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Old Goa

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Old Goa is 9 km east of Panaji, in Goa, a state of India.


Old Goa is the former colonial capital of Goa. Full of history, it today is home to some scenic churches and convents, that are well maintained and worth a visit. Make sure you have at least half-a-day to adequately understand and appreciate the place. The site is maintained by the Archaelogocal Survey of India, and is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site.

Get in[edit]

By walk, 3km from Karmali Railway Station (30-45 min). By auto-rickshaw, 30 INR from Karmali Railway Station to Old Goa.

Panjim (Panaji), the state-capital of Goa, is barley 9 kms from here. So it is easy to take a bus from Panjim to Old Goa (10 INR). Taxis tend to overcharge in Goa.

Get around[edit]

It is best to visit the place on foot, since there is so much of history to seep in. Local guides, some approved by the tourism department of Goa, are available.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus [2]
  • Museum of Christian Art
  • Se’ Cathedral Church [3]
  • Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Chapel of St. Catherine
  • Chapel of St. Cajetan
  • Church of Lady of Rosary
  • Church of St. Augustine
  • Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery.  edit
  • Pilar Seminary Museum.  edit
  • Sound and Light Gallery Museum. You can get a Christian religious tour. Artistically done.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Spend time walking around the monuments and see how Old Goa fits into global history and the meeting points of cultures of another century.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Souvenir and trinklet stalls here, but Panjim has a better choice nearby. Visit the shop at the Museum of Christian Art, at the annexe to the Santa Monica Convent. Worthy of a visit, and reasonably priced.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Options for food and drink are limited in Old Goa. There are a few restaurants in the area, and along the highway that passes through the area.

Drink[edit][add listing]

See above comment.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

This isn't a good place at which to cast anchor. Accommodation options are limited. It's best to stay at Panjim or elsewhere in Goa, as travel within the small region tends to be easy -- even if traffic jams are a growing reality due, in part, to the spurt in tourism.

Nearest hotels are in Panjim, though there are a few in the locality too.

There is one hotel in Old Goa:

  • Old Goa Residency. Near Old Goa Police Station. Big double room with balcony. Clean. No Wi-Fi. 650 INR for double room (low season).  edit
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Goa - Panaji, Kadamba Plateau, Panjim Old Goa, Bypass Road, +91-832-2491900, [1]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. 5-star hotel with spa and fitness facilities, two restaurants and a lounge. start at $126 per night. (15.496486,73.883783) edit

Get out[edit]

The local bus is the cheapest way to reach Panaji, 10 INR, 25 min (July 2015).

Karmali Railway Station is 3km away.

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