Margao Tourism

Margao Tourism

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  • State: Goa
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: South Goa

Margao is the largest and the oldest city as well as the commercial capital of the Indian state of Goa. It is also the administrative headquarters of South Goa District and the Salcete Taluka. It is situated on the banks of River Sal and lies at an elevation of 31 metres above sea level. The city has derived its name from the word ‘Mathagram’, which means a place with a Matha or Mut. 

Things to do in Margao

Margao is also the cultural capital of Goa and has the Ravindra Bhavan Cultural Centre, which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Goa in July 2008. It also consists of Goa’s biggest sports stadium, Fatorda, as well as the biggest theatre, the Metropole. Margao is also popular for its Dindi festival, which is celebrated at the Vithal Rakhumai Temple on the second day after Diwali. The feast at the Holy Spirit Church, known as the Purumetache, is also a major attraction.

Margao also comprises many famous temples and churches like the Holy Spirit Church, the Grace Church, the Old Sebastian Church, and the Monte Hill Chapel. Its range of popular temples includes the Hari Mandir, Damodar Mandir, Maruti Mandir, the Saibaba Mandir and the Shiv Temple. The city is also home to two popular mosques of Goa along with a Jain Temple at Pajifond. 

Margao tourism is known for its huge Portuguese style mansions. It also offers many other interesting places to visit like its closed market, Mercado de Afonso de Albuquerque, its municipal garden – Anna Fonte, the old market called the Mercado Velho, the Holy Spirit Church, its grand colonial mansions, the chapel at Monte Hill, and many more. Tourists can opt for Margao holiday packages while planning their holiday to this beach destination. 

Food & Shopping in Margao

Margao is famous for its Margao curry, which is also a local specialty of Goa. This curry is also exported to many parts of Portugal. Margao is also the name of a brand of spices in Portugal. 

Travelling to Margao

Being the fastest growing city of Goa, Margao is also well connected with the rest of the country by road, rail and airways. Goa’s largest railway station is in Margao, which is connected to cities like Mangalore, Udupi, Ratnagiri and Mumbai through NH 17. To reach Margao, tourists can also take the Skybus Metro tracks patented by the Konkan Railway Corporation. The best time to visit Margao is between late October and April. 

Accommodation options in Margao

Hotels in Margao range from budget hotels to 5 star stays as well as homestays. Tourists can opt for discounts offered during the off-season and need to ensure that they book hotels in Margao in advance during the peak season between October and December. 

Margao is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Panjim and Kolhapur.

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Velsao Beach, Margao

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  515 helpful votes
  •  584632 readers

"A Trip to beautiful Goa"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2016
I had been to Margao by road in April 2016. Margao is the cultural hub and the commercial capital of Goa. The must-visit places around Margao include the Colva beach, Damodar temple and the Benaulim Beach. The Colva beach stretches to an overall expanse of 2. 4 kilometers overlooking the Arabian Sea. The Sri Damodar temple is located on the banks of river Kushavati and Lord Damodar is one of the forms of Lord Shiva and the deity is believed to have healing powers. This temple is visited by both Hindus and Christians alike. The Benaulim beach is located at a distance of 2 kilometers from the Colva beach and this is tranquil in nature.
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Darrell demello

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  • 7 Reviews
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"Margao or Madgaon = Old world charm"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
Very nice city with a lot of old architecture and new buildings interspersed with the old. Slow moving traffic, great central city market. Nice classic Goan food, low cost all kinds of cuisines available in small restaurants and street vendors and at the expensive restaurants at the nearby beach resorts.

Within a short driving or riding distance from world famous white sand beaches, Benaulim - 4 kms away and Colva 5 kms away from the Margao Municipal Corporation Building, the centre of the city. Easy access to transportation, plenty of buses going everywhere and the main railway station is 1. 5 kms from the centre of the city.
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Sampath

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  • Sampath
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  5190 readers

"Good Destination!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
My experience in this place is very good. But the developments has to be done regarding surroundings in terms of parking, theme park, etc. Overall neatness is good. Hereby it is also very useful in providing information of nearby places attached to it. It gives us a good experience with family in spending.
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Vinay

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"Must visit for pleasant & relaxing vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Very nice city with beautiful beaches, church and eat zones. Its very pleasant, quite, calm and has greenery in its surrounding. Major beaches are colva, benaculim, Utorda. You will enjoy more at the evening and early morning as at this time its more pleasant and beautiful and you will enjoy with your loved ones.
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Nagarjuna m

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"Very awesome place, Margao"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
Good and is very conformable, shopping also very nice. And its beautiful village, beaches are also very near and good. We are enjoyed this place. Near from Margao around 45 kms to Panaji city. And 33 kms to Vascoda Gama. Arround 50 kms to old goa. Every 5 mins Bus from Margao to Panaji charges around 40 rs per head. Sea food also very nice.
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Rahul Singh

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  • Rahul Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Overall a nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
Very small but good town, perfect destination to eat Goan food i.e Fish curry & rice with cutlets. Nicely connected by Indian Railway. Very good city if you're travelling for business as no leisure. Margao, Goa's second most important city after Panaji, is the administrative and commercial capital of the South Goa District. This bustling town also serves as the area's main trading centre.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
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"Most important city after Panaji"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
Margao, Goa's second most important city after Panji, is the administrative and commercial capital of the South Goa District. This bustling town also serves as the area's main trading centre for local fish and farm produce. The town square Praca Jorge Baretto, has the large, colonial Municipal Building, which houses the library on its southern side, and a popular cafe called Loginhos nearby just behind the building, to the south, are Margao's lively markets, selling the day's catch of fish and fresh fruits and vegetables. The covered market, close by, sells just about every thing . A row of shops to the North sells locally brewed wines, and the lane just out side the market has a number of cloth merchants. It has many popular and famous landmarks such as Abbe de Faria Street, Large de Igreja, Church Of The Holy Spirit, Burnzam Gor, Monte Hill from here the entire southern coast are spectacular. This city is having many places of attraction in its beautiful surroundings and offers a comfortable stay. Rail, Road, and Air connectivity for the visitors, and climate is just humid, Nov to May are the good months to visit and the carnivals, new year and much more to enjoy.
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Girish herlekar

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  • Girish herlekar
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  • 11 Reviews
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"Perfect south Goa exactly opposite to North Goa"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2015
Very small but good town, perfect destination to eat Goan food i.e Fish curry n rice with cutlets. Nicely connected by Indian Railway. Very good city if you're travelling for business as no leisure or activities around like Panji or Mapusa.. Real Goa stays here. Good family places around like Colva beach, temples n churches.
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Amit Ghosh

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"A beautiful village-Margao"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2015
Madgaon or Margaon is little village in Goa which is the gateway to the northern part of the state from Panjim. Margaon is great in terms of scenic beauty. Also, Margaon has one of the few railstations of Goa. Food and alcohol is super cheap here. Many beaches are well accessible from here.
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Bernard Alvares

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"A place like Goa"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2015
Margao is a good place as it is same like Panjim many buses come over here from Panjim and some tourist buses also come. You get good sausages, liquor and food stuff over here. There is a market over where you will get good stuffs there are also small hotel there are also private buses from Goa to Mumbai.
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