Churches & Convents of Velha Goa

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Quick Facts

Heritage MonumentChurches & Convents of Velha Goa
LocationOld Goa, Goa, India
Heritage TypeReligious Site
Commencement of construction of first monumentEarly 16th Century CE
Completion of construction of last monumentMid 17th Century CE
Architectural TypePortuguese Colonial Architecture
Architectural StyleManueline, Mannerist & Baroque style
Royal PatronagePortuguese Empire
Local Colonial GovernmentCasa da Índia, Portuguese Empire
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholicism, Christianity
SpecialtyRepresents a unique Indo-Portuguese style developed during 450 years rule of the territory by Portugal
UNESCO World Heritage SiteYes

About Churches & Convents of Velha Goa or Old Goa

  • Velha Goa or Old Goa was founded in the 15th century as a port on the banks of the river Mandovi by the rulers of the Bijapur Sultanate but the city was soon to be captured by the Portuguese and became administrative seat of Portuguese India from 1510 CE till 1961 CE.
  • Velha Goa, also called the “Rome of the Orient” was the capital of Portuguese India and Asia and an evangelization center from the sixteenth century.
  • Churches and convents of Old Goa is the name given by UNESCO to a set of religious monuments located in Velha Goa (or Old Goa), in the state of Goa, India, which were declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.
  • Churches of Goa had a great influence in the dissemination of Western art forms – the Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque styles – throughout Asia where Catholic missions were established
  • Churches of Goa followed architectural styles which were in vogue in Europe during those time but at the same time they were adapted to suit the native conditions through the use of local materials and artifacts.
  • Velha Goa was incorporated into the Republic of India after its annexation in 1961, with the rest of Goa but it retained its religious significance in modern-day Goa, notably in its relations with Roman Catholicism.
  • Velha Goa should not be confused with another former Goan capital, Goa Velha, lying some villages away in the south. Goa Velha is located adjacent to Pilar in Ilhas, North Goa. By road it is approximately 2.5 kilometers north-west of Agaçaim, 12 kilometers south-efell into ruins till it was discovered by British in the 19th century CE.

Read here: Velha Goa – the once Rome of the Orient

Attractions at Velha Goa

Chapel of St Catherine (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Chapel of St Catherine

The Chapel of St Catherine built in 1510 CE is the oldest Church in Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the same compound as Se Cathedral and the Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. It was erected on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque the 1st Duke of Goa to commemorate his victorious entry to the city of Goa on St Catherine’s Day. The church is built in the Baroque style of architecture with towers on either side of the brown and white façade.

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The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Built in 1543 CE in the Manueline style it was also built in fulfillment of a vow taken by Afonso De Albuquerque. The church has two storied portico flanked by small cylindrical towers with cupolas on either side with cross on top, with windows near the roof gives an impression of a fortress. From the grounds in front of the church, one can get a great view of Mandovi river flowing below.


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Church and Monastery of St Augustine (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Church and Monastery of St Augustine

Church and Monastery of St Augustine, now mostly in ruins, was once considered as one of the three great Augustinian churches in the Iberian world along with El Escorial at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain and the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora at Lisbon, Portugal. The construction of the church started in 1597 CE by Augustinian friars who landed in Goa in 1587 CE was completed in 1602 CE.


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The Basilica of Bom Jesus (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

The Basilica of Bom Jesus

Built in 1605 CE, The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa was ranked in 2009 CE as one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World and is a very popular UNESCO heritage site as this church is world renowned to still host the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Inside the Basilica of Bom Jesus to the south of main altar, there is a Chapel of St. Francis Xavier decorated with gilded twisted columns and floral decoration of wood, where lies the greatest treasure of the church, the sacred relic of the body of St. Francis Xavier is housed.


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Se Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral is one of the largest Churches in Asia and is dedicated to St. Catherine. Built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of Goa, it took almost 80 years to build. The church is 76 m (250 feet) in length and 55 m (181 feet) in breadth. The frontispiece stands 35 m (115 feet) high. The Se Cathedral’s tower houses a large bell known as the ‘Golden Bell’ on account of it’s rich tone, gong of which was heard all over old Goa.


