Canasaulim Church

Canasaulim village is a famous village located in Mormugao taluk of South Goa and has a very popular beach called Canasaulim beach with plenty of palm groves alongside the shore. If you plan to visit Canasaulim, you need not worry about accommodation as there are many hotels to stay in and there are also many restaurants for you to have good food from.

History of Canasaulim Church

The renowned Canasaulim church was founded in the year 1581 and rebuilt in the year 1632 and its neighboring St. Thomas High School was started in 1959. Cansaulechim Lharam is a Souvenir that was published during the popular occasion of St. Thomas feast on December 21st. 2001 and has a list of the vicars throughout history.

Canasaulim Church, generally known as St. Thomas Church in Canasaulim was constructed near the shoreline of Goa and was built according to the Portuguese style of architecture. The church is presently maintained by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) and has also found a position in the prestigious World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Canasaulim Church in Goa


Currently, the church structure is a blend of Portuguese, Manueline, Italian and Turkish Baroque styles of architecture. The Canasaulim church is accessible easily from the central village Canasaulim by motorbikes, taxis and buses.

This church really comes alive only during the famous Feast of Epiphany held on 6th January when kids of local families take up the roles of three Biblical wise men from the story of the Biblical Nativity. This feast is dedicated for the Three Magi Kings who came to visit the infant Jesus Christ and brought gifts to Him.

Feast of the Three Kings

The Feast of the Three Kings is among the most favorite and popular holiday options for Goa citizens as well as tourists who visit the church to observe this wonderful festival. This grand and popular holiday is being celebrated year by year on the 6th of January by the local Christians and Hindus in different regions of Goa and tourists from Cuelim, Arossim and Cansaulim resorts.

The whole feast is filled with dance and music playing aloud and people come to this hill to enjoy watching the religious procession and gift-giving ritual. A remarkable fair is also held during the feast in which people drink, eat and buy souvenirs, gifts as well as spices prepared by the local craftsmen. This amazing fair is extensively spread out and covers the whole hilltop!

The theatrical climax of the Feast of Three Kings is attained on the 6th of January when three small boys between the age groups of 8 and 10 are chosen to play the roles of the three Magi kings from the neighbouring three villages, that is, Arrosim, Canasaulim and Quelim to bring and offer their various gifts made of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Child Jesus, the Christ.

All through the year, there are many expectations as well as excitement running high about the fortunate ones selected, as they must either be a grandson or son from the neighbouring three villages and no outsider would be able to claim the honor. In Barca, the little kings normally get down to get a short rest and people sing the Laudate and wave three Bonderam (large flags) from the right to the left.

From here, the kings take different routes, one usually going backward to Cuelim and the others take a different way at the Cansaulim market. There is an interesting band here which is mostly a two-man one and it is called the Chermelam or Chermel.

Being a king, even though it is only for one day is not a joke, and so the little monarchs take scrupulous care and groom themselves well in order to play their roles. On the hill, meanwhile, large crowds of people gather from different areas of Goa and outside to attend Mass and also get to glimpse the three monarchs.

During the Feast of three Kings, the little kings ride through the fields and they first go to the chapel to take part in the feast mass. They leave from there around 12 in the noon and it usually takes them around three hours more to go home. It is due to the traditional way or trail followed by the kings and their followers that is through the fields.

Basically, there are around 9 traditional halts or stations in which visitors gather to get themselves crowned. Among these halts, three surround the foothill, the fourth is the Xendo or fields, fifth is T. B Cunha ancestors’ house and the sixth one is Albert Cunha House in Cuelim. The seventh halt is between Dr. Marconi and former Regidor’s House and the eighth one is Barca.

Tourist Places Near Canasaulim Church

Cansaulim Monte, a perfect spot for outings and picnics for families, is located close to the Canasaulim church. You can reach the Monte by taking up a peaceful and fun journey on wide curvy roads with trees on both sides or even climb up on foot. The wide stretch of land in the Monte is suitable for various games and also suitable to take rest and get soaked in the view.

Cansaulim beach is also situated near the Canasaulim church at a distance of about 16 kilometers from the city of Margao and a 15-minute walk from Cansaulim Monte. This is an enormous stretch of clean sands and it is secluded, yet served well by local shacks and restaurants that cater to the appetites of the tourists.

The palms along the Canasaulim beach make a perpetual green roof that is a breather for the people who are tired of the hot sun. This beach is filled with beautiful gold-coloured sand and it is considered the second biggest Indian beach stretch, since it includes the close by Cuelim and Arossim beaches too.

Places to Shop near Canasaulim Church

You can do quite an amount of shopping near the church and buy things ranging from food to glass bangles, trinkets, toys, clothes, furniture, copperware, brassware, sweetmeats, as well as all sorts of spices.

Address: St. Thomas Church, Canasaulim, Goa - 403712
Timings for Mass: All Weekdays – At 6:30 am
Saturdays – At 6: 30 am, 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
Sundays – At 6:15 am, 8:00 am and 9:30 am


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