Sight Seeing In Goa
Goa's inland sights are somewhat scattered, but taxis
hired cars connect them easily. Panaji and Margao are about a 40-minute
Margao, a busy commercial center, is a jumping-off point for south Goa's
beaches and one of the state's most exciting natural sights: Combine the
beach with a taxi ride to Collem one afternoon to see the Dudhsagar
Waterfalls. En route north to Panaji is Loutolim, where the Big Foot
Museum presents an open-air re-creation of a 19th-century village.
Panaji and Goa command a few hours each. In Panaji, walk around and visit the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, built into a hillside next to the Municipal Garden. Another 20 minutes' drive brings you to Old Goa. Park at the Basilica of Bom Jesus (the huge building on your right as you drive into town), see St. Francis Xavier's tomb, cross the road to the imposing white Se (St. Catherine's Cathedral), and perhaps explore some of Old Goa's smaller churches. If you have time, drive out to Rachol's Museum of Christian Art before driving back to Panaji. By now, the Goan heat might have tired you out: Drive along the river in Panaji, on 18th June Road, to the Hotel Mandavi and have lunch or a coffee at the hotel's relatively sumptuous Rio Rico Restaurant. If your driver knows the local back roads, make a trip north to Anjuna. Even when it isn't market day (Wednesday), this town is spectacular, with windswept palm trees and a splendid coastline of sand and rock. It's a wonderful place to watch the sun set.
Seminary And Church:
It was established under the sponsarship of King Sebastian of portuggal
and built by the jesuites between 1606 and 1610 to train Goan priests.
Later, its reputation grew as a center of learning. The Seminary church
is dedicated to St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the jesuites sect. The
church's most striking feature is the carved and painted wooden panel
covering the sides of the chancel. One of the side alters also exibits
the "Menino Jesus" that was initially kept in colva church and later
shifted to seminary. It is located 7Km from Margao, near the Raia
Located in chandor Village, Barganza house was built in 17th century.
This huge house is situated on one side of village square. It has now
been divided into two separate houses, with a common entrance.
east wing, occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, has a small chapel
with a relic of St. Francis Xavier, which is a fingernail. The artrfacts
, collected by the family over a number of years have added to the
beauty of house. There is a great Salon, a large ballroom with the floor
made of Italian marble, antique chandeliers from Europe adorning the
ceiling, and heavily carved ornate rosewood furniture. What stands out
among the furniture is a pair of high-backed chairs, bearing the family
crest, which was given to thepereira-Braganza family by king Dom Luis of
Portugal, Most of the furniture dates back to the 18th century and is
made from local seeso, lacquered or inlaid with mother of pearl by
craftsmen from Cutorim Village. For antique aficionados, the house holds
many delightful finds.
The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes Braganza family .
Apart from its exquisite furniture and chinese porcelain from Macau, it
also house a collection of family portraits, dating back to the 17th and
18th centuries. The library is believed to be the first private library
in Goa. It has almost 5000 leather bounds books collected by Luis de
Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, renowned for the
part he played in Goa's independence movement.
Tip: Contact the respective families for a good guided tour of the
house, which is open six days a week. Although there is no entry fee as
such, the families would expect you to contribute towards the
maintainance of the heritage building.
Basilica of Bom Jesus:
Dedicated to the worship of the infant Jesus, the basilica is also known thoughout the Christian world as the tomb of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa. The saint's incorruptible body has "survived" almost 500 years now without ever having been embalmed, and now lies in a silver casket. Built under the guarantee of the Duke of Tuscany, the basilica itself took the Florentine sculptor Giovanni Batista Foggini 10 years to complete aroundrthe turn of the 17th century.
Big Foot Museum:
Also known as the Ancestral Goa Museum, this private facility re-creates in miniature a 19th-century Goan village. Guides explain the utility and significance of every object and article on display; highlights are the fishermen's shack, a mock feni distillery, and the spice garden. Within the museum's sprawling confines is an enormous, canopied dance floor, used for open-air private parties.
Church of Our lady of Immaculate Conception: This grand shrine was a mere chapel before 1541. Soon after it became a parish in 1600, it structure was rebuilt entirely, and it now almost presides over one of Panaji's beautiful squares. The building's most distinguishing stamp may be its beautiful zig-zag staircase. The church's annual December festival draws huge crowds.
With a name that means "Sea of Milk" in Konkani, Dudhsagar is suitably spectacular and imposing, with water cascading almost 2,000 ft down a cliff to a rock-ribbed valley. The regular train here—which passes over the falls on a rocky viaduct—from Collem, in east Goa, has been temporarily suspended, but you can still access the foot of the falls via a rough, 10-km (6-mi) jeep ride. The journey traverses rugged rolling plains, lagoons, and narrow mud paths hemmed in by bushes. Pack refreshments and bath towels, and plan to spend a morning here. It isn't difficult to find a private nook, but watch your step—the rocks are slippery. Monkeys, birds, bees, butterflies, and thick foliage complete the wild experience. The ideal time for a trek here is early summer or just after the monsoon; during monsoon season the approach road is often inaccessible. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) organises day trips from Panaji for Rs. 400; you can also take a taxi from Margao to the town of Collem, then hire a private jeep with driver to see the falls. Sanguem district.
Museum of Christian Art: Housed in a magnificent church (also a seminary) near the Zuari River, this large collection is the only one of its kind in Asia. When in Goa, the Portuguese recruited local talent—Hindus as well as Christians—to create their sacred images, so many of these paintings and sculptures are curious blends of European and traditional Indian styles.
Se (St. Catherine's Cathedral):
The largest church in Old Goa, the se was built between 1562 and 1652 by order of the King of Portugal. Fine carvings depict scenes from the life of Christ and the Blessed Virgin over the main altar, which commemorates St. Catherine of Alexandria. Several splendidly decorated chapels are dedicated to St. Joseph, St. George, St. Anthony, St. Bernard, and the Holy Cross. The cathedral him only fine of its original two majestic towers; the other collapsed in 1776. The huge belfry contains the "Golden Bell," the largest bell in Goa.
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