

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    Born under the divine inspiration of his Holiness Haturli Mathadhish Shrinad Brahmanand Swamiji, the Tapobhoomi Complex at Kundai has no doubt became a centre of pilgrimage to the devotees of Hindu culture and religion, spread over an are of 10,000 sq. mts. This centre of Param Pujya Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya harbaurs a number of projects, a unique Datta mandir, Sanskrit pathshala, Dhyaan Gumfa, Ayurveda Centre, Yoga Anusandhan Kendra, Bhajani Vidyalayi Bhaktoddhar Library, etc. His Holiness Brahmanand Swamiji, who is the head of Haturii Math has rendered services to uplift poor, downtrodden people in the last two decades.Tapobhoomi has been set up to educate mankind about its duties and responsibilities. Tapobhoomi has been set up to spread the message of divine love and compassion. Tapobhoomi is indeed a temple of humanity, standing firm on the foundation of devotion i.e. Bhakti.
     

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  • The temple of Sri Bhagwati is quite unique and is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the 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 presiding deity of temple is Goddess Bhagwati in Ashtabhuja form. On a high pedestal in a standing position the Goddess Bhagwati is also very imposing. At the entrance of the Bhagwati temple, visitors are welcomed by two life size statues of elephants in standing position, made of black stone. The main festival celebrated at this temple is Dussehra. The festival is one of the main attractions here. The temple located in the Pernem taluka of North Goa at about 28 kms from Panaji.
     

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    The temple of Sri Bhagwati is quite unique and is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the 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 presiding deity of temple is Goddess Bhagwati in Ashtabhuja form. On a high pedestal in a standing position the Goddess Bhagwati is also very imposing. At the entrance of the Bhagwati temple, visitors are welcomed by two life size statues of elephants in standing position, made of black stone. The main festival celebrated at this temple is Dussehra. The festival is one of the main attractions here. The temple located in the Pernem taluka of North Goa at about 28 kms from Panaji.
     

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  • The Shri Saptkoteshwar temple was a favoured deity of Kadamba King. Its orginal temple was situated in the island of Diwar. It was destroyed by the Portuguese and the idol was shifted to its present site at Narve. The linga worshipped in this temple is faceted and is known as 'Dharalinga'. This small temple is situated at Narve, 37 Kms from Panaji near Bicholim. It is dedicated to Lord Saptakoteshwara, an incarnation of Lord Siva. The deity worshipped is the "Lingam" and is faceted and known as the "Dharalinga". It is built of laterite stone on a beautiful Ghaat and overlooks the River Khandepar. The Shri Saptkoteshwar temple at Opa is a 3-tier structure with the 'Kallas' in the shape of a bud. It is crowned with a dome with two laterite stone 'Nandis' and elephants placed on each corner that seem to guard the temple in all four cardinal directions. The doorjambs of the sanctum have Kadamb motifs and are carved of Talco chlorite schist stone. The temple is also known to be the only temple in Goa that has sculptures of animals placed on its roof.

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    The Shri Saptkoteshwar temple was a favoured deity of Kadamba King. Its orginal temple was situated in the island of Diwar. It was destroyed by the Portuguese and the idol was shifted to its present site at Narve. The linga worshipped in this temple is faceted and is known as 'Dharalinga'. This small temple is situated at Narve, 37 Kms from Panaji near Bicholim. It is dedicated to Lord Saptakoteshwara, an incarnation of Lord Siva. The deity worshipped is the "Lingam" and is faceted and known as the "Dharalinga". It is built of laterite stone on a beautiful Ghaat and overlooks the River Khandepar. The Shri Saptkoteshwar temple at Opa is a 3-tier structure with the 'Kallas' in the shape of a bud. It is crowned with a dome with two laterite stone 'Nandis' and elephants placed on each corner that seem to guard the temple in all four cardinal directions. The doorjambs of the sanctum have Kadamb motifs and are carved of Talco chlorite schist stone. The temple is also known to be the only temple in Goa that has sculptures of animals placed on its roof.

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  • Shree Rudreshwar Temple, Aravalem: This temple is situated by the scenic waterfalls and is dedicated to Lord Rudreshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is visited by thousands of devotees during the annual Shivratri festival. Located in Bicholim Taluka at a distance of 45 kms from Panaji, Harvalem where the ancient linga of Rudreshwar is venerated. The idyllic Harvalem water fall is close by located in Bicholim Taluka at a distance of 45 kms from Panaji. The idyllic Harvalem water fall is close by. The image of Rudreshwar is facing the water fall. However, the temple assumes importance as Hindus perform rites for the dead here. Early in the morning, devotees flock to the temple to pay their obeisance to the deity. The temple is accessed by stairs that start near the mouth of the waterfall.
     

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    Shree Rudreshwar Temple, Aravalem: This temple is situated by the scenic waterfalls and is dedicated to Lord Rudreshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is visited by thousands of devotees during the annual Shivratri festival. Located in Bicholim Taluka at a distance of 45 kms from Panaji, Harvalem where the ancient linga of Rudreshwar is venerated. The idyllic Harvalem water fall is close by located in Bicholim Taluka at a distance of 45 kms from Panaji. The idyllic Harvalem water fall is close by. The image of Rudreshwar is facing the water fall. However, the temple assumes importance as Hindus perform rites for the dead here. Early in the morning, devotees flock to the temple to pay their obeisance to the deity. The temple is accessed by stairs that start near the mouth of the waterfall.
     

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  • It's located in Ramnathim, Bandode near Ponda at some 30 kms from Panjim. Need to take NH 17B and turn left at Borim to reach here; it'll take around 45 minutes. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ramnath, a form of Shiva worshipped by the Lord Rama. The floors coloured in green and red, big round pillars and profuse. The inner sanctum with great setting of array of chandeliers and lanterns makes the wall of silver; an archway is surrounded in columns mentioning details. A portrait of Garuda and Hanuman in their usual positions is set in the archway, the paintings of Sita, Rama and their brother Lakshman kneeling and worshipping a linga with Rama's devotee Hanuman standing behind as well as Shiva, carrying his trident, looks on with parvati from the clouds above is placed in the lower panel among the two panels. On the upper panel shows the pictures of Vishnu moving shudasharn chakra in his sitting on serpent swimming in the ocean along with Lakshmi kneeling near his feet, the other sides are the Dvarapalas - the guardians and on the down panel elephants carrying garland in his trunk.It's an important place of reverence for the Hindu Brahmin community of Goa. The huge lamp-stand or deepstambha at its entrance is something that just can't be missed.
     

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    It's located in Ramnathim, Bandode near Ponda at some 30 kms from Panjim. Need to take NH 17B and turn left at Borim to reach here; it'll take around 45 minutes. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ramnath, a form of Shiva worshipped by the Lord Rama. The floors coloured in green and red, big round pillars and profuse. The inner sanctum with great setting of array of chandeliers and lanterns makes the wall of silver; an archway is surrounded in columns mentioning details. A portrait of Garuda and Hanuman in their usual positions is set in the archway, the paintings of Sita, Rama and their brother Lakshman kneeling and worshipping a linga with Rama's devotee Hanuman standing behind as well as Shiva, carrying his trident, looks on with parvati from the clouds above is placed in the lower panel among the two panels. On the upper panel shows the pictures of Vishnu moving shudasharn chakra in his sitting on serpent swimming in the ocean along with Lakshmi kneeling near his feet, the other sides are the Dvarapalas - the guardians and on the down panel elephants carrying garland in his trunk.It's an important place of reverence for the Hindu Brahmin community of Goa. The huge lamp-stand or deepstambha at its entrance is something that just can't be missed.
     

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  • Shri Navdurga Saunsthan in Goa is situated at Borim which is about 34 kms. from Panaji and 12 kms. from Margao. The temple is among the famous religious places in Goa and houses an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Shiva known as Goddess Navdurga. The temple is dedicated to goddess Navdurga; the temple is believed to be more than 500 yrs old and was renovated in the year 1603. The presiding deity worshipped at the temple is Mahishasuramardini who is the ferocious form of goddess Durga and this beautiful idol of the deity is carved out of a stone which is about 4 ft. in height. Thousands of devotees throng the Shri Navdurga Saunsthan during the month of November from Vidya Chaturthi to Dashami which is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety.
     

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    Shri Navdurga Saunsthan in Goa is situated at Borim which is about 34 kms. from Panaji and 12 kms. from Margao. The temple is among the famous religious places in Goa and houses an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Shiva known as Goddess Navdurga. The temple is dedicated to goddess Navdurga; the temple is believed to be more than 500 yrs old and was renovated in the year 1603. The presiding deity worshipped at the temple is Mahishasuramardini who is the ferocious form of goddess Durga and this beautiful idol of the deity is carved out of a stone which is about 4 ft. in height. Thousands of devotees throng the Shri Navdurga Saunsthan during the month of November from Vidya Chaturthi to Dashami which is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety.
     

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  • The Naguesh Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, an incarnation of Lord Naguesh is one of the most ancient temples in Goa. It is located in Bandora which is 4 km east of Ponda. The assembly hall of the temple has pillars with intricate woodcarvings. These carvings, that have been colourfully painted, narrate stories from the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. On either side of the sanctum are ancillary shrines of Lakshmi- Narayan and Lord Gasnesh.  The Naguesh temple is one of the few Hindu temples in Goa, which was spared the threat of persecution by the Portuguese. It is known to have been renovated by the grandson of Shivaji, King Shahu. At the entrance one can see an image of 'Nandi' the bull, carved in black stone. A linga, a symbol of Lord Shiva can also be seen in the inner shrine. Niched on the lower half of the tower is brightly painted deities. The centuries old water tank is also worth looking at. The most important festival that is commemorated here during the month of November is the Anguish Satrap. Also the eight-day Kartik Poornima, Chaitra Poornima and Mahashivratri are celebrated.
     

