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    With all the splendours and charm, Goa has always enthralled tourists from different corners of the globe. Be it the pristine beaches or the plethoric range of fun-filled activities, the party capital is all about making merriment and joyous memories.

    The perfect blend of old world charm and contemporary outlook, Goa offers a list of captivating heritage trails to its visitors. Most of these trails take the enthusiasts through the rich and vivid history of the beach capital. Offering an everlasting glimpse of Goa’s glorious history, these trails are the reminders of its legacy and timeless impression.


    Listed below are some of the best heritage trails of Goa:

    1. Heritage Homes

    The routes for these heritage homes include Loutolim –Margao –Chandor –Chinchinim. Also, be 7 of these places by receiving a guided tour that provides ample information about the places, the houses and mansions in the vicinity as well as small yet interesting anecdotes. They form some of the best trails of Goa.

    There are a number of stops along the way, these include the following best heritage trails of Goa:

    i. Figueiredo Mansion

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    When one enters the mansion in Loutolim, they are immediately filled with a sense of awe. The parlor walls are adorned with some old paintings which date centuries back. The mansion also has a massive ballroom which possesses teak furniture as well as carvings of Krishna and other Gods. The mansion has been converted to a museum as sanctioned by its heiress.

    ii. Miranda Mansion

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    The mansion is located in Loutolim and was built in 1710. A true representation of Goa’s old classical architectural style, Miranda Mansion has kept its old world charm alive since last 300 years or more than that. The intricately built chapels and number of internal verandahs add to the stunning and timeless beauty of the mansion.

    iii. Salvador da Costa house

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    The next time you happen to visit Loulotim in Goa, make it a point to visit the mystical and magical Salvador da Costa house which is known for its gardens and exquisite architecture. Built in the 19th Century, the house has a grandeur to it that cannot be explained, and only experienced! The mansion is renowned for its gothic style which is manifested in its windows, cluster columns and wide verandahs. Tourists are expected to be in for a treat when they visit this architectural marvel.

    iv. Roque Caetan Miranda house

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    Built in around 1846, this spectacular mansion stands close to the Loulotim Church Square. Portraying a delightful picture of Goa’s rich and cultural history this mansion is maintained by a family of two sisters and a brother. Comprising of rare antiques, secret chambers, glass chandeliers and many ancient portraits, it still echoes the glorious history of Goa.

    v. Sat Burnzam

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    This Portugese-style private chapel was built in 1790 in Margao. It refers to the presence of seven gables, of which only three can be seen for now.

    vi. Braganza mansion

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    Located in Chandor village, the Braganza mansion was constructed in the 17th century and comprises a garden with fountains and tables. Antique items can also be found as it has now been converted into a museum.

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    vii. Dr Alvaro loyola Furtado mansion

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    Built during 1790 – 1833, this heritage house is located in Chinchinim. The palatial setting and wooden flooring lends a certain charm to it, and adds to the architectural brilliance of the ancient Goa and its cultures.


    2. Forts of Goa:

    Goa's Forts (Route: Tiracol- Chapora- Aguada- Reis Magos- CaboRaj Bhavan- Mormugao- Cabo de Rama)

    These forts form a significant part of the heritage trails of Goa.

    i. Tiracol Fort

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    Built by Maharaja KhemSawantBhonsle during the 17th century, this fortress is now converted into a heritage hotel. Scenic location, intricate architecture, the old world charm and the captivating vies of the Arabian Sea from the fort adds more grandeurs to it.


    ii. Chapora Fort

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    Fondly called as the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort,

    The fort was built in 1617 for protection against invaders. It is currently in ruins and but offers a magnificent view of some of the best known beaches in the area. Open till 4 pm.

    iii. Fort Aguada

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    Built in 1612, the fort is located on Sinquerim Beach, Goa. It is segregated into a lower and upper fort and still has remnants of a gunpowder room and a lighthouse. Open from 10 am to 2 pm.

    iv. Reis Magos fort

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    This fort was built in 1551 and is known for its famous Portugese turrets. It has been preserved well and also comprises of a church on the premises.

    v. Cabo Raj Bhavan

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    This fortress is now the residence of the Governor of Goa. Though the fort was created with the intent to serve as protection, the cannons are never used. It is of historic importance and is open to the public for a restricted amount of time. Moreover, one can find out many more exciting and amazing things to do in Goa during there visit with family and friends.

    vi. Mormugao fort

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    The fort was built in 1642 and consists of bulwarks, a total of five prisons and a chapel. Surrounded by greenery, this fortress offers amazing views of the area below.

