¤ About Marmagoa
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.
¤ Major Tourist Attractions
» 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
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.
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 months usher in a pleasant weather in Marmagoa. The winter season
lasts from December to February with the mercury plummeting down a few
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 -
airport, lies on top of a rocky plateau, 4-km southeast of Vasco da Gama.»
The nearest railway station is situated at Vasco da Gama.»
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.