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The Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi (UNESCO World Heritage Site):

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

There are seven arches (though only 6 are visible) on the edge of the southern side of the Pavagadh hill. One can see the Saat Kaman while going up the Pavagadh hill from Champaner to Machi and the structure is built of yellow sandstone and probably was of military use. The interesting thing to note is that, the stone arches have an interlocking mechanism that holds the stones intact without the use of any building material like cement.


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Other Attractions at Velha Goa

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount:

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, Monte Santo, is situated in a secluded location atop the Monte and about 10 kms away from Se Cathedral and Church of St. Cajetan. Built in 1519 CE, the church was commissioned by Afonso de Albuquerque the 1st Duke of Goa, to mark the site from where Sultan of Bijapur, Adil Shah positioned his artillery against the Portuguese forces to retake Goa in 1510 CE, but failed.


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The Viceroy’s Arch:

The Viceroy's Arch

The Viceroy’s Arch was erected in Velha Goa in 1599 CE by Viceroy ‘Francisco da Gama’ who was the grandson of ‘Vasco da Gama’. The facade niche has a statue in stone of Vasco Da Gama at the center, a deer emblem on Vasco da Gama’s coat of arms on the side of the arch which faces the river. Correspondingly on the opposite/rear (town side) is a statue of St. Catherine, wearing a crown and a robe, wielding a sword in one hand over an Indian, who is lying under her feet and an open book in the other hand.

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The Convent and Church of Santa Monica:

Church of Santa Monica

Built in 1627 CE, the convent and church of Santa Monica, opposite to St. Augustine Church complex is the oldest and biggest nunnery in the whole of Eastern Asia. The church has been named after St. Monica who was the mother of St. Augustine. The Church famous for its fortress-like structure with thick walls and massive buttresses and high ceilings. The architecture of the Church and convent reflect a combination of the Tuscan, Corinthian and composite styles.


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Museum of Christian Arts:


Museum of Christian Arts or MoCA is part of the Convent of Santa Monica, erected in the early 17th century by Augustinian friars. The Museum occupies the area of the Church of Santa Maria (commonly known as the Church of Santa Monica) where the cloistered nuns gathered to pray and attend mass unseen by the congregation.


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St. Cajetan’s Church:

St. Cajetan's Church

St. Cajetan’s Church – Built in 1665 CE by the Theatines who reached Goa in 1639 CE to found a convent, dedicated the church to St. Cajetan and to Our Lady of Providence. Designed by the Italian architects Carlo Ferrarini and Francesco Maria Milazzo with the plan in the form of a Greek cross, this church was modeled on the original design of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.


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The Gate of the Palace of Adil Shah:

Gate of the Palace of Adil Shah

The Gate of the Palace of Adil Shah – The Palace of Adil Shah was a magnificent building which became the residence of the Portuguese Governors till 1695 CE and was afterwards used by them on Festive occasions. Subsequently, the palace building was demolished in 1820 CE by the orders of the government.

Gate of the Palace of Adil Shah

The extant gate made of basalt consists of two pillars decorated with mouldings and fragmentary lozenge shaped perforated screens. The lintel above the pillars is not original. Towards the inner side, some structural remains of laterite have been exposed which might form part of this complex.

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Geographical Location:

District: North Goa
State: Goa
Country: India

Location-of-Goa-in-IndiaLocation of Velha (Old) Goa in Goa

Old Goa (also called Velha Goa in Portuguese or Pornnem Goem in Konkani, Adlem Gõi, Goeam) is a historical city situated on the southern banks of the Mandovi River in the Ilhas (present-day Tiswadi) sub-district of North Goa in the Indian state of Goa.

The city was established by the Bijapur Sultanate in the 15th century and served as capital of Portuguese India from the 16th century until its abandonment in the 18th century due to a plague. Before the plague, under the Portuguese, it is said to have been a city of nearly 200,000, whence the spice trade was carried out across the Portuguese East Indies. The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Old Goa is approximately 10 kilometers east of the state capital Panjim or Panaji (Nova Goa in Portuguese i.e. ’New Goa’).

