Goa is not only about beaches, but also about heritage. Someone who travels to Old Goa can experience the wonderful heritage the state offers. Goa was a Portuguese colony, and old Goa still bears resemblance to the colonial heritage and charm. A visit to old Goa is definitely worth if you wish to enjoy the wonderful heritage and culture of the state.
The best things about Old Goa are the churches. The churches in Goa rank among the major tourist attractions in the state. Goa has a formidable Christian population and thus there are lots of churches, monasteries and cathedrals. The churches are major religious specimens in the state and draw lots of pilgrims and tourists all over the year.
The major attraction of Old Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is a fine specimen of Portuguese architecture. It was completed and consecrated in the year 1605. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are located here.
There are also some more ancient churches in old Goa. They are major relics of history and religion AND provide travelers with an opportunity to experience the historical and the diverse tradition of the place. Visitors who visit these churches can observe and research a wide range of religious artifacts, literary specimens and religious books. Some of the churches are Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapel of Saint Catherine, Church of Saint Cajetan, Se Cathedral, Saint Anne’s Church, Church of Saint Augustine, and Church of Lady of Rosary, Church of Our Lady of Mount, Church of Saint John of God and Royal Chapel of St. Anthony.
Old Goa is also famous for the Goa carnival. It is a 3 day festival which is held with huge merriment and enthusiasm. People of all age groups take place in the Goa Carnival. The festival is the traditional form of entertainment and is a great specimen of the Portuguese heritage of the state. Lots of celebration and fanfare takes place during the festival. It was introduced by the Portuguese as a great fanfare in which flour; eggs, oranges, lemons, mud, sand-filled gloves along with dirty water and glue are aimed at passersby.
To cater to travellers, Old Goa is dotted with hotels. The place is very close to the capital city of Panaji and is easily accessible. You can choose from luxury hotels, middle range hotels and budget hotels.