Salcette Tourism

Salcette Tourism

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

Salcette is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Margao and Bogmalo.

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Shailesh K

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  • Shailesh K
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  • Lives in Jamnagar
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  • 29 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  8047 readers

"Goa has all the variety of attraction packed together"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2016
Goa was at it's serene best during our visit this monsoon. We had a tour of South Goa and covered the temples- Mangeshi and Shantadurga, the churches and museum, Dona Paula and Miramar and Colva beaches. We also visited a small wax museum near the Church, had a decent collection of Indian and foreign personalities. Fort Agouda is surely worth visiting in North Goa. Dudhsagar waterfalls was closed during the rains. Overall, Goa has all the variety of attraction packed together.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
  • Lives in Bhopal
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  • 662 Reviews
  •  12374 helpful votes
  •  227579 readers

"Lovely place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
Salcette means a unit of administration, situated in South Goa, and Headquarters is Margao. Mainly six comunidades in Salcete viz Raia, Margao, Loutolim, Curtorim, Verna, Colva, Betalbatim, Nuvem, and Benaulim. Salcete is bounded by Mormugao taluk to the Northwest, Ponda taluk to the north-east and east, Quepem taluk to the east and south, and the Arabian Sea to the west. Language is Konkani and Marathi and weather is almost fine, except summer. Surrounded by many popular beaches, Major Hotels and Resorts, and Restaurants popular for sea food and local cuisine. Churches and temples creates a divine atmosphere. Salcette is emerging as a popular tourist main point of attraction, in South Goa. With North of Goa losing glow and glitter, Salcette warmly welcomes all the travellers. The sun caress beaches are clean and less crowded therefore a perfect joint for travellers. Privacy is maintained at all times in South Goa. The Arabian Sea lies west of Salcette and offers white sandy beaches and an untarnished and intact coastline. You may say about this destination and its attraction, is just to fall in love with love.
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Rohan Gupte

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  • Rohan Gupte
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1905 readers

"Peaceful place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2015
Salcette is in the South Goa. Away from the crowded north side. Good eateries like martin's corner where you can good seafood even recommended by the Master Blaster. Nearby places to visit are colva beach, Mangeshi Temple, Shantadurga temple, cabo de Rama.
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Dr.charles Bhaskar

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  • Dr.charles Bhaskar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2338 readers

"Mix of serenity and adventure"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2015
This may not be a usual destination for many but it gives you a satisfaction as for as peaceful atmosphere or adventure. Food is good but be choosy, Caves and lakes or creeks could be attraction for discerning tourists and nature lovers. Otherwise, you might miss the fun.
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Kartik Sarma

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  • Kartik Sarma
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1129 readers

"Excellent and serene place to be and spend time"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2015
Waterfall was awesome in Jan despite the less volume of water. I reached there at 7 am but the entrance to the waterfall was closed so I somehow jumped over the fence and reached the viewpoint. With no other soul in sight it was absolutely beautiful with the sound of gushing cascade and chirping of birds. The entire area was badly littered by tourists more so the place where the river takes the plunge. Since there was hardly any water in the river so I crossed it and walked inside a reserve forest for sometime (quite serene) and came back. The place was badly maintained with litter all around and hardly anything decent to eat. Though for the sheer beauty of the place, its shortcomings can be overlooked. It would certainly be 100 times more scenic during monsoon.
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Saini Jas

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  • Saini Jas
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  3197 readers

"Beautiful beaches and affordable delicious food"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 25, 2014
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

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  • Saurabh Jain
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1325 readers

"Quite Place with gentle people"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2014
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

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  • Kaushal Dugar
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 11 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  5413 readers

"Best experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 5, 2014
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
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 Reviews
  •  43 helpful votes
  •  5382 readers

"Salcette... the wonderland"

  • 7.0/7
  • 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
  • 4 Reviews
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"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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