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.
A town in Karnataka, Haveri is well-known for cardamom garlands and Byadagi red chillies that are marketed all over the country. Haveri is slowly gaining popularity as a major tourist spot as it is surrounded by places that have historical temples. While the town is believed to have had about 100 Maths (sacred religious places), only a few remain today. The famous Hukkeri Math is in Haveri.
Places to Stay
There good places to stay in Haveri town. Places like Hitaishi Palace Hotel (Tariff-Rs.400 onwards), Shiva Shakthi Palace (Tariff-Rs.700 onwards) and Hotel Adarsha Deluxe (Tariff-Rs.450 onwards) are within 1km of the bus stand
Other than the annual religious festivals celebrated here, the Durgadevi Festival (Jatra) held once every three years is quite famous in this region and attracts huge crowds to the town.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Siddhesvara Temple, an ornate example of 12th century Western Chalukyan art and Hukkeri Math are all located about 1-3kms from the bus stand. The Ranebennur Wild Life Sanctuary is 45kms away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bangalore (330kms).
Haveri has its own Railway Station.
Haveri Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourists and Seabird Tourists run regular buses to and from the village. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility