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¤ About Marmagoa
MarmagoaThe town has some industries and not very much else besides the highly dilapidated ruins of a fort, and an ironic history, which classifies it as "the town that never was". Well, leaving the dramatics aside, Marmagoa was the site that was first chosen to be the capital of the Portuguese Empire. This is why, in 1685, the construction of the fort started along with the founding of a township. The Viceroy even moved to Marmagoa in 1703, but the Maratha warriors (term used for Shivaji and other Hindus originating from Maharashtra, who fought against foreign rulers) attacked the site repeatedly, and Old Goa was made the capital instead. Thus, Marmagoa is more or less the Fatehpur Sikri of Goa, minus the monuments, of course. But with the harbour starts another lore.

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¤ Major Tourist Attractions of Marmagoa
» Marmagao Fort - This fort near the internationally famous Marmagoa Harbour was built to protect the harbour situated near the Vasco da Gama town. Its work started in 1624.

» Varca Beach - If one staying in Benaulim, one is bound at some point to visit Varca: the row of beached wooden fishing boats 2-km south of Benaulim

¤ Accommodation
Being one of the major cities of Goa and a trade harbour, its not difficult to find good and reasonable accommodations in the city. The options include, mid-range hotels to budget hotels and tourist lodges. One can also find fine beach resort accommodations over here.


Marmagoa¤ Climate of Marmagoa
Summer - The summer weather in Marmagoa is reasonably warm with temperatures climbing up to the higher thirties. As south-west monsoon sets in June, sporadic rainfalls lash the plains. There is a marked rise in humidity levels during this period.

Winter - Winter months usher in a pleasant weather in Marmagoa. The winter season lasts from December to February with the mercury plummeting down a few notches.

Clothing - While planning for a trip to Marmagoa, you don't need make a fuss over packing the right set of apparels since the weather is more or less salubrious throughout the year. One do bring along some beachwear if you want to return back with a toned physique. Marmagoa being the commercial hub of Goa, hard core shoppers can look forward to a rollicking time in this city. Apart from high-end malls and shopping plazas.

¤ How To Reach Marmagoa
» Air - Dabolim, Goa's airport, lies on top of a rocky plateau, 4-km southeast of Vasco da Gama.

» Rail - The nearest railway station is situated at Vasco da Gama.

» Road - Arriving by bus from Panjim or Margao, one'll be dropped off to the situated interestate Kadamba Terminus, 3-km east of the town centre from Vasco. From Vasco one can catch ferries to reach Margao harbour.

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