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North Goa......tell its history !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

North Goa is known and loved as a land of golden beaches, palm trees, paddy fields and wooded hills. Its churches, temples, shrines and forts tell its history. Encompassing the resorts of Candolim, Calangute and Baga, this is Goa’s prime charter belt and an area most independent traveller steer well clear of.

Access Information to North Goa ::

  • Nearest Airport in North Goa > Dabolim Airport (GOI), Dabolim-42 Kms
  • Nearest Railway Stations in North Goa > Thivim (THVM), Thivim-18 Kms


Calangute (from Panaji 15 km) ⇔ Calangute is the most popular beach with thousands thronging it in both the peak and off-season. The waves rise high above as you wash away your city blues, though swimmer need to be a trifle cautious because of the sudden drop and the rising waves.

Baga ⇔ It is a secluded and pleasant beach with good recreational facilities like river cruises, water-skiing, yachting and fishing. The creek, the Retreat House perched on the hill, and fewer tourists, all contribute to its unique beauty.

Vagator (22 kms) ⇔ It is popular beach dominated by Chapora Fort to the North, on its imposing headland. To the South of Vagator is Calangute beach.

Anjuna (18 kms from Panaji) ⇔ A popular beach area adjacent to Chapora Fort. In Anjuna there is magnificent Albuquerque mansion built in 1920.

Candolim ⇔ Candolim is the first beach that can be approached from the city of Panaji and is like a gateway to the other more famous beaches.

Aguada ⇔ Aguada beach is almost synonymous with the top-notch Fort Aguada Hotel complex, a superb hotel that is built on the cliff, around the remnants of the early 17th century Portuguese fort.

Miramar (Gaspar Dias - 3 Kms from Panaji) ⇔ A lovely golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea, is the nearest to Panaji.

North Goa has some wonderful Churches and Ancient Hindu Temples that are significant to several local and regional sects and therefore well visited all through the year.


Old Goa (10 kms) > East of Panaji, lies the site of Old Goa, founded by Adil Shah in the first decade of 16th century. It was being developed by them with a view to shifting their capital from Bijapur. However, Afonso de Albuquerquw made a short work of it when he stormed and took it over to house the centre of power of the Portuguese colonies.

Basilica of Bom Jesus > Built in 16th century is the most popular and famous of all churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. This church dedicated to Infant Jesus is now a world Heritage Monument. (Timings: Sunday: 10.30 to 18.30 hrs. Weekdays: 09.00 to 18.30 hrs. Masses: Sunday: 08.00 & 09.15 hrs. Weekdays: 07.00 & 08.00 hrs.)

Se Cathedral > Most imposing of all churches at Old Goa. Its vaulted interior overwhelms the visitors by sheer grandeur. This Cathedral has five bells of which one is the famous Golden bell, the biggest in Goa and one of the best in the World. The church is dedicated to St. Catherine. (Masses- Sunday 7.15 a.m.; 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. Weekdays: 7.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.)

Church of St.Francis of Assissi > The entrance and the choir were built in the Manueline style, the only fragment of its kind in the East. First built in 1517, it was later rebuilt twice, in 1521 and in 1661. The interior is illustrated with exquisite paintings and the floor has a large number of tombstones with coats-of-arms.

Church of Our Lady of Rosary > One of the earliest built in Goa, the church bears an inscription on the conquest of Goa by Afonso de Abuquerque in 1510.

Nunnery of Santa Monica > Built like a fortress, it is significant for its massive walls and buttresses. It is the only nunnery in Goa.

Reis Magos Church > The Reis Magos church was constructed in 1555 and was one of the earliest churches built in Goa and the first in Bardez Taluka dedicated to the three Magi–Kings.

Church of Mae de Deus > Situated amidst picturesque surroundings, the Church of Mae de Deus at Saligao (Bardez) was built in 1873.

Temples are steeped in traditions and have a countryside backdrop and are spread around entire North Goa (Panjim, Mapusa etc.).

Some of the well visited temples are ⇔

  • Mangeshi Temple
  • Mahalakshmi temple
  • Gopal Ganesh Temple
  • Nagesh Temple

FORTS :: AGUADA FORT 18 kms. Built by the Portuguese in 1609-1612, to command the entry into the river Mandovi, in order to protect Old Goa from potential enemy attacks. A spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that called there. The fort houses presently the central jail. A lighthouse is situated nearby, the visiting hours for it being 16.00 to 17.00 hrs.


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