The wilderness that is too green. Silence that can soothe your nerves. This is the unseen side of Goa for you. A place that can help you relax, unwind and forget all your worries. While many may prefer to head to Goa to party, this blogs aims to help the tourist unwind at all the places known and unknown.
The Churches of South Goa
After Vasco Da Gama landed in Goa in 1498, the Portuguese used this port City to plunder India’s wealth. Soon missionaries arrived and construction of massive churches began. The Churches of South Goa have the distinct of being named as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
* Basilica of Bom Jesus:
Dedicated to Bom Jesus (infant Jesus) this Church is a single nave (room) building. It houses the relics of St Francis. The main altar is made of gold.
*Church of St Francis of Assisi
Dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, The most unique feature of this church is the facade and unique painting on the wall (called as frescoes). It also houses several paintings that have a grandeur to them
*Chapel of Santa Catrina
Built after Afonso Albuquerque captured Goa, this nearly deserted Chapel was once ordained to be a Cathedral by the Pope!
*Ruins of St Augustine
These ruins are a reminder of a glorious past Goa nurtured. While the church collapse in the 19th century, it offers 21st century a glimpse into Goa’s history.
Dedicated to the Catherine Of Alexandria, this is the biggest Church built by Portuguese in Goa.
*St Cajetan Church
Based on St Peter’s Basilica this church was built by Italians and houses the statues of St Paul, St John, St Peter & St Matthew.
This is very close to St Cajetan’s church, this was built by Vasco Da Gama’s grandson to commemorate liberation of Portugal from Spain.
*Beaches of Goa:
Ditch the famous Anjuna, Baga or Colva beach, here is what we recommend:
1) Majorda Beach
2) Mira Mar Beach
3) Arossim Beach
Places to eat
Also try street food
Can try: Sev Puri (RS 30 in Panjim)
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panjim