Loutolim is a wonderful village in Goa with a tranquil feel, letting you soak in some ‘Susegado’, quite literally! Lush paddy fields, canopy of big branched out trees and an untouched Portuguese heritage welcome you at this ancestral wonder. Located just 10 kilometers away from Margao, Loutolim houses the pristine white Church of Salvador do Mundo (Saviour of the World), one of Goa’s most impressive Mannerist Neo-Roman style churches built in 1586.
Synonymous to Ancestral Goa is the Big Foot at Loutolim, run by the artist Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares. This rural Goan set-up beautifully brings to the visitor an understanding of Goan ancestral and cultural history. It is a beautifully preserved reproduction of a typical Goan village hundreds of year ago. This theme park also offers an audio guide to help the visitor gain a true feeling of being in ancestral Goa.
The famous miniature village shows glimpses of traditional houses, occupations and social classes of that era – fishermen, artisans, farmers, liquor shops, the village market and a typical Goan Feni distillery. The highlight however is the 14-meter sculpture of Sant Mirabai carved in 30 days by MJA Alavres the enterprising artist cum museum owner. This has been cited in the Limca book of records for being the longest laterite sculpture in India. The museum has several areas with the reception and Parasuram, the Legendary Lord who is the avatar of Lord Vishnu is believed to have created the land of Goa by shooting an arrow from the Sahyadri mountains into the Arabian Sea.
The Big Foot calls for a short day trip to visit its many attractions as it houses a beautiful art gallery which showcases work done by children and local artists of State and National Fame. Enthusiasts can shop at the handicraft center for some locally made goods as well. Once can also pay a visit to ‘Boca da Vaca’ – a bird habitat which also looks over a spice garden and a yard of rubber plantations. Then there is a Fruit and Spice Garden, Big foot Art Gallery and a Bookstall and Handicraft Display where bamboo and cane, clay and terracotta, toys, souvenirs etc. are displayed. The Big Foot also houses a dance floor and a restaurant to relax after a long walk in the village!
9.30AM to 6.00PM, Open 365 days
Rs.50/- for Age 10 and above; and for children aged 3 to 10 years – Rs.25/-
Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Loutolim, Goa.