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Margao Tourism and Travel Guide

History of Margao is very rich and descriptive. Before the settlement of the Portuguese colonizers Margao was home to the Vaishnavas. Ancient Margao was known to be the temple town as innumerable Hindu temples were located in thisMargao part of the country. The "mathas" of the Vaishnavas resided mostly in Margao city. During the ancient times the city was known as Madgaon but from the arrival of th Portuguese settlers the name was changed to Margao. The earliest inhabitants of Margao settled in the region around the Damodar Temple. Later on the temple was demolished and in its place Holy Spirit Church was constructed. Soon with the arrival of the Portuguse settlers most of the Hindu temples were destroyed and Hinduism was completely erased from the land of Margao. Christianity became the main religion during the Portuguese rule. Many Hindus shifted to other parts of the country during that time as most of the local inhabitants were forced to convert their religion to that of Christianity.

Trade and commercial dealings grew to a great extent during the pre-independence period when the Portuguese colonizers set up their base at Margao. It was one of the major trading cities within the country. Through River Sal the trading of various goods were carried out. Margaon was known to be the administrative and commercial center of the then Portuguese rulers. Many historical buildings, statues, monumental structures and museums that have preserved ancient scripts are proof of the glorious Margao history.

How to Reach Margao
Margao is the administrative headquarters of the South Goa district.

How to Reach Margao by Road: There are frequent bus services from Margao to other parts of the state. Interstate and local bus services operate from the KTC bus stand, 3 km north of Margao city. One can also avail of taxi services to visit nearby tourist attractions such as the Colva beach.

How to Reach Margao by Rail: Margao enjoys good rail connectivity courtesy the Konkan Rail train station located Margaoabout 3kms from the Margao city center. This station is an important stop in the Konkan Railways and is the main railway terminal in south Goa.
How to Reach Margao by Air: The Dabolim airport is 28 km from Margao.

Shopping

Margao shopping can be done from the reputed shopping centers and curio shops in the city as well as the local bazaar in Margao. The tourists may gather collectibles which can be carried home as memoirs of their trip to the city of Margao.

The gifted artisans of Margao are reputed for their bamboo work, crochet work and shell work. The talented craftsmen are reputed for the carved furniture as well. The tourists may gather brass ware and trinkets from the local bazaars of Margao.

The local bazaar of the city is situated along the railway station and stretches to the fringe of the main square in the city. The tourists may purchase articles from the local bazaar at a good bargain. The handloom materials and articles are available at the Goa Handicrafts Industries Development Corporation emporium situated in the city of Margao. The tourists will find shops and stalls along the beaches as well. The Colva beach is thronged by tourists who purchase souvenirs from the stalls. Beach wear and bath suits are also available in the stalls at the beach.

Hotels in Margao

Hotel Nanutel, Margao, Goa