A day trip in Goa may take you to the Churches of Goa declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.
Goa being the most prominent tourist destination in India has some significant sites other than the Beaches for which it is famous for the world over. If you are in the main market area of Panjim, you will come across the magnificent white Church, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, built in 1541 and replaced by a larger one in 1600.
Though it is not in the UNESCO World Heritage List but it is a very prominent site in Goa. Approximately 10 kilometers from this place are located the famous churches of Goa, in Old Goa.
The Old Goa was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule. It has two large Churches facing each other. Saint Francis Assis and Basilica of Bom Jesus separated by a main passing road. Nearby there is Church of Saint Augustine, now in ruins though.
Basilica do Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus contains mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier.
Interior of Iglesia de Sao Fransisco de Asis
The List also contains Saint Anne’s Church, Chapel of Saint Catherine, Chapel of Saint Cajetao, Church of Lady of Rosary, Church of Our Lady of Mount, Church of Saint John of God, Royal Chapel of Antony. Though all these churches are not covered in the daily tours offered by the taxi operators, but they can be reached by hiring taxi for the whole day for the purpose.
A day Trip to old Goa is offered by various Travel and Tour Agencies in Goa which costs about Rupees 2000/ and covers old Goa Churches, some temples nearby and a short trip to Spice Gardens.