Known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”, the state of Goa is a former Portuguese colony and tourist Mecca on the western coast of India in the coastal belt know as Konkan. Goa has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer. It is home to fine temples, churches and Indo-Portuguese architecture, plus a slew of popular beaches. Palm-fringed coastline ties together fishing villages and coconut groves on both sides of Panaji (Panjim) the capital city.

What to see:

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus – a fine example of Jesuit architecture where the remains of St Francis Xavier lie in a dazzling silver casket.
  • The Chapel of Our Lady Of The Mount – a series of steps leads to the chapel, which is built of laterite plastered with lime mortar. It has three main alters dedicated respectively to Our Lady or the Mount, St. Anthony and St. Andrew.
  • Aguada Fort – a long peninsula which extends into the sea, which had a spring within the fort that provided water supply to the ships that called there, and provided protection for Portuguese traders and shipping.
  • Archaeological Museum & Portrait Gallery – located in the abandoned convent of St. Francis of Assisi, the collection consists of Brahmanical sculptures hero-stones and sati stones of the early and late medieval periods, portraits, coins and currency, revenue and court fee stamps, wooden and bronze sculptures and armoury of the Portuguese period.


  • Dona Paula Beach – the place where two of Goa’s famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea with a fine view of the Marmagao Harbour. Nestled on the south side of the rocky headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing village is nowadays a commercialised resort. Water scooting facilities are available on the beach.


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