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  • It is said that if you want to enjoy the real beauty of Goa then the churches in Goa is a must visit place for you. Goa is additionally home to some of these lovely places of worship that you should investigate for its structural excellence.

    This wonderful state is not only visited by Indians but also the tourist from all over the world.  The party capital of India is well known for its hip gatherings, dazzling shorelines and a relaxed mentality. Unlike this image which we have of Goa, this lovely place is just beyond beaches and parties.  Goa's tryst with legacy and history can't be overlooked. The churches of Goa show Portuguese design which is stunning.

    Each of these churches has a verifiable and social noteworthiness. It is likewise an indication of the Portuguese rule in Goa, while whatever remains of the nation was being ruled by the British. The Portuguese reign in Goa stayed undisturbed and in really quiet as well and along these lines, they governed Goa for a long time.  Time has mended a significant number of the injuries of colonialism and a great many people have overlooked the value they paid for freedom.

    The only memory of the Portuguese that remains here is the excellent Churches and houses that are scattered over this tropical heaven. Learn about the golden days while you step into the churches and witness its vibrant beauty. Each of the church is known for its architectural beauty and significance. Relive those ancient time once again as you visit these amazing churches.

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  • 01Bom Jesus Basilica

    Bom Jesus Basilica

    Being a UNESCO heritage site, this church is world renowned to still host the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The interesting thing about the saint’s mortal remains is that it is extremely well preserved. Even today, thousands of visitors throng the church to witness this miracle. A Jesuit church amongst churches in Goa, this structure is considered to be amongst the finest representations of Baroque architecture. The church is located in Old Goa.

    The exact location is Near Gandhi Circle, Old Goa Rd, Velha Goa. There are no rules to taking photographs. If you want to take a walking tour, many resorts in Goa arrange a visit to this church. Many walking tour companies offer comprehensive walking tours of this church including many other sightseeing attractions in Goa.

    Best time of the day to visit is on a Sunday 10.30 am to 6.30 pm and on Weekdays 9.00 am to 6.30 pm

    Mass: Sunday 8.00 am to 9.15 am

    Mass: Weekdays 7.00 am to 8.00 am

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  • 02 Se Cathedral

     Se Cathedral

    This church is one of the largest in India whilst being amongst the famous churches in Goa too. Being one of the oldest in the country, the Se Cathedral was built to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese ruler Afonso de Albuquerque for capturing a Goan city in 1510. Given that the day when the enemies were vanquished was also the feast of St Catherine, this church was built commemorating her. 

    Displaying a Portuguese-Manueline architectural style, the church has Tuscan exteriors and Corinthian interiors. Inside the church, there is a large bell called the Golden Bell – which is the largest in the state.The church is located in Velha Goa. The church is open on all days of the week from 7.30 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The church has no rules regarding photography.  A walking tour with Cholta Cholta is recommended.

  • 03Church of St Francis of Assisi

    Church of St Francis of Assisi

    This church is amongst the revered Roman Catholic churches. Known for its Barque and Corinthian architecture, the church’s interiors are finely inlaid with ornaments. On the tabernacle reside two statues – one of the Christ and the other of St. Francis of Assisi. Inside the church, the gilded interiors are beautifully decorated. There are numerous paintings depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The carved woodwork and frescos are also exquisitely done.

    This is the only church in Goa with museum containing artifacts, sculptures, and paintings. This is one amongst churches in Goa that has items which are a testimony to a rich and thriving culture that thrived in this land several centuries ago.

    The church is located in North Goa, Goa, Velha Goa. The church is open on all days except on Sundays. Timings are between 7.30 in the morning to 6.30 in the evening.  There are many tour operators providing Old Goa walking tours. In such walking tours, you have the opportunity to visit this church in addition to visiting other churches.

  • 04Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

    Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

    This is one of the oldest and most famous churches in Goa. The 17th century structure is in the heart of Panjim – the capital of Goa. The church has a simple and elegant exterior. The interiors are tidy and well-maintained. There are two altars within – one dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary and the other to St. Peter. The Xavier’s Chapel is within the church and is an added attraction. Thousands of devotees visit this church on the day of the feast. This church is of religious and historical significance. It is a landmark structure in the capital city. Visiting this place is one of the best thing to do in Goa.

    It is located at Church Square, Panaji and is open on all days of the week. The timing in the Mornings – 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm Afternoon. This church much like the others is photographer friendly.  

