|National Highway NH17 connecting Margao to Panjim.|
The weather was hazy without any clouds, so I knew in advance that my landscape photography was not going to be anything spectacular. I decided to focus on the journey. The route I followed is marked on the map in red.
|Route from Panjim to Margao via Vasco.|
The first village I reached is Nuvem. Nuvem is a relatively poor village and this poverty is reflected in the run-down Nuvem Church.
|Nuvem School Students.|
|Verna sub-way on the busy NH-17.|
|Kesarval Springs, Verna.|
On the way to the Airport, I noticed the Cuelim hill in Cansaulim and a structure that looked like a Church. I've passed by this road many times and always wondered what was on top of that hill. I thought this would be a good day as any to check it out. The climb to the top of the hill was hard, but well worth the effort. The hill houses "Remedious Chapel" at the top and offers a spectacular view of all the nearby villages.
|Remedios Chapel, Quelim - Cansaulim.|
|View of Zuarinagar from Cuelim hill.|
I love how the Cansaulim Church in the picture below seems to peep out of the thousands of coconut tree plantation.
|Cansaulim Church in the midst of greenery.|
Entrance to the Naval museum is Rs. 25/- and I had to pay an additional Rs. 10/- for the camera. The museum houses a number of old aircrafts and offers an audio-visual tour of the history of the Indian Navy. It's a must-see for anyone who loves aircrafts.
|Aircraft on display at the Naval Aviation Museum, Goa.|
|Close-up of an Aircraft Engine.|
Next, I visited the St. Jacinto Island. It's a small island between Vasco and Cortalim and is entirely owned by the Church and the local villagers.
|St. Jacinto Island.|
|St. Jacinto Church.|
The beer and the food rejuvenated me and I decided to continue my journey. A little further down, I saw a board marked "Protected Site" and my curiosity was aroused. I went inside a small road leading to this amazing architectural beauty.
|Original Sancoale Church - now in ruins.|
|Workers cleaning the Church facade.|
|Dona Paula Bay|
|Sculpture of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Knox at Dona Paula.|