Margao City, Goa
Margao is the second largest city and busiest in the Indian state of Goa. It is Goa’s cultural capital and commercial capital.
Margao‘s name is believed to come from “matha-grama” (the village of religious maths) as it was a village of temple schools (mathas). Margao is also called up by multiple names such as Madgaon by the Indian Railways, and the local Konkani pronounciation is Mudgannv or Modgannv. Margao is the Portuguese name and spelling.
Margao is skirted in part by the River Sal, and known for his huge Indo-Portuguese style mansions. Take a look around Abade Faria Road and its eastern parallel, the Padre Miranda Road, the area around the Holy Spirit Church and St. Joaquim Road that leads to Borda.
Location of Margao
Madgaon city is located 33 km from Panaji in South Goa.
Climate of Margao
Winters – Winter months usher in a pleasant weather in Margao. The winter season lasts from December to February with the mercury plummeting down a few notches.
Summers – The summer weather in Margao is reasonably warm with temperatures climbing up to the higher thirties. As south-west monsoon sets in June, sporadic rainfalls lash the plains. There is a marked rise in humidity levels during this period.
Places to See in Margao (Tourist Attractions)
- Abade Faria Road and Padre Miranda Road
- Fatima Convent (near the municipal square)
- Clergy Home along arterial Padre (Pe.) Miranda Road
- Clube Harmonia (Clube de Margao)
- Hindu Mathagramasth Sabha
- Agha Khan’s Children’s Park
- The early 20th century municipal building (Camara)
- The recently-beautified Anna Fonte (natural springs)
- The Old Market or Mercado Velho
- Margao city hall
- The ‘Closed’ Market called, in the Portuguese language, Mercado de Afonso de Albuquerque or in Konkani as “Pimplapedd” or “Pimpalakatta,”
- Sat Burzam Ghor – means “House of Seven Roofs”.
Churches in Margao
- Convent Church of Holy Spirit
- Our Lady of Grace adjoining the municipal square
- St. Sebastian at Aquem
- Church of our lady of Rosary near the football stadium at Fatorda.
- Monte church
Beaches near Margao
Margao too is close to the central coast, the long white-sand beach stretch of 30 Kms is rated one of the ten best beaches in the world during 1970s.
- Velsao Beach
- Cansaulim Beach
- Arossim Beach
- Majorda Beach
- Betalbatim Beach
- Colva Beach
- Sernabatim Beach
- Benaulim Beach
- Varca Beach
- Fatrade Beach
- Cavelossim Beach
- Mobor Beach
How to Reach Margao
Flights: The nearest airport is Goa Airport, at Dabolim (28 km).
Road: Margao is connected by road to other cities like Mangalore, Udupi, Karwar, Ratnagiri, and Mumbai through national highway 17. Also there is a road which connects Margao to Ponda and other towns in Goa.
By train: Goa’s biggest and most important railway station, Madgaon Junction (IR station code : MAO), is located 2 km east of Margao town, off NH-17. Margao’s railway station is big and important, an intersection of the Konkan Railway and the South Western Railway (earlier South Central Railway). It is the terminus station for several Konkan Railway trains, being a major station of this Mumbai to Mangalore rail line, after Ratnagiri. Almost all trains passing through Goa stop here, and it is the gateway to south Goa. There are direct trains from most parts of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Mangalore and Bangalore. Check more details on Trains to Goa.
By Bus: Margao is well connected with other cities of Goa by KTC Buses and other bus services in Goa. Express mini-buses run by the (Goa government) Kadamba Transport Corporation connect Margao to Panjim (Panaji), the state-capital. These mini-buses leave from the KTC Bus Stand, on the outskirts of Margao, and one needs to queue up to buy a ticket.
Some inter-state buses touch Margao. For instance, buses headed to Bangalore via the Karwar route, touch Margao in the evenings, and pick up passengers there. Some of the buses for Bombay (Mumbai) leave from Margao, but this is only a few.
Cities in Goa
- Dona Paula
- Old Goa
- Vasco da Gama