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[[Image:MargaoChurchGoa.jpg|thumb|400px|'''Holy Spirit Church, Margao''', Goa ]]'''Margao''' is the commercial center second largest city in the [[India|Indian]] state of [[Goa]]. It is also the headquarters of the South Goa district, a entry and exit point for a number of visitors headed for South Goa, and has, in located 33 km from the past, been considered the "Athens" of Goa (because of its prowess in the field of culture)state capital [[Panaji]].
==Understand==
 
Goa's cultural capital and commercial capital, this South Goa city is also the second-largest (after Vasco da Gama) by population but arguably the busiest. Being the administrative headquarters of South Goa might create a misleading picture; Margao too is close to the central coast.... the long white-sand beach stretch, rated by an early-1970s UNDP study as potentially one of the ten best beaches in the world.
This beach spans 30-odd unbroken kms., from Sancoale in the north to the Mobor Peninsula in the south. Margao lies somewhat in the middle of this beach, five kilometres eastwards. Hence a strategic base station for beaches like Velsao, Cansaulim, Arossim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Sernabatim, [[Benaulim]], Varca, Fatrade, Cavelossim and Mobor. [[Image:MargaoChurchGoa.jpg|left|thumb|350px|'''Holy Spirit Church, Margao''', Goa ]]
Like other Goan places, Margao too gets called multiple names in different languages. It's called Madgaon by the Indian Railways, and the local Konkani pronounciation is Mudgannv or Modgannv. Margão is the Portuguese name and spelling.
==Get in==
* The nearest airport is Goa Airport, at [[Vasco da Gama|Dabolim]] (28 km).  Margao is connected by road to other cities like [[Mangalore]], [[Udupi]], [[Karwar]], [[Ratnagiri]], and [[Mumbai]] through national highway 17. Also there is a road which connects Margao to [[Ponda]] and other towns in Goa. ===By train===Goa's biggest and most important railway station, '''Madgaon Junction (IR station code : MAO)''', is located 2 km east of Margao town, off NH-17. Margao's railway station is big and important, an intersection of the Konkan Railway and the South Western Railway (earlier South Central Railway). * It is the terminus station for several Konkan Railway trains, being a major station of this Mumbai to Mangalore rail line, after Ratnagiri. * All pan-Indian Almost all trains running this route halt passing through Goa stop here, at least for bunkeringand it is the gateway to south Goa. There are direct trains from most parts of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Mangalore and Bangalore. For a list of trains, see the [[Goa|main article]].  Margao is also a convenient point to disembark for the beaches of [[Palolem ]] (38 kms) or [[Colva ]] and [[Benaulim ]] (about 6-8 kms).* ===By bus===Margao is well connected with other cities of Goa by bus.* Express mini-buses run by the (Goa's biggest government) Kadamba Transport Corporation connect Margao to Panjim (Panaji), the state-capital. These mini-buses leave from the KTC Bus Stand, on the outskirts of Margao, and most important railway station, '''Madgaon Junction one needs to queue up to buy a ticket. They ply during peak hours (IR station code : MAOnot after 8 pm or so)'''.  Some inter-state buses touch Margao. For instance, buses headed to Bangalore via the Karwar route, is located touch Margao in the heart evenings, and pick up passengers there. Some of the citybuses for Bombay (Mumbai) leave from Margao, off NHbut this is only a few.  Buses connect the Margao-17Panjim route till 9.30 pm. It Margao is well-also connected to most cities in India. ''For Ponda, Vasco da Gama, Canacona, Karwar and a list number of outlying villages of trains, see the [[Goa|main article]]''Margao.* Margao is about 20 km from a major terminus on the international airport at [[Vasco Da Gama|Vasco]]Konkan Railway route, and local and express trains connecting to Mumbai, Gujarat, Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu halt here as per their schedules.
==Get around==
Auto rickshaws are very rare to find while Taxis (Maruti Omni's, ambassadors etc) are easily accessible.Motorcycle taxi's for single person are also effective.
Private buses are also very effective in traveling within Margao and nearby locations. Remember one thing unlike other states Goa doesn't have separate men and women seating arrangement. So ladies please carry your equipment. Bus is cheap with maximum charges of around Rs 6 for a 3-5 kms distance.
 
Intercity/interstate trains leave from the bigger junction station about 2km from the centre of town. If you are getting a bus into the city and get dropped off here (just north of the main city square 2km), public busses only run 7am-7pm, but private buses run until about 11pm. They stop at the main rd entrance to the bus stand, close to the middle. It's 10rs to the centre of town in a private bus.
==See==
 
{{infobox|A heritage walk|
If you can, lay your hands on the inexpensively priced "Margao Heritage Walk Map", that has been researched by architect-urban planner Ashish K Sinai Rege of Altinho Panjim. This is a creatively crafted map that offers suggestions for three 'heritage walks' around Margao.
 