Coordinates: 15.503°N, 73.912°E
Elevation: 6 m (20 ft)
Pin/Post/Zip Code: 403403
Telephone Code: ISD 91; STD 0832
Nearest big town: Panjim

How to reach Velha Goa:

  • By Road: Old Goa can be reached by road from Panjim and other cities of Goa, Mumbai, Mangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore each of which are between 10 and 700 km. It can also be easily reached from other popular tourist spot like Beaches of North and South Goa, Hampi, Lavasa, Panchgani, Agumbe.
  • By Air: Nearest International airports is at Dabolim which is about 30 km from Panjim and 27 km from Old Goa.
  • By Rail: Old Goa doesn’t have any railway station of it’s own but Karmali railway station is the nearest station which is just 2 km from Old Goa. Though not the largest but It is also the nearest station to state capital Panjim. The major railway stations of “Vasco Da Gama” and “Madgaon” are 27 km and 33 km respectively from Old Goa.

Tour Info:

Timing: Heritage sides mostly open from 8 am to 5 pm but may vary from site to site.
Best time to travel: November to March
Weather: Yearly; Current
Languages spoken: English, Konkani, Hindi, Portuguese

Journey & Photography notes:

Most of the Churches of Old Goa are located within walking distance of each other, except Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount which is above 10 km away from the rest and is atop a small hill. Opposite to the World famous Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Chapel of St Catherine are in the same compound. St. Cajetan’s Church is a few meters walk from the main gate of Se Cathedral. The Gate of the Palace of Adil Shah is within the same complex of St. Cajetan’s Church and The Viceroy’s Arch is next to it. To reach the Church and Monastery of St Augustine, The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and church of Santa Monica, one needs to walk a bit west wards from Basilica of Bom Jesus.

The Churches of Velha Goa reflect the cultural exchange and legacy of the Portuguese show casing European particularly Portuguese architectural forms in India but with influence of Indian architecture. These churches are still a reflection of this fusion of Indo-European architecture and thus provide an excellent opportunity for photography.

Our suggestion:

For Quick Trip: Make a quick tour from Panjim or from most tourist spots in Goa by car, for a day tour of Old Goa and return by evening. If you’re not driving your own car, you can either hire a taxi or hire a self-drive car/2-wheeler from most tourist spots in Goa. While not too many, but there are some basic bars and restaurants at Old Goa.

For Comfort Tour: Plan to stay overnight in one of the guest houses/resorts at Old Goa and leisurely walk around from one church to another and other sites of historical importance. Spend some time in visiting the “Archaeological Museum of Goa” adjacent to Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the “Museum of Christian Arts” adjacent to Church of St. Monica. While all the 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites and most of the other churches and sites of historical importance can be easily covered by walking, but The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, Monte Santo, is situated in a secluded location atop the Monte (hill) and about 10 kms away from the main cluster of Churches, hence it might be preferable to take a vehicle.

As there are not many high-end restaurants at Old Goa, it might be a good idea to have food at the resort/guest house you’re staying. If you’re looking for good sandwiches and refreshing drinks, you may try “Al Fresco Cafe” adjacent to “St. Monica’s Church” who also have a very nice open air sitting arrangement in the Churches lawn.

For Budget Tour: Stay at Panjim or take a public transport to Panjim from any other location, then hire an auto (Tuk Tuk) to Old Goa and release the auto at the destination and walk around the sites. It might be a good idea to take the phone number of the auto driver to call him back to pick you up from Old Goa for return journey.

For a travelogue of our own tour of Goa, please read here.

Near by attractions:

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim:

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church

One of the oldest Church in Goa, this Church is located at the center of Panjim/Panaji, the Capital of Goa. The colonial Portuguese Baroque style church was first built in 1541 CE as a chapel on a hill side overlooking the city of Panjim with a statue of Mother Mary at the front and served the religious needs of Portuguese sailors at their first port of call, in colonial Portuguese India.


