Margao (Madgaon)

This is the main town in South Goa. It is 30km southeast of Vasco da Gama. Travelers may past through here on their way to the southern beaches. It is close to both Colva and Benaulim. It has a good bazaar selling local goods. The bazaar extends from near the railway station to the main square. The covered market is an interesting place, open Mon to Sat 8 am to 1 pm and 4 to 8 pm.

The Church of the Holy Spirit, next to Largo de Igreja Square, was built by the Portuguese in 1675. It is a good example of late Baroque architecture. It is white outside and has a well-designed stucco and crystal interior.

In Margao there are both Hindu temples and Portuguese monuments. The 17th century da Silva House is an interesting building. The de Jaao Figueiredo House has antique Goan furniture in it. There are good views from the top of Monte Hill.

Where to Stay
Most of the lower end places are near the railway station on Station Rd. Many of them fill up early inxe “Madgaon” the day.

Travel
Train If you are heading to the southern beaches, you can get off the train here. Margao is a main stop on the Konkan railway line and there are direct trains to Mumbai. It is a one-hour train ride to Vasco da Gama.

Around Margao
The Museum of Christian Art near Raia village, 6km from Margao, is in the Rachol Seminary and Church. The church, built in 1610, is architecturally interesting and contains an old library.
The museum has silver items that used to belong to the churches in Old Goa, some textile displays, a movable mass kit, and an outstanding 17th century silver swam. Open daily 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 to 5 pm. To get here, take the bus to Rachol Seminary and not Illa de Rachol.

Chandor
There are several interesting mansions in the village of Chandor, 20km east of Margao. The Menezes Briganza House, one of the most impressive ones, is open to the public. The family who owns it has lived here since the 17th century. The rooms are full of antiques, chandeliers, and stained glass windows. It has a private chapel and a ballroom. There are frequent buses to Chandor from Margao.

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