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    The Naguesh Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, an incarnation of Lord Naguesh is one of the most ancient temples in Goa. It is located in Bandora which is 4 km east of Ponda. The assembly hall of the temple has pillars with intricate woodcarvings. These carvings, that have been colourfully painted, narrate stories from the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. On either side of the sanctum are ancillary shrines of Lakshmi- Narayan and Lord Gasnesh.  The Naguesh temple is one of the few Hindu temples in Goa, which was spared the threat of persecution by the Portuguese. It is known to have been renovated by the grandson of Shivaji, King Shahu. At the entrance one can see an image of 'Nandi' the bull, carved in black stone. A linga, a symbol of Lord Shiva can also be seen in the inner shrine. Niched on the lower half of the tower is brightly painted deities. The centuries old water tank is also worth looking at. The most important festival that is commemorated here during the month of November is the Anguish Satrap. Also the eight-day Kartik Poornima, Chaitra Poornima and Mahashivratri are celebrated.
     

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  • The Shri Morjai temple is situated in Morjim amidst natural surroundings in the Pernem taluka. This ancient historical temple is dedicated to Goddess, Shri Morjai who is known to be one of the seven sisters who came and resided in different parts of Goa along with their brother, Shri Khetoba.  The Morjai temple at Morjim possesses an elegant look as the temple walls are decorated with rare and extinct 'Kaavi' art friezes. The exterior 'Sabhamandap' has rectangular columns supporting a balcony above. The main festival celebrated at the Shri Morjai temple is 'Kalas Utsav' which is celebrated once in every three, five, seven or nine years and which lasts for nearly a month.
     

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    The Shri Morjai temple is situated in Morjim amidst natural surroundings in the Pernem taluka. This ancient historical temple is dedicated to Goddess, Shri Morjai who is known to be one of the seven sisters who came and resided in different parts of Goa along with their brother, Shri Khetoba.  The Morjai temple at Morjim possesses an elegant look as the temple walls are decorated with rare and extinct 'Kaavi' art friezes. The exterior 'Sabhamandap' has rectangular columns supporting a balcony above. The main festival celebrated at the Shri Morjai temple is 'Kalas Utsav' which is celebrated once in every three, five, seven or nine years and which lasts for nearly a month.
     

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  • The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of Shiva. Bhagavan Manguesh is worshipped here as Shiva linga. The Sabha Griha is a spacious hall which accommodates over 500. The decor includes the chandeliers of the nineteenth century. The central part of the Sabha Griha leads to the Garbha Griha where the image of Manguesh is consecrated. Like most temples in Goa, Mangueshi Temple has a large number of pujas being performed daily. It is located at Mangeshim in Ponda and is some 1 km away from Mardol. One have to head south west towards the Dinanath Mangeshkar Road to reach the temple. Priolkar Hospital is a major landmark around the temple. This temple is one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa. Out here, one can sense the presence of divinity in the atmosphere.
     

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    The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of Shiva. Bhagavan Manguesh is worshipped here as Shiva linga. The Sabha Griha is a spacious hall which accommodates over 500. The decor includes the chandeliers of the nineteenth century. The central part of the Sabha Griha leads to the Garbha Griha where the image of Manguesh is consecrated. Like most temples in Goa, Mangueshi Temple has a large number of pujas being performed daily. It is located at Mangeshim in Ponda and is some 1 km away from Mardol. One have to head south west towards the Dinanath Mangeshkar Road to reach the temple. Priolkar Hospital is a major landmark around the temple. This temple is one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa. Out here, one can sense the presence of divinity in the atmosphere.
     

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  • Shri Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Canacona region in particular and in the South Goa in general. This great historical construction and amazing cultural monument is dedicated to Mallikarjun God, who was, according to legends and believes, a reincarnation of Shiva – a major Hindu deity, and the Destroyer or Transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. The Shri Mallikarjuna Temple is situated near the village of Sristhal, just 3 Kms. to the south-east from Chaudi municipal center. The architecture of the structure differs from other temples with its impressive wooden carved columns decorated with silver. One of these columns was used as an Oracle, which tells fortunes by flowers petals. The Shri Mallikarjuna Temple, which is located in a very much beautiful green valley and surrounded by hills, is the place for many important festivals and traditional holidays. The temple celebrates the festivals of Rathasaptami and Shigmotsav which attract a number of devotees.

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    Shri Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Canacona region in particular and in the South Goa in general. This great historical construction and amazing cultural monument is dedicated to Mallikarjun God, who was, according to legends and believes, a reincarnation of Shiva – a major Hindu deity, and the Destroyer or Transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. The Shri Mallikarjuna Temple is situated near the village of Sristhal, just 3 Kms. to the south-east from Chaudi municipal center. The architecture of the structure differs from other temples with its impressive wooden carved columns decorated with silver. One of these columns was used as an Oracle, which tells fortunes by flowers petals. The Shri Mallikarjuna Temple, which is located in a very much beautiful green valley and surrounded by hills, is the place for many important festivals and traditional holidays. The temple celebrates the festivals of Rathasaptami and Shigmotsav which attract a number of devotees.

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  • Shri Mahalaxmi temple is situated at Bandora which is 4 kms from Ponda. Shri Mahalaxmi is the presiding deity and it is considered the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult. The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhagvata sect, which is considered one of the few galleries of wooden images of Vishnu in India. Hindus built here a temple called "Mahalaxmi" as she is referred to as Goddess of peace. Hindus describes Mahalaxmi is a form of Mother of all Universes, who raised three super powers Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. The temple has a small arched entrance at the one end with naubat khana placed on the up and further to this is a village. Two sides are kept open, in a miscellany of separate shrine parivar devatas are place displaying in the courtyard, with a simple plastered covering in a red colour. On the entrance of this main building there is a domed octagonal temple tower place with very rare two domes having the look of flattened which is something attractive, the main towers truncated dome is kept higher with huge lantern. This floor has new hall designed for dance and musical activities keeping in mind with festivals. Every side of mandapas entrance is designed with the arts of Hanuman who is known God of Monkey and Garoda Vishnu’s vehicle, half eagle half man and the doors are magnificently carved in wood placed with Ganesh on them. The image of Mahalakshmi has a close resemblance to that of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur, the main centre of worship. Her special feature is that she wears a linga on her head and is considered a peaceful or Satvik form of the Devi.
     

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    Shri Mahalaxmi temple is situated at Bandora which is 4 kms from Ponda. Shri Mahalaxmi is the presiding deity and it is considered the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult. The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhagvata sect, which is considered one of the few galleries of wooden images of Vishnu in India. Hindus built here a temple called "Mahalaxmi" as she is referred to as Goddess of peace. Hindus describes Mahalaxmi is a form of Mother of all Universes, who raised three super powers Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. The temple has a small arched entrance at the one end with naubat khana placed on the up and further to this is a village. Two sides are kept open, in a miscellany of separate shrine parivar devatas are place displaying in the courtyard, with a simple plastered covering in a red colour. On the entrance of this main building there is a domed octagonal temple tower place with very rare two domes having the look of flattened which is something attractive, the main towers truncated dome is kept higher with huge lantern. This floor has new hall designed for dance and musical activities keeping in mind with festivals. Every side of mandapas entrance is designed with the arts of Hanuman who is known God of Monkey and Garoda Vishnu’s vehicle, half eagle half man and the doors are magnificently carved in wood placed with Ganesh on them. The image of Mahalakshmi has a close resemblance to that of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur, the main centre of worship. Her special feature is that she wears a linga on her head and is considered a peaceful or Satvik form of the Devi.
     

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  • The temple of Mahalsa Narayani is located at the small village of Mardol, just about a kilometre from the famous Mangueshi temple and about 22 kms from Panaji, the capital city. Sri Mahalsa temple is the main temple dedicated to Mahalasa Narayani, and even though there are many dedicated to her, devotees don't give this one a miss. Having seen devotees paying obeisance since 450 years, it's got a cult following. It has one of the tallest Deepasthambhas around, made entirely from brass; this tower stands 12.5 metres high. It is indeed a sight to see the tower aglow with oil lamps during festivals. There's a small pool of water at the place that's believed to have sprouted when the Goddess struck the Earth with her toe. The ambience around this pool is serene. The inner hall of the temple has carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that have been resplendently painted. An embellished silver frame adorns the doorway to the sanctum. The ambience around this tank is serene. The main festival celebrated here is the annual fair of the temple that is held in February. It is also called the Mardol Zatra.
     

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    The temple of Mahalsa Narayani is located at the small village of Mardol, just about a kilometre from the famous Mangueshi temple and about 22 kms from Panaji, the capital city. Sri Mahalsa temple is the main temple dedicated to Mahalasa Narayani, and even though there are many dedicated to her, devotees don't give this one a miss. Having seen devotees paying obeisance since 450 years, it's got a cult following. It has one of the tallest Deepasthambhas around, made entirely from brass; this tower stands 12.5 metres high. It is indeed a sight to see the tower aglow with oil lamps during festivals. There's a small pool of water at the place that's believed to have sprouted when the Goddess struck the Earth with her toe. The ambience around this pool is serene. The inner hall of the temple has carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that have been resplendently painted. An embellished silver frame adorns the doorway to the sanctum. The ambience around this tank is serene. The main festival celebrated here is the annual fair of the temple that is held in February. It is also called the Mardol Zatra.
     