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    vii. Cabo da Rama fort

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    Built in 1763, this citadel with its turrets serves as an observation post for young government officials. A dry moat and a small church are the only tourist attractions. The fort provides a great sea view.


    3. Goan Temples (Route: mardol- priol- velinga- kavlem- ponda- bandora- sanguem)

    i. Sri Mahalsa

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    The temple is located in Mardol and is famous for its brass lamp tower and bell. The temple is open for around 3 hours in the morning and for 2 hours in the afternoon/evening and is visited by pilgrims throughout the year.

    ii. Shri Mangueshi

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    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is an example of the typical Goan Hindu architecture. It has a distinct look to it comprising of white towers. Built in the 16th century, it is considered as among the holiest temples in the region. Pilgrims are allowed visitation for a few hours (around 4-5 hours) a day

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    iii. Laxmi Narsimha

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    Built in the 18th century, the temple has various images of Lord Vishnu and also allows visitors to indulge in communal bathing. It also comprises of a musician’s gallery.                             

    iv. Shantadurga

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    Built in the 18th Century, the temple has undergone a number of renovations. The entire complex is surrounded by lush greenery and comprises of pyramidal roofs and a massive dome. An Indo-Portugese fusion characterizes the architectural style. The golden palanquin is the highlight of the structure.

    v. Ramnath

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    Located in Bandode, this temple is sacred and has a special gallery which is for the ladies only. There are different inscriptions made on the pillars and doors. Jatra is celebrated by pilgrims every year.

    vi. Nagueshi

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    This temple was built around the 15th century and represents Indo-Portugese architecture. The temple has a large reservoir and is used to view the idol in the temple as well as the inner sanctum. It is visited by pilgrims all through the year.

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    vii. Mahadev Temple, Tambdisurla

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    This temple is considered as the most ancient temple in Goa. Built in the Jain style, the temple has been carved from black basalt. Mahashivratri is celebrated by all the locals and other pilgrims in the area with much vigour.


    4. Churches and Convents (Route: old goa- verem- panjim- margao)

    These churches form some of the best trails of Goa.

    i. Basilica de Bom Jesus

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    It is among the most famous churches in Goa and was built in 1594. It stands as an example of Baroque architecture. The pillars of the temple have been carved from basalt and are known for its simple yet charming design.                    

    ii. Se cathedral

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    Constructed in the 16th century, the cathedral is known for its gothic style and is dotted with interesting architectural elements.                          

    iii. St. Francis of Assisi

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    The church has been constructed with elements of Tuscan Order and Manulin style. Frescoes and other embellishments add character to the altar in the church. There are beautiful paintings on display as well. Guests are allowed for only a few hours in the day.                             

    iv. Chapel of St. Catherine

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    The chapel was built in 1510 from latrite stone with towers on either side. There is a small chapel within which possesses a plain altar.                          

    v. Viceroy's arc

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    Built in 1599, the monument was erected to pay homage to Vasco Da Gama and was the main entrance to Old Goa. It provides a picturesque view of the area surrounding it.

    vi. Church of Our Lady of divine providence & Convent of St. Cajetan

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    This church is architecturally Corinthian and possesses beautiful carvings. The grand façade has two towers which serve as a belfry. The peace and reverence within the complex is surreal. 

    vii. Gateway of the palace of Yusufadil Shah

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    A historic monument built in the 17th century pays homage to both the Hindu and Muslim architectural style. It is not visited by many tourists though.

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    viii. Church of Our Lady of the rosary

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    The church has a two-storied portico and gives the impression of being a fortress. Built in a gothic style, the church is visited by tourists all through the year.

    ix. Royal chapel of St. Anthony

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    Built in the early 17th century, the chapel is a popular tourist destination. It has a semi-circular shape and is open to visitors for duration of 1-2 hours a day.

    x. Church and monastery of St. Augustine

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    Built in 1602, the ruins of this church and monastery are quite a sight to behold. There are a number of galleries present as well.


    Therefore, tourists are advised to undertake these heritage walks to ensure that they truly get a taste of the historicity of Goa. These heritage trails of Goa are fun and informative as well especially for those who want to take a detour from the regular fun and entertainment which the place offers.