Goa to develop two heritage tourism circuits

The Goa Government has started work on developing two heritage tourism circuits in an attempt to showcase the state’s historical sites and promote tourism in the region. It reported that the State Archives and Archaeology Department has been working and making efforts to create such tourism circuits, where tourist will be given an opportunity to visit various architectural landmarks and historical monuments.

Saptakoteswara Temple

The heritage tourism circuits will be developed in association with the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).

“The first circuit will cover the Saptakoteshwar Temple at Narve village in Bicholim taluk and the monuments surrounding it, which will include ancient caves, springs, temples, and ruins of Jain community settlement,” said Varad Sabanis, Assistant Superintendent Archaeologist to the media.

Arvalem Cave, Goa

Saptakoteshwar Temple was built in 1668 as per the order of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji. It is located 35 km away from Panaji. Restoration works of the The Saptakoteshwar Temple in relation to the new circuits is in progress, which is expected to be completed on or before April next year.

The authorities have plans to install sign boards with details on the highways and main roads to direct the tourists to the heritage sites.