The one and only thing that comes to the mind of any traveller who is planning a trip to Goa is the beaches. However, there are a lot of other things that make Goa an amazing place to visit, including its heritage destination.
What’s the buzz?
In a bid to make heritage destinations in the beach haven bigger attractions for tourists in Goa, the state government has started the development work of two heritage tourism circuits. According to a report by The Times Of India, it’s the State Archives and Archaeology Department that has been working towards creating tourist circuits in Goa, that will expose the visitors to the historical monuments and architectural landmarks spread across various parts of the state. The media report further reveals that all of these heritage tourism circuits in Goa will be developed in association with the the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).
What should you know?
While talking to the press, Varad Sabanis, Assistant Superintendent Archaeologist has revealed that the first heritage tourism circuit that will be thrown open for tourists visiting Goa will be the Saptakoteshwar Temple and its surrounding monuments, that are located in the Panaji district. This entire region is home to some really interesting historical spots to explore for travellers, including some ancient caves, temples, and ruins of an old settlement of Jains in the region.
Reportedly, the Saptakoteshwar Temple is already undergoing restoration work for this purpose and is expected to be ready to welcome travellers starting April next year.
What’s our take?
Goa’s beaches are getting more crowded and dirtier, thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of this destination. It was about time that someone stepped up and diverted the tourists’ attention towards the other good things in this place. We really hope that the development of the heritage tourism circuits in Goa diverts tourist traffic, and eventually leads to cleaner beaches.