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  • At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand Shri Mahaganapati Temple is situated in North Goa. The temple is located in Candola or Khandola village of Ponda Taluka. This temple is one of the oldest temples in Goa and is dedicated to the Elephant god Lord Ganesha. 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 left of the new idol. The main festival celebrated here is Sankashti Chaturthi.
     

    At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand Shri Mahaganapati Temple is situated in North Goa. The temple is located in Candola or Khandola village of Ponda Taluka. This temple is one of the oldest temples in Goa and is dedicated to the Elephant god Lord Ganesha. 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 left of the new idol. The main festival celebrated here is Sankashti Chaturthi.
     

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  • Situated in Sal, this beautiful temple can be reached by either bus or cab. Elegantly located at Sal which is about 25 Kms. from Mapusa, Shri Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Mahadev, who is said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple has a beautiful natural landscape which adds a unique charm to the entire experience. It is mainly famous for its three-day Gade festival which is celebrated with much ardour and fervour in entire Goa.  Held during the months of February/March every year, the festival evokes spiritual vibe among thousands of devotees who believe that they can have a darshan of Devchars. 
     

    Situated in Sal, this beautiful temple can be reached by either bus or cab. Elegantly located at Sal which is about 25 Kms. from Mapusa, Shri Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Mahadev, who is said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple has a beautiful natural landscape which adds a unique charm to the entire experience. It is mainly famous for its three-day Gade festival which is celebrated with much ardour and fervour in entire Goa.  Held during the months of February/March every year, the festival evokes spiritual vibe among thousands of devotees who believe that they can have a darshan of Devchars. 
     

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  • The small Shiva (Mahadev) temple of Tambdi Surla situated at about 18 km from the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary gate is the only surviving structure of the Kadamba Yadava dynasty. Thus it is the oldest temple of Goa, which survived from the Portuguese as it was set next to a stream in the middle of the small clearing, hidden in the dense jungle. The Tambdi Surla temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has a pillared porch and three stepped entrances and the shrine surmounted by a tower. It is quite small with a small passageway and has Shiva's vehicle, a headless Nandi bull in the center of the main porch. A motorable road connects Sancordem to this temple complex. A solid piece of stone work is the lotus shape carved out of the porch's ceiling. The pierced stone screen carrying the figures of deities that surrounds the door of the vestibule is another notable feature. The temple faces east so that the rays of the rising sun fall on the deity at the crack of dawn. There is a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum and local legend has it that a huge King Cobra is in permanent residence in the dimly lit interior. The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated with all pomp and gaiety at the temple by the local people residing in surrounding villages.
     

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    The small Shiva (Mahadev) temple of Tambdi Surla situated at about 18 km from the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary gate is the only surviving structure of the Kadamba Yadava dynasty. Thus it is the oldest temple of Goa, which survived from the Portuguese as it was set next to a stream in the middle of the small clearing, hidden in the dense jungle. The Tambdi Surla temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has a pillared porch and three stepped entrances and the shrine surmounted by a tower. It is quite small with a small passageway and has Shiva's vehicle, a headless Nandi bull in the center of the main porch. A motorable road connects Sancordem to this temple complex. A solid piece of stone work is the lotus shape carved out of the porch's ceiling. The pierced stone screen carrying the figures of deities that surrounds the door of the vestibule is another notable feature. The temple faces east so that the rays of the rising sun fall on the deity at the crack of dawn. There is a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum and local legend has it that a huge King Cobra is in permanent residence in the dimly lit interior. The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated with all pomp and gaiety at the temple by the local people residing in surrounding villages.
     

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  • The Lairai Mandir in Sirgao displays a combination of the northern and southern styles of art and temple design. The Shirgao Jatra is famous among devotees and tourists alike for the celebrated walk on hot coals raked from an enormous bonfire. The Jatra takes place in early part of May, when thousands of devotees of Devi Lairai descend on the small town and religious rituals and poojas dedicated to the Goddess are performed throughout the auspicious day. Lairai-devi and Milagres Saibinn of nearby Mapusa are recognized as sisters by Goan Hindus and Catholics, an illustration of Goa‘s syncretic ethos. The architecture of the temple is unique, with a dome and a tall pyramid like tower adorning the top. An annual festival called Igituna Chalne is held at the temple to offer praise and worship to the goddess. Thousands of followers flock to the temple each year to pay homage to the goddess.
     

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    The Lairai Mandir in Sirgao displays a combination of the northern and southern styles of art and temple design. The Shirgao Jatra is famous among devotees and tourists alike for the celebrated walk on hot coals raked from an enormous bonfire. The Jatra takes place in early part of May, when thousands of devotees of Devi Lairai descend on the small town and religious rituals and poojas dedicated to the Goddess are performed throughout the auspicious day. Lairai-devi and Milagres Saibinn of nearby Mapusa are recognized as sisters by Goan Hindus and Catholics, an illustration of Goa‘s syncretic ethos. The architecture of the temple is unique, with a dome and a tall pyramid like tower adorning the top. An annual festival called Igituna Chalne is held at the temple to offer praise and worship to the goddess. Thousands of followers flock to the temple each year to pay homage to the goddess.
     

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  • The Kamakshi temple is dedicated to Kamakshi or Goddess Kamakhya, originally a deity from Guwahati, Assam. She is also known as Parvati or consort of Lord Shiva and is known as Shantadurga or Goddess of Peace. The temple is quite impressive and is located in Shiroda which is situated 12 kms away from the village of Kavlem in Ponda taluka. The original temple of the deity was in Raia in Salcete Taluka which was destroyed during the missionary activities and the idol of Kamakshi was carried away to Shiroda where it is now situated. The temples of Raia are in close proximity with each other justified by the images of Lakshminarayan and the linga of Rayeshwar coming from 2 different temples in Raia itself. Besides being a peace goddess, Kamakshi or Shantadurga is also quite violent when it comes to destruction of evil. The image of Mahishasurmardini form of the goddess is worshipped here. The overall setting of the Kamakshi temple is quite congested although the main tower design is quite marvelous with the roof bearing stark resemblance to that of a Buddhist pagoda. It has hooded serpent images projecting from the corners of the pagoda roof while there are elephant statuettes kneeling at the corners of the square base on which rests the main tower. A golden finial rises from the center of the pagoda roof. 
     

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    The Kamakshi temple is dedicated to Kamakshi or Goddess Kamakhya, originally a deity from Guwahati, Assam. She is also known as Parvati or consort of Lord Shiva and is known as Shantadurga or Goddess of Peace. The temple is quite impressive and is located in Shiroda which is situated 12 kms away from the village of Kavlem in Ponda taluka. The original temple of the deity was in Raia in Salcete Taluka which was destroyed during the missionary activities and the idol of Kamakshi was carried away to Shiroda where it is now situated. The temples of Raia are in close proximity with each other justified by the images of Lakshminarayan and the linga of Rayeshwar coming from 2 different temples in Raia itself. Besides being a peace goddess, Kamakshi or Shantadurga is also quite violent when it comes to destruction of evil. The image of Mahishasurmardini form of the goddess is worshipped here. The overall setting of the Kamakshi temple is quite congested although the main tower design is quite marvelous with the roof bearing stark resemblance to that of a Buddhist pagoda. It has hooded serpent images projecting from the corners of the pagoda roof while there are elephant statuettes kneeling at the corners of the square base on which rests the main tower. A golden finial rises from the center of the pagoda roof. 
     

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  • The Shree Kalika Devi temple also known as the Mahamaya Kalika Saunsthan is dedicated to Goddess Kalikadevi. It is situated at Kansarpal in the Bicholim taluka of North Goa and is about 14-18 kms from Mapusa. The presiding deity of the Kalika Devi temple is Kali or Rudra worshipped in the form of Mahamaya which is known to be a fierce form of Goddess Durga. The temple is known to be an important monument among the places of worship in North Goa. The Kalika Devi temple is a unique structure that has a blend of fine sculpture and architectural designs and also has a huge gold kalash on the top of the dome. The temple also has a stage where one can witness some dramas and other activities that are held during the festive occasions. The Mahamaya Kalika temple is divided into two outer halls which have four pillars of seven rows. In the inner shrine one will see the image of Goddess Kali and main idol in the sanctorum is considered a masterpiece of the Kadamba sculptures.
     

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    The Shree Kalika Devi temple also known as the Mahamaya Kalika Saunsthan is dedicated to Goddess Kalikadevi. It is situated at Kansarpal in the Bicholim taluka of North Goa and is about 14-18 kms from Mapusa. The presiding deity of the Kalika Devi temple is Kali or Rudra worshipped in the form of Mahamaya which is known to be a fierce form of Goddess Durga. The temple is known to be an important monument among the places of worship in North Goa. The Kalika Devi temple is a unique structure that has a blend of fine sculpture and architectural designs and also has a huge gold kalash on the top of the dome. The temple also has a stage where one can witness some dramas and other activities that are held during the festive occasions. The Mahamaya Kalika temple is divided into two outer halls which have four pillars of seven rows. In the inner shrine one will see the image of Goddess Kali and main idol in the sanctorum is considered a masterpiece of the Kadamba sculptures.
     

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  • Sri Gopal Ganapathi temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha which is the most modern temple in the area, situated at Farmagudi, near the village of Bandivade at Ponda.The temple is situated on the slope of the hillock known farmagudi amidst beautiful natural surroundings near Bandora where the stone image of Gopal Ganapati was discovered by herdsmen while grazing cattle near the hill and was later installed in a small shrine. It is a good specimen of Indian Temple architecture, synthetizing both the ancient and modern forms.
     

