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.
Hubli also known as Hubbali is the fastest growing city in Karnataka, after the state capital Bangalore. The Kannada word “Hubbali” when translated in English means “Flowering creeper”. Cotton and peanuts are grown in abundance here. Logistics, machine tools industries, steel, pharma, leather, tanning and rubber industries contribute majorly to Hubli’s economy. Well connected by road, rail and air, Hubli shall soon have a Monorail project in order to boost the inter-city transport. Food specialties, colleges, a fine university and tourist places make Hubli a must-visit.
Budget Hotels in Hubli
Good budget hotels exist in Hubli. There is Hotel Peacock (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Ajantha (Tariff – Upto Rs. 1000) and Hotel Ashray Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Hubli’s official language is Kannada. The other languages spoken here are Marathi, Urdu and English.
Events in Hubli
The important event celebrated in Hubli is Dharwad Utsav held in November.
Places to See in Hubli
There are several tourist attractions in Hubli. These include Indira Gandhi Glass House (2.1 km), Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle (2.5 km), Unkal Lake (3.4 km),Siddharoodha Math (4 km), Nrupatunga Hill (5.2 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this town is Hubli Airport, which is approximately 6.5 km away.
Well connected to several cities, Hubli Railway Station has a state-of-the art food and shopping plaza.
There are bus services to Hubli from Hyderabad, Mangalore, Gulbarga and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kesineni Travels, SRS Travels, and VRL 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.