Location: Salcete Taluka, south Goa
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Highlights: Colva beach, Church of Holy Spirit, Sat Burzam Ghor
Main Languages: Konkani, Hindi and English
Main Religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
STD Code: 0832
Margao is an important city in Goa and is also the second largest. It
is a major commercial center of Goa. Margao is also the administrative
capital of south Goa and is the capital of Salcete Taluka. When you
travel to Margao, you will definitely feel the old world charm that
still lingers in this place. Margao is well known for its rich
historical past and diverse cultural heritage. It is also a major
tourism center of Goa.
Margao was the center of a fish market which was very famous in Goa.
The market used to assemble near the Municipal Office Building, which
was a very amusing and entertaining sight. Lots of fisherwomen used to
assemble and set up their stalls and would attract customers by
announcing it on top of their voices. These fisherwomen used to be
dressed in some of the brightest colors and would look very pretty in
Margao Tourist Attractions
Sat Burzam Ghor
The Sat Burzam Ghor is one of the most popular tourist attractions of
Margao. This magnificent mansion, also known as the "House of Seven
Roofs" looks wonderful even today though it is mostly in ruins.
There are only three gables left out of the original seven but it sure
gives an idea as to how magnificent it must have been. It is a wonderful
specimen of the grand Portugal architecture.
The Colva beach is a popular tourist attraction of Margao. This lovely
beach flourishes in natural beauty and completely relaxes people who
come here to soak in its beauty. There are many hotels and resorts near
this place that have helped develop tourism at this beach. Try out the
local Goan cuisine at the shacks lined up along the beach and taste some
really lip smacking dishes.
Church of Holy Spirit
This beautiful church is located in a colonial enclave that is
surrounded with picturesque landscapes. Built in 1675 by the Portuguese,
the Church of Holy Spirit is an excellent example of Baroque
architecture in India. The church has a sparkling white front elevation
and the interiors are decorated with crystal and stucco.
How to Reach
By Air: Margao can be easily reached by flights as the Dabolim
airport in Goa is very near this place.
By Rail: The railway station at Margao is an important station
and is just 2 kilometers from the city center.
By Road: Margao can be also reached via roads since the place is
well connected by a wide network of roads to nearby states.