    Sri Gopal Ganapathi temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha which is the most modern temple in the area, situated at Farmagudi, near the village of Bandivade at Ponda.The temple is situated on the slope of the hillock known farmagudi amidst beautiful natural surroundings near Bandora where the stone image of Gopal Ganapati was discovered by herdsmen while grazing cattle near the hill and was later installed in a small shrine. It is a good specimen of Indian Temple architecture, synthetizing both the ancient and modern forms.
     

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  • Tirupati Balaji Padmavati temple is situated in Kunkuliem village enveloped with greenery from all sides. This temple is maintaining a beautiful garden full of flowers and sacred Tulsi . The lush green and well maintained lawn offered a real visual treat. The Tulsi here is surrounded by sugarcane which looked very attractive. The idol of Balaji is very tall and and it gave us a feeling of visiting the Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andrapradesh, sans the crowd. Next to the Balaji temple there are shrines for Padmavathi and Ganesha. Like the South Indian temples this temple in Goa has a dwajasthambha. This temple was blessed by Jagadguru Sanuacharya of Kanchikamakoti Peetam.
     

    Tirupati Balaji Padmavati temple is situated in Kunkuliem village enveloped with greenery from all sides. This temple is maintaining a beautiful garden full of flowers and sacred Tulsi . The lush green and well maintained lawn offered a real visual treat. The Tulsi here is surrounded by sugarcane which looked very attractive. The idol of Balaji is very tall and and it gave us a feeling of visiting the Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andrapradesh, sans the crowd. Next to the Balaji temple there are shrines for Padmavathi and Ganesha. Like the South Indian temples this temple in Goa has a dwajasthambha. This temple was blessed by Jagadguru Sanuacharya of Kanchikamakoti Peetam.
     

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  • The Shree Gomanteshwar Devasthan temple is situated at Brahmapur near Ela in Old Goa. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the name of Gomanteshwar or Goveshwar and is known to have been a colony of the Brahmins in the ancient times. The main festival celebrated at the temple with great devotion and religious fervour is the birthday of Lord Shiva known as Mahashivratri. Shri Gomanteshwar Temple, Brahmapuri (Old Goa) was established in the 14th century and probably became a great seat of learning and religious power under the patronage of Vijayanagar kings. This is a protected heritage site, sadly this temple is in ruins and the present structure is simple with a tiled roof but the restoration work is going on.
     

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    The Shree Gomanteshwar Devasthan temple is situated at Brahmapur near Ela in Old Goa. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the name of Gomanteshwar or Goveshwar and is known to have been a colony of the Brahmins in the ancient times. The main festival celebrated at the temple with great devotion and religious fervour is the birthday of Lord Shiva known as Mahashivratri. Shri Gomanteshwar Temple, Brahmapuri (Old Goa) was established in the 14th century and probably became a great seat of learning and religious power under the patronage of Vijayanagar kings. This is a protected heritage site, sadly this temple is in ruins and the present structure is simple with a tiled roof but the restoration work is going on.
     

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  • This temple is popularly known as Pisso Ravalnath. The most important festival is "Maini Paumima" in the month of January which is celebrated over here with great fervour and excitement.This seems to be the only temple in India where Lord Krishna is worshipped with Devaki as Devakikrishna. The Black-stone idol of Devaki in standing posture and the child Krishna is unique in Goa The affiliate deities are Bhumika Devi, Laxmi Ravalnath, Mallinath, Katyayani, Chodaneshwar and Dhada Shankar. Ramanabami and Gokulastami are celebrated on grand scale here. The Garbha Griha of the temple has the beautiful idol of Devaki and Lord Krishna.
     

    This temple is popularly known as Pisso Ravalnath. The most important festival is "Maini Paumima" in the month of January which is celebrated over here with great fervour and excitement.This seems to be the only temple in India where Lord Krishna is worshipped with Devaki as Devakikrishna. The Black-stone idol of Devaki in standing posture and the child Krishna is unique in Goa The affiliate deities are Bhumika Devi, Laxmi Ravalnath, Mallinath, Katyayani, Chodaneshwar and Dhada Shankar. Ramanabami and Gokulastami are celebrated on grand scale here. The Garbha Griha of the temple has the beautiful idol of Devaki and Lord Krishna.
     

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  • Shri Devi Sharvani Temple dedicated to Goddess Sharvani is situated at Advolpal in the Bicholim taluka of North Goa. It is located at about 2.5 kms from Assonora on the Pirna main road and is situated amidst scenic surroundings. Goddess Sharvani is known for fulfilling her devotees’ vows through Kaul Prasad. The temple of Devi Sharvani was originally known to have been situated in Saligao. At the end of the 16th century it was shifted to Ajgaon and during the Portuguese rule it was shifted to Advolpal. The Devi Sharvani temple complex comprises of many other temples such as Jagrut Swayambhu temple, Goddess Sharvani temple, temples of Mahadev, Vetal with his life size stone image, and other deities which are known to be the family deities of Kuladaivat of Prabhus, Shenais (Shenoys), Naiks, Dhonds and Petkars. A number of festivals are celebrated in the Devi Sharvani temple such as the vardharpan day, Divja zatra day and the annual zatra day in November/December. Thousands of devotees are known to attend these festivities during which a procession is held and the Goddess is taken out in a decorated chariot.
     

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    Shri Devi Sharvani Temple dedicated to Goddess Sharvani is situated at Advolpal in the Bicholim taluka of North Goa. It is located at about 2.5 kms from Assonora on the Pirna main road and is situated amidst scenic surroundings. Goddess Sharvani is known for fulfilling her devotees’ vows through Kaul Prasad. The temple of Devi Sharvani was originally known to have been situated in Saligao. At the end of the 16th century it was shifted to Ajgaon and during the Portuguese rule it was shifted to Advolpal. The Devi Sharvani temple complex comprises of many other temples such as Jagrut Swayambhu temple, Goddess Sharvani temple, temples of Mahadev, Vetal with his life size stone image, and other deities which are known to be the family deities of Kuladaivat of Prabhus, Shenais (Shenoys), Naiks, Dhonds and Petkars. A number of festivals are celebrated in the Devi Sharvani temple such as the vardharpan day, Divja zatra day and the annual zatra day in November/December. Thousands of devotees are known to attend these festivities during which a procession is held and the Goddess is taken out in a decorated chariot.
     

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  • Datta Mandir is located at Sanquelim in the Bicholim Taluka of North Goa. It is known as the hometown of the Ranes of Sattari who played a key role in Goa’s freedom struggle. Sanquelim is very famous for some of its Hindu temples. The deity of the Datta Mandir, the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar, is said to have cured many people who were of unsound mind.The most important festival, which is attended by devotees from all over Goa, is Datta Jayanti which falls in the month of December. Shri Datta Mandir, Sanquelim is well known all over Goa for the miraculous cure for mental troubles which the deity, the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. Shri Datta Mandir, Sanquelim is situated 37 Kms. at Dattawadi, Sanquelim. The century old temple of trimurthy has a back drop of a beautiful hillock covered with dense groves of areca palms.
     

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    Datta Mandir is located at Sanquelim in the Bicholim Taluka of North Goa. It is known as the hometown of the Ranes of Sattari who played a key role in Goa’s freedom struggle. Sanquelim is very famous for some of its Hindu temples. The deity of the Datta Mandir, the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar, is said to have cured many people who were of unsound mind.The most important festival, which is attended by devotees from all over Goa, is Datta Jayanti which falls in the month of December. Shri Datta Mandir, Sanquelim is well known all over Goa for the miraculous cure for mental troubles which the deity, the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. Shri Datta Mandir, Sanquelim is situated 37 Kms. at Dattawadi, Sanquelim. The century old temple of trimurthy has a back drop of a beautiful hillock covered with dense groves of areca palms.
     

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  • The Damodar Temple is situated on the banks of the Kushawati River about 22 kms from Margao at Zambaulim. Many devotees come to the Kushawati River as they believe that it has healing powers and can cure them from bodily ills. The famous temple houses an incarnation of lord Shiva, the deity of lord Damodar. 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. Shigmo the Goan Hindu festival of color is the main festival celebrated at the Damodar temple.
     

    The Damodar Temple is situated on the banks of the Kushawati River about 22 kms from Margao at Zambaulim. Many devotees come to the Kushawati River as they believe that it has healing powers and can cure them from bodily ills. The famous temple houses an incarnation of lord Shiva, the deity of lord Damodar. 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. Shigmo the Goan Hindu festival of color is the main festival celebrated at the Damodar temple.
     

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  • It is situated on the top of 350 metres high hill of Chandranath, Paroda, Quepem. Chandreshwar was the titular deity of Bhoja kings who ruled South Goa before the Christian till the middle of 8th century. They had named their capital Chandrapur alter the deity. Shivalinga is carved out from the rock which oozes whenever rays of full moon fall on it. The temple is so designed that Linga receives moonlight on every full moon. The temple commands a panoramic view and its surroundings are enchanting. The temple's ancient chariot is well known for its wood carvings. In the southeastern corner of Salcete taluka, a semicircular ride of hills blister out of the coastal plain, cloaked with deep green forest and crowned by a solitary temple spire.Chandranath Hill peters out at a small car park just below Parvath, from where a long flight of steps fashioned from discarded slabs of twelfth-century building leads steeply up to the temple. Pilgrims arrive at the main entrance for darshan, or the ritual viewing of the God. A wild-eyed golden Chandreshwar deity, Shiva as "Lord of Moon", stares out from an ornately decorated sanctum, wrapped in brocaded silk.
     

