This Baroque style church is crowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest churches in Goa which was constructed in the year 1605 and is one of the most important destinations in the Roman Catholic world.
Address: Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, North Goa, Goa 403402
Visiting Timings: Monday to Saturday 9.00 AM - 6.30 PM
Sunday – 10.30 AM - 6.30 PM
This unique temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. It is said that this ancient temple is one of the oldest temples which is more than 500 years old. The main festival celebrated at this temple is Dussehra.
Address: Pernem, North Goa, Goa 403512
Visiting Timings: 8 AM - 8 PM (Everyday)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the Hindu holy trinity. This remarkable idol stands elegantly that is chiseled out of a black stone during the Kadamba period in the 12th century.
Address: Nagargao Road, Valpoi, North Goa, Goa 403506.
The chapel of St. Catherine is one of the magnificently constructed old chapel and is dedicated to St. Catherine. It is located west of the church of St. Francis of Assisi. Every one interested in Goa's history and culture should have a look at this simple, but graceful chapel with brown and white exteriors.
The church of St. Cajetan, the most beautiful of all the churches of Old Goa, is modeled after the original design of St. Peter church, located in Rome. It was built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines, who were sent by Pope Urban III to preach Christianity in India.
Address: Velha Goa, North Goa, Goa 403402
Visiting Timings: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM(Everyday)
Another beautiful church in Goa which includes the main entrance of Manuline style and main altar of Baroque style with Corinthian features. A wooden statue of St. Francis of Assisi adorns a pedestal bearing the insignia of the Franciscans which makes this place worth visiting!
Address: Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, North Goa, Goa 403110.
Visiting Timings: 7.30 AM - 6.30 PM(Everyday)
This 46m high tower, whose construction began 400 years ago, saw its mournful demise in the year 1842 when the vault collapsed in ruins. Today, this strange structure is visited by many.
Address: Velha Goa, North Goa, Goa 403402
Visiting Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:45 PM and 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Mon-Fri)
Dona Paula a lovely sandy cove, which is situated 3-4 miles away from the capital, Panaji. Once a silent village, today it is one of the most commercialized areas of Goa. This place attracts Bollywood’s attention, many movies have been shot here.
Address: Panaji, North Goa, Goa 403004.
The temple of Shri Kamakshi is led by a huge temple gate which leads to a complex known as 'Sthal' or more commonly called 'Thal'. Every New Moon Day, the palanquin procession of the idol of Shri Kamakshi and Shree Laxmi Narayan is carried out.
Address: Thal Shiroda, North Goa, Goa 403103.
Visiting Timings: 5:30 AM- 10 PM(Everyday)
Arti Timings: 12:00 PM & 8:30 PM.
The Lairai Mandir in Shirgao is known for the famous the Shirgao Jatra where many devotees and tourists come to offer their prayers. The devotees perform dances inside the temple to the rhythm of drum beats, in a tight circle in front of Goddess Lairai.
Address: 18th June Road, Panaji, North Goa, Goa 403001.
Visiting Timings: Monday to Sunday- 8 AM - 8 PM
The church, first built in 1541, is one of the oldest churches in Goa. It is the focus for celebrations during the Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. This church is beautifully decorated with lights and decoration and the entire Church Square is occupied by a lively fair.
Address: Altinho, Panjim, North Goa, Goa – 403507.
Visiting Timings: 9.00 AM - 2.30 PM and 3.30 PM –7.30 PM(Everyday)
Mahadev temple is the most ancient temple in Goa. This Jain style temple is a specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved in Goa. The beautifully carved temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at a place called Tambi Surla at Mollem.
Address: Tambi Surla, Valpoi, Sattari, North Goa, Goa, 403406.
Visiting Timings: 8 AM - 8 PM(Everyday)
The idols of Mahaganapati and Shantadurga were in Ella at Tiswadi. The temple was destroyed in the 13th Century during the Muslim invasion in Goa. It is then that the idols were transferred to Navelim and Goltim which were again transferred to Khandola owing to the attack from the Portuguese missionaries.
Address: Khandola village, Phonda, North Goa, Goa 403107.
Visiting Timings: 5:30 AM-9:30 PM (Everyday)
The temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi was discovered in the year 1413. Today there are two idols of Mahalaxmi in the temple premises, along with other deities such as Shri Ravalnath, Shri Narayan Purush, Shri Baleshwarand.
Address: Yashwant Nagar, Bandoda, Phonda, North Goa, Goa 403401
Visiting Timings: 6:00 AM - 8:30 PM (Everyday)
Arti Timings: 12:30 PM & 8:15 PM (except Friday)
Friday: 12:30 PM & 9:30 PM
Mahalsa Temple is dedicated to the Celestian Maiden Mohini- an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. She was known as “Mahalasa Narayani” and her idol has a unique feature- it wears the holy thread that is usually worn by male brahmins.
Address: Mardol, Phonda, North Goa, Goa 403404
Visiting Timings: 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM (Everyday)
Arti Timings: Daily: 12:30 PM & 8:30 PM
The Mangueshi temple is situated in Priol village of Atrunja Taluka, is dedicated Lord Shiva. Folklore says that once Lord Shiva played a prank on his wife Parvati by manifesting in the form of tiger to scare her. Frightened at his sight, she cried out "Trahi Mam girisha!" (Oh Lord of Mountains, save me!) and hence the name.
Address: Dinanath Mangeshkar Road, Phonda, North Goa, Goa 403404.
