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"Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral
"Discover Goa’s colorful history on this private half-day tour. Learn about the heavy influence Portuguese rule had on this region’s religion and architecture from your expert guide’s interesting commentary about all the places you see. After pickup from air-conditioned vehicle your guide will take you to the Basilica of Bom Jesus a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the remains of the Catholic missionary St Francis Xavier.Enter the church and walk on the marble floor inlaid with precious stones. Admire the exquisite paintings adorning the walls that depict scenes from St F also known as the Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria
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Full Day Private Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation
"9am - You will be picked up from the sea port or your desired location in Goa to begin your full day tour with a professional guide.9.45am - Shri Manguesh TempleA beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on a Hillock. T stands at the gates in the temple complex. 10.45am - Shree Mahalasa TempleAlso known as Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple is 450 year old Temple dedicated to the Goddess Mahalasa. Lakshmi (Mahalasa) the goddess of wealth and prosperity is the presiding deity in this temple. The inner hall of the temple has carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that have been resplendently painted. 12.30pm - Sahakari Spice Farm (Lunch Included)A an aroma of a variety of genuine spices coming from the trees grown around the farm lots of knowledge guidance on the type of species and treatment for various diseases sumptuous lunch in traditional Goan style. As you move deeper into this site
From $88.00
 
Private Goa Sightseeing Tour with Lunch at a Spice Plantation
"Meet your guide at your hotel lobby in Goa at 9am. Head to Old Goa Churches - Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha means ""old"" in Portuguese) is a historical city in North Goa district in the Indian state of Goa. You will see a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa. In the year 1560 when the Portuguese started Christian conversions in Salcete Taluka. See the Mangesh Linga from the original site at the Kushasthali or Cortalim on the banks of river Aghanashini (Zuari) to its present location at Mangeshi.Visit the Shanta Durga a large temple complex at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka Goa India. A small laterite mud shrine was built and the deity was installed here. Next you will head to a Spice Plantation Tour with lunch included. The Spice plantation is located in Ponda
From $60.00

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Sacred cows

It is well known that cows are sacred to Hindus, but knowing this didn’t really prepare me for some of the (to Western eyes) unusual sights we came across. Not only do cows wander freely on town and...
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toonsarah
Feb 06, 2009

Marigolds

These flowers have a special place in Hindu worship and culture. They are often strung into ornate and beautiful garlands which are used to decorate shrines or as offerings in the temples.Various...
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toonsarah
Feb 06, 2009

Bambar a SACRED GROVE

The Sacred Grove located at Bambar in Satari Taluka is the abode of rare medical plants. This forbidden spot is a refuge for a unique forest community and it is classified as Myristica Swamp Forests...
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Justin_goa
Nov 07, 2008

Diwali a national festival...

In many parts of India, it is the homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya after a 14-year exile in the forest, after he defeated the evil Ravana. The people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed...
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Justin_goa
Oct 27, 2008

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganesha Festival is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka...
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Justin_goa
Oct 27, 2008

Holy Cow

You will see cows just about everywhere around Goa on the road on the beach or even wandering around Anjuna market. Cows lead a very charmed life in India. In Hindu religion they are considered a...
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s.e.a.n
Mar 04, 2008

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh is my favourite Hindu God! The past week has been fireworks, more fireworks, and even more fireworks! Large idols of Ganesh are put in the local temples and after 3,5,7, 9 or eleven days the...
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BluBluBlu
Sep 26, 2007

Meeting the Real Goans

A good place to meet real Goans (rather than other Indians who have simply moved to Goa during the tourist boom) is at the many churches. The langugae and people are amazing.Try and catch a wedding as...
djferros
Mar 10, 2007

Carnival

Every February Goa has a 'Carnival' which runs over four days covering Panjim, Margao, Mapusa, and Vasco De Gama. Calangute has its own seperate Carnival, on the same weekend with a grand procession...
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BluBluBlu
Feb 20, 2007

Arpora Chapel

This typical white washed chapel is situated by the crossroads at Arpora. Like quite a few Goan chapels its only used for one festival each year. This one celebrates Epiphany, and is only open for...
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BluBluBlu
Nov 10, 2006

The festival of Lights & Sounds - Diwali

Diwali in Margao, Goa is celebrated not only with lights but also with huge floats of Hindu Gods as tall as 4 storey buildings. Plays are enacted with warriors dressed up in all their finery, fighting...
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Escadora7
Oct 27, 2006

Religion is serious stuff here

Christians in India follow thier religion much more passionately and religiously than thier counterparts in the West. While churches might be empty in other parts of the globe on a Sunday, but the...
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alycat
Jun 05, 2006
 
 
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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church - Panaji

A wonderful church in Panjim .The amazing series of steps leads you to this little church.it was built in the 16th century.The great bell of the church was moved here from the Church of Old Lady of...
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Old Goa

Old Goa was he site of the Portuguese capitl until the mid 18th century. Today is it a magnificent complex of churches, monasteries, and cathedrals that cover a 1.5 km stretch. It is also a UNESCO...
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Panaji - Panjim City

While in Goa, It's a must to visit Panjim the capital of Goa. It's a beautiful city located on the banks of River Mandovi. Panjim is a scenic city and it's beautifully managed by the government of...
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Boat Trips - Cruises

We had a great time kayaking and sailing with skipper Pascal and Poonam on their traditional yet modern cruise, enjoying the Sunset River Cruise in Goa. The mangroves exploration was super exciting...
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Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Northeastern Goa, India. The total area of this park land is 8 square km. It is a popular destination for both tourists and school children. Known for the place...
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Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is made of laterite.The building was completed in 1585.The church is remarkbly simple except for the richly gilded altars.The church is called 'Bom Jesus' meaning 'good...
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