9 Places to visit in Goa other than beaches

Hi friends !!!!

It has been more than 10 days since the last post . I have an awful flu , nearly broke my finger and overall stresssed out. I am admitted in the same hospital where i work . Still on bed but determined to complete this post now.

Goa is the term used synonymous with the word Beach . I know many friends have visited Goa multiple times ,but never went anywhere other than beaches . There are some interesting places in Goa which you can write down in a list for your next Goa visit.

1.Fort Aguada

fort aguada

Situated in North Goa ,It is a fort cum lighthouse now divided into 2 parts as Jail. Read the full article about it here .

 

2.FORT tiracol

tiracol fort

It is located at the mouth of Tiracol river 42 km north of Panaji .Built originally by Marathas ,it was later invaded by Portuguese. It had a chance to witness civil wars,revolts and freedom fight. I had some exciting and exhausting experience with Tiracol fort. Read the complete article here .

3.VAGATOR FORT.

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our photo at vagator beach

Truly speaking there is hardly any fort . In a place where the fort is supposed to  be located there was only a wall on a hilltop.

. The place is shown in many films ( the one i can recall is the ending scene of ‘ Dil Chahtha Hai’ ) . It offers a good panoramic view but the burden we took was not worth it. Walking up there is like trekking and walking down is super scary where you have small stones slipping under your feet and make you struggle to even stand . I walked down holding my sandals in hands.

 

4.Basilica of bom jesus

basilica of bom jesus

basilica of bom jesus

With the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier ,Basilica of bom jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . It is open for public every day and once every 10 years , in December ,the body of St.Xavier is exhibited for public . The event attracts devotees from around the world . The structure of the church is a typical example of baroque architecture in India . Many paintings ( showing life of St.Xavier) and some amazing murals. There is a Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery which has paintings of the artist Dom Martin.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

I look awful here

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

This is just located  opposite to the ‘Basilica of bom jesus ‘ . Compared t the former it is more peaceful and less crowd y .

It has an archaeological museum at hand . the interior of the church holds few floral frescoes . There is also a statue of  Our Lady of Miracles Jaffnapatao .( google her , she has some interesting miracles in her story ).

6.Shri Shantadurga Temple

Shri Shantadurga Temple

Shri Shantadurga Temple

 

It is located about 30 km from Panjim. The temple is said to be the richest temple of Goa state . This and the mangueshi temple are the only two temples i know to allow women with short dresses into the vicinity . It has a golden idol of the ‘Devi Shantha durga’  .

 

7.Shri Mangueshi temple.

Shri Mangueshi temple.

 

Located 21 kms from Panjim this temple has Bhagavan Manguesh who is an avtar of Lord Shiva .  The ancestors of legendary ‘Latha Mangeshker ‘ were from this place . I liked this temple till the time i had a chance to visit the temple’s washrooms .I still get some nauseating feel recalling them.

8.Dona paula

dona paula

The place is located at Panjim .Goa. The place was named after the woman called Dona Paula de Menezes. It has very interesting romantic and scary stories surrounding it .  Search for the story , everyone has one special story. Funny thing is our tour guide invented a modern Romeo -Juliet kind of story with two lovers called Dona and Paula . He showed a white washed statue  ( by by Baroness Yrse Von Leistner) and said it was the picture of Dona and Paula . I believe this story he created as the film Ek Duuje Ke Liye was shot here.

9.Casinos :

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I personally dislike casinos very much but i know some people find the places very enjoyable . It is said that each casino there pays about 80-100 crore of income tax . I really wonder about the total income and the share of black money in it.

There are many more interesting places but i stop my list here.

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FORT AGUADA ,GOA

Hi friends , how was your weekend  ? I am much into Goa these days all my outfit posts and my Travel posts are going to be on Goa .Today’s post is about the ‘Fort Aguada of Goa. Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portugese fort standing in Goa, India, on Sinequerim beach, overlooking the Arabian SeaPhotoGrid_1437891423466.the ‘four storey light house’PhotoGrid_1437891151800 entrance

Aguada means ‘water storage’.Its name comes from the natrual springs within the fort that provided water to the fort and passing ships. Built in 17 th century this fort used to be  a guard from the depredations of the Marathas and the Dutch and also served as a lighthouse for more than 100 yrs.In earlier times, ships used to stop here to refill their  drinking water from the fresh-water spring within the fort. The capacity of the storage tank is more than 2 Million  gallons.

The light house is a ‘4 storey ‘ one . But when we went there they were not allowing visitors on the top of it.PhotoGrid_1437891234026

Fort Aguada is divided into upper and lower portions . Only the former is open for tourists as the lower portion is now a prison.Interestingly, it happens to be the largest prison in Goa. Prisoners in goa are lucky enough to have ”sea view cell”s.

The walls of this fort are 5 metres high and 1.3 metres wide which will allow you to walk on them easily. You can walk along the wall to get a delightful view of Arabia Sea and Mandovi river. PhotoGrid_1437891319316the wall

Those brick walls ,bright green grass ,white light house make the place picturesque.

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When :

The timings are: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Time your visit either early in the morning so you escapethe harsh sun .Instead you can chose to go late in the evening so that you get a chance to see the red orb sink into the Arabian Sea.

What to do : Enjoy the nature. Have some  glorious views.  Take some pictures or you can just sit  peacefully on one of the terraces overlooking sea.

Where to eat : Except for some street vendors selling snacks there are no regular restaurants .

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small beautiful fishing colony en route.

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