The town of Ponda is a busy commercial center. Its main sight is the Safa Shahouri Mosque, 2 km to the west. Built by Ibrahim Adil Shah in 1560, it is a rectangular structure, with window arches, topped by a slanting tiled roof. A ritual tank to the south has the same designs as those […]

Portugal’s Goa Dourada was once a vast city, inhabited by more than 30,000 people. In the 16th century, it attracted missionaries and soldiers, merchants and horse-traders, and its elegant palaces and mansions were much praised by the contemporary visitors. However, by the mid-18th century, a series of epidemics and the silting up of the Mandovi […]

Margoa, Goa’s second most important city after Panaji, is the administrative and commercial capital of the south Goa district. This bustling town also serves as the area’s main trading center for local fish and farm produce. The town square Praca Jorge Barreto, has the large, colonial municipal building, which houses the library on its southern […]


This tiny state, along the Konkan Coast, covers an area of 3702 sq km and consists of just two districts, North and South Goa. Goa’s distinct culture is a legacy of its colonial past. In 1510, Alfonso de Albuquerque established a small but powerful Portuguese enclave here. Though Goa became a part of the Indian […]

The popular hangout for hippies in the 1960’s and 1970’s Calangute is Goa’s most popular beach. During the day, it is packed with sunbathers, hawkers, masseurs, hair-braiders and ear-cleaners. The entire stretch of sand right up to the adjacent Baga Beach is lined with resorts, trinket stalls, bars and beach shacks such as Reggie’s Bar […]

Goa’s capital, Panaji, situated to the northern side of the Mandovi river, is reminiscent of a provincial Mediterranean town. An earlier port of the Adil Shahi Kings of Bijapur, it became a military landing stage, and a warehouse after the arrival of the Portuguese in 1510. In 1759, after a series of epidemics struck Old […]