Goa Has Offers More Than Party and Beaches

If you are planning a holiday in Goa, plan a different Goa experience! Here are some things to do in Goa besides partying on the beautiful beaches and enjoying Goa cuisine.

Goa, the state

Goa is the smallest state in India with an area of 3072 square kilometers and it is a strange coincidence that it also has the shortest name, only three letters. However, it was not always called Goa. The state was formerly known by such names as Sunaprant (Golden Land), Aparant (the land behind it), Gomant, Gomantak, Goparashtra and Govapuri (all of Go – meaning cow, names mean Nation of shepherds).

Here is a list of things to do for a different Goa experience

Old Goa Heritage Walk

One of the most interesting things to do to indulge and connect with the history of Goa is the Old Goa Heritage Walk. The ancient winding paths take you through some of the most historically significant buildings and oldest churches in the region.

The churches not to be missed in Goa are:

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, the most important of all, houses the sacred body of St. Francis Xavier. It is India’s first Basilica and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.

The impressive cathedral of St GQ-also this is a World Heritage site, churches and monasteries of Goa. It is located in Old Goa.

The Church of St. Francis Of Assisi is an architectural marvel built in 1661.

The chapel of St. Catherine-this is in the same Union of the two above churches. It is a symbol of victory, built by Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510. It was renovated and expanded in 1550.

Church of San Caetano with hemispherical dome reminiscent of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Church is named after Saint Kaietan of Thiene, founder of the order of theaters. It was built in 1665 by the Italian monks of the order of theaters.

Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Another taste of Goa’s medieval history can be experienced through the Fontainhas Heritage Walk. Fontainhas, the name translated little fountain, is the oldest and largest Latin American Quarter in Asia. Take a guide with you to gain extensive knowledge of the past that overcame the modernization rush in the 21st. the walls of the houses are decorated with kaleidoscopic colors, yellow, green and blue, balconies with wrought iron railings and tiled roofs, the architectural potpourri transports you to another era

Temple of Goa

Goa was under the rule of Hindu kings, Muslim invaders and Europeans. The net effect was a unique blend of Hindu, Islamic and European architectural styles for Goa temples. This unique architecture of Goa makes it visually even more appealing.

Among all the temples, the Mangueshi temple has an elegant architectural Design, especially the seven-story Deepastambha (lamp Tower), which is located next to the main temple. The temple is dedicated to Bhagvan (God) Manguesh, who is believed to be the incarnation of Bhagvan Shivii only in the regions of Goa. It is a very ancient temple, dating back to the 18th century, which is now maintained and renovated from time to time by the Administrative Committee elected by the trustees or Mahaians of the Temple.

Other temples worth visiting are: Bhagavati Devi Mandir, Brahma Mandir, Shri Datta Mandir, Shanta Durga Devi Mandir, Devi Vitthal Mandir.

Mosques in Goa

Goa has a good mixture of religious institutions and monuments. Mosques, built in a typical Islamic style, are equipped with domes and columns. The Safa mosque or Safa Shahouri Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Goa from the 16th century, is located in Ponda, Goa.

Fortress of Goa

If you look beyond these religious monuments and UNESCO sites, you will find the outline of Goa with several forts. Visit them for another Goa experience.

Fort Tiracol – on the northernmost tip of Goa, on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea, is Fort Tiracol. It was built between 1627 and 1640 by Raiah Khem segante, Maharadiah. It remained under the control of the Bhonsles for many years, partly because of their alliance with Shivai, the Maratha leader.

It after became a strategic and vital checkpoint for the ruling army. It fell into a ruinous state until recently, when it was renovated and renovated to turn it into a beautiful Hotel. It is said that the view from the Hotel is breathtaking!

Aguada Fort-on the southwestern tip of the Goa Peninsula, the powerful Aguada Fort was a stopover and stopping point for several ships. The fresh water spring inside the fortress extinguished many thirsty sailors in its heyday. Aguada cage here is a new addition to this place. Now it is open not to delinquent, but to tourists. It has a museum showing Goa’s freedom struggle against foreign rule. Goa freedom wrestler such as Ram Manohar Lohia and TB Cunha were imprisoned here.

Cabo de Rama-did you know that Goa was the stage for the ramaian Hindu epic? (Albeit for a short time) Bhagvan Sri Ram, his wife Sita Devi and his brother Lakshman took refuge here while they were exiled from Aiodia. Today The Church of Saint Anthony is located within the walls of the Fortress.

This Fortress dates back to 1540 AD and is located near the Fortress of Aguada. The beautiful Franciscan Monastery served as the residence of the Governors of Goa.

Chapora Fort-better known as Dil Chahta Hai Fort-was built by the Muslim ruler Adil Shah. Although it is in ruins today, tourists are heading to the fort to take stunning Instagram photos. From Fort Chapora you have stunning views of Vagator Beach.

Mormugao Fort-probably the most dilapidated fortress in Goa, only part of the border wall and a chapel are standing today. It was an important and strategically located fort with 20 ramparts, three magazines, five cage and quarters for guards.

Goa Art and culture

Also in the field of Art and culture, the people of Goa are strongly focused. The Goa Kala Academy directs the artistic and cultural scene. The building itself is an object of art, an idea of the greatest Indian architect Charles Correa. The institution is busy and full of activities all year round. The most notable Festival hosted by them is the November International Film Festival.

The building houses performing arts schools such as Indian music school, Western music school, dance school and drama school. The prestigious Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, an indoor Auditorium, is a silent witness to the excellence of the great playwrights.

Conclusion

In addition to the lazy beaches of Goa, fashionable parties and booths, delicious cuisine and beautiful tropical climate, there is much more to experience and consume visually.

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