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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. Full of history, it's 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 Archaeological Survey of India, and is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site.

Get in[edit]

Panjim (Panaji), the state capital of Goa, is barely 9 km from here, so it is easy to take a bus from Panjim to Old Goa. Private vehicles too ply, but 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.


St. Cajetan
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • 1 Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery. Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery (Q16251566) on Wikidata Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 2 Basilica of Bom Jesus. Home to the grave of St. Francis Xavier. Basilica of Bom Jesus (Q391123) on Wikidata Basilica of Bom Jesus on Wikipedia
  • 3 Church of St. Cajetan. Church of St. Cajetan (Q20053751) on Wikidata St. Cajetan Church on Wikipedia
  • 4 Chapel of St. Catherine.
  • 5 Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi.
  • 6 Church of Lady of Rosary. Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Q20047855) on Wikidata Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Goa) on Wikipedia
  • 7 Church of St. Augustine.
  • 8 Museum of Christian Art.
  • Pilar Seminary Museum.
  • 9 Sé Cathedral Church. Se Cathedral (Q2942482) on Wikidata Se Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • Sound and Light Gallery Museum. You can get a Christian religious tour. Artistically done.


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


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.


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.


See above comment.


There are few places to cast anchor in Ola Goa. It might be better 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.

Go next[edit]

Usually by bus. The Konkan Railway has a nearby station, known by the village name of Karmali.

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