Each is of 20, to 35 and 45 minutes. The first covers the homes of Yvette Alvares-Colaco, Dr Ivan Egipsy (hospital), Bernardo Salazar, Dr JF Colaço, Victor Noronha, Alino Colaço, Vincent C Barbosa, Albino Colaço, Sousa, and Carlos Alvares. The second goes past the homes of Dr Eurico Santan Silva and Figureido, Fenellon da Piedade Rebelo, Mariano Rebelo, Jacinto Barreto Miranda, Abel Furtado, Alan Acacio CAmara, Orlando Faleiro, Joaquim Pinto, Goheen Andrade, Adv Rajiv Shinkre and Brothers, Dr Gracias, Abel Noronha, Luis Soares, and Ivo Costa Azaredo.
 
The third goes via the homes of Prazeres Pinto, Maria Vega Coutinho, Manuela Alvares, Sarah and Maria Miranda,Barreto Xavier, Floriano Barreto, Francisco Barreto, Adolf Vaz Sulochana and others, Amonkar (VVM School), Servulo Colaço, Peregrino da Costa, Menezes, Naik, Fernandes, Nitin Virgincar, Joao Costa, Monte da Silva, Fr Salvador Lourenço, Mrs Pinto Miranda, Ghodge Brothers, Caitano and Maria Cruz, Vithal Naik (Dattawadi), Narcinva Naik, Bruto da Costa, Sambhari Pai Fondekar, Krishna Vernekar, Vishnu and Narayan Kirtani, Vitthal Wagle, Hede Brothers, Deepak Alve, Vissu Kesarkar, Gadnis Brothers and Talak, Bhagwant Naik and Brothers, R Kirtani and V Kamat. }}
 
Some landmarks in Margao include (around Abade Faria Road and Padre Miranda Road) include Presentation Convent (Holy Spirit Church area) and Fatima Convent (near the municipal square) are two of Margao's oldest unisex high schools started and being run by Catholic religious congregations, for girls.
* Old Market, dating back to the pre-Portuguese era.
* District Court (1777) and jail.
[[Image:Colva_1.jpg|thumb|250px|Colva Beach]]*<see name="Peace Cottage Fine Art Gallery" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">perched between two luxury hotels</see>
==Do==
 
* See the musical fountain on weekend evenings, near Nanutel hotel
* Watch an indian movie at one fo the several cinemas
* If you go around May/June, there is a feast of the Holy Spirit church. To celebrate this, there is a HUGE street side sale on everything from clothes to furniture to kitchen utensils. It's located near the KTC bus stand along the road
* Try to lay your hands on the inexpensively priced "Margao Heritage Walk Map", that has been researched by architect-urban planner Ashish K Sinai Rege of Altinho Panjim. This is a creatively crafted map that offers suggestions for three 'heritage walks' around Margao. Each is of 20, to 35 and 45 minutes.
==Buy==
 
Margao also has a 'covered' market (earlier Mercado de Afonso de Albuquerque, near Pimplapedd or Pimpalakatta in Konkani), along Francisco Luis Gomes Road (a.k.a. Old Station Road), even if the town's main market today adjoins the Kadamba bus terminus near its northern reaches.
==Eat==
Margao isn't as rich in decent eating places, as compared to the touristic coast nearby. But because Margao is a town rather than a tourist destination, the restaurants are open year-round.
Margao isn't as rich in decent eating places, as compared to the touristic coast nearby. Check some on these list: The restaurant at Hotel Nanutel (Indian/Chinese/mixed). Longuinhos (Goan/Indian/Chinese). Hotel Woodlands' bar. The restaurant of Hotel Saaj (Malayalee specialities). Shahi Durbar along FL Gomes (Old Station) Road for Mughlai/Indian, with nice cuisine even if a crowded area. Gaylin along Varde Valaulikar Road (behind the Collectorate) and Rice Bowl at Reliance Park, along the Margao-Colva Road, just beyond the municipal limits (Chinese), which is worthy of a recommendation.
* Tato's -, Apna Bazaar Complex- Serves excellent Indian vegetarian dishes.
* MainLand China - Behind Loyola High School
* Kamat Hotel Colva Bus-stand
* Bhel Puri stands around the park
* China Gate - west of the police station
* Kandeel is very popular with locals, including retired couples. The ambience is very plain but the Goan food (fish curry thali) and cocktails are inexpensive and excellent (found closed in Aug 2012).
*<eat name="Longuinho's Bar and Restaurant" alt="" address="Luis Miranda road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of Margao's most popular old world hangouts; serving excellent Goan, Indian, Chinese and Western dishes. Great place for morning tea or coffee with warm Portuguese-style pastries, you'll find it across the road from the Margao Municipal building.</eat>
==Drink==
 * Fresh Coconut jucie at the beaches (choose a coconut, ask the worker to slice it for the juice, drink it, give it back to them and they dice it for the edible contents)* Mazaa - bottled mango juice at any store*<drink name="Shree Natural Ice Cream" alt="Thanco Fresh" address="Shop No11, Suprem Colomo Road Center, Near Sitra Motors(Bajaj Show Room) Navelim-Margao Road Margao 403707" directions="" phone="9881883936" urlemail="http://www.naturalicecream.biz/" hoursfax="" priceurl="" lathours="" longprice="">Find delicious,natural and organic ice-cream made of fresh fruits available all Our india as Thanco Fresh Natural ice cream.</drink>Small bars dot the town. Longuinhos, mentioned above, is a good place for a cold beer or something stronger if you like.
==Sleep==
 