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  • 05Church of St. Cajetan

    Church of St. Cajetan

    Considered to be amongst the most beautiful churches in Goa, the Church of St. Cajetan resembles the St. Peter’s Church in Rome. Built with laterite blocks, the church has influences of Corinthian style of architecture. The tower is rectangular and the interiors are divided into different sections. 

    Each section has several aisles and flanking them are massive pillars. The wooden pulpit is decorated beautifully and the main altar is dedicated to the Holy Mother. There are numerous pictographic and sculptural depictions of the holy family. Some elements of the interior architecture are crafted in the Baroque style. All of this culminates into a visually stunning church.

    This church is located in Velha, Goa. You may visit the church on all days of the week 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 7.00 PM in the evening. If you want to take a walking tour, there are many tour operators organizing walking tours to this church and several other churches.

  • 06 Chapel of St. Catherine

     Chapel of St. Catherine

    This is essentially a Christian ecclesiastical church and the first one of its kind to be built in Goa. Although small, the church is very elegant; this church was built by the Portuguese governor in 1510. Built in commemoration of St. Catherine, the church underwent subsequent modification before being finally rebuilt in 1952. The chapel is simplistic in its interior design. Rectangular window panes are an omnipresent characteristic of the interiors.

    The church’s history dates back to the year when the Portuguese started to rule Goa. There is an inscription on a stone slab in the church premises which essays this fact. This church is definitely historically significant given that it existed during those glorious years of conquest and reclamation.

    Located in Velha Goa, this church is open on all days of the week and is photographer friendly. Check with Cholta Cholta walking tours operators

  • 07Church of Lady of Rosary

    Church of Lady of Rosary

    This church is located to the west of the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus. Built of laterite and lime mortar, there are two chapels and altars inside the church. The main altar is built in commemoration of the Holy Mother. On first glance , the interiors and exteriors of the church resemble a fortress church. 

    This is because of the windows adjoining the roof and round shaped towers give this impression. Although built incorporating the Manuline style, there are Gothic elements in the design as well. There is a marble cenotaph that exhibits the wedding details of Dona Catarina with Garcia Sa who was the viceroy at that time.

    The church is located in Gawli Wada, Fatorda, Margao. The best time to visit the church is from 9.30 in the morning to 5.30 in the evening on all days.

  • 08Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

    Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

    This church is one of the oldest most famous and most popular churches in Goa. It holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and the first example of baroque architecture. St. Francis Xavier was a revolutionary Spanish visionary who contributed immensely to missionary works in Portuguese ruled India. The amazing fact is that his mortal remains are still intact. This church receives visits from people from all over the world to view this wonderful spectacle.

    The church is located Near Gandhi Circle, Old Goa Rd, Velha Goa. The church is open on all times of the day. The Best time to visit is in the mornings between 10 and 11 or in the evenings before 7. Much like the other churches, this church is photographer friendly. Walking tours can be opted for.

  • 09Monte Hill

    Monte Hill

    This church is located to the southeast of Sat Burnzam Ghor. Situated atop a hill, you reach this church after ascending the Monte Hill. A simple and elegant white-washed structure, this church commands a place amongst the churches of Goa for its exotic location. 

    As you reach the church, the plain-faceted exterior of this structure beckons you. Given that this hill is Margao’s highest point, when you get here you get panoramic views of the surrounding regions. There is another church in the vicinity dedicated to Calcada de Nossa Senhora de Piedad. This entire region is ideal for a short picnic and is Padre Miranda Rd, Monte Hill, Margao

    The church is open all days of the week except on Sundays. Timings are generally between 7 in the morning to 6.30 in the evening. If you wish to take a walking tour, many church walking tours are organized by leading tour operators

  • 10St. Alex Church

    St. Alex Church

    The St.Alex Church is a massive church built by local village communities in 1741. The Grotto in the church yard dedicated to Our Lady is the first such Grotto amongst all churches in Goa. The highlights of the church are its dome and two towers. 

    The dome is flanked by seven altars. Numerous feasts are held at the church. Some of the most popular ones are Feast of St. Alex, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. An interesting aspect of this church is that it was built on the site of a Hindu temple. Called the Ravalnath, the remains of this temple can be still seen on location.

    The church is located in Curtorim, SalcettaTaluka, South Goa. The church is open on all days of the week between nine in the morning to eight thirty at night. Cholta Cholta organises such church walking tours

  • 11NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca

    NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca

    Goa is a state that possesses some of the most beautiful churches in the world. This church is yet another architectural marvel and is amongst the most popular churches in Goa. If the high vaulted ceiling intrigues you so will the beautiful interiors with stained glass windows. 