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10 km from Old Goa
Fontainhas, Panjim:


Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese) is an old Latin Quarter in Panaji and it still maintains its Portuguese influence, particularly through its architecture, which includes narrow and picturesque winding streets like those found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red coloured tiles. The heritage ambience of Fontainhas represents the traditional Portuguese influence in the area.


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10 km from Old Goa
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary:

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove habitat, which is declared as the bird sanctuary, and located on western tip of the Island of Chorão along the Mandovi River. The sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist.

The sanctuary and island are accessed by a ferry service running between Ribander and Chorão. The sanctuary has a paved walk that runs between mangroves. The size of the sanctuary is 178 ha (440 acres) and the area is covered by low mangrove forest.
7 km from Old Goa
Aquada Fort, Aguada Fort Road, Candolim:

Fort Aguada is the best preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort, along with a lighthouse, standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is an ASI protected Monument of National Importance in Goa.
25.4 km from Old Goa
Reis Magos Fort, Verem, Bardez:

Reis Magos is a village located on the northern bank of the Mandovi River in Bardez, Goa, opposite to the capital city of Panjim. The village is famous for two of Goa’s famous structures; the Reis Magos Fort, and the Reis Magos Church – the first church in Bardez. Reis Magos is the Portuguese name for the Three Wise Men from the Bible.
17.9 km from Old Goa
Adil Shah Palace / Goa Museum:

Built around 1500 CE by Yusuf Adil Shah, founder of Adil Shahi dynasty and ruler of the Sultanate of Bijapur, the Adil Shah’s palace is known, as Panaji´s oldest surviving colonial building and it has become a govt. building since 1961 when Goa was liberated from the Portuguese. The palace – a sort of fortified building with an arsenal of 55 canons and a salt water moat, played an important role in Goa’s political history.
10 km from Old Goa

Temples at Ponda and other religious monuments at Goa: Temples of Goa

While Churches and Convents of Goa are what immediately comes to the mind for a heritage traveler when visiting Goa, but Goa has a lot more to offer when it comes to religious monuments and their architecture, which are quite unique to the rest of the country. The town of Ponda in North Goa bordering South Goa is also known as Temple Town in Goa and it is worth it’s reputation.

Brahma Karmali Temple, Valpoi, Sattari:

Brahma Karmali Temple

The Brahma Karmali Temple is a unique temple and one of its kind in Goa. This temple, situated in Nagargao Village, about six kilometers from Valpoi Town, in Sattari district and is dedicated to Lord Brahma the creator in the Hindu Holy Trinity. As according to Puranas (Hindu mythological verses), Brahma was cursed by Lord Shiva ‘not to receive any worship’ there are very few temples (5 to 6) in India which are dedicated to Brahma the Creator and this temple is one of those few.


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39 km from Old Goa
Shree Mangeshi/Manguesh Temple, Priol, Ponda:

Shree Mangeshi Temple

Previously existing for centuries at Kushasthal (Kuthal) in Goa until 1560 CE, the current temple of Shree Manguesh was established by it’s Kulavi-Devotees in its original form sometime during January-February 1561 CE, when Hindu temples in Goa were being desecrated and destroyed by Christian Missionaries.


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11.7 km from Old Goa
Shri Mahalasa Narayani temple, Mardol, Ponda:

Shri Mahalasa Narayani temple

The temple of Shri Mahalasa Narayani is located at the small village of Mardol, just about a kilometre from the famous Mangueshi temple and about 22 kms from Panaji, the capital city. Mahalasa is a Hindu goddess, as an independent goddess she is considered as a form of Mohini, the female avatar of the god Vishnu and is called Mahalasa Narayani.


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12.3 km from Old Goa
Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Mandir, Veling, Mardol, Ponda:

Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Mandir

About 6 km away from Ponda and about 3 km away from Mardol this temple is dedicated to Narasimha, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. While the temple is known to have been built in the 18th century CE but the deity in this temple has been transferred from Salcete in 1567 CE during the persecution of Hindu temples by the Portuguese.


