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Mormugao Port, South Goa

Mormugao Port : is one of the oldest ports on the west coast of India, with a fine natural harbor which has been relentlessly serving the nation in its economic development for over a century. Mormugao Port is the premier iron ore exporting Port of India with an annual throughput of around 33.81 million tonnes of iron ore traffic. Though ore is the predominant cargo, there has been a steady increase in liquid bulk and general cargo traffic ever since it’s joining the ranks of the Major Ports of India. Excellent facilities, high productivity, streamlined administration and a dedicated workforce all go towards making this Port one of the most efficient Port in the Indian subcontinent. With all these attributes, Mormugao Port has tremendous potential to cater to the needs of trade and industry and to contribute to the economic development of the Nation.

Japanese Garden, South Goa

Japanese Garden : Vasco is a bustling city always on the move, because it home to Goa's natural harbour Mormugao Port and Dabolim airport, the only airport of Goa. Japanese Garden is famous for housing the ruins of the Fortaleza Santa Catarina. The magnificent wall of the fort runs through the garden and it was of immense significance for defence during the colonial era. Fortaleza Santa Catarina affords a splendid view of the Zuari River. Other attractions of this garden are a small beach and the Shri Durgamata Shiv Mandir.

Holy Spirit Church, South Goa

Church of the Holy Spirit : has historic evidence in Goan literature. The towering, white - washed Holy Spirit Church was built when the Portuguese destroyed the Hindu temple dedicated to lord Damodar that stood on the spot in 1585. The Muslim army soldier however demolished the newly constructed church and later it was rebuilt and destroyed on several occasions. Finally since 1675 the current structure that was erected has endured. The elaborately carved interiors are splendid from ground to ceiling. In the church the huge cross dates from the late 17th century.

Fort Cabo De Rama, South Goa

Fort Cabo De Rama : has a long history and as the name suggests fort is named after Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana. According to the local legends, Lord Rama took shelter here with his wife Sita during the period of 14 years exile. The fort has exchanged hands between Hindu, Muslim and Portugal rulers and has seen some of the most gruesome battles fought in history. However, the fort fell from grace and was lying in ruins till the State took notice and has prevented any further damage and deterioration of the fort. The fort affords a grand view of the entire length of Colva beach and the Canacona stretch. Some of the turrets of the fort still house the Portuguese cannons. It is a great place to spend some time with oneself and tranquility.

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary : is located in the Canacona district in south Goa. This sanctuary was established in the year 1969. It covers an area of 86 square kilometers and is the second largest sanctuary in Goa. If one wants to see multi-storeyed forests with tall trees and rare plants, where hardly any light reaches the ground, Cotigao Sanctuary is the place to go to. It touches the border of Karnataka state and in the lean season, several gaurs are known to come into Cotigao from its neighbourhood. The vegetation is mostly moist-deciduous type, interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen patches. There are six watchtowers in the sanctuary. Also there is one 'tree top;' it is situated about 20 metres high on a tree overlooking a waterhole. The animals come to Talpona River often to quench their thirst and can be viewed around evening or early morning from these watchtowers. The sanctuary also houses a Nature Interpretation Center that provides fascinating and valuable information about the wildlife here.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary : situated close to the Karnataka border, this wildlife sanctuary serves as a home to a variety of flora and fauna. Tourists can look forward to sight deers,  sloth bears, leopard cats, bisons and many other animals in their natural habitat. The park is open from 8 am till 5 pm and charge Rs.20 for adults and Rs.5 per child. Vehicle entry charges and camera fee are Rs.40 (two wheeler), Rs.120 (cars) and Rs.30 (still camera) and Rs.150 (video camera) respectively.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls, South Goa

Dudhsagar Waterfalls :  60 kms. (10 kms from Colem Railway Station) is accessible by train only. Water plummets hundreds of feet in large volume, in cascades, forming one of the most spectacular of all natural phenomena in Goa and a life line of our ecosystem in one of our Sanctuaries. A popular destination to hikers and trekkers. It is also accessible by jeep-able 4 wheel drive) route (14 kms) through the Bhagvan Mahavir Sanctuary. However, one needs to obtain permission in advance from the Department of Forests at Junta House, Panaji.

Kesarval Spring, South Goa

Kesarval Spring : (22 kms) The spring emerges from hard and compact rocks and people bathe in its water with strong belief that it has medicinal properties.

Ancestral Goa, South Goa

Ancestral Goa : (Big Foot) A centre for Art, Culture & Environment. Located at Loutolim, 9 kms from Margao, it is an aesthetically developed open air site designed to illustrate Goa’s traditional past. Set in eco-friendly surroundings, this mock-up village traces 100 years of Goa’s lifestyles and heritage along with a depiction of daily village activity and folk culture. Local artifacts and handicrafts are available at the handicraft centre and art gallery. A giant size footprint, ‘Big Foot’-the only designer dance floor in Goa is used as a venue for the promotion of art, dance, music and traditional culture.