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goan_villagesAsk a Goan where he (or she!) is from and the name of the person’s ancestral village will automatically be mentioned. Goan’s have strong ties to their villages and continue to maintain their links with them. Because Goa is such a small place, Goans are never far away from their ancestral villages. Goan villages often have their own peculiar festivals and traditions that continue to be zealously preserved even today. If you still have that strong bond with your village and would like to help it, one way would be by helping out its youth gain access to better education.



Morjim – The Wonder Wavelength … Morjim comprises a picturesque portion of Goa’s 103-square metre long shoreline in the North. The swish and rustle of the waters of the Arabian sea and the Chapora river bestow on it a bountiful catch of choice fish and coconuts as well as beautiful …

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Mandrem – Sparkling Waters … By its rustic ambience, Mandrem takes us back in time. The northern village of Pernem has been surrounded by a hill-range covered with caju plantations and a shoreline with a twin-beach buckle. It’s known for fine Goan feni and expert stonecarvers. However, in recent years …

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NAVELIM CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF ROSARY Photos & Text By:Ms Cellie Gonsalves, E-mail: cellie.gonsalves@sympatico.ca According to legend, this church was built in mud similar to the other churches in Salcete Taluka, in the year 1594 to 1598. The builders were Jesuits and it was financed by the villagers. The …

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Colva – Golden Sands of Goa… If a Goan is asked to name the most popular beach in Goa, the answer in all probability will be Colva. Unless the respondent is too parochial to say that it his is Majorda, Calangute, or Anjuna. The village of Colva derives its popularity …

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BENAULIM – The Flight of Parashuram’s Arrow … Where does one begin while describing a village as vast and as blissful as Benaulim, which enjoys a pride of place in the coastal, beach-belt of Salcete? Tiny Goa’s villages are birthplaces of men with lofty ideals, of distinguished clerics and several …

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A forlorn emerald isle Few had heard about a sparsely populated island called Vanxim in Tiswadi until Jerry Fernandes began mailing letters to dailies in Goa, from Vanxim. In one letter, Jerry wondered why people wax eloquent on every other village in the State except Vanxim. With Jerry’s query as …

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Santa Cruz


SANTA CRUZ VILLAGE “Calapor !” Population 21,000 Santa Cruz ( Santa=holy and Cruz=Cross in Portuguese ) is the largest village in Goa with a population of 21,000 people, all from different religions and also from different parts of India. Geographically, it is situated in the North Goa district and it …

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In all of Panjim, the oldest and most quaint of her neighborhoods is Fontainhas. Bordered on the East by the  Creek of Ourem and the West by the rising hill of Altinho, the narrow winding streets of Fontainhas make for a  nostalgic walk through the living history of Panjim during …

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Chimbel – Humble Chimbel… Driving six kilometres east of Panaji, but keeping away from the beaten path, one reaches the little-known village of Chimbel in the Ilhas or Tiswadi taluka. The humble habitat of cucumber growers can be reached either from Merces or Ribandar. Chimbel is not an affluent village …

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Kakra – Oxel – Nauxim : The Nav-Gaudes of Tiswadi Kakra, Oxel, and Nauxim are three small neighboring communities located on the Western coast of Tiswadi taluka. Above them on the hill stands the Goa University constructed in 1985, and nearby lies the capital city of Panjim. These villages are …

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