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    It is situated on the top of 350 metres high hill of Chandranath, Paroda, Quepem. Chandreshwar was the titular deity of Bhoja kings who ruled South Goa before the Christian till the middle of 8th century. They had named their capital Chandrapur alter the deity. Shivalinga is carved out from the rock which oozes whenever rays of full moon fall on it. The temple is so designed that Linga receives moonlight on every full moon. The temple commands a panoramic view and its surroundings are enchanting. The temple's ancient chariot is well known for its wood carvings. In the southeastern corner of Salcete taluka, a semicircular ride of hills blister out of the coastal plain, cloaked with deep green forest and crowned by a solitary temple spire.Chandranath Hill peters out at a small car park just below Parvath, from where a long flight of steps fashioned from discarded slabs of twelfth-century building leads steeply up to the temple. Pilgrims arrive at the main entrance for darshan, or the ritual viewing of the God. A wild-eyed golden Chandreshwar deity, Shiva as "Lord of Moon", stares out from an ornately decorated sanctum, wrapped in brocaded silk.
     

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  • The Brahma temple is situated 7 kms from Valpoi and 60 kms from Panaji in the village of Brahma Carambolim in the Satari taluka. It is the only temple in Goa that is dedicated to Lord Brahma and is also one of the few important temples found in India that is dedicated to Lord Brahma. Brahma is the Hindu god of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva. The Brahma temple is known to have been built in the 5th century AD and is thus considered to be an ancient pilgrim center for the Hindus in Goa. The image of Lord Brahma seen in this temple is known to have been bought to Kormoli or Carambolim in the Satari taluka. The Brahma statue in this temple stands tall and elegant. The statue of Lord Brahma blesses all those who come to see him. The beautifully chiseled image of Brahma is dated to the Kadamba period and belongs to the 12th century. The importance of this temple and Brahma idol lies in the fact that it is the original piece of sculpture chiseled out of a black stone during the Kadamba period. Inside the temple the idol of Lord Brahma stands at the center and wears a beard.

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    The Brahma temple is situated 7 kms from Valpoi and 60 kms from Panaji in the village of Brahma Carambolim in the Satari taluka. It is the only temple in Goa that is dedicated to Lord Brahma and is also one of the few important temples found in India that is dedicated to Lord Brahma. Brahma is the Hindu god of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva. The Brahma temple is known to have been built in the 5th century AD and is thus considered to be an ancient pilgrim center for the Hindus in Goa. The image of Lord Brahma seen in this temple is known to have been bought to Kormoli or Carambolim in the Satari taluka. The Brahma statue in this temple stands tall and elegant. The statue of Lord Brahma blesses all those who come to see him. The beautifully chiseled image of Brahma is dated to the Kadamba period and belongs to the 12th century. The importance of this temple and Brahma idol lies in the fact that it is the original piece of sculpture chiseled out of a black stone during the Kadamba period. Inside the temple the idol of Lord Brahma stands at the center and wears a beard.

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  • Situated at a distance of 7 kms from Pernem in Pernem Taluka, the complex has five temples, main temples being of Shri Bhagavati, and other temples are of Shri Sateri, Shri Dev Ravalnath, Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari & Brahma (Shri Vishnu, Shri Ganapati, Shri Shankar). Devi Bhagavati temple has two Deepstambhas unique of its kind. Main festivals are Dassehra and annual Zatra.
     

    Situated at a distance of 7 kms from Pernem in Pernem Taluka, the complex has five temples, main temples being of Shri Bhagavati, and other temples are of Shri Sateri, Shri Dev Ravalnath, Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari & Brahma (Shri Vishnu, Shri Ganapati, Shri Shankar). Devi Bhagavati temple has two Deepstambhas unique of its kind. Main festivals are Dassehra and annual Zatra.
     

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  • Located in Parshem city Goa, Sri Bhagavati Temple worships God Bhagavati or the Ashtabhuja Goddess. The Temple is one of the ancient temples in Goa. Tourists from all over visit Sri Bhagwati Temple Goa during the fairs and festivals. Situated 28 Kms.from Panaji in Pernem taluka, the temple of Sri Bhagavati is quite unique. It is said to be more than 500 years old and is situated by the side of the main road. At the entrance of the Bhagavati temple on either side one can see two life size images of elephants in standing position made of black stone to welcome the visitors. On a high pedestal in a standing position the Goddess Bhagavati Asthbhuja is also very imposing. Goddess Bhagavati is also known as the eight handed goddess and is one of the forms of goddess Durga. The main festival celebrated at this temple is Dussehra which is attended by many devotees. The festival is one of the main attractions here and is celebrated with gaiety. The temple is one of the most special and well known temples located in Goa.

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    Located in Parshem city Goa, Sri Bhagavati Temple worships God Bhagavati or the Ashtabhuja Goddess. The Temple is one of the ancient temples in Goa. Tourists from all over visit Sri Bhagwati Temple Goa during the fairs and festivals. Situated 28 Kms.from Panaji in Pernem taluka, the temple of Sri Bhagavati is quite unique. It is said to be more than 500 years old and is situated by the side of the main road. At the entrance of the Bhagavati temple on either side one can see two life size images of elephants in standing position made of black stone to welcome the visitors. On a high pedestal in a standing position the Goddess Bhagavati Asthbhuja is also very imposing. Goddess Bhagavati is also known as the eight handed goddess and is one of the forms of goddess Durga. The main festival celebrated at this temple is Dussehra which is attended by many devotees. The festival is one of the main attractions here and is celebrated with gaiety. The temple is one of the most special and well known temples located in Goa.

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  • Near the Raia village, this seminary is easily accessible by road, just before the hill. From there, a short hike is needed to take you up to the seminary. Originally built in 1580, the Rachol Seminary 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. The complex also houses a church dedicated to St. Ignatius Loyola - the founder of the Jesuit order, which is still quite well-maintained despite being nearly 4 centuries old. The church houses a uniformed-statue of St Constantine and it is believed that shreds of his bones and a vial of his blood, brought from Rome in 1782, are enshrined here. Situated just off the banks of the Zuari River, 5 kilometers from Margao in South Goa this majestic seminary is a centre of learning in philosophy and theology.
     

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    Near the Raia village, this seminary is easily accessible by road, just before the hill. From there, a short hike is needed to take you up to the seminary. Originally built in 1580, the Rachol Seminary 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. The complex also houses a church dedicated to St. Ignatius Loyola - the founder of the Jesuit order, which is still quite well-maintained despite being nearly 4 centuries old. The church houses a uniformed-statue of St Constantine and it is believed that shreds of his bones and a vial of his blood, brought from Rome in 1782, are enshrined here. Situated just off the banks of the Zuari River, 5 kilometers from Margao in South Goa this majestic seminary is a centre of learning in philosophy and theology.
     

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  • The St. Anne Church at Talaulim was founded in the year 1577. It is renowned for its magnificent architecture. It was reconstructed by its Vicar, Monsignor Francisco de Rego between 1681-1689 with his own funds and contributions of villagers. It was completed in the year 1695 by his successor Fr. Antonio Francisco da Cunha. Then Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has been working on the restoration of this 432 years Old Church. Wooden altars, statues and framed lithographs are being restored. Charmingly tucked away, the Church of St. Anne lies nestled in the lush greenery of Santana in Talaulim village. Known locally as Santana, the church is among the few Indian churches known for its wonderful Indian Baroque style of architecture. Its architectural excellence is a fine blend of Indian and European architectural styles.
     

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    The St. Anne Church at Talaulim was founded in the year 1577. It is renowned for its magnificent architecture. It was reconstructed by its Vicar, Monsignor Francisco de Rego between 1681-1689 with his own funds and contributions of villagers. It was completed in the year 1695 by his successor Fr. Antonio Francisco da Cunha. Then Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has been working on the restoration of this 432 years Old Church. Wooden altars, statues and framed lithographs are being restored. Charmingly tucked away, the Church of St. Anne lies nestled in the lush greenery of Santana in Talaulim village. Known locally as Santana, the church is among the few Indian churches known for its wonderful Indian Baroque style of architecture. Its architectural excellence is a fine blend of Indian and European architectural styles.
     

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  • Church of St. Alex, which was founded by Franciscans, is popular among tourists for its architectural beauty. The church features two towers, altars and a white dome, which can be seen from the entrance. This church was originally founded in 1595, which makes it one of the oldest surviving churches in Goa. The church that stands currently at this site was constructed by the local people in 1741. In 1765, the towers of this church were installed, while the sanctuary was rebuilt in 1916.St. Alex Church, Calangute, Goa is called ‘Santo Aleixo Igreja em Calangute, Goa’ in Portuguese. The St. Alex Church, Calangute, Goa is popularly called ‘The Calangute Church’ locally in Goa, The older version of the Calangute Church was a thatched roof structure built in 1590 by the Franciscans. 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 decorations similar to the Mangueshi temple at Priol. The Alex Church follows the same style and pattern of churches found in Salcete with some part of the walls having red laterite while the other part painted with white only the façade and the porch plastered.
     

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    Church of St. Alex, which was founded by Franciscans, is popular among tourists for its architectural beauty. The church features two towers, altars and a white dome, which can be seen from the entrance. This church was originally founded in 1595, which makes it one of the oldest surviving churches in Goa. The church that stands currently at this site was constructed by the local people in 1741. In 1765, the towers of this church were installed, while the sanctuary was rebuilt in 1916.St. Alex Church, Calangute, Goa is called ‘Santo Aleixo Igreja em Calangute, Goa’ in Portuguese. The St. Alex Church, Calangute, Goa is popularly called ‘The Calangute Church’ locally in Goa, The older version of the Calangute Church was a thatched roof structure built in 1590 by the Franciscans. 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 decorations similar to the Mangueshi temple at Priol. The Alex Church follows the same style and pattern of churches found in Salcete with some part of the walls having red laterite while the other part painted with white only the façade and the porch plastered.
     

