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Margao City Guide and Popular City Attractions

Margao in Goa
Margao in Goa
Margao is a sought-after tourist destination in Goa, offering the charm of a riverine city, with green paddy fields and low rolling hills. Margao city is situated in the center of the Salcette taluka in South Goa, lies 33kms from Panaji, is a commercial metropolis. Margao is a city which holds all the administrative headquarters of the south Goan district. Margao is the second largest city of Goa with Portuguese flavor and an old world charm. Margao's Old Portuguese churches and fine country houses with dark rosewood furniture give a feel of an old-world environment in Goa. Margao is famous for some of the top tourist attraction in Goa, such as the Church of the Holy Spirit, Colva Beach, the Benaulim beach, Mobor, children's park in Gogol and many other heritage sites and popular city attractions.

Home to the mathas of the Vaishnavas, Margao was earlier called "Matha Gram", which changed to Madgaon through local manner of speaking. After the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa, this town was renamed from Madgaon to Margao. A large number of ancient Hindu temples, churches and picturesque farming villages are definitely worth a visit at Margao in Goa. Margao is also a leader in the fish and agriculture trade in Goa.

Major Tourist Attractions at Margao, Goa: "House of Seven Gables" or "Sat Burzam Ghor", Benaulim Beach, Children's Park in Gogol, Colva Beach, Damodar Temple, Keserval Spring, Monte Church, Rachol Seminary.

With all the above beaches and prime tourist attractions of Margao, this Goan city is a perfect spot for tourism and an excellent vacation destination in Goa for tourists and couples.

Best time to Visit: October to March

How to Reach

  • Air: Dabolim Airport is 28 kms from Margao and is well connected with all major cities of India.
  • Railway: Margao railway station is well connected with major states and towns of the country
  • Road: Margao is well connected with country’s various national highways
Rachol Seminary is situated about 12 kilometers from Margao in Salcete Taluka in the southern part of Goa. Founded in 1580 by the Jesuits the Rachol seminary was ransacked by the invading moors. Rachol Seminary is known for its religious activities. It is among the first seminaries in Bardez The seminary comprised of a hospital and a school for the poor, a theological college and also was one of India’s first printing press, which was installed by Fr Thomas Stephens.

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Rachol Seminary, Margao
The Town Square and Church Square house some of the major attractions in Margao. Tourists visiting Margao in Goa will certainly be attracted to these two squares as these are the major landmarks of Margao, offering the best and most happening freak-out hot-spots in the town. The popular town square in Margao has two gardens, the Municipal Garden and the Aga Khan Market. These are just the perfect place in the whole town where visitors can enjoy the beauty of the gardens and its surroundings.

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Town Square & Church Square, Margao