Goa is a place where the majority of us go to party hard and get lost in Goa’s nightlife, but there are few places in Goa which are not so famous but you won’t regret visiting them. Tripinfi has come up with the tourist spots in south goa:
Places to visit in south goa apart from beaches
Basilica de Bom Jesus
Located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa during the Portuguese rule. It is about 400 years old and comes under the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This church is India’s first “minor basilica”. “Bom Jesus” means “Good Jesus” or “Infant Jesus”. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xaviers is kept here. St Francis Xaviers died on Sancian Island and his body was taken to Portuguese Malacca and two years later was brought to Goa.
The church is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture. The church is not plastered in the exterior which gives it an old and antique look. (P.S.- Taking selfies and Personal photographs is strictly prohibited inside the church; Only taking photographs of the interior of the church is allowed.)
Opposite to Basilica de Bom Jesus is Se Cathedral. It is a Roman Catholic Cathedral. It has a Portuguese -Manueline architecture and has a large bell known as the “Golden Bell”. It is said to be the largest Cathedral in Goa and one of the best in the world. It is in the list of the largest Cathedrals in Asia.
BigFoot/ Ancestral Goa
Located at Loutolim Village and is run by an artist named Maendra Alvares. This museum gives a view about the lifestyle of rural Goa about hundred years ago.
As we know that Goa was ruled by Portuguese for about 450 years and also was ruled by several other rulers, this has led to a blend of Indian and western culture which is shown in this museum. The ancestral house makes you visit the Portuguese culture in Goa. It has an entry fee of 50/- per head and for camera extra 30/-.
Shanta Durga Temple
Located at Kavalem village, Ponda. The temple speaks about the ancient Hindu Saraswat tradition and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It has a very impressive Goan architecture. The original temple at Quelossim was destroyed by the Portuguese, after that the goddess was shifted to Kavalem.
Located at Mangeshi village, Ponda. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is beautifully maintained. It is said to be one of the largest temples in Goa. The temple has a white color seven-story deepstambha and many domes which make it look gorgeous. Those who are religious must visit this temple.
Known as the lifeline of Goa. Dudhsagar and Varapoha waterfalls are located on Mandovi. This river is always busy as it carries freight. At night one can cruise along the river. The river is beautiful and Goa’s famous casinos are anchored in this river, in Panjim, the capital of Goa. This river is a true example of scenic beauty. More river related places here.
If you rent a bike or scooter you can easily reach these places with the help of Google Map or else take a private bus for South Goa Tour. You can always contact your hotel reception for booking a bus. The bus charges are really less (Rough Estimate:- Non-AC – 220/- per head and AC – 280/- per head).