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13.8 km from Old Goa
Shri Nagesh/Naguesh Maharudra Temple, Bandiwade, Donshiwado, Ponda:

Shri Nagesh Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Naguesh, who was known as Nagnath in ancient times. Lord Naguesh is another incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Tucked in a beautiful surrounding with hills on three sides and the river Aghanashini flowing on the fourth side. The temple faces west with a tank in front of it, the water of which is ever flowing and is considered to be very clean. The tank is also considered to be best amongst the tanks of all the other temples in the region.


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17.6 km from Old Goa
Shree Mahalaxmi Saunsthan, Bandiwade Bandora, Ponda:

Shree Mahalaxmi Saunsthan

The temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi has been in existence since at least the year 1413 CE, Shri Mahalaxmi has been worshipped by the Shilahara rulers (750-1030 CE) and also the Kadamba Kings of Goa. This peaceful or Satvika form of Devi that shows in the idol at this temple has a unique feature – she wears linga on her head.


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18.4 km from Old Goa
Shree Shantadurga Mandir, Kavlem, Donshiwado, Ponda:

Shree Shantadurga Temple

Shri Shantadurga Temple is situated at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda. The temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. The current temple was constructed during the reign of Maratha ruler Chattrapati Shahu, who was the grandson of Shivaji Maharaj, of Satara.


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19.1 km from Old Goa
Shree Ramnath /Ramnathi Mandir, Ramnathim, Ponda:

Shree Ramnath Temple

The chief deity of the temple is Ramnath which means Lord of Rama i.e. Lord Shiva. Similar to other Goan Brahmin temples, Ramnathi too incorporates the system of Panchayatan, therefore, this temple houses 5 main deities namely – Shri Ramanath (chief deity), Goddess Shanteri (Shantadurga) from Rivona, Goddess Kamakshi from Loutolim, Shree Laxmi Narayan and Shree Siddhinath (Ganapati). Deities of Shree Betal and Shree Kalbhairav, along with other family purushas are also housed.


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19.8 km from Old Goa
Shree Bhagavati Mandira, Dhavali, Yashwant Nagar, Ponda:

Around 500 years old, Shri Bhagavati Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, a form of Goddess Laxmi. Standing on a high pedestal the Goddess Bhagwati is very imposing with Ashtabhuja (eight hands). At the entrance of the Bhagwati temple, visitors are welcomed by two life size statues of elephants in standing position, made of black stone.

Shri Bhagavati temple complex has five temples, main temple being of Shri Bhagavati, other temples are of Shri Sateri, Shri Dev Ravalnath, Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari & Brahma (Shri Vishnu, Shri Ganapath, Shri Shankar).
20.2 km from Old Goa
Safa Masjid, Ponda:

Safa Masjid, Ponda

Built by Ibrahim Adil Shash, the Sultan of Bijapur in 1560 CE, Safa Masjid or Mosque is in a fairly extensive complex of gardens and fountains which lies in ruins today.


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18.3 km from Old Goa
Shri Kamakshi Temple, Shiroda:

Shri Kamakshi Temple

Built in the late 16th century located amidst the hills of the picturesque village of Shiroda, is the temple of Shri Kamakshi, a Hindu Goddess and another form of Goddess Parvati. The idol of Shri Kamakshi at Shiroda is believed to have come from Guwahati in Assam, where she is known as Kamakhya and which is her original abode.


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31.4 km from Old Goa

Old Goa Map

Old Goa Map

Heritage of Old Goa by foot

Heritages at Old Goa by foot map

Local cuisine:

Internationally popular Goan cuisine mainly consist of rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork cooked with local spices. Use of kokum and vinegar is another distinct feature. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. The cuisine of Goa originated from its Konkani roots, and was influenced by the 451 years of Portuguese rule and the Sultanate rule that preceded the Portuguese. Many Catholic dishes are either similar to or variants of their Portuguese counterparts in both naming or their use of ingredients. King fish (Vison or Visvan) is the most common delicacy. Others include Pomfret, Shark, Tuna and Mackerel. Among the shellfish are Crabs, Prawns, Tiger Prawns, Lobster, Squid and Mussels. The Portuguese have had a pronounced influence on Goan cuisine. They introduced Potatoes, Tomatoes, Pineapples, Guavas and Cashews. But the most significant contribution is the introduction of the spicy Peri-Peri Chilli, which is the most important part of Goan spices.