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  • One of Goa's finest creations is the Mae De Deus Church in Saligao, Bardez. Its illuminated view in the evenings and the nights has a paradisical charm. That is the best time to view this exquisite piece of Gothic architecture in Goa. Originally situated at Daujim, a tiny suburb of Old Goa in the 16th century, of which today only the tallest cross on a pedestal is seen amongst shrubs and coconut groves. The church dedicated to the Mother of God or Our Lady came to be built at Bardez in the 19th century. The Goa Tourism Department has arranged for illumination of the church at nights, as a result of which the church dazzles like a shimmering jewel in the midst of fields. This breathtaking sight is visible even as your drive on the Chogum Road from Panjim to Calangute. It is the finest example of Neo-Gothic architecture in Goa. It houses the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus which was brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa.
     

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    One of Goa's finest creations is the Mae De Deus Church in Saligao, Bardez. Its illuminated view in the evenings and the nights has a paradisical charm. That is the best time to view this exquisite piece of Gothic architecture in Goa. Originally situated at Daujim, a tiny suburb of Old Goa in the 16th century, of which today only the tallest cross on a pedestal is seen amongst shrubs and coconut groves. The church dedicated to the Mother of God or Our Lady came to be built at Bardez in the 19th century. The Goa Tourism Department has arranged for illumination of the church at nights, as a result of which the church dazzles like a shimmering jewel in the midst of fields. This breathtaking sight is visible even as your drive on the Chogum Road from Panjim to Calangute. It is the finest example of Neo-Gothic architecture in Goa. It houses the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus which was brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa.
     

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  • The church of Reis Magos was constructed in 1555 is dedicated to St. Jerome. Historians have evidence that the church was built on the ruins of an old Hindu temple. Two former Portuguese viceroys have been buried here. The Church interiors are quite colourful and impressive, with the highlight being the multi-coloured wood relief showing the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the baby Jesus, which is the centerpiece of the elaborately carved and painted reredos behind the high altar. The Reis Magos Church collocated with the Reis Magos Fort is a spectacular white building that’s situated on the banks of the River Mandovi and makes for quite a sight from across the river. Reis Magos Church is widely accepted as the first church ever in the Bardez district. Getting to Reis Magos Church is pretty simple since it’s one of the most famous places in the region.
     

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    The church of Reis Magos was constructed in 1555 is dedicated to St. Jerome. Historians have evidence that the church was built on the ruins of an old Hindu temple. Two former Portuguese viceroys have been buried here. The Church interiors are quite colourful and impressive, with the highlight being the multi-coloured wood relief showing the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the baby Jesus, which is the centerpiece of the elaborately carved and painted reredos behind the high altar. The Reis Magos Church collocated with the Reis Magos Fort is a spectacular white building that’s situated on the banks of the River Mandovi and makes for quite a sight from across the river. Reis Magos Church is widely accepted as the first church ever in the Bardez district. Getting to Reis Magos Church is pretty simple since it’s one of the most famous places in the region.
     

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  • Established in 1597 by Viceroy Francisco da Gama, the Viceroy’s Arch is made up of laterite and green granite. The archway was once the main street for entering Old Goa. The arch was built to commemorate the memory of the famous explorer -Vasco da Gama. It is located near St. Cajetan Church, you can opt for the local mode of transport including auto, taxi etc to reach here. On the side facing the Mandovi River, there is a small statue of Vasco da Gama, fully attired in his royal uniform, on top of the arch. On the side facing the city is a sculpture of a European woman wielding a sword over an Indian, who is lying under her feet.
     

    Established in 1597 by Viceroy Francisco da Gama, the Viceroy’s Arch is made up of laterite and green granite. The archway was once the main street for entering Old Goa. The arch was built to commemorate the memory of the famous explorer -Vasco da Gama. It is located near St. Cajetan Church, you can opt for the local mode of transport including auto, taxi etc to reach here. On the side facing the Mandovi River, there is a small statue of Vasco da Gama, fully attired in his royal uniform, on top of the arch. On the side facing the city is a sculpture of a European woman wielding a sword over an Indian, who is lying under her feet.
     

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  • Arguably one of the largest churches of its time, St. Augustine Church today is in partial ruins, no thanks to the religious bans imposed by an ever so fragile Portuguese social hold back in the 1600s. St. Augustine Church today is no more than a 46 meter tall tower situated in old Goa on a hill aptly named Holy Hill. The Church of St. Augustine was built by twelve Augustinians against oppressive bans and opposition. Along with the church they also built a separate convent building. Even though the monument is almost in shambles the beauty of the place can be seen by its remains. Near to Holly Hill, you can easily reach there by taking cabs or taxis. Built way back in the year 1572, it reminds you of an era gone by. Standing atop a hill in Old Goa, Panaji, these 400 years old ruined tower is one of the four erstwhile magnificent towers of the Church of St. Augustine. The Tower was meant to serve as a belfry and the Church had eight richly adorned chapels and four altars and a convent with numerous cells attached to it.

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    Arguably one of the largest churches of its time, St. Augustine Church today is in partial ruins, no thanks to the religious bans imposed by an ever so fragile Portuguese social hold back in the 1600s. St. Augustine Church today is no more than a 46 meter tall tower situated in old Goa on a hill aptly named Holy Hill. The Church of St. Augustine was built by twelve Augustinians against oppressive bans and opposition. Along with the church they also built a separate convent building. Even though the monument is almost in shambles the beauty of the place can be seen by its remains. Near to Holly Hill, you can easily reach there by taking cabs or taxis. Built way back in the year 1572, it reminds you of an era gone by. Standing atop a hill in Old Goa, Panaji, these 400 years old ruined tower is one of the four erstwhile magnificent towers of the Church of St. Augustine. The Tower was meant to serve as a belfry and the Church had eight richly adorned chapels and four altars and a convent with numerous cells attached to it.

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  • Standing atop the Monte Santo, resolutely facing north is the Nunnery of Santa Monica. Like a grand old matriarch, the building stands not just with grace and dignity but with formidable beauty and an air of insurmountable defenses; tenderly sheltering those within whilst repelling the whims and fancies of the fickle, shallow world.This nunnery in Goa is named for St. Monica who was the mother of St. Augustine, and it could once accommodate more than 250 inmates. It was a sanctuary not only for nuns, but also for widows willing to devote themselves to the service of God, and for the temporary protection of well-born ladies whose husbands had travelled to far off lands on military conquests or expeditions.
     

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    Standing atop the Monte Santo, resolutely facing north is the Nunnery of Santa Monica. Like a grand old matriarch, the building stands not just with grace and dignity but with formidable beauty and an air of insurmountable defenses; tenderly sheltering those within whilst repelling the whims and fancies of the fickle, shallow world.This nunnery in Goa is named for St. Monica who was the mother of St. Augustine, and it could once accommodate more than 250 inmates. It was a sanctuary not only for nuns, but also for widows willing to devote themselves to the service of God, and for the temporary protection of well-born ladies whose husbands had travelled to far off lands on military conquests or expeditions.
     

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  • It was built during the year 1544-1547 on the Holy Hill to fulfill the vow taken by Alfanso de Albuquerque. It has a two storied portico, plastered with lime mortar. It is not very far from the Basilica of the Bon Jesus. It is architecturally very well developed and worth a visit.Passing beneath the buttresses of the Convent of St Monica, about 250m further along the road is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, which stands on the top of a high bluff. It’s one of the earliest churches in Goa; legend has it that Afonso de Albuquerque surveyed the action during his troops’ attack on the Muslim city from this bluff and vowed to build a church there in thanks for his victory. It’s also thought to be here that St Francis Xavier gave his first sermon upon his arrival in Old Goa.The church, which has been beautifully restored, is Manueline in style and refreshingly simple in design. There are excellent views of the Mandovi River and Divar Island from the church’s dramatic position, but unfortunately the building is frequently locked. The only ornaments on the outside of the church are simple rope-twist devices, which bear testimony to Portugal’s reliance on the sea. 
     

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    It was built during the year 1544-1547 on the Holy Hill to fulfill the vow taken by Alfanso de Albuquerque. It has a two storied portico, plastered with lime mortar. It is not very far from the Basilica of the Bon Jesus. It is architecturally very well developed and worth a visit.Passing beneath the buttresses of the Convent of St Monica, about 250m further along the road is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, which stands on the top of a high bluff. It’s one of the earliest churches in Goa; legend has it that Afonso de Albuquerque surveyed the action during his troops’ attack on the Muslim city from this bluff and vowed to build a church there in thanks for his victory. It’s also thought to be here that St Francis Xavier gave his first sermon upon his arrival in Old Goa.The church, which has been beautifully restored, is Manueline in style and refreshingly simple in design. There are excellent views of the Mandovi River and Divar Island from the church’s dramatic position, but unfortunately the building is frequently locked. The only ornaments on the outside of the church are simple rope-twist devices, which bear testimony to Portugal’s reliance on the sea. 
     

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  • The St. Cajetan Church is undisputedly the most beautiful looking church Goa has ever housed. One can’t help but revive memories of other churches visited in European countries owing to its Corinthian and Goth inspired architecture. Everything from its pristine white appearance to the two rectangular towers on either side above the façade reminds us of its European architectural origins. St. Cajetan Church has essentially been created on the basis of St. Peter Church in Italy and has been constructed using laterite blocks. The interior of the church is as massive as the exterior makes it out to be. Inspired by Corinthian and Baroque architecture there are multiple altars on the left and right with the aisle divided by huge pillars. Originally named The Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, the church is named after its founder St. Cajetan. It lays just a stone's throw away from the Adil Shah Palace and to the north-east of Se Cathedral. You can either walk from the palace or hail a taxi till this church. Church of St. Cajetan promises you a visual treat as well as a soul-stirring experience.
     

