Bigfoot is located close to the ancestral home mentioned above. Apart from an artificial Govan heritage village, this area also encloses a temple which contains the foot marking of a Sanyasi, lengthy stature of Mira Bai on ground, a sun dial etc.
Old Goa – Se Cathedral, Bom Jesus, St Assisi and St Augustine
|Shanta durga temple complex|
After twelve kilometre long journey, we reached the famous church complex of Goa. Subsequently we walked towards the famous 'Se Cathedral' (17th century) of St. Catherine of Alexandria. This is considered as one of the largest church in Asia. Please note that photography is permitted in these churches, but taking an individual’s photo with church/ any part of the church as background is specifically prohibited.
Church of Bom Jesus is close to Se Cathedral; all these churches including Assisi church are located in a large but flat surface.
Church of Bom Jesus - currently a renowned UNESCO world heritage site – is an important one for Christians, as it is also home to the relics of St Francisco Xavier. You can see the upper part of preserved body through a glass plate from a distance. Once in every ten years the body will take out for a day.
On the way out, we saw the ruins of St Augustine church.
This church complex is located around eleven km from capital Panaji.
|Bom Jesus Church from the front|
Another long journey first through an uninhibited area and then through - Panaji, Kadamba bus stand, Mondovi River etc - we finally reached Mirmar beach and got down in front of famous unity memorial (Hindu-Christian Unity statue) located at the entrance of Miramar beach. This is a small beach and not seems to be a popular one.
Mirmar beach is located around four km from capital Panaji.
Dona Poula Bay
Lots of people, vehicles, shops and water- this was the first expression came to my mind while walking towards Dauno Paulo bay view point. It is here, the two of Goa's most famous rivers - Mondovi and Zuvari – attain their salvation in Arabian Sea. According to legends, this bay is named after 'Dona Paula de Menezes' - daughter of a Viceroy.
You can see this area in many movies, including the latest one - Singham. Indian Institute of Oceanography stands close to the bay. After spending some time here, we went back to our bus.
Vasco-Da-Gama city (Vasco)
|Waves at Mirmar beach|
This was the last one in the schedule of our South Goa tour. We got down from GTDC bus at a junction, from where we got a public bus to Vasco - the biggest city in Goa. Our train (Vasco da Gama – Yeshwantpur bi weekly express) was at 8.45 pm. As there was nothing else to do, we thought of exploring some areas close of Vasco Railway station.