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Old Goa is a historically significant area in-between North Goa and South Goa, little bit towards inland from the capital of Goa, Panjim. Several Christian worship places are located in there, and because of them Old Goa is a World Heritage site.
Here’s five reasons why you should visit Old Goa –
1.Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, is the most spectacular Christian building in Goa, India. There is a lot to see in the walls and aisles of Basilica of Bom Jesus for people interested in church art. Inside the building there is also a beautiful garden.
2. Basilica of Bom Jesus keeps the grave of St. Francis Xavier and through the glass cover you can see the remains of his body and pay respect. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary whose 500th birthday was celebrated in 2006, from the time of which these photographs are also from.
3. Old Goa in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. The nature and trees in Old Goa are beautiful. You can also see lot of Portuguese-style architecture and one Mahatma Gandhi statue there.
5. There’s also few other Christian churches for a cultured person to see, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
You can read this article in Finnish here: Viisi syytä vierailla Vanhassa Goassa
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These videos are also part of Indivues Travel Opus to Goa, which has been made for 13 years already in Finnish as well as in English – Find it in the link, read and share to your friend!
The charm of Goa is very much based on its beautiful nature.
Unfortunately roaming around in Indian forests is not safe for a blogging photographer, but luckily they have developed a solution in India for that, which is those tourist friendly spice plantations. In Goa there are several spice plantations, and I went to visit Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa four years back –
Sahakari Spice Farm is located in Ponda in South of Goa, far from the traditional Goan tourist attractions. You can get there the best and safest by an A/C-taxi, although it is a very expensive way to travel in Goa.
In Sahakari Spice Farm you can see growing, among others, green nature, flowers, pineapples, cashew nuts, pepper corns and other spices , coconuts and bananas in a tree – you can see those in this video attached as well. Bananas and pineapples growing are indeed a very exotic thing to see for a North European traveler, believe it or not. In addition you might also get to see an elephant and buy organic spices for yourself!
If you are wondering what on earth they are pouring with a ladle to a small childs neck in this video, I must reveal that it is water, which cools you nicely when it runs down your back, as the weather in Goa is otherwise tropically sweaty and hot even in February.
Coconut palms do grow everywhere in Goa, but in spice plantation you can see them without hotels and houses.
Elephants are another luxury you don’t get to see every time you visit India.
Here in this video you can see an elephant taking a do-it-yourself-shower in Sahakari Spice Farm!
The roads in Sahakari Spice farm were well maintained in 2014. They had even made good stairs in the jungle!
Check also the story about the restaurant in Sahakari Spice Farm
You can read this article in Finnish at Sahakarin mausteviljelmä Goassa
This article is part of Indivues Travel Opus to Goa which tells more about Goa for a tourist. Check it out!
If you wish to have an Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows, then I would recommend Sahakari Spicefarm in Goa, India.
Sahakari Spicefarm is located in Ponda in South-Goa and it is very suitable a sight for a traveller, who wants to get to know Indian nature and Indian plants and spices. Though it is a little bit difficult to reach, and easiest by a taxi. –
The Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was located in the middle of the forest, nearby the entrance of the Spicefarm.
Back in 2014 the lunch in Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant consisted of rice, lentil sauce and chickpea dal, and the roti was replaced by the traditional Goan pao-bread, baked with wheat and yeast. After the lunch there was also this red ayurvedic types of drink, usually served with Indian thali, and consumed after eating. It is supposed to ease the digestion.
Food in the Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was tasting fine. There were a few fans in the restaurant cooling the customers during the hot tropical days of February. Overall I would give four stars out of five for this restaurant, since the surroundings were so tropically charming.
You can listen here how the birds sing in Goa.
This article is part of my work Travel Opus to Goa, which has been written since 2005, both in Finnish and in English.
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Check also related article Indian spices in Finnish and in English and more restaurant reviews from the past twelve years in Finnish here!
And for the grand finale, find the showering elephant in Sahakari Spice Farm in this video attached:
Today’s video is about pigeons in India and what happens in the backyard of a Goan guesthouse, where nobody was suppose to be watching –
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Travel Opus to Goa
Travel Opus to Goa will guide you to the beaches and sights in Goa, India, together with unique and sometimes artful images, videos and travel experiences of a Finnish travel- and art blogger.
INDIVUE is, for example, the oldest bilingual (Finnish and English, travel n’art) blog in Finland, still updating and renewing itself. In web since 2005.
Travel Opus to Goa is one of Indivue’s many projects.
- Agonda Beach
- Arossim Beach
- Betalbatim Beach
- Betul Beach (Fin)
- Cabo De Rama
- Cola Beach (Fin)
- Colomb Beach
- Galgibaga Beach
- Hollant Beach
- Majorda Beach (Fin)
- Palolem Beach (Fin)
- Patnem Beach
- Raj Bagh Beach
- Sernabatim Beach
- Talpona Beach
- Utorda Beach (Fin)
- Varca Beach
- Velsao Beach (Fin)
- Anjuna Flea Market
- Anjuna Flea Market Beach
- Ashvem Beach (Fin)
- Betim Beach (Fin)
- Little Vagator
- Mackies Saturday Night Bazar
- Mapusa Market (Fin)
- Morjim Beach (Fin)
- Querim (Fin)
- Sinquerim Beach (Fin)
Various Goa related articles
- Blogarticles about Goa
- All the Goan beaches
- Best sights of Panjim
- Bollywood movies shot in Goa
- Goa, India – An Artist’s Paradise
- All the beaches and beach forts in Goa (Fin)
- Betterment on safety on Goan beaches
- In 2005, when it was snowing in Goa…
- Train from Goa to Delhi takes 2,5 days
- South Goa beaches and social media
- Central Goa beaches and social media (Fin)
- North Goa beaches and social media
- Straight flights in-between Helsinki and Goa started in 2017 (Fin)
- Virtual travelguide
- Traveltip for Goa, India
Today’s short video comes from Cavelossim Beach, which is a very popular beach with rich tourists in South Goa, India, because of the expensive hotels around it.
In 2013 Tripadvisor chose Cavelossim Beach to be 7th best beach in Asia.
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This article is part of Travel Opus to Goa.
Today’s short video comes from Benaulim Beach, which is rather peaceful and child friendly beach in South Goa, India. Video here was shot before the tourist season has really started, and you can still see them shacks being built.
Find various travel related information about Benaulim Beach here.
This video is part of Indivue’s Travel Opus to Goa, in web since 2005.
This peaceful river flow -shortvideo I captured from South Goa, India, far from the main tourist attractions. This serene moment proves how beautiful the Indian nature can be.
You might also be interested in Bollywood movies from Goa,
- find them in the link.
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