    The church is built in commemoration of Saint NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca. He is believed to have averted a possibly dangerous situation for Portuguese sailors on their voyage to India. There are many churches in the world dedicated to NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca. Further, also one can find out many more best places to visit in Goa

    This church is one among five of them. There are numerous places to visit nearby. The scenic town of Britona is within walking distance. You can see the confluence of two rivers namely the Mandovi and Mapusa here.

    This church is located in Panjim Goa Open on all days of the week from 8 AM the morning to 11.30 at night.  Patron can contact Cholta Cholta walking tours.

  • 12Church of Our Lady of Miracles

    Church of Our Lady of Miracles

    Dedicated the Our Lady of Miracles, this church started off as a military chapel and is one of the most popular churches in Goa. Built by the Portuguese government, this church once collapsed before being rebuilt. By 1977, the old church was completely demolished and in place a new church was erected. 

    Located in Sanguem, and dedicated to Our Lady, the highlight of this church is the praise and worship program on Friday. Many people have experienced miraculous healing at this church as well. Visited by people of all religions and communities, on the day of the Holy Feast, devotees are seen thronging the church with garlands and candles seeking the blessings of the Holy Mother. Best time of the day to visit.

    This church is open on all days of the week between 7 to 10 in the morning and 4 to 11 during the latter half of the day, If you wish for a walking tour, Cholta Cholta organizes walking tours to some of the most popular churches in Goa.

    The churches depict the rich cultural heritage of Goa. Most of them were built during the prime years of the Portuguese rule in India. The architecture of these churches has inspired the construction of many churches not only in India but in other parts of the world too. A visit to this place in Goa inspires and amazes everyone.

Sightseeing in Goa



Calangute Beach

Deserving every reason to be called the ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, Calangute Beach is a paradise for nature lovers holding the spectacular beauty and charm. The beach reflects the unique Goan culture with a glorious view of the landscape serving as a perfect retreat for visitors. Here you can find the effervescent markets selling everything from beer, trinkets to pawns. It is also the biggest beach of North Goa and ideal for witnessing the beauty of palm and coconut trees against the locale of the magnificent Arabian Sea.

This beach is often crowded with people swelling towards the sea, lazing around, taking sunbath and children making sand castles. Another spectacular features of Calangute Beach is its sunsets and sunrise.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Skiing, Water Scooter, Jet Skiing, Banana Ride, Wind surfing etc.

  • Nightlife: Cantare, Revolution Pub, Club Antoos

  • Location: Calangute Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The Calangute Beach is 16 kilometers away from the city of Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji:  There is a regular bus service which runs from Panaji to the Calangute Beach. If one is driving then it takes half an hour to forty minutes to cover the distance.


Baga Beach

Baga Beach in Goa looks as though it has come straight out of a work of art. Lofty white waves hurrying to wipe out the prints of feet left by you on the white sand while the breeze keeps on playing with the palm trees is a sight to behold at this majestic beach in Goa.

It is a decent place to appreciate some moments and abide in a serene consideration with oneself. It is counted as one of the best beaches in Goa where you can see wonderful sunsets and at the same time appreciate the cool morning breeze. The shacks become animated in the late night with music impacting and astounding client service at the party places in Baga Beach. It is also a center point to experience daring water sports and famed for drawing in a huge number of sightseers every year.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Trip, Water scooter, windsurfing, Jet skiing, Motor boat ride, scuba diving etc.

  • Nightlife: Club Tito’s, Cavala, Britto’s, Zanzibar etc

  • Location: Baga Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: From Panaji the Baga Beach is located 19 kilometers away.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The Baga beach is just half an hour drive away from Panaji and 15 minutes from Mapusa. There are frequent buses available to Baga from Mapusa and Panaji throughout the day and the journey takes about half an hour from Panaji.


Candolim Beach

This beach has won the hearts of tourists for its tranquil ambience, adventure sports and other amusement options. The enchanting Candolim Beach is particularly famous for its nightlife which ensures fun and some crazy moments to remember for a lifetime. Interesting adventure sports, spellbinding scenery and a unique festivity makes Candolim Beach one of the best beaches in Goa. The Sunburn Festival is held here for three days every year attracting hordes of tourists. Also, the water activities at Candolim Beach are must try to get the adrenaline rush with adventure.

This beach is the perfect place for all the individuals who search for restoration, fun and quietness. Its peaceful and serene air enchants numerous voyagers. On the highest point of it, when you come to realize that it's a home to a lot of water sports and different exercises, at that point you'll wish to never go back home.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Jet Skiing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Scooter etc.

  • Nightlife: Club LPK-Love Passion and Karma, SinQ, Drift Bar, Pharaos etc.

  • Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: This beach is located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to reach Candolim Beach from Panaji is via a bus or your private car. There is no air or rail connectivity between Candolim Beach and Panaji.


Morjim Beach

Nestled in the midst of lush green surroundings, Morjim Beach is a delight that will leave you refreshed with its calm and serene ambience. If one is a fan of bird watching, Morjim Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa to spot several species like the Sand Plover, Bay-backed Shrike, Quill, Turnstones, Cuckoo, Kingfisher and Sandpipers can be seen in natural surroundings. Dolphin Sighting is another activity which you can indulge in at the Morjim Beach.

This place is also famous for being a nestling place of Olive Ridley Turtles. Lately, Morjim Beach has earned the label as ‘Little Russia’ due to the large population of Russians here.  A lot of private beach sun beds, coco palms, Russian sports bar and beach touching restaurants can be found here.

  • Water Sports: Dolphin Watching, Swimming. There is not much of adventure sports here due to habitation of water animals.

  • Nightlife: Club Fresh, Bora Bora, Marbela Beach Resort

  • Location: Morjim Beach, Pernem, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Approximate driving distance between Morjim Beach and Panjim is 27 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There is a daily bus service available from Panaji to the Morjim Beach. You can also opt to drive by yourself via your own vehicle.

  • Other Stays: Check out some other resorts in north Goa.


Anjuna Beach

Situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, Anjuna Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa. The hippies were the first people to come here in the 1950s and since then Anjuna Beach is a hotspot in Goa for local and international tourists. Anjuna Beach grows on you as you take a stroll along the glowing white sands and enjoy the sight of gently swaying palms in front of you. This beach is also famous for its Wednesday Flea Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, sarongs, traditional handicrafts etc.

  • Water Sports: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paragliding, Windsurfing, Bungee Jumping, Banana Ride, Dolphin sighting trip, Go karting, Water scooter, Water skiing etc.

  • Nightlife: Curlies, Purple Martini, Café Lilliput, Shiva Valley and UV Bar are popular spots for enjoying nightlife at Anjuna Beach.

  • Location : Anjuna Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Anjuna Beach is at a distance of 21.5 kilometers from Panaji.

How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available every hour if you wish to travel to Anjuna Beach from Panaji via Mapusa. Motorcycle taxis and auto rickshaws are also available from Mapusa.  The nearest railway station is at Karmali 11 km away from Panaji and 29 km from Anjuna.

Arambol Beach

If you are wishing to spend some moments in solitude appreciating the exquisiteness of a pristine coastline, then Arambol Beach is the perfect place to be in Goa. It is relatively unexploited by tourists and perfect spot for going to enjoy a day in sun with your folks. Also known as Harmal Beach, the place is a heaven for those searching for some quietness and solitude. The shoreline has  a long sandy extend with soft white sands. The beach is considered most favorite for some long-staying budget travelers.

One of the popular activities here is dolphin sighting organized by local fishermen. Along the coast, tourists can find a few shops sell clothes, junk jewelry and handicrafts from Goa and other parts of the country.

  • Water Sports: Paragliding and Dolphin Watching

  • Nightlife: Cockstown, Friend’s Pub, Blue Diamond etc

  • Location : Arambol Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Arambol Beach and Panaji is 35 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available from between Panaji to Arambol every thirty minutes until noon, and every ninety minutes thereafter and between Mapusa and Arambol which takes three hours. The nearest bus stand is a 2km walk away from the beach.


Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa which provide a wholesome escapade offering everything like sightseeing, water sports, shopping and tranquility. The beach is mostly famous among Westerners and a permanent residence for many of them. Vagator Beach is the place that enchants people of all ages. This charming beach is the perfect destination to appreciate the company of sand, sun & sea. The sunsets are particularly beautiful witnessed from the Vagator Beach. It is also quite famous and popular beach in north Goa.

Vagator resort offers a lot of shacks and restaurants where you can take a snack and try the wonderful appetizing dishes of local cuisine. The local art, music and nightlife defines the aura of this amazing beach. The coastline is stacked up with several stalls who sell books, apparels, handicrafts, trinkets, and other food items like soft drinks, snacks, sea food, etc.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Sighting

  • Nightlife: Mezcal, Mango Tree, Disco Valley, Tin Tin Bar, The Alcove

  • Location : Vagator Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji:  The distance between Vagator Beach and Panaji is about 20 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: Vagator Beach is connected to Panaji through Mapusa and Calangute. You can easily catch a bus or drive by yourself to reach the Vagator Beach.

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