Sprawling over a nine acre hillock at Loutulim in South Goa, the Ancestral Goa project is an effort to recreate the rural life of Goa as it had existed in the days of yore. Essentially a miniature Goan village, Ancestral Goa is the culmination of the dream and singular efforts of Goan artist, Maendra J. Alvares, who wanted to create a project that would preserve the heritage of the land and contribute to Goan tourism.
A kaleidoscope of Goan rural life, Ancestral Goa depicts the day to day
activities of a typical Goan village and also hosts a number of art
galleries and artifact centers. This unique project achieved fruition in
April 1995 after months of meticulous research, planning and hard work
by artist Alvares and his team.
The chief attraction of this open air museum is the "Legend of the
Big Foot". "The Legend of Big Foot" revolves around a
footprint that was discovered on a rock and the footprint is believed to
bring good luck for those who stood upon it. The laterite sculpture of
Saint Mirabai in Ancestral Goa has been cited in the Limca Book of
Records as the Longest Laterite Sculpture in India.
Apart from a glimpse into the myriad facets of Goan life, you will also
be treated to authentic Goan delicacies. Country taverns within the
precincts of the village sell cuisine such as Goa's famous traditional
bread Undo and the country liquor feni made from cashew nuts.
How to Reach Ancestral Goa
Buses run from the KTC bus station in Margao to Loutulim. You can also
hire taxi services but they are more expensive.