Madgaon is a vibrant city in Goa, often called its cultural capital. Located in the South Goa district, Madgaon is also called Margao. The city is famous for its several beautiful churches and pristine beaches that regularly feature in the international tourist’s must-visit list.
Places to Stay
Madgaon has many budget options available to choose from. La Ben Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Surya Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Miramar (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some of them.
The official language of Madgaon is Konkani. Portuguese is also widely spoken here.
The Goa Carnival which occurs during February-March every year is an internationally popular event. Christmas is also celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
The Closed Market and Madgaon Municipal Garden are both located in the heart of the city, within 2 km of the bus stand. There are also many beautiful churches that are worth visiting in Madgaon. Some of them are Grace Church, Holy Spirit Church, and Monte Hill Chapel.
How to Get There
The Dabolim Airport in Goa, which is located 21 km away, is the nearest airport.
Madgaon Railway Station connects the city to many important cities in the country - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Mangalore, and Bangalore amongst others.
Private operators like VRL Travels, Paulo Travels, Seabird Tourist, and Kadamba Travels are some of the reliable bus services that offer daily services to Madgaon bus stand from most major cities in the region. Make use of a Volvo bus service when you are travelling anywhere in India and travel in comfort.
A panchayat town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Ankola is a small coastal town. A town, which has many beaches, Ankola is famous for its unique breed of mango, which is called ishaad and is also known for its cashews. Belekeri beach in Ankola town is a natural port rich in iron ore, which is exported to China and Europe. Ankola is surrounded by temple towns and villages on all sides. Yakshagan and Suggi, a form of tribal folk dance has its roots in this town.
Places to Stay
Being a beach town there are many places to stay in Ankola. Hotels like Estuary View Resort (Tariff- Rs.1000) offer affordable accommodation options.
The annual Mela 'Bandihabba', is celebrated for nine days during the Buddha Poornima (May) and 'Karthik' (November) when the five temple deities are taken on a procession, the whole town celebrates with fireworks.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The temples, churches and beaches Baskal Gudda, Nadibag, Shedikuli, Keni, and Belekeri attract tourists from across the state. Being a very small town, every place of interest is located within 2-3kms of the bus stand
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (133kms).
Ankola has its own Railway Station.
Ankola Bus Stand and Kelagina Manjaguni Bus Stop in the town run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist, Sea Bird Tourist and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.