The Church of Lady of Rosary stands on the top of the western side of the Holy hill or Monte Santo overlooking the Mandovi river and Divar Island. This is supposedly the very place where Alfonso de Albuquerque led his troops to victory in 1510 AD and a plaque was placed with the inscription in the 1950’s.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is located in Old Goa and 9 Km away from Panaji. It is in the same compound as the Se Cathedral. The history of this church is that it was a convent and church built for the Franciscan friars in 1521. It was again rebuilt in 1661 with Tuscan facade and a Baroque interior. The structure is built of laterite blocks and is lime-plastered. The church faces west and has a nave with three chapels on side, a choir, two altars in the transept and a main altar. To the north of the main altar are a belfry and a sacristy. The convent, which forms an annexure to the church, now houses the Archaeological Museum.
Situated in Old Goa, Se Cathedral is a monument that truly represents the royalty of Goa in the early days, during the rule of Portuguese. The grandiose structure stands as a momento of the wealth, power and fame of the Portuguese. The church is the largest church in Asia and the prestigious seat of archdiocese of Goa. Even in Portugal, no church can beat this cathedral in terms of size.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Basilica of Good Jesus (Portuguese: Basílica do Bom Jesus) is located in Goa, The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in theearly days of Portuguese rule, about 10 km from the new city of Panjim. This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and is carpeted with marble flooring and inlaid with precious stones. Apart from the elaborate gilded altars, the interior of the church is simple. The church also holds paintings with scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier.
The Kuskem waterfall is located in the Canacona taluka in South Goa. It is situated in idyllic Kuskem village at about 20 km from the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary off NH 17.
The waterfall at Kuskem is not very well known like the other waterfalls in Goa such as the Dudhsagar and Harvalem waterfalls. It is best visited only during the rainy season as it dries out during the summers. The water falls from a lofty source leaving a clear leap of milky water.
Kuskem is located at around 12km from Hathipal, the entry point of the Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary. It is an ideal place to unwind and for accommodation one can get the forest department’s eco cottages at the sanctuary. One can also visit an ancient temple nearby which is well worth exploring.
The spring is surrounded by tropical woodlands and swaying betel palms and emerges from the hard rocks.The spring is in its full glory in the monsoons and looks fabulous, brimming with sparkling water. The word “Kesarval” is derived from the Indian word for eagles that used to maintain a colony here among the afforested slopes. The spring has a reputation among the locals and the bathers who come from faraway places, of having medicinal properties in its waters.