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From the path of "sinful humanity" to Calvary. From all over the world to Goa. In the year 2006, an unusual collection of crosses, from all over the world, made its way to Goa in India. Maendra Alvares, who is the collector, brought home over 250 crosses that are beautiful, each one different and unique. He bought most of these crosses during his travel through eight different European countries in the same year. He then added to this collection by visiting homes in Goa. Many people generously gifted crosses they owned, to help swell this collection. Maendra then kept adding…
An authentic Goa experience like no other! Do you know that the first Chicken Cafreal in Goa was served in Coqueiro? That's not all. Coqueiro bagged an International Award for Excellence in Cuisine. It picked up this accolade from the International Wine & Food Society, UK. The restaurant is also the Top Choice for Goan Portuguese Food in Goa. But more than anything, your own personal experience of Coqueiro will bowl you over. The authentic Goan cuisine, the unrivalled service and its native open decor and ambience ensure an unforgettable outing Slice of history, bites of authenticity. What kicked off…
The artistic architecture behind the classic so called ‘Portuguese’ houses found all over Goan villages does not find its origins in Portugal –it’s an art style that belongs to Goan architects, craftsmen and masons. The Portuguese conquered Goa in November of 1510 and the capital of Estado Da India (State of India) was transferred from Cochin to Goa in 1530. It was now the centre of small but numerous Portuguese possessions spread all over the orient. Goa was also a residence of the Governor or Viceroy and the Archbishop. It was the only place in the whole Portuguese empire to…
Kesarval Springs Twenty two kilometres from Panaji lies Kesarval Spring. The spring comes out of hard rocks on the Verna plateau. The spring is believed to be infested with medicinal properties and a large number of people bath in the lake for health. One can reach the spring by taking the national highway leading to Margao. Surrounded among the tropical woodlands and swaying betel palms lays Kesarval. The spring is in its full swing in monsoons when it is full of life, however, it is weak in summers. Vhoddli Zhor and Dhakti Zhor Zhor in Konkani means spring. These two…
Ancestral Goa History beckons the visitor to an era - a century past, where time stands still and page after page in life size structures and statues turn testimony to the Goan cultural and traditional heritage. A vintage production of goa - as it existed under the colonial ambiance yet still retaining a checkers flavour of originality. Ancestral Goa - a museum of a mock - up village flanked by lush parkland, welcomes you. Graceful swans charm the entrance to the reception. Elephants carrying flowered pillars with multi-hued and decorated beams deck the entryway. A spacious room redolent of the…