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Things to do in Goa

Goa stands among the top tourist destinations and the most visited places by tourists in India. That is solely because Goa has a lot to offer. Located on the south-west coast, Goa has the fourth least population of India. However, it is the richest state of the country and holds the top spot for quality of life.

Goa India

Going back a few years; there weren’t many things to do in Goa. Also, it wasn’t always under the control of the Indian government. It became independent and the 25th state of India in 1987. It has undergone a number of rulers in the past; the hints of which can be seen in its local lifestyle, which is a mixture of the eastern and western cultures and practices. Consequently, the city holds quite a diverse set of religions, but unlike many places around the world, it enjoys a healthy lifestyle. People here, enjoy the festivities with full enthusiasm. Although Kokani and Marathi are the common languages of Goa, English is also spoken here quite widely. There are a lot of things to do in Goa; from exotic beaches to beautiful historic monuments, Goa is filled with plenty of places that will catch your interest. Although it is a beautiful place to visit, going there in the summers can be a bit hard as it is home to a humid climate for most part of the year. However, this particular type of weather is what creates the vibe for this place. So make sure to pack your summer wear when you go to Goa, and enjoy the beautiful beaches in that warm weather.


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As an active tourist as well as cultural destination, Goa has lots of religious places to visit like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Shanta Durga Temple, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, and more. Aside from these, history, sports and nature fanatics can also visit the Goa State Museum, Casino Royale Goa, Chapora Beach, Dudhsagar Falls, Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and the Fatorda Stadium. Each of these places is a treat to visit. Even though there are several other places to go to as well, those just mentioned above are a few of the most beloved ones by travelers. This list includes both the scenic beauties and the history-rich monuments. Beaches, wildlife or waterfalls, Goa has it all. This actually shows how tourists don’t visit India just for sightseeing. Goa happens to be one of the top ranked states of India when it comes to tourism and considering that it has so many places to visit, it is not a surprise. From churches to temples and from sports stadiums to historic museums, you can find it all here with a blend of natural beauty from its lovely beaches.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Constructed in the late sixteenth century, Bom Jesus is part of the UNESCO world heritage site list. The body of Saint Francis Zavier, a roman catholic, lies in the basilica. It is also where it gets the name from. However, the body of the saint was not buried here initially. His body was taken to Portugal at the time of his death and was shipped to Goa after two years of his demise. There are many religious things to do in the Basilica of Bom Jesus as it acts as a church. However, its historic importance and the fact that it is one of the oldest churches of Goa also make it worth visiting. The church was completed in the early seventeenth century and has been operating till this day. Even though it is a prayer mansion for the Christians, you can visit it to admire the skill with which it was built. The mausoleum itself took ten years before it was completed and the casket that contains Bom Jesus’s body is made of silver. The Basilica also contains a beautiful art gallery on the upper level which gives you another reason to visit the church. Among all the things to do in India, a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a must.

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Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

Despite the fact that its separated area frequently prompts this little church being neglected, it is surely justified regardless of a stop on a voyage through Velha Goa (Old Goa). With straightforward outsides, sumptuous insides and abundance of recorded centrality, this chapel is the thing that one may call a concealed fortune. Its plain whitewashed dividers display a delightful picture at nightfall, and the view from its vantage point is genuinely amazing. Arranged as it is on the Monte close to the Church of St. Cajetan, it disregards the region of the Mandovi and the islands of Devar and Chorao.

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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church

Constructed in the 16th Century, this church started off as a small chapel which was later turned into a church earlier in the seventeenth century. A unique zigzag staircase was installed to the church in the eighteenth century which adds to its already unique appearance.

The things to do in the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church actually depend upon your interest. If you are like to see bright colorful architecture, then your visit to this church will be well worth it. The church might not have the best of architecture, but it surely has a colorful interior which, for many people, is a reason enough to visit this place.

Moreover, the church has three altars; the main altar is dedicated to Mary, while the other two are dedicated to Jesus and the Lady of the Rosary. Apart from the main altar; the other two are gold plated. Another thing about this church is that it happens to be the chapel of Saint Francis Xavier from the Basilica of Bom Jesus. There is simply a never ending list of things to do in India, but when going to Goa, visiting the Immaculate Conception Church should be a part of your list.

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Church of St Cajetan or Divine Providence

Church of St Cajetan or Divine Providence

Disputed a standout among St the most excellent churches in Goa, this generous old building remains in Old Goa, upper east of the Se Cathedral. In spite of the fact that the Church was initially committed to Our Lady of Divine Providence, it is all the more normally known as the Church of St. Cajetan, who was a contemporary of St. Francis Xavier and the originator of the Order of ministers called the Theatines. This is presumably because of their commitment and the lengths they went to, to get the church worked in any case.

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Convent and Church of St Francis of Assisi

Convent and Church of St Francis of Assisi

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1661 by the Portuguese in the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India. The convent and church of St. Francis of Assisi is situated at Old Goa. During the Portuguese rule. With their hard effort first they constructed a little chapel and latter in the year 1661, they transform the chapel into church on the same place. Originally this church and surrounded convent was founded by Eight Franciscan, who arrived in the year 1517.

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Church of St. Alex

Church of St. Alex

The current church was inherent 1741 by the Communidades (town groups) with the assistance of gifts. The towers were raised in 1765. There is a "vault falsa" of Indian style. Its principle haven "capelamor" was reconstructed on July 16, 1916 and favored on July 16, 1916. The church was endowed to the diocesan ministry in the year 1767. In the church yard there is a Grotto of Our woman of Lourdes, it was the primary cavern devoted to the Our Lady in whole Goa.

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Church of St. Ana

Church of St. Ana

Construction of the Church of St. Anne began in 1577 by Monsignor Francisco de Rego (1681–1689). The Church of St. Anne is a church and religious monument located in the Santana district of Old Goa, in Goa province, India. It was completed in 1695, by his successor, Rev. Fr. Antonio Francisco da Cunha. In Goa province, India. The 17th century church is a major example of the colonial Portuguese Baroque architecture built in Portuguese India.

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Chapel of St. Anthony

Chapel of St. Anthony

The Chapel of St Anthony, devoted to the holy person of the Portuguese armed force and naval force, was one of the most punctual to be implicit Goa, again on the bearings of Afonso de Albuquerque keeping in mind the end goal to commend the ambush on the city. Like alternate foundations around it, St Anthony's was deserted in 1835 yet was brought once again into utilization toward the finish of the nineteenth century and is presently mostly being used as a religious circle.

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Our Lady of Piety Church

Our Lady of Piety Church

The Church of Our Lady of Compassion is situated in the town of Piedade; in Divar island. It is otherwise called The Our Lady of Piety Church, Divar, or 'Nossa Senhora da Piedade Igreja em Divar, Goa' in Portuguese. This church was initially a Chapel in 1541, and was remade in 1625 and changed over into the Our Lady of Piety Church, Divar, Goa. Nossa Senhora de Piedade (Our Lady of Piety) is the benefactor holy person of this church. The development of the present church started in 1700 and was finished in 1724.The church which was composed by a Goan minister . The Feast of this church is commended on the second Sunday of May each year.

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Other Churches

Other Churches

Goa stands apart from the rest of India because it was a tiny enclave ruled by the ... Despite being relatively modest compared to the other Churches There Are Many Churches In GOA Some Of the most famous Churches In GOA are given Below,
Holy Spirit Church, Church & Convent of St Monica, Chapel of St Sebastian,Church of St Lawrence, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Church of Our Lady of Miracles, Reis Magos Church, Rachol Seminary, St. Andrew’s Church (Vasco.) These are the famous churches in GOA.