Salcette Tourism
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Salcette Tourism

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Salcette Info

  • State: Goa
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Salcette, an ancient hamlet of the Portuguese, is located in the South Goa District in the state of Goa. Margao is the administrative and economic centre of Salcette. The ancient hamlet is coterminous with a region called Sashti, which comprises sixty six villages. The taluka shares its boundary with Sanguem, Tiswadi, Ponda, Canacona, Quepem and the Arabian Sea.

Salcette features six comunidades, which include Benaulim, Curtorim, Loutolim, Margao, Quelossim, Raia and Verna. Some of the legends link the habitation of sixty-six families of Goud Saraswat Brahmins in Salcette with the origin of the hamlet. The legend states that the name Salcette is derived from the Sanskrit word Sassast, meaning sixty six.

The history of the region dates back to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1510, who ruled the place from the 16th to 18th century. Thereafter, the region was ruled by Hindu, Muslim and Portuguese rulers over the centuries, which is evident in the monuments and relics found in and around the region. Some of the notable attractions of Salcette are the churches built by the Portuguese.

The reign of the Portuguese has influenced the culture of the region. Traditions of yesteryears are still followed by the inhabitants, Goud Saraswat Brahmins of Bengal and Christians. Although, the official language of Goa is Konkani, but languages such as Marathi and English are widely spoken.

The Church of the Holy Spirit and the Rachol Fort are the prominent tourist attractions in Salcette. The church was built in 1564 by Jesuit missionaries, which hosts a fair in the month of May. The Rachol Fort is a symbol of rich history and is a testimony of the rule of various dynasties.  

Salcette is well connected with all the modes of transportation, including road, rail, water and air. Dabolim Airport of Goa is the nearest airbase to the town, whereas the closest railhead of Margao is located at a distance of 45 km from Salcette. The extensive network of roadways connects the destination with Panaji, Belgaum, Mahad, Patradevi, Pernem and Bardez. Along with these, Salcette is connected to Mumbai through waterways.

The hamlet experiences tropical climatic conditions round the year, which is largely affected by the presence of the Arabian Sea nearby. The weather is pleasant between the months of October and January and is the ideal time to visit Salcette.

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Saini Jas
  • Saini Jas
  • Beachbum
  • 6 Reviews

"Beautiful beaches and affordable delicious food"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is definitely one of the best place to visit in India. People are very good and helpful. Cleanliness is well maintained across the city. Prices are reasonable and there are many shopping places. The beaches are neat and clean and always tempt you for the fun and frolic they have to offer. Overall experience was good. You must visit the beaches, churches and enjoy the banana rides. There are a lot of beach restaurants with very reasonable foods rates. There are a lot of shopping places too.
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Saurabh Jain
  • Saurabh Jain
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Quite Place with gentle people"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a quite place with clean air, narrow road and less of traffic. All of this makes this place very beautiful. The local people were also very supportive and will not hesitate to guide you to the beach very gently during your visit. Would recommend stay at May Fair report because of amazing food and hospitality.
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Kaushal Dugar
  • Kaushal Dugar
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 11 Reviews

"Best experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is definitely one of the best place to visit in India..People are very good and helpful.. Cleanliness is well maintained across the city.. Prices are reasonable.. There are many shopping places in the main with big brands being easily available.. Must go with friends and family.
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Rajiv
  • Rajiv
  • 3 Reviews

"Salcette... the wonderland"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 11, 2014
The beaches are neat and clean and always tempt you for the fun and frolic they have to offer. If you are the religious type, there are a few temples and churches close by where you can go and have fun. The garlic-butter Pomfret or the paaplet fish is a must try at the beach side joints.
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Bharat
  • Bharat
  • 3 Reviews

"Had a pretty experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 10, 2014
The overall experience was good and you must visit the beach, and also the church. Besides you can also enjoy the banana rides there. There are a lot of beach restaurants with very reasonable foods rates and there are also malls where you can indulge in shopping. The best part is hiring a bike and visit some of the attraction around the place.
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Prasoon Smirti
  • Prasoon Smirti
  • Lives in Asansol
  • 4 Reviews

"Must go there for a break!!!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 19, 2013
City is a bit costly sightseeing places are very clean and hospitable. Sightseeing convenience is very costly better to visit the city by bus. Local Food quality was good particularly fish dishes. Vegetables and fruits are available fresh. Shopping is good particularly clothes u can bargain a lot but mostly it is reasonable rates.
U should carry a umbrella while in Goa as the dowpour can start any time and heat is also sometimes unbearable so u can get a very gud tan at the beaches.
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Vikas Yadav
  • Vikas Yadav
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"We enjoyed staying there very..."

  • Posted Jun 24, 2013
We enjoyed staying there very much as the area was very green and peaceful and the roads are very good. We took two wheeler and enjoyed the ride as the road was very smooth to drive.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You must see Colva beach in South Goa and never forget to dine at Delhi Darbar restaurant at North Goa where you will find awesome taste of what you want to eat.

Activities & things to do: You can do water rides, paragliding there at every beach in Goa.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Go by plane as there are many great offers and packages of Goa by different companies.
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Bhoomi patel
  • Bhoomi patel
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 2 Reviews

"Sacette, Goa"

  • Posted May 9, 2013
Calm & Serene, Nearest beach is Mobor, Best thing about this place is its less crowded unlike other places to visit in Goa. Street shopping is fine. Nearest market is at Madgaon, Where u can find local agricultural produce. Coconut vinegar, coconut oil & cashew nuts cannot be missed.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Street shopping for 'Kashmiri Pashminas' outside Hathi mahal, restaurants- Casa Lisboa

Activities & things to do: Water sports, Shopping & Spa for relaxation therapies

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Always carry a road map or google map on your devices. In case you are missing on a route you can definitely ask a localite.
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Udayan joshi
  • Udayan joshi
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Very comfortable and Excellent!"

  • Posted May 7, 2013
It is very very far from panjim. but there location is very good. no crowd and peacefully. going to Verca, colva, bennuillum beach is very near. You should rent a bike. It is better and exciting. Enjoyed the ride because there is no crowd, smooth road, different path :-)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Cavlossium beach is very attractive. Swimming and Cafe Hut !

Activities & things to do: I would like to meditate and relax and preach in my mind.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nothing.
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Yezdi bamji
  • Yezdi bamji
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Haathi Mahal - Salcette"

  • Posted May 6, 2013
Salcette is a major district which has lots of beaches such as benaulim, mobor, cavellosim etc. It is very close to Madgaon which is a major hub in south Goa. Royal goan have 3 of their best resorts in Salcette.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Shopping around Haathi Mahal was restricted to small shops selling clothes and agarbattis but we were able to pick up good bargains

Activities & things to do: Beach Beach and more beach. Within the resort swimming was quite a pass time and holiday activities were well planned

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Direction boards for Haathi Mahal are very few. They should actually be put on all cross roads, major intersections. We had a tough time reaching there and had to stop the car numerous times to ask people for directions.
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