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A Day's Sightseeing in Old Goa

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A December 2006 trip to Goa by MichaelJM

Aguada Point Photo, Goa, India More Photos
Quote: We had a great day visiting Old Goa, Ponda, and the locality.

A Day's Sightseeing in Old Goa

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Overview

Aguada Point Photo, Goa, India
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The great thing about this trip was that we seemed to be in touch with the local culture. Not only did our driver take us to the major attractions, but he also stopped to point out “normal Goan life.” It always feels a privilege to have that insight into village life. We passed through villages, large and small, with people milling around—there were plenty of people looking busy but doing nothing! There were small roadside stall and an awful lot of women standing at the side of the road holding, at arm's length, small handfuls of vegetables. This was clearly the rural economy at work, and it was hard to imagine how individual families were able to survive.Water buffalo were grazing in fields...Read More

Fort Aguada Beach

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Attraction | "Fort Aguada"

Fort Aguada Beach Photo, Goa, India
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Our driver was quite insistent that he’d drive us along the coast to see the picturesque views from the lighthouse. We’re certainly glad that he did! We ran alongside Goan’s tidal river and at one point, having watched the local fisherman at work, I asked to stop to take a photo of an interesting temple on a small island in the river. It shouted out at the surrounding landscape and the bright colours were screaming for my attention. Whilst there my wife became fascinated by what seemed to be a strange fungus growing near the water’s edge. It turned out to be the dried part of the tree that had supported coconuts. Not so fascinating but it made for a talking point and the obligatory photo! We...Read More

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Fort Aguada Beach
Aguada, Goa
Goa, India

St Catherine's Chapel, the Archeological Museum and St. Francis Church

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Attraction | "St Catherine's Chapel, the archeological museum and St Francis Church"

St Catherine's Chapel, the Archeological Museum and St. Francis Church Photo, Goa, India
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St. Catherine’s is a chapel dwarfed by the mighty churches surrounding it, but it’s worth a very small detour to take in its simplicity and the tranquillity of its gardens. The chapel is well signed and a gentle walk down a flight of steps brought us to the simple primitive chapel. It was built in 1510 to commemorate Alfonso de Albuquerque’s entry into the City on St Catherine’s day, it was enlarged in 1550 and rebuilt in 1952. There a single large "open plan" room with a simple altar at the far end with large double doors set in an impressive "chunky" carved frame under a couple of arched turrets. Indeed it’s the introduction of these twin towers that set off the "trend" for the notable design of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2006

St Catherine's Chapel, the Archeological Museum and St. Francis Church
Old Goa
Goa, India

Ponda Temples

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Attraction | "Temples around Ponda"

Ponda Temples Photo, Goa, India
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The day of our visit was a colourful day, as it was the festival of Shigmotsav of Holi and a time for all Hindus to celebrate. It’s a day when devotees smear themselves with coloured powder paint and large quantities of red paint and coloured water is thrown at anything and everything. A day of excitement but not a day for wearing your best clobber! Indeed, although children were respectful to us only wanting “a dab of colour” on our forehead, they were hurling paint balls at friends, and it was hard not to pick up a spray from these many skirmishes.The Temple of Shri Shantadurga Kavlem was commissioned by Shahuraje Satara, in 1738 replacing a much earlier temple. It’s said to be the most re...Read More

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Ponda Temples
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Goa, India

Old Goa Churches

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Attraction | "The Churches of Old Goa"

Old Goa Churches Photo, Goa, India
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I guess most visitors to Goa make the effort to sight see around the Portuguese town of Old Goa and we, of course, were no exceptions Behind the Church of St Francis and on the north of Old Goa’s main square is Se Cathedral. The view around the square, which was once the site of public executions, is worth pausing to take in and some of the trees have grown at 33º off the horizontal—a weird sight. The Cathedral was built in the early 17th century and the bell tower houses the golden bell, the largest bell in the whole of Asia, with the "sweetest and mellowest of tones." It didn’t ring for us! I also understand that it had a more sinister use in the days of the inquisition....Read More

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Old Goa Churches
Throughout Old Goa
Goa, India