One of Goa bustling towns includes Margao. It is also the commercial and cultural capital of the state. Margao, by population, is the second largest city of the state. It is also administrative headquarters of Salcete and South Goa district. It is far off from capital city Panjim and Vasco da Gama, 33km & 27km respectively. Historically, the town had gargantuan temples and dormitories. Portuguese, on their invasion during 17th century, smashed everything and fascinated into their Novas Conquista.
Today Margao is perfect blend of Goan culture and Portuguese architecture. It derives its name from 'Margao', in Portuguese. Arguably it also derives its name from Konkani word Mathagram which literally means "village with a Matha (forehead)". The location of the town is ideal to reach various beaches and other tourists spots. There is wide array of options for globetrotters to roam around.
The fervent town has enormous beaches in and around. Colva beach is the nearest beach to Margao; it is located just 6km from the town. It is an ideal destination for globetrotters from all over the world. It is one of the longest beaches of the state, Goa, stretching around 24km. The ever crowded beach has enormous hotels, restaurants and shacks. It is famous as for its whitish silver sand. This windy beach is ideal for sunbathing and spending halcyon moments. Benaulim beach, just 2km away from Colva beach, is popularly known for its nightlife. It is free from hazards and ergo is ideal for swimming. The beach also hosts number of intrepid activities in water.
Varca beach is another option that hosts water sports. Located at the south of Colva beach, it's an perfect beach to enjoy long walks. Tourists can enjoy Dolphin watching and boat riding. It's an optimal beach for sunbathing too. Betul, Majorda, Uttorda, Cavelossim and Velsao beach are other beaches that tourists can breeze in.
Being second largest city in the state, Margao is dotted with enormous tourists spots. There are many historical places that people can visit while in the city. The first and prominent attractions include Sat Burzam Ghor. It is one of the best quintessence of Portuguese architecture. This palatal mansion is popularly known as "House of Seven Roofs". Church of Holt Spirit is the cynosure of the city. It is fenced by lush green landscapes. The baroque architecture of the Church is worth watching. Other tourists’ attractions include Shri Shantadurga Temple, Chandor, Loutolim, Rachol Seminary, Monte Hill, Colonial Style Villas and many more.
No doubt, Margao is the city that offers endless reasons to breeze in. It is imbued with Goan culture as well as Portuguese architecture. The city in the presence of Portuguese ambiance has never left its culture behind. It is an impeccable destination for old and young.
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