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    The St. Cajetan Church is undisputedly the most beautiful looking church Goa has ever housed. One can’t help but revive memories of other churches visited in European countries owing to its Corinthian and Goth inspired architecture. Everything from its pristine white appearance to the two rectangular towers on either side above the façade reminds us of its European architectural origins. St. Cajetan Church has essentially been created on the basis of St. Peter Church in Italy and has been constructed using laterite blocks. The interior of the church is as massive as the exterior makes it out to be. Inspired by Corinthian and Baroque architecture there are multiple altars on the left and right with the aisle divided by huge pillars. Originally named The Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, the church is named after its founder St. Cajetan. It lays just a stone's throw away from the Adil Shah Palace and to the north-east of Se Cathedral. You can either walk from the palace or hail a taxi till this church. Church of St. Cajetan promises you a visual treat as well as a soul-stirring experience.
     

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  • The Church was built in the year 1661 by the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India. It is a roman catholic church situated in the main square of old Goa. The church has a museum which was set up by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1964 and contains sculptures and paintings that show the beautiful and rich history of the land. This church built with laterite has attracted thousands of pilgrims and tourists, catholic and non-Catholic, to marvel at its Tuscan and Manuline fundamentals of architecture. The main alter also has within it, a bust of Saint Francis and a large Crucifix. The three principles of Saint Francix, ‘Poverty, Humility and Obedience’, which he took up throughout his life are inscribed below the idols. It’s located inland towards the east and is very proximate to Karmali Railway Station. Cabs are available from all the towns and cities of Goa like Panjim, Vasco Da Gama and Margao. The architecture of Church and Convent of St Francis of Assisi gives a Corinthian Baroque touch to this structure, which is built of laterite blocks and is lime-plastered. The west-facing church has a nave with three chapels on either side, two altars in the transept, a choir and a main altar. On the north of the main altar, there is a belfry and a sacristy.
     

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    The Church was built in the year 1661 by the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India. It is a roman catholic church situated in the main square of old Goa. The church has a museum which was set up by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1964 and contains sculptures and paintings that show the beautiful and rich history of the land. This church built with laterite has attracted thousands of pilgrims and tourists, catholic and non-Catholic, to marvel at its Tuscan and Manuline fundamentals of architecture. The main alter also has within it, a bust of Saint Francis and a large Crucifix. The three principles of Saint Francix, ‘Poverty, Humility and Obedience’, which he took up throughout his life are inscribed below the idols. It’s located inland towards the east and is very proximate to Karmali Railway Station. Cabs are available from all the towns and cities of Goa like Panjim, Vasco Da Gama and Margao. The architecture of Church and Convent of St Francis of Assisi gives a Corinthian Baroque touch to this structure, which is built of laterite blocks and is lime-plastered. The west-facing church has a nave with three chapels on either side, two altars in the transept, a choir and a main altar. On the north of the main altar, there is a belfry and a sacristy.
     

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  • The Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina is also known as Se Cathedral and is one of the most ancient and celebrated religious buildings of Goa. It is the largest Catholic Church in Asia. It is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. UNESCO has declared it a heritage site. To reach here opt for a car or a taxi which will take up the National Highway 4A that connects Ribander Causeway with Ponda. You can also come here from from Panaji which is just 9 kms away from Old Goa. The history of the cathedral can be traced back to the era of Dominicans, who were were the first missionary group sent by the Portuguese to India and were brought by Alfonso de Albuquerque, the Portugal naval general. Always known for its unique architecture, it was designed by the stalwart engineers so as to represent power, fame and wealth of the colonial Portuguese.Constructed in Portuguese-Manueline architectural style with exteriors in Tuscan style, while the interiors are Corinthian style. The tower of the cathedral is known to house a large bell, called the ‘Golden Bell’, on account of its rich tone. This bell is said to be the largest in Goa and one of the best in the world.
     

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    The Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina is also known as Se Cathedral and is one of the most ancient and celebrated religious buildings of Goa. It is the largest Catholic Church in Asia. It is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. UNESCO has declared it a heritage site. To reach here opt for a car or a taxi which will take up the National Highway 4A that connects Ribander Causeway with Ponda. You can also come here from from Panaji which is just 9 kms away from Old Goa. The history of the cathedral can be traced back to the era of Dominicans, who were were the first missionary group sent by the Portuguese to India and were brought by Alfonso de Albuquerque, the Portugal naval general. Always known for its unique architecture, it was designed by the stalwart engineers so as to represent power, fame and wealth of the colonial Portuguese.Constructed in Portuguese-Manueline architectural style with exteriors in Tuscan style, while the interiors are Corinthian style. The tower of the cathedral is known to house a large bell, called the ‘Golden Bell’, on account of its rich tone. This bell is said to be the largest in Goa and one of the best in the world.
     

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  • The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most august and famous of all the churches in Old Goa. Home to the Saint Francis Xavier, the priest responsible to bring Christianity to the region, this church in Goa attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world, both Catholic and Non-Catholic alike, to experience what can only be termed as divine intervention itself. It is said that the great Saint Francis Xavier had immense powers of healing which is still reflected in the remains of his mortal self. It contains the relics of St. Francis Xavier, Patron saint of Goa, Apostle of the Indies. The three storey structure is combination of Doric, Corinthian and Composite style of architecture from the exterior. It is built of black laterite stone. All the sections are decorated with pillars and carvings on basalt brought from Bassein in north Goa. The interior of church is made of Mosaic-Corinthian style and is noteworthy for its simplicity. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the World.
     

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    The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most august and famous of all the churches in Old Goa. Home to the Saint Francis Xavier, the priest responsible to bring Christianity to the region, this church in Goa attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world, both Catholic and Non-Catholic alike, to experience what can only be termed as divine intervention itself. It is said that the great Saint Francis Xavier had immense powers of healing which is still reflected in the remains of his mortal self. It contains the relics of St. Francis Xavier, Patron saint of Goa, Apostle of the Indies. The three storey structure is combination of Doric, Corinthian and Composite style of architecture from the exterior. It is built of black laterite stone. All the sections are decorated with pillars and carvings on basalt brought from Bassein in north Goa. The interior of church is made of Mosaic-Corinthian style and is noteworthy for its simplicity. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the World.
     

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  • Palolem is a large famous beach located in south Goa close to the town of Canacona. Palolem is a deserted beach where one would enjoy serene beauty. The beach has few huts and shacks and a couple of resorts nearby. One of the most stunning and beautiful beaches of India, it boasts of white sand, long stretch of serene beach, palm groves, shacks and a lot more. Palolem is located 38 Kms. south of Margao. Palolem definitely ranks among the best beaches in Goa and is the perfect holiday destination for the tourist in search of a bit of action: water sports, night life and an enormous variety of dining and accommodation options to choose from.
     

    Palolem is a large famous beach located in south Goa close to the town of Canacona. Palolem is a deserted beach where one would enjoy serene beauty. The beach has few huts and shacks and a couple of resorts nearby. One of the most stunning and beautiful beaches of India, it boasts of white sand, long stretch of serene beach, palm groves, shacks and a lot more. Palolem is located 38 Kms. south of Margao. Palolem definitely ranks among the best beaches in Goa and is the perfect holiday destination for the tourist in search of a bit of action: water sports, night life and an enormous variety of dining and accommodation options to choose from.
     

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  • Agonda’s beach is simply divine; wide, quiet and picturesque, with a turtle centre in the middle protecting precious Olive Ridley eggs. Agonda encapsulates romantic Goa at its very best. Agonda Beach, a gorgeous three kilometer stretch of relatively pristine beach, is the fairly unspoilt jewel in the crown that is South Goa. One of the best beaches in South Goa, It is a quiet beach ideal for chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing. The beautiful stretch of the sand and the sea is just an awesome moment; the beauty the beach displays is just breathtaking. The beach has palm trees and Casuarina pines along its shores. The southern end of the beach is dominated by a hillock that offers a scenic view.
     

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    Agonda’s beach is simply divine; wide, quiet and picturesque, with a turtle centre in the middle protecting precious Olive Ridley eggs. Agonda encapsulates romantic Goa at its very best. Agonda Beach, a gorgeous three kilometer stretch of relatively pristine beach, is the fairly unspoilt jewel in the crown that is South Goa. One of the best beaches in South Goa, It is a quiet beach ideal for chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing. The beautiful stretch of the sand and the sea is just an awesome moment; the beauty the beach displays is just breathtaking. The beach has palm trees and Casuarina pines along its shores. The southern end of the beach is dominated by a hillock that offers a scenic view.
     

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  • One of the best beaches in South Goa, this beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa. The fame of Colva beach in south Goa is the equivalent of Calangute in the north. Colva used to be a very beautiful beach once upon a time with silvery white sands. Being close to Margoa, the beach is one of the most frequented beaches in south Goa with a majority of its visitors being domestic Indian visitors. The beach at Colva is the biggest in Goa; stretching 25 Kms. all the way from Bogmalo to Cabo de Rama. In fact, it is one of the largest beaches in the world, and therefore is often viewed as a place to get away from the crowds which descend on other beaches in Goa. It offers visitors a wealth of natural beauty, palm trees and provides that feeling of paradise which continues to draw tourists to Goa year upon year.
     

