Goa’s most talked about tourist attractions!
There are so many things that can be done in the small state of Goa. Tourists come from many miles to enjoy the sights and the sounds. There are a wide variety of attractions throughout the state, here are a few honorable mentions that would help prioritise better.
Commonly called the Ancestral Goa Museum, Bigfoot is located in Loutolim and it works on showcasing the rural life as it was a hundred years ago under the Portuguese. This location is privately run by an artist named Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares. It is open to the public to showcasing how our ancestors lived and is a must see for those that want to know more out the state’s culture and lifestyle.
Fort Aguada and Tiracol
The Portuguese left behind a lot of forts along the state’s massive coastline. The forts were used to guard the state from invaders coming in through the at the time. They were all armed and ready for battle back in the Portuguese days. Today a lot of the forts around the state are in ruins but the authorities did manage to salvage a few. Fort Aguade and Tiracol provides for an scenic view and gives visitors a glimpse of history. They were all strategically located so they even provide a good view of the waters and the area around.
One of the lesser-known beaches, located to the North of the state, Keri, is a favourite for picnics and tourists. Tourists can enjoy long walks on the beach or spend some time building sand castles.
If Goan architecture is what interests you, Old Goa is the place to be. There are a couple of churches in the area and all of them follow the architecture of the Portuguese era. One of the churches, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, holds the relics of St. Francis Xavier who is the patron saint of Goa. His body has been there for more than five centuries but it still hasn’t decayed.
Other churches in the area are, the Se Cathedral dedicated to St. Catherine by Alfonso de Albuquerque a Portuguese General. The St. Augustine’s tower and finally the St. Cajetan’s Church which follows the framework of St. Peter’s in Rome.
Captain of Ports
Another interesting side of tourism to check out is the port located in Panjim city, connects tourists to a lot of casinos. There are other cruises that leave the local ports and head out to the Mandovi river every day found at the entrance to the city.
There is a lot more that can be done in the state but these are some of the top items on my list.