Goa is famous for its nightlife, beach parties, water activities, casinos, and some great food. But the city has a dark side, which has been kept under the wraps, and for good reason.
There are churches all across Goa. And ironically, there are too many tales of ghosts and spirits associated with them. True or rumors, but the stories of paranormal activity around these places have been in the news often. If you are on a trip to Goa, add a different sort of adventure by visiting the most haunted places in Goa. And if you’re a resident, make sure you check them out at least once.
Haunted Places In South Goa
1. Three Kings’ Church – A tale of how unhappiness consumed the power greedy king
The Three Kings’ Church in Casualim village is the most popular haunted place in Goa. It is named after the three scholar-kings who went to visit Lord Jesus at the time of his birth in Bethlehem. Also, there is a popular haunted story of Goa that talks of the three Portuguese kings who once ruled the land. Greedy for power, one of them poisoned and killed the other two. This made his subjects very angry who turned against the king. Unhappy by his deeds, the king committed suicide by consuming poison. Many say that the bodies of the three kings are buried under the church and their spirits roam around the church and the village.
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2. Igorchem Bandh – The spirit who walks in broad daylight
Another haunted place in Goa, the Igorchem Bandh is a stretch of road in Raia. Located right behind the Church of Our Lady of Snows, the haunted road has had spooky experiences in broad daylight. Rumor has it that if you were to walk on the road between 2 pm and 3 pm, you are likely to be possessed by an evil spirit.
3. Jakni Bandh – Cries of little children killed in accident
Jakni Bandh, a temporary bridge between Navelim and Drampur, is another one among the haunted places in Goa. Once, because of the driver’s mistake, a school bus toppled and all the passengers were killed. Most of these passengers with little kids from the school. Many people have reported hearing cries of little children at night.
4. Rachol Seminary Arch – Thou shalt not pass!
The Rachol Seminary Arch is another haunted place of Goa. Rumors have it that a sentinel spirit walks to and fro under the arch on special days, denying admission to any person that it deems unworthy. In fact, this is not something new, the ghost has been around since the Portuguese era.
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5. Ghost Hotel – The revenge of the Russian owners of the incomplete hotel
Popularly known as the Ghost Hotel, the abandoned hotel complex was being built by the Russians. Due to legal complications, it never got completed. The empty spaces and the jungle in the surroundings add a spooky touch to the incomplete hotel. However few in number, there have been reports by people visiting the Agonda beach and the hotel precincts of paranormal activities in the hotel complex.
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Haunted Places In North Goa
6. NH 17 Mumbai–Goa Highway – The witches who fancy non-veg food! Perhaps, they too get hungry.
NH 17, or the Mumbai – Goa Highway, is another popular one among the most haunted places in Goa. For a reason unknown, the legend has it that a lair of witches roams on the highway in search of dead meat. It is hence advised by many locals not to carry non-vegetarian food on the highway after sunset. However, many non-vegetarians regard this theory as an attempt by vegetarians to make the people stop eating non-veg food entirely.
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7. Baytakhol – The ghost of a woman who caused numerous road accidents
Baytakhol, another of the haunted places in Goa, is located between Dhavali and Bori. Rumors, although hackneyed, talk of a woman who is seen crying out for help on the road. If someone crosses her and looks back, he’ll find an empty road only. A large number of accidents on the road has made this horror story very popular.
8. Borim Bridge – Even the spirits love taking a tip into the river, and how!
Built in the Portuguese Era, the Borim Bridge joined the ranks among the haunted places in Goa when three friends narrated their tryst with the spirit of a mad woman. According to those three, they once saw a woman running on the bridge. When they came closer, she jumped into the Zuari River. But they neither heard sound nor saw any ripples in the water. Confused, they returned to their car and drove back home. On reaching home, the one in the back seat claimed that the spirit of the woman was sitting with him in the car. Ever since, the bridge is considered to be haunted by the spirit of the mad lady.
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9. Saligao Village – Watch out for the spirit of Lady Christalina
The small Saligao Village is another haunted place in Goa. Popular for its churches, the village is ironically said to be haunted by the angry spirit of a woman named Christalina. A banyan tree in the village is considered to be the breeding ground of the spirit. The tale, dating back over 6 decades, talks of a Portuguese man who went missing. When discovered, he was covered in scratches and wounds. All that he said on being questioned was that he had been taken by Christalina.
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Haunted Houses in Goa
11. The Rodrigues Home (North Goa) – Bhootnath in the house
Another popular haunted house in Goa, the Rodrigues Home in Verna is a spooky house with spirits residing here along with the Rodrigues family. People claim that the windows and doors here open at will, lights keep flickering on and off, kitchen cutlery keeps moving, and linens keep appearing & disappearing at midnight.
12. D’Mello House (South Goa) – Division of ancestral property gone all wrong
D’Mello House in Santimol is one of the most haunted places in Goa. The story talks of two brothers who once lived in this house. While arguing over the ancestral property, one of them killed the other. Ever since, the house is rumored to be cursed that no family will ever be able to come to a harmonious division of the estate. Also, people have reported hearing shrieking sounds at night from the house. The sounds are often linked to the spirit of the dead brother.
The haunted places in Goa may not be as popular as its other tourist attractions, but are enough to give you a spine-chilling experience. Which of the above-mentioned places have you heard about?
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