Goa is a land of golden beaches tucked away between the hills of the western ghats & the Arabian sea. Its land is covered with groves of cashews , mango & coconuts & is edged by long sunny beaches.
With almost 40 Beaches dotting 131 km-along coastline, Goa is delight for swimmers, anglers water sport enthusiasts and sun bathers.
The Perfect Start to a Goan holiday!
Built on the bank of wide Mandovi River, Panaji is India’s smallest, most pleasant state capitals. It is also your gateway to the superb beaches of Goa.
Places of Interest :
Idalico Palace :
Once the castle of adil shahs it was rebuilt by the portugues in 1615 & until 1759 it was the viceregal palace , in1843 it became the secretariate & now houses passport office. Tour enquiry
Fort Aguada :
The Fort ,built in 1612 at a distance of 19km from Panaji at the mouth of Mandovi river had the first light house in ASIA equipped with a room for ammunition , barracks &a church . It was a place of strength & power. It houses a jail today. Agua means water in Portuguese. It is said that once this place had seven fountain &the ship used to halt here for collecting sweet water.
Abbe Fari :
Statue of Abbe Fari ( said to be the father of hypnotism ),
BRAGANZA INSTITUTE; LARGO DA IGREJA ( the main church ) CHURCH OF IMMACULATE ( built in 1541&rebuilt in 1619) ;
JAMA MASJID( build in mid 18 century ) ;
MAHALAXMI TEMPEL are some other places of interest.
On the eastern promontory , beyond the hills , is the ST. THOME quarter with its traditional 18&19 century house .
Others places of interest are MINT & SEBASTIAN CHAPEL.
MIRAMAR ,DONA PAULA & VANGUINIM are there beaches near Panaji Tour enquiry
Ponda is surrounded by hills on all sides ad has many hindu temples.
Mangesh Temple :
The 400 year old Mangesh temple is the most famous temple . A unique feature of this temple is multi-storied lamp tower . The famous singer ,lata mangeshkar’s ancestral home is located in the Mangesh village . A part from Mangesh temple , the other temple are Shri Shanta Durga , Shri Ramnath , Shri Mahasla , Shri Gopal Ganapati Shri Nagesh , Shri Saptakotesh ware & Shri Mahalaxmi . All these temple escaped the fury of Portuguese who destroyed all other temple at bardez
Waves of fun!
The beaches of North Goa
GOA beaches are among the best in the world .Calangute & Candolm are the two beaches at a distance of the15 km from Panaji.
Once Calangute was the paradise of the hippies .BAGA beach is 2km of calanguta & is a favorite tourist spot.
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