5 Must Visit Historical Places in Goa
Goa is often equated with a beach holiday destination. It is a place known for its nightlife, the beach parties, and adventure water sports. But, there is much more to Goa than it may be visible to the eye. Much like the pristine beaches, there are many historical places and monuments scattered around Goa that add to its beauty. Let us look at some of the must-visit historical places in Goa.
One of the largest churches in Asia, Se Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Catherine and one of the most popular historical sites in Goa. It took nearly 80 years for the construction of the cathedral to finish and it was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers.
One of the major attractions at the church is the huge Golden Bell, the biggest bell in Goa. It is said that the sound of the bell can be heard all over Goa.
Located in Ponda, the Safa Shahouri Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Goa. It was built in 1560 by the great Adil Shah who ruled the Sultanate of Bijapur. The mosque’s grandeur lies in its simplicity and the structure is surrounded by the lush green grasslands. Many locals and tourists come here to spend peaceful time in the tranquil environment around the mosque and feel the divine powers of the almighty.
The Cabo De Rama is one of the most famous monuments of Goa that has etched its name in the Hindu Mythology, Ramayana. Legend has it that when Lord Ram, Lord Laxman and Goddess Sita were in exile, they lived here for some time.
Apart from its mention in Mythology, the fort also has a rich history associated with it. It was used by the Portuguese rulers as a military base to guard their stronghold in the region from the Dutch. It was later used as a prison. You can find a part of the cannon that was used by the Portuguese military at the fort, a testament to its glorious history.
Today, most part of the historical fort is in ruins, but it continues to attract several tourists who come here to revel in the stunning panoramic view of the Arabian sea and the beautiful scenery around the Cabo De Rama beach from the top.
Shri Ramnath Temple, which is also known as the temple of Ramnathi is a 450-year-old temple that is one great religious importance to the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins. One of the historical monuments of Goa, the temple was initially located in Salcete but was moved to its current location in Ramnathim, Bandivade in the 16th century by the locals to save the idols from Portuguese who destroyed and demolished the Hindu temples during their reign in the region.
Talk about historical places in Goa, and this church has to make it to the list. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Basilica holds the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier, which is taken out once every 10 years. Built in 1594, the church holds great historical value as it marks the beginning of the Christianity in India.
While you explore the various historical monuments and heritage sites, you can also indulge in some fun activities and amazing experiences by staying at any of the Club Mahindra Resorts in Goa. You have plenty of options; you can book your stay at Club Mahindra Acacia Palms, Madgaon or Club Mahindra Emerald Palms, Club Mahindra Assonora, and Club Mahindra Varca. No matter where you stay, you can be sure to have a memorable experience!