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Margao

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Margao

Colva Beach:

Colva Beach located at a distance of 6 Kms from Margao city center is one of the most popular tourist landmarks of the city. Known as the longest beach stretches in the world, Colva Beach shore line extends to nearly 25 Kms attracting a large number of tourists and nature lovers. The beach has a large number of shacks and food stalls for recreational purpose for the tourists.

 

Velsao Beach:  

Velsao Beach is another picturesque beach location attracting a large number of tourists all through the year. Located at the southern coast of Goa, Velsao Beach is famous for its pristine sandy beach. The beach is a hotbed of many fishing excursions making it one of the most widely visited beaches in Margao.

 

Varca Beach:

Varca Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa attracting a large number of nature lovers. The beach located at a distance of 2 Kms from the nearby Benaulim beach is famous for its white sand and clean waters. The beach is a famous destination for international travelers indulging in sunbathing and fishing escapades. Dolphin watching programs are conducted regularly from the Varca Beach attracting nature lovers and tourists alike.

 

Town Square:

The city center of Margao also known as Town center is one of the most well known landmarks of the city. The square is a hotbed of commercial activity surrounded by twin gardens and various important architectural landmarks. The Statue of Luis de Menezes Braganza located in the town square is one of the best known statues in Goa region. Town square is also famous for its public library housing many rare books from a wide spectrum of literary genres.

 

Shantadurga Temple:

Shantadurga Temple located in Kavlem at a distance of 20 Kms from Margao city center is one of the ancient most temples of Goa region. Believed to have been built in 1728 by the Maratha ruler Shahu Raje, the Shantadurga Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The architecture of the Shantadurga Temple attracts a large number of architecture enthusiasts. With its magnificent pillars and pyramidal roof, the Shantadurga Temple attracts pilgrims from far and wide.

 

Lady of Grace Church:

Our Lady of Grace Church also known as the Capela de Batalhao is a famous landmark of Margoa attracting art lovers and religious tourists. Formerly a military chapel under the Portuguese, the Our Lady of Grace Church attracts a large number of devotees all through the year. A feast Sunday celebrated on the 1st Sunday of February is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of the church attracting pilgrims from all across the globe.

 

Church of the Holy Spirit:

Church of the Holy Spirit is arguably the most famous landmark on Margao. Built in the Baroque style of architecture, the Church of the Holy Spirit attracts a large number of pilgrims and devotees to offer prayers to the Lord. The church is famous for housing altars dedicated to the conception of Mary, St. Peter and St. Michael. An annual feat day is celebrated on the 10th of June attracting large crowds from all over the globe.

 

Jorge Barreto Park:

Jorge Barreto Park located in the city center of Margao is one of the most famous parks of the city. Built is exquisite colonial style, the park has arched corridors and some colonial style ancient buildings in its vicinity. The park attracts a large number of locals and tourists to unwind amid natural beauty and serene and calm solitude away from the crowd of the beaches and other tourist hangouts.

 

Sat Burnzam Ghor:

Sat Burnzam Ghor literally meaning the house of seven gables is one of the most ancient landmarks of Margao. Replica of the popular Portuguese mansion, the Sat Burnzam Ghor is considered to be one of the first private chapels built in the region around 1790. Due to its ancient construction and erosion with time only three out of the seven gables can be seen. The Sat Burnzam Ghor attracts architecture lovers and photography enthusiasts apart from tourists virtually all through the year.

 

Caves of Aquem:  

Caves of Aquem are one of the most ancient caves found in the Margao region. Located in Southern Goa district at a distance of around 4 Kms from Margao city center, the Caves of Aquem are believed to have been built in the early 9th century. Built as the same architectural style as the famous Khandepar caves, the Caves of Aquem attract a large number of tourists, historians and photography enthusiasts.

 

Loutolim:

The small town of Loutolim located at a distance of 10 Kms from Margao city center is an architecture lover's delight. The town famous for lovely colonial mansions and buildings attracts a large number of tourists and photography enthusiasts. Nothing showcases the rich cultural and social fabric of ancient Goa and Margao region like the town of Loutolim. The Ancestral Goa Museum in Loutolim is one of the most highly visited tourists attracting housing many rare artifacts of the region and its surrounding regions.

 

Majorda Beach:

Majorda Beach located in the Salcete taluka of Margao is one of the loveliest beaches of Goa. Known for its lovely old world charm with a lineup of lazy shacks and food stalls serving a wide range of gourmet delights, Majorda Beach attracts tourists virtually all through the year. As much as the beach is famous for its lovely shore line and sandy beach, the various cuisine offering including Goan and Portuguese foods make it a perfect location for tourists.

 

Chandor:

Chandor village located at a distance of 13 Kms from Margao city center is one of the famous tourist destinations attracting tourists and architecture lovers alike. The village of Chandor is famous for its 17th century colonial mansion known as the Braganca house. With its twin storied facade, Braganca house is considered to be a fine specimen of Portuguese architecture. Braganca houses also has a dedicated library showcasing more than 5000 leather bound books showcasing the independence movement of Goa and other historical manuscripts.

 

Cabo De Rama Fort:

Cabo De Rama Fort located in the Canacona region of Margao is one of the most ancient Forts of Goa. Believed to have been built during the Ramayana era, the Fort was used as a resting abode by Lord Rama and Goddess Sita during their exile. A small church of St. Antonia is located inside the Fort premises attracting a large number of pilgrims.

 

Cavelossim Beach:

Cavelossim Beach located at a distance of 12 Kms from Benaulim beach is one of the most well known beach resorts in Margao region. Famous for its dolphin spotting, Cavelossim Beach attracts nature lovers and holiday mongers alike. The beach has a large number of shacks available for the tourists to soak in the summer sun as well as unwind amid the lovely blue waters and white sand.

 

Ancestral Goa:

Ancestral Goa is an ambitious project developed by the Goa tourist department to relive the old world charm and rural lifestyle of Goa for the tourists. Spreading over an area of 9 acres in Loutulim area, Ancestral Goa has a wide range of art galleries and museums attracting tourists and historians alike. An open air museum known as the Legend of the Big Foot is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ancestral Goa.

 

Benaulim Beach:

Located at a distance of 2 Kms from Colva Beach, Benaulim Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Goa. Famous for its wide range of water sporting excursions, Benaulim Beach attracts a large number of local and international tourists. Benaulim Beach is also a popular swimming location with the beach free from any jellyfish or other hazardous nuisances.