Margao is the capital of Goa and is located 33 kms from Panaji. It is the second largest city in Goa by population, and is the commercial and cultural hub of Goa. Margao’s long white-sand beach stretch was rated by an early-1970s UNDP study as potentially one of the ten best beaches in the world.
Places to stay
Places to stay at Margao include The Margao Residence (Tariff – Rs. 1270), Hotel Woodlands (Tariff – Rs. 1850), Hotel Saaj (Tariff – Rs.1000), and Gold Star Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000). There are also numerous lodges further away from the city centre (Tariff- Rs. 300-500).
Konkani is widely spoken in Margao. Portuguese is still spoken by a small number of people. English, Marathi and Hindi are also spoken in Margao.
Apart from the common religious festivals, Margao hosts The Winter Carnival (February), The Dindi festival (2nd day after Diwali), Margao Feast Festival (May) and the Goan Carnival (February/March).
Places to Visit
The prime attractions of Margao are the beaches (Colva – 2 kms from bus stand, Benaulim – 7.5 kms from bus stand), Markets (The Old Market - 1 kms from bus stand, Gandhi Market - 2 kms from bus stand) Churches (The Stately Church of the Holy Spirit – 1.3 kms from bus stand, Our Lady of Grace- 2.5 kms from bus stand and Rosary - 2 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Goa Airport, at Dabolim (28 kms).
Margao's train station, Madgaon Junction, is the only stop in Goa for long distance express services on the Konkan Railway.
Margao is well connected with other cities of India. Long distance bus services can be availed from the main Kadamba Bus Stand. Some of the best bus operators that offer a good experience for passengers to Margaoinclude SRS Travels, Neeta Tours, and Atmaram Travels. To book a bus ticket you no longer need to go to a bus counter, as online tickets are available on bus booking portals.