Old Goa (Konkani: Pornnem Goem, Adlem Goi, Goeam) or Velha Goa means “old” Goa in Portuguese, is a historical city in Goa district in the Indian state of Goa.
How to reach:
From Panjim, one can catch bus or a cab going towards Ponda, it will take 15-20 min bus will drop you in front of Basilica of Bom Jesus church. Bus ticket Rs 25/- each.
You can start early in the day as the sun becomes very hot in summer. Wear sunscreen, bring water, sunglasses, and a hat to explore Old Goa.
The history says the city was constructed 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. Under the Portuguese, it is said to have once been a city of nearly 200,000 where from, before the plague, the Portuguesetraded across continents. The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa is approximately 10 kilometres east of the state capital Panaji.
The rich cultural heritage of old Goa adds to the beauty of the place…old Goa gives a true feel of traditional Goan Culture…its recommended that tourists hire a self driven car/bike to experience the beauty of old Goa.
When you Plan a Trip to Goa two things on the checklist are Goan Beaches and Old Goa. You can get a local guide to know more about history and places.
Places to visit
Key locations of old Goa being, Basilica of BOM Jesus, St. Cathedral, St. Cajetan, Arc of St. Christopher, Mount, Cross of Miracles, Museum and St. Agostino Tower. All of it in the area of 1Km.
You can See it all, and you can have the whole day to yourself enjoying the rich history and Witness the by far best and blessed place in Goa. And all this was built by Portuguese during their Venture in Goa.
Old Goa is full of old churches and awsome historical buildings and stories. You can have a private tour with a guide and he can be very knowledgeable about this area explain the history.
Old Goa has the real charm and essence of Goan culture. The Old Goa starts from the Panjim circle and moves along the Mandovi backwaters towards the Basilica of Bom Jesus and St. Cathedral.
Old Goa represents the culture, tradition and architecture of the ancient Portuguese habitats.
As you explore it you feel history still alive here. architecture is just amezing and views are breath taking. Food is delicious and one can walk along with coast line beaches, see the old houses taste old traditional food..and just enjoy..