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Ribandar - Land Of Magnificent Churches


The district of Ilhas, Ribandar, as it has been called of late, is home to a relatively new suburb of Panjim and derives its name from Bandar, the port of kings. While it is still unclear as to which king is being referred to, the heritage of Ribandar speaks volumes with its numerous well-preserved churches and what is believed to be Asia’s first hospital, now the prestigious Goa Institute of Management.

Ribandar in the evening, if viewed from one of the many bridges in the area, is practically a scene out of the movies with its scenic greenery and marsh. Ribandar has managed to stay as far away as possible from any form of commercialisation. Ribandar is also very closely associated with the famous Goan priest Fr. Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares, who has been laid to rest at the St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church.

Located on the banks of the river Mandovi, close to the estuary that’s formed by the unison of the Mandovi and Panjim, Ribandar is easy to access. Ample bridges connect the township to the rest of Goa and hailing a cab to get here is simple enough. If you want to enjoy the scenic beauty and the clean air or if you’re keen on visiting a couple of temples and churches, it's best you hire a bike, and do it in your own time.

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How to Reach Ribandar

  • 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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