Basilica of Bom Jesus
'Bom Jesus' means 'Infant Jesus' or 'Good Jesus'. When you set foot inside the Basilica, you will see a stunning display of architectural pieces in wood, stone, gold and granite. If this makes you spellbound, there are plenty surprises in store. Immediately to your right is the altar of St. Anthony and to your left is a wooden statue of St. Francis Xavier.
Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier
It is inside this chapel that one will come across the silver casket that houses the immortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. This silver casket which is placed at the top serves as a religious observance. If you count, there are 7 panels on the casket, each of which has got 2 plates, one over the other which are carved with important scenes from the life of St. Francis Xavier. You will also see sculptures of angels occupying the space between the panels. There is a huge cordon (barrier) to this casket, so make sure you pay your respects from outside this barrier. The silver casket is lowered for public viewing only during the public exposition. There are a lot of tourists, both international and domestic, that visit the Basilica. To avoid overcrowd, certain fixed "visiting hours" have been set.
Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi, Old Goa
If you fancy ancient workmanship, then you will be definitely in full praise of the 17th century pieces of religious art. There is a beautiful octagonal tabernacle in the middle of the which is richly decorated in an ornate style. If you look above the tabernacle you will come face to face with 2 statues, one of St. Francis of Assisi and the other of Jesus on the Cross. Right below these 2 statues are the inscriptions of St. Francis of Assisi's vows of poverty, humility and obedience.
Chapel Of St. Catherine, Old Goa
This chapel dedicated to St. Catherine stands as a living monument to the conquest of Goa by Alburquerque. You will see a statue of Our Lady as you enter the chapel. You will also find yourself marveling at a beautiful altar dedicated to St. Catherine upon which stands another statue of Our Lady Of Peity.
St. Cajetan Church, Old Goa
If any of you have ever visited St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, you will be amazed to find its striking resemblance with the St. Cajetan Church. Equally awesome is the high vault on which are inscribed the words of Christ "My House Is A House Of The Words Of Christ". You will find this Church filled with altars dedicated to the many saints. Like for instance while entering the Church, if you look to your left you will see 3 altars dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady Of Piety and St. Clare and to your right you will see the altars dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John.
Panjim City
Panaji welcomes the tourists not with tourist sites but with its character. Apart from being the capital of Goa, it is also the focal point of tourism in Goa and a small and charming city on the banks of silvery Mandovi River. Panaji has beautiful, red-roofed houses, built in the Latin style. But the city does not lack in modern infrastructure and you can find modern houses, well laid gardens, statues and avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acassia and other trees. Panjim, in fact, has several squares, the houses lining them rising directly above the wide streets. Panjim's public buildings, include Secretariat built in 1615 by the Portuguese on the site of Palacio Idalcao (palace of the sultan of Bijapur, Yusuf Adil Khan, called the Idalcan by the Portuguese), a many shuttered edifice which was once the viceroy's residence. The town has preserved its Portuguese heritage remarkably well and parts of it still consist of narrow winding streets, old houses with over hanging balconies, red-tiled roofs and numerous small bars and cafe's. Many signs in Portuguese are still visible over shops, cafes and administrative buildings. People are friendly and the atmosphere is easygoing silence. The Campal, as the riverside boulevard is called, is one of the most picturesque spots in Panjim.
Dona Paula View Point
At the place where two of Goa's famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the Mormugao Harbour. 7-km from Panjim, nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing village is nowadays a commercialized resort. This is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also available over here. Dona Paula is a village named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the wife of a noble man Antonio de Souto Maior, who died as a young woman in 1682. This place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that the Viceroy's daughter after facing objections from her family about her love affair with Gasper Dias, a poor fisherman jumped of the cliff. A white pavilion stands on a rocky is let at the end of the bay. In 1969, a sculpture "Image of India" was added by Yiza Von Leinstner in memory of her friends Mr. And Mrs. Robert Knox depicting the figures of Mother India and Young India, one looking to the east and the other to the west. The platform on the highest point gives pleasant views out to the Arabian sea and across the Port of Mormugao. Dona Paula also offers possibilities for water sports like Boating, scooter driving, fishing etc. at the jetty point.
Miramar Beach
The Miramar Beach, one of the beaches of Goa, is on the way to Dona Paula, 1-km ahead of the confluence of the Arabian Sea and Mandovi River. Under the palm shade, Miramar Beach is just 3-km away from the capital city of Panjim in the North Goa. The word 'Miramar' in Portuguese stands for viewing the sea. On account of its good location, the Miramar Beach of Goa is ideal for evening walks. The coast covers an expanse of 2-km, having a fine silvery sand bed. From here one has a panoramic view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River. The best time to visit the Miramar Beach is from November to March.
Mahalaxmi Temple
Mahalaxmi Temple is located next to the Boca de Vaca Spring. Built in 1818, the Mahalaxmi Temple is the holy place of worship of the Hindus. The original deity lies in a small box in the rear wall of the temple, facing the main idol of the modern Mahalaxmi Temple.