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    One of the best beaches in South Goa, this beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa. The fame of Colva beach in south Goa is the equivalent of Calangute in the north. Colva used to be a very beautiful beach once upon a time with silvery white sands. Being close to Margoa, the beach is one of the most frequented beaches in south Goa with a majority of its visitors being domestic Indian visitors. The beach at Colva is the biggest in Goa; stretching 25 Kms. all the way from Bogmalo to Cabo de Rama. In fact, it is one of the largest beaches in the world, and therefore is often viewed as a place to get away from the crowds which descend on other beaches in Goa. It offers visitors a wealth of natural beauty, palm trees and provides that feeling of paradise which continues to draw tourists to Goa year upon year.
     

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  • The bay of Dona Paula in Goa lies at the sangam of the Arabian Sea and the Goan Rivers Mandovi and Zuari. Dona Paula is also a very fashionable residence for the rich and famous of Panjim. Originally a fishing village, Dona Paula attracts its fair share of visitors and tourists who come to marvel at its pristine beach, its natural beauty and the romantic legend associated with it. Dona Paula is a small beach located about 5 kms. from Panaji. The beach has a jetty adjacent to it which is famous for the view that it offers of the Arabian Sea. There are plenty of water sports activities that take place here. The jetty is frequented by young tourists and local students from the nearby goa university and other nearby colleges in Panaji. The road to the jetty is lined with shops selling clothes and souvenirs. The beach offers a great view of the Marmagoa port at Vasco that is located across the mouth of the Zuari River. On a small hillock over looking the beach is a statue of Donna Paula, a Portuguese land lady who supposedly committed suicide here. A thrilling breeze blows over this place and the view is very scenic.
     

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    The bay of Dona Paula in Goa lies at the sangam of the Arabian Sea and the Goan Rivers Mandovi and Zuari. Dona Paula is also a very fashionable residence for the rich and famous of Panjim. Originally a fishing village, Dona Paula attracts its fair share of visitors and tourists who come to marvel at its pristine beach, its natural beauty and the romantic legend associated with it. Dona Paula is a small beach located about 5 kms. from Panaji. The beach has a jetty adjacent to it which is famous for the view that it offers of the Arabian Sea. There are plenty of water sports activities that take place here. The jetty is frequented by young tourists and local students from the nearby goa university and other nearby colleges in Panaji. The road to the jetty is lined with shops selling clothes and souvenirs. The beach offers a great view of the Marmagoa port at Vasco that is located across the mouth of the Zuari River. On a small hillock over looking the beach is a statue of Donna Paula, a Portuguese land lady who supposedly committed suicide here. A thrilling breeze blows over this place and the view is very scenic.
     

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  • Miramar beach is located at the mouth of the river Mandovi and is the closest beach to the city of Panaji.The beach has brush vegetation covering one side of the beach and empty sands on the other. Miramar is known locally as ‘Gaspar Dias beach’ and offers visitors in excess of 4km of soft white sand in addition to a deep forest which follows the beach for its entire length.The beach is well known for the solitude it provides and is ideal for those midnight moonlight walks across the sand. In addition, the views it offers of the surrounding area such as Fort Aguada and many more sites of cultural and historical significance nearby is a factor which continues to drive tourists back to its shores year upon year. The beach is crowded with locals and tourists alike on most days.
     

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    Miramar beach is located at the mouth of the river Mandovi and is the closest beach to the city of Panaji.The beach has brush vegetation covering one side of the beach and empty sands on the other. Miramar is known locally as ‘Gaspar Dias beach’ and offers visitors in excess of 4km of soft white sand in addition to a deep forest which follows the beach for its entire length.The beach is well known for the solitude it provides and is ideal for those midnight moonlight walks across the sand. In addition, the views it offers of the surrounding area such as Fort Aguada and many more sites of cultural and historical significance nearby is a factor which continues to drive tourists back to its shores year upon year. The beach is crowded with locals and tourists alike on most days.
     

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  • Calangute is the beach to which everyone heads for the moment they land in Goa. So it is natural that it is overcrowded in both in peak and off seasons. This huge seven-kilometre sweep of sand located 15 kms from Panaji is called the 'Queen of Beaches'. It was a place where families used to stroll down in the evenings or come for a weekend picnic. But by the 1960s, it quickly changed to a beach area for western and other tourists to come in hoards and literally take over the place. Calangute is more of a family destination. The beach is popular among tourists due to the availability of restaurants, clubs and shopping activities. Calangute is also famous for its water sport activities. One can experience para-sailing, water surfing, banana ride, jet-ski. It’s a perfect destination for nature freaks and the glorious view of locales enfolding serene ambiance, mark the place as a dream destination for beach bums. One of the main attractions of Calangute is the Church St. Alex.
     

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    Calangute is the beach to which everyone heads for the moment they land in Goa. So it is natural that it is overcrowded in both in peak and off seasons. This huge seven-kilometre sweep of sand located 15 kms from Panaji is called the 'Queen of Beaches'. It was a place where families used to stroll down in the evenings or come for a weekend picnic. But by the 1960s, it quickly changed to a beach area for western and other tourists to come in hoards and literally take over the place. Calangute is more of a family destination. The beach is popular among tourists due to the availability of restaurants, clubs and shopping activities. Calangute is also famous for its water sport activities. One can experience para-sailing, water surfing, banana ride, jet-ski. It’s a perfect destination for nature freaks and the glorious view of locales enfolding serene ambiance, mark the place as a dream destination for beach bums. One of the main attractions of Calangute is the Church St. Alex.
     

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  • Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. Vagator Beach is considered to be one the most attractive beaches in Goa. Traditionally European and Israeli tourists are coming for vacations to Vagator. It is much quieter and more peaceful even despite the acquitted image of a party place, because after the sunset all noise stops here. Vagator is the best place for vacations not only for newly-weds and people in love, but also for elderly couples and families with children. The most ideal season for holidays in Vagator is winter. The sea bottom is deep; the water is sometimes very rough. In the southern part of the beach which is called the Small Vagator you can find some naturally appearing placid bays, where you can bath with undesirable pleasure. The adventurous look makes the beach an interesting place for kids to play. The lush greenery all around, the swaying palms and aquamarine water of the Arabian Sea of Vagator Beach takes your breath away. Vagator beach resembles a crescent as it meets the Chapora estuary. This beach boasts of white sand that are beautifully contrasted with black rocks. The soft white sands, the black lava rocks, the coconut palms, the lush green landscape, nature playing its own music, and the sea turning from aquamarine to emerald green is how Vagator is usually described. Vagator beach is located at a distance of 8 kms. from the city of Mapusa and 22 kms. from Panaji.To reach the beach one must climb down a flight of stairs leading down the side of the cliffs.The part of the beach near the stairs is rocky while the section of the beach at the base of the fort is sandy. Near the base of the stairs a cross lies atop some rocks that jut out into the sea.
     

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    Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. Vagator Beach is considered to be one the most attractive beaches in Goa. Traditionally European and Israeli tourists are coming for vacations to Vagator. It is much quieter and more peaceful even despite the acquitted image of a party place, because after the sunset all noise stops here. Vagator is the best place for vacations not only for newly-weds and people in love, but also for elderly couples and families with children. The most ideal season for holidays in Vagator is winter. The sea bottom is deep; the water is sometimes very rough. In the southern part of the beach which is called the Small Vagator you can find some naturally appearing placid bays, where you can bath with undesirable pleasure. The adventurous look makes the beach an interesting place for kids to play. The lush greenery all around, the swaying palms and aquamarine water of the Arabian Sea of Vagator Beach takes your breath away. Vagator beach resembles a crescent as it meets the Chapora estuary. This beach boasts of white sand that are beautifully contrasted with black rocks. The soft white sands, the black lava rocks, the coconut palms, the lush green landscape, nature playing its own music, and the sea turning from aquamarine to emerald green is how Vagator is usually described. Vagator beach is located at a distance of 8 kms. from the city of Mapusa and 22 kms. from Panaji.To reach the beach one must climb down a flight of stairs leading down the side of the cliffs.The part of the beach near the stairs is rocky while the section of the beach at the base of the fort is sandy. Near the base of the stairs a cross lies atop some rocks that jut out into the sea.
     

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  • Arambol beach is one of the most famous of the northern beaches of Goa. It is 27 Kms. from Mapusa and 39 kms. from Panaji. Arambol lies sandwiched between Mandrem beach to the South and Kalacha beach to the north. The beach has both a long sandy stretch with soft white sands. To the north of the beach lie a few shacks and rocky outcroppings. A 16 Kms. long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a Fresh Water lake and chirpy markets nearby, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa. This cove like beach is a traditional fisherman village with a distinct bohemian feel which attracts many international tourists and alternative travellers. Arambol offers a variety of great food. Fine dining is not the way here, but simple beach shacks and restaurants serve up some of Goa's favourite food. Many foreign tourists, mostly Russian visits this beach. Occasionally one can see locals and Indian tourists on the beach especially in the evenings.
     

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    Arambol beach is one of the most famous of the northern beaches of Goa. It is 27 Kms. from Mapusa and 39 kms. from Panaji. Arambol lies sandwiched between Mandrem beach to the South and Kalacha beach to the north. The beach has both a long sandy stretch with soft white sands. To the north of the beach lie a few shacks and rocky outcroppings. A 16 Kms. long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a Fresh Water lake and chirpy markets nearby, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa. This cove like beach is a traditional fisherman village with a distinct bohemian feel which attracts many international tourists and alternative travellers. Arambol offers a variety of great food. Fine dining is not the way here, but simple beach shacks and restaurants serve up some of Goa's favourite food. Many foreign tourists, mostly Russian visits this beach. Occasionally one can see locals and Indian tourists on the beach especially in the evenings.
     

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