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Quepem - Of Intriguing Legends!


Close to what is now known as the town of Quepem in Goa, legend has it that there was a man who built a home from scratch, beginning with two columns. He announced that, all criminal offenders who wished to seek rehabilitation could walk through these two columns and start life afresh.

The founder of Quepem, Jose Paulo built the mansion called Palacia do Deao over two centuries ago, and it has been preserved and refurbished several times over to turn into a fabulous tourist attraction today. The home is a cusp between Indian and Portuguese architecture and uses the best of both cultures to create a unique architectural blend.

Everything from the restaurant to the library to the Hindu style catholic chapel at the entrance is well put together. One can enjoy this place over an afternoon, feast on some authentic Goan food and take in the local culture as it comes.

Palacio do Deao is as close as one can get to Portuguese time Goa today! While you’re there, make it a point to visit the Holy Cross Church which is quite famous in the locality. Palacio do Deao is in Quepem around 6 km from Margao. One can rent a car from Panjim, Margao or Vasco da Gama. Alternatively, one can hire a bike and ride down.

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Quepem Weather

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How to Reach Quepem

  • By Road
    Goa can be accessed from Mumbai via the famous Mumbai � Goa highway or National Highway 17 which links Mumbai straight to Goa. Off late though, this route has fallen into disrepute on accord of there just being 2 lanes all along, one up and one down which not only is a little dangerous but also makes for a longer journey. The more convenient route is to head to Pune from Mumbai via the 8 lane expressway and then connect up to the Satara highway right till one gets to Sawantwadi on the far end of Maharashtra. Goa is just another few minutes from there. From Mumbai, Pune and other cities in Maharashtra, numerous bus services are available to Goa and very comfortable ones at that. The recommended kind to take is any service operating a low floor Volvo semi sleeper.
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  • By Train
    Goa is well connected to North, South and Central India by trains. Many travellers opt for the very convenient train plying between Mumbai and Goa with convenient departure and arrival times. What�s better, the journey is an overnight one and one barely feels it.
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  • By Air
    Dabolim Airport in South Goa is well connected to metropolitans like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Cabs to and from the airport are readily available. Dabolim isn�t an international or customs airport, so travellers coming in from outside India will have to transit via one of the international airports like Mumbai or Delhi.
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