Santa Cruz, the largest village in North Goa District
, is bounded by Panaji
in the north, Bambolim
in the south, Merces in the east and Taleigao
in the west. According to the highly documented historical records, the origin of village dates back much before the first millennium. The name of the village is a Portuguese word, which means ĎHoly Cross.í
The prime attractions are Santa Cruz Church, St Anthony Chapel, Shanta Durga Temple and Almacho Khuris. The place also boasts some architectural landmarks of Portuguese style. Dempo House, Pinto House and Nachinolkar House are important among these landmarks.
Holy Cross Feast, the main village festival, falls on the Sunday between 2nd and 8th of May. People also celebrate Immaculate Conception Feast, on the 4th Sunday of every January, and Palki Festival - the main festival of Hindus.
Nearest airport is Goa Airport. Karmali Railway Station and Dabolim Railway Station serve Santa Cruz. The village is easily accessible as the National Highway 17 passes nearby.