Goa Tours :-
Goa- The Paradise on Earth. If one word could be said to encapsulate the
essence of Goa, it would have to be the Portuguese sossegarde, meaning
"carefree". The pace of life in this former colonial enclave, midway down
India's southwest coast, has picked up over the past twenty years, but
inspite of the increasing chaos of its capital, beach resorts and market
towns, Goa has retained the laid-back feel that has traditionally set it
apart from the rest of the country .It's 1.6 million inhabitants are
unequivocal about the roots of their distinctiveness, while most of the
overlords were the Portuguese, a people far more inclined to enjoy the good
things in life than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts.
|Facts and Figures
||3,702 sq. km.
||Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese, and English
||Sea level to 1,022 meters.
||March-April: Traces. May - June: Moderate (About 400-500mm). July-August: Maximum (About 1500-1800). September-October: Moderate (About 200-400mm).
||Max 34 ° C
Min 20 ° C
Tourist Places In Goa :-
The leafy rectangular park opposite the India Government
tourist office, known as Church Square or the Municipal
Garden, forms the heart of Panjim. The church was built in 1541
for the benefit of saliors arriving here from Lisbon.
With its sloping tiled roofs, carved-stone coats of arms and
wooden verandas, the stalwart Secretariat looks typically
colonial. Yet, it was originally the summer palace of Goa's 16th
century Muslin ruler. Today it accommodates the Goan State
Panjim oldest and most interesting district, Fountainhas, lies immediately west of Pato, overlooking the banks of the green
Ourem Creek. Many building have retained their traditional coat of
ochre, pale yellow, green or blue- a legacy of the Portuguese
insistence that every Goan building should be color-washed after
State Archaeological Museum
The most noteworthy feature of Panjim's State Archaeological
Museum is its imposing size, which stands in glaringly inverse
proportion to the collections inside. The only rarities to be found
amid the lame array of temple sculpture, hero stones and dowdy
colonial-era artifacts are a couple of beautiful Jain bronzes.
Churches In Goa :-
Chapel of St. Catherine - Old Goa
The chapel was rebuilt in 1552 on the remains of an earlier structure.
.It stands as a living monument of the conquest of Goa. At one enters
the chapel you will see a statue of Our Lady. On the beautiful altar
dedicated to St. Catherine, upon which stands another statue of Our Lady
▪ Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi - Old Goa
Church of St.Francis of Assisi situated in Old Goa is a 17th century
pieces of religious art. A beautiful octagonal tabernacle richly
decorated in an ornate style has two statues, one of St. Francis of
Assisi and the other of Jesus on the Cross.Vows of poverty, humility and
obedience of St. Francis of Assisi's are in scripted right below these
▪ Basilica Of BomJesus - Old Goa
The world-renowned church contains the body of St. Francis Xavier, a
former pupil of soldier turned - saint, Ignatius Loyola, the founder of
the Order of Jesuits.Inside the Basilica, you will see a beautiful
display of architectural pieces in wood, stone, gold and granite.
▪ Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier
Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier is a plain chapel with only one
altar and is built of laterite plastered with lime mortar, with tiled
roof supported by wooden rafters.
▪ St. Cajetan Church - Old Goa
Modeled on the original design of St Peter's in Rome, this church was
built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines, who were sent by Pope
Urban III to preach Christianity. The construction of the church began
in 1655 in Old Goa.
▪ Mary Immaculate Conception Church - Panjim
Mary Immaculate Conception Church is situated in Panjim. The real beauty
of this church can be see at night. As soon as evening sets in, this
huge monument is transformed into a glowing specter. The whole Church
brightens up at night. The Church bell is said to be the 2nd largest in
▪ Shrine Of The Holy Cross - Bambolim
The church is also referred to as the church of flowers. This is because
the white cross at the entrance of the Church is forever decorated by
big flower garlands and candles. On any day at the Shrine you will find
lodes of people making pilgrimages at the Cross.
▪ Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount
The Chapel of Our Lady Of The Mount built in 1557 is one of the symbols
of the Portuguese victory. On a hill, to the East of Old City of Goa,
commanding a picturesque view of the City of Goa and its surrounding
villages, there stands a chapel of Our Lady of the Mount.
▪ Our Lady Of Grace Church - Margao
This church was a earlier a military chapel and was named 'Capela de
Batalhao'.The feast of this Church is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of
February. But there is no fair attached with the feast.
How to Reach
| Air : Goa's international airport, Dabolim, is 29
km from Panaji, on the coast near Vasco da Gama. Most of India's domestic
airlines operate services here, as well as several direct charter companies
that fly into Goa from the UK and Germany. There are numerous flights
between Goa and Mumbai.
Road : Goa has good road connections. Goa,
Maharashtra and Karnataka state road transport corporations all operate
service out of Panaji's Kadamba bus stand. There are also services to Londa
(where you can get a daily direct railway connection to Mysore every day),
Hubli (a railway junction on the main Mumbai to Bangalore line, where you
can also get trains to Gadag for both Bijapur and Badami, and Hospet and
Hampi) and Belgaum.
Rail : Now the lines of the Goa is transferred
from meter-gauge to broad-gauge. Goa's two main stations are at Margao and
Vasco da Gama. Other useful stations on the Konkan route are Mapusa Road (Thivim)
for Mapusa and Old Goa (Karmali) for Panaji. Vasco-da-Gama and Margoa are
connected by train with Bangalore, Belgaum, Hospet and Hyderabad and via
Miraj to Bombay, Delhi and Agra.
Water : As matter of fact that Goa lies on the
side of Arabian sea so water transport is available and one of the means of
the transport. The catamaran service between Mumbai and Panaji, operated by
Frank Shipping, has been a bit erratic in recent years due to breakdowns. In
theory it sails between October and May.
Local Transport : To move around Goa, there are
local bus services operated by private bus owners and the State Undertaking
Kadamba Transport Corporation in addition to luxury coaches, mini coaches,
tourist taxis, auto rickshaws and motorcycle taxis, and cruises.