Visit to (Haunted) 3 Kings’ Church, Goa

I visited this church in August, when I had taken the services of a tourist taxi. I wasn’t aware of this place and it wasn’t in my list of must see place. The taxi driver insisted that I visit the place, also mentioning the names of movies that were shot in this 3 Kings’ Church. Of them the famous and most recent one was Bhoothnath, where Shahrukh Khan was talking to Amitabh Bachhan’s (bhoothnath) son, trying to convince him to do the last rites for his father.That got us interested.

We immediately agreed and the first spot that we visited that morning was this church. It is in the top of a hill. Who knew it was haunted! Alighting there, I felt quite strange that there was not a single human being around, not even stray dogs. How could this be a tourist place I wondered! Anyways, we walked around, tried to peep in through the slits of doors and windows. In fact I didn’t find a single person around 1km dia. around the place. All the while I kept thinking I have to google and find out more about this church and why it was kind of abandoned.

3 Kings' Church Goa

Haunting Stories of Three Kings’Church

To my shock and surprise I discovered on net that this church is haunted. The church has a very interesting story about three kings from Portugal who always kept fight fighting with each other as to who would rule the place. One of the kings (King Holger Alvunger) called the other two kings for a meeting and poisoned them in this place (which later got converted to church). Later he too committed suicide. There have been reports of sightings and general unrest but no proof. None has been harmed yet.

3 Kings' Church


Now when I think of my visit there I remember clearly the driver didn’t enter the church premises and upon our return he had asked us how we found the place. I wonder did he know about the haunting stories of the place. Did he actually want to check if we had any sightings there? The view from here is amazing and if you aren’t scared yet then visit in the evenings for a stunning sunset view.


Festival at 3 Kings’ Church

You can even time your visit around 6th of January. There is a grand festival during which three little boys ranging in years from 8 to 10 are selected as kings from the three neighboring villages of Quelim, Cansaulim and Arrosim. They bring their gifts of gold, myrrh, and frankincense to the Child-God. There is lot of expectations and excitement among the villager as to who would be chosen for these three roles. He must be either a son or grandson from these three villages; no outsider can claim this privilege or honor. Everybody aspires to be a king even if it is for one day! So the young boys take meticulous care to groom themselves for the role. Huge crowds gather on this hill from all parts of Goa to attend the Mass and get a glimpse of the three kings.


Location of 3 Kings’ Church, Goa

Cansulim village, near Velsao in south Goa.



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25 Responses

  1. Haddock says:

    Thats it…… will be visiting this place (church?) on my next visit to Goa.

  2. Jeevan says:

    A peaceful location and fabulous overlook! I love to visit this place despite whatever said to scare as I don’t believe such things. Good to know the festival they celebrated marking 3 kings

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    what a neat looking place and great lore associated with it. i like the '3 kings' custom, too.

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Fascinating place and great lore indeed! I would love to visit there!! Hope you have a wonderful new week, Indrani!!

  5. Bibi says:

    I would definitely visit.

  6. So beautiful place , Great photos

  7. Felicia says:

    what an interesting story and place.

  8. colleen says:

    I love the red shudders, or are they awnings. It doesn't look haunted.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Fascinating story and lovely church!

  10. eileeninmd says:

    The church does have an interesting story. It is a beautiful church! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

  11. This is interesting. Nice to know about this church. Thanks, Indrani.

  12. Awesome Pics with Interesting history. Thanks Indrani for sharing this. 🙂

  13. What an interesting place. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Anita says:

    Nicely shared, Indrani.
    Great pics too.
    Visited Goa thrice, but didn't know of this 🙂

  15. Prasad Np says:

    Very interesting story, never heard of this place in so many visits to Goa….did you feel some chill ?

  16. Awesome pictures..old architecture brings the past in front of us..!

  17. Beautiful pictures.

  18. Mridula says:

    What an interesting story Indrani! And the view indeed is fabulous. Now that you know would you go there again?

  19. Thanks for the comments friends.

    Hi Prasad, I did not feel any chill at that place, but definitely felt a little weird as it really looked and felt abandoned kind of place and not at all like a tourist spot.

    Oh yes Mridula, I wish to visit again but definitely in broad daylight. 🙂

  20. i b arora says:

    pictures are just glorious

  21. Priyashi says:

    wanna go to this place ….. lovely photos..:)

  22. Never heard of this place Indrani but it definitely is interesting

  23. Pretty looking Church, is this the one in which a lot of movies have been shot?

  24. Sudhir R says:

    another discovery! A beauty

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