Goan cuisine is not complete without it’s famous local alcoholic drink – Fenny or Feni. There are many types of Fenny depending on the original ingredient, but the two most popular ones are Cashew Fenny and Coconut Fenny. The word fenny or feni is derived from the Sanskrit word phena, meaning “froth”; this is thought to be because of the bubbles that form a light froth when the liquor is shaken in a bottle or poured into a glass. It is generally accepted that coconut fenny was produced before and then followed to adapt the same procedure for distilling the exotic cashew fruit. Coconut palms are abundant along the coastline of Western India and Goa, whereas the cashew tree was an exotic species brought by the Portuguese from Brazil to India. There is ambiguity about when and who started distilling fermented juice into a spirit.

Art, Craft & Festivals:

Major Cultural Festival: Goa Carnival is the most famous and most fun filled of all festivals held in Goa and is meant to be a feast of food, drinks, music and dance. The festival is normally held in the month of February for three days and three nights after a month lent – a period of fasting and absenteeism of meat. Introduced by the Portuguese colonial rule in the 18th century, this festival is that time of the year when the legendary King Momo takes over the operations of the festivals and events. The days are marked by colourful and musical parades which begin in the capital Panaji and the evenings are kept for gala balls, and people engage in partying on the streets all through the night.

Other Cultural Festivals: Other than Goa Carnival, there are other cultural festivals which Goa offers through out the year, like the “Grape Escapade”, “Goa Food & Culture Festival”, “Goa Cashew & Coconut Festival” and “Goa Mango Festival”.

Grape Escapade is the biggest wine festival of India, organized since 2005 by GTDC every year in January this 4 day festival brings International wine makers and local clientele, hoteliers, restaurants and professionals from the entertainment, food, and beverage and lifestyle industry under one roof during the festival.

Goa Food & Culture Festival – held in the month of April this relatively new 5-day festival has started becoming a platform for experienced as well as young and talented chefs to show off their culinary skills to a crowd that includes an audience from all over the world. Musicians from the whole country also gather to perform in front of this international audience.

Goa Cashew & Coconut Festival – Goan Cashew Fenny is a popular Goan Alcohol and it is said, a party in Goa can’t be great without the Fenny cocktails. Cashew adds to a decent proportion of the economy of Goa and being a coastal region, coconut is also as significant to the culinary as Cashew is. If someone wants to indulge in some interesting activities such as Cashew Stomping, Coconut Braking and tasting the most exotic Fenny Cocktails, then one must plan to be in the Goa Cashew & Coconut Festival.

Goa Mango Festival is hosted by Goa’s agriculture directorate in the month of May, the purpose of the festival is to increase the production of mangoes, tourism and to promote home grown mangoes. The festival is hosted by Goa’s agriculture directorate. A variety of mangoes that are grown locally are sold and many competitions are also organized.

Major Religious Festival: With its Portuguese legacy and Catholic population, Christmas is celebrated in Goa with a great fervor. Known for its excellent beaches and legendary nightlife, perhaps Goa is the best place to celebrate Christmas in India.

Apart from Christmas, popular religious festivals like Diwali, Eid-ul- Fitr, Ganesh Chaturthi, etc. are also celebrated by the respective religions with great fervor.

Art & Craft:

Among the various arts & crafts of Goa, pottery & terracotta handicrafts are very popular and so are other handicrafts made from wooden lacquer ware/wood turning, bamboo, banana or sisal fiber, jute, brass metal, coconut shells and sea shells.

Terracotta Pottery
Terracotta Pottery
Lacquer Handicrafts
Wooden Lacquer Ware
Jute Wall Hanging
Jute Macrame Craft

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