Places to stay include the GTDC-run Margao Residence, behind the municipal building; Hotel Woodlands; Nanutel; Hotel Saaj, behind Fatima Convent, Miguel Loyola Furtado Rd (Behind Fatima Convent); Government Rest House, Monte; and Gold Star Hotel, Isidorio Baptista Road.
GTDC-owned Margao Residency, a fair place to stay on a budget. Margao has only budget hotels. Others: Woodlands, Margao's first multi-storeyed modern hotel (the ones before were lodges and traditional *pensoes* that almost went to rut), Hotel Saaj and the slightly upper middle-end Nanutel which stands on part of the Cine Metropole property, opposite Ana Fonte.
There are of course, numerous lodgesfurther away from the city centre, cheap as they come (Rs. 300-500), and with corresponding facilities. Milan, Goa Lodge, and a sprinkling around the Khareaband road leading to Benaulim, are generally patronised by outstation travelling salesmen. But there are better places to eat and stay outside of Margao proper. * <sleep name="Escot hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="2710289" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 400">Ok place near the city centre that still had rooms cheaply when most other places were full and raised their prices.</sleep>
==Contact==
===Cybercafes in and around Margao:Internet=== ====Margao:==== 
* Cyber Inn, Shop No.5, Kalika Chambers, Varde Valaulikar Raod 403601 Ph 2733232
* Terrance Pimenta, Shop No. 12, Felicinta Apartments, Near Big Foot Traffic Island, Gogol 403601
* Tokina Cybercafe, Damodar Building, Near Police Station, Above Central Bank, Margao 403601
* Antonio Jose D'Costa, F11, Regency Plaza, Near LML Showroom, Comba, Margao 403601
* Sarah Cafe, St. Anthony Complex, Shop PG 11, Aquem, Margao 403601 Ph 2703034  ====Salcete (around Margao):==== * I Browse Rosary Commercial Arcade, Shop No. 15,16, Next to Panchayat, Navelim, Salcette 403707 Ph 2765610 * World Linkers, 4th Ward, House No. 405, Colva Salcete 403708 Ph 2788056 * Cyber Magic, Colva Beach Resort, Colva, Salcete 403708 Ph 2788130 * Delu Cafe, Isabel Classic, Alleamvaddo, Chinchinim 403715 Ph 2775327 * New Horizons, 1595, Beach Road, Vuzavaddo, Benaulim Goa 403716* G.K. Tourist Centre, House No. 1596, Vasvaddo, Benaulim, Salcete 403716 Ph 2771608
==Get out==
 Express mini-buses run by the (Goa government) Kadamba Transport Corporation connect Margao Move on to Panjim (Panaji), the state-capital. These mini-buses leave from the KTC Bus Stand, on the outskirts nearby beaches of Margao[[Colva]], and one needs to queue up to buy a ticket. They ply during peak hours (not after 8 pm [[Benaulim]] or so).  Some inter-state buses touch Margao. For instance, buses headed to Bangalore via the Karwar route, touch Margao in the evenings, and pick up passengers there. Some of the buses for Bombay (Mumbai) leave from Margao, but this is only a few.  Buses connect the Margao-Panjim route till 9.30 pm.Margao is also connected to Ponda, Vasco-da-Gama, Canacona, Karwar and a number of outlying villages of Margao. Margao is a major terminus on the Konkan Railway route, and local and express trains connecting to Mumbai, Gujarat, Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu halt here as per their schedules[[Palolem]].
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