Ancestral Goa – A glimpse into Goa of the Past

Ancestral Goa
Ancestral Goa
Ancestral Goa,
Loutolim, Goa
Open all days 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Four centuries of Portuguese rule and that of other rulers before them has given Goa an unique life-style that consists of a blend of Indian and Western influences as can be seen in its varied culture and architecture of its towns and villages. Today Goa also boasts of glorious traditions that have been handed down to it over the ages.

Dedicated to the preservation of art, culture and environment and inorder to preserve Goa’s past and its rich traditions this magnificent project named “Ancestral Goa” is the result of a lot of meticulous research, planning and hardwork. It opened to the public in April 1995.

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The project is made up of various points of definition :

The open-air museum tracing Goa’s historical evolution of “Rural” trade and culture, also depits man’s close co existence with nature.

A spice, fruit, vegetable, medicinal and herbal garden with an ancient irrigation system on display with descriptions of the medicinal values.

The “Legend of the Big Foot” is a footprint embedded in a rock face, where the pure of heart place their hand and are rewarded with Good Luck or Blessings.

A bird habitat ensuring a sighting of atleast 35 varieties oflocal and exotic birds. The majoe attraction, Natural Harmony” – India’s longest laterite scultpure of “Santa Mira” the singing saint, 14 x 5 mtrs. in length and sculpted in a record time of Maendra Alvares. This feat and the sculpture, itself have entered the Limca book of Records.

Other features are: A Butterfly – Cactus garden – A rubber plantation where rubber is tapped and processed – Various handicraft and local artifact outlets –An “Art Exhibition Centre” where many artistic ad photo exhibits are held.

Rs.50/- per person, Rs.25/- for children from 3 to 10 years