Visiting Timings: 6 AM – 10 PM (Everyday)
Arti Timings: Daily: 12:30 PM & 10:00 PM
The idol of Lord Ramnath, set up by Gaud Saraswat Brahmins, was initially housed in a temple at a settlement called Lotli (present-day Loutolim) Loutolim. There is a five-storied lamp tower in the courtyard.
Address: Ponda, North Goa, Goa 403401.
Visiting Timings: 7:30 AM-9:30 PM (Everyday)
Arti Timings: Daily: 12:30 PM & 8:30 PM
The temple of Rudreshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located in the Bicholim Taluka. This recently built temple on the ancient site is accessed by stairs that start near the mouth of the waterfall. During the festival of Mahashivaratri may devotees pay a visit to seek blessings.
Address: Rudreshwar Colony, Sanquelim, North Goa, Goa 403505.
Visiting Timings: 8 AM – 8 PM (Everyday).
The Shahouri Masjid in Ponda taluka was built in 1560 by Ibrahim Adilshah of Bijapur. It is the biggest and most famous of the mosques in Goa. During the two major festivals of Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha, big crowd visits this mosque to celebrate with great pomp.
Address: Safa (Mulam/Mulla Family) Masjid Committe Haji Eng Mulam Mamod Iqbal, Ponda, North Goa, Goa 403401
This temple is an ancient one from the age of the Kadamba dynasty around the twelfth century. The most important festival celebrated at the temple is Gokulashtami when thousands of devotees visit the temple to offer their prayers.
Address: Narve Village, Bicholim, North Goa, Goa 403504.
Visiting Timings: 6 AM- 7 PM (Everyday)
Shantadurga temple is situated at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka. The tale behind the idol of the goddess Shantadurga holding two serpents, one in each hand, is that once upon a time a battle began between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight.
Address: Kavale, Ponda, North Goa, Goa 403401.
Visiting Timings: 7 AM-10 PM (Everyday)
Arti Timings: 12:00 PM & 9:00 PM.
Shri Chandranath stands atop of a 350m high hill of Chandranath, Paroda in Quepem and was the titular deity of the Bhoja kings who ruled South Goa before the Portuguese. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Lord of Moon.
Address: Paroda, Quepem Town, South Goa, Goa 403703
Visiting Timings: 5:30 AM- 8:30 PM.(Everyday)
Shri Navdurga Saunsthan is among the famous religious places in Goa. The temple, dedicated to an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, is one of the oldest temples for over 500years. Other gods and goddesses worshiped here are Lord Ganesh, Narayana, Grampurush and Ravalnatha.
Address: Borim, Phonda, North Goa, Goa 403404.
Visiting Timings: 6 AM -10 PM (Everyday)
The Reis Magos Church lies on the banks of river Mandovi in Bardez taluk, North Goa. “Reis Magos” is Portuguese for the Three Wise Men. Every year on the 6th of January, otherwise known as Epiphany, Reis Magos comes alive with the colorful “Festa dos Reis Magos” when the story of the Three Kings is re-enacted by the locals, with three youths playing the parts of the Magi.
Address: Nerul - Reis Margos Rd, Reis Magos, Bardez, North Goa, Goa 403114.
Visiting Timings: 6 AM -11 PM (Everyday)
Mass Timings: Weekday-7:30 AM & Sunday- 7:30 & 5:30 PM.
The church in Siolim, dedicated to St Anthony of Padua, was built by the Franciscans in 1568. The Neo Gothic style church possesses two steeples on the frontispiece and a statue of St Anthony holding a serpent on a leash.
Address: Aguad Siolim Road, Duler-Marna-Siolim, Siolim, Bardez, North Goa, Goa 403517
Visiting Timings: 6:30 AM -8 AM (Everyday)
Se Cathedral is one of the most ancient and beautiful buildings of Goa. This magnificent and the largest church in Asia is a 16th century monument. The main altar is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. The main attraction of the church is its giant bell known as the "Golden Bell".
Address: Velha, North Goa, Goa 403402
Visiting Timings: 7:30 AM-6 PM
Mass Timings: Daily -6:30 AM & 8 AM, Tuesday & First Friday: 6:30 AM, 8AM & 4:30 PM, Saturday: 5:30PM, Sunday: 6:30 AM,8 AM, & 9:15AM (Childrens’ Mass).
One of the earliest churches to be built in Goa, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is a beautiful amalgamation of renaissance and Gothic architectures, consisting of 3 chapels and 2 altars. Located near the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Location: Gawli Wada, Fatorda, Margao
This is one of the Goa's finest creation in Saligao, Bardez which was built in 1873. With its Gothic spires and pristine white walls, it reminds one of the breath-taking sites in Goa. This beautiful church is amongst the finest in the Gothic style and is attractively illuminated at night.
Address: Chogm Road, Saligao, North Goa, Goa, 403511
Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM-12:30 PM & 3:00 PM -5:00 PM.
Mass Timings: Monday-Saturday-7:30 AM & 8:00 AM, Sunday-7:00 AM,8:30 AM & 9:30AM.
Jama Masjid was completely renovated in 1959 which was first built in the last century. The new structure is remarkable for its harmonious proportions and elegant simplicity with its four minarets.
Address: Curchorem, Sanguem Road, Sanguem, South Goa, Goa 403704.
Visiting Timings: 5 AM- 9:30 PM(Everyday)