Welcome to Margao

Margao’s compact town centre ranges around the oblong Municipal Gardens, with shops, restaurants, ATMs and the covered market all within easy reach. To the north of town is the old Portuguese-influenced Largo de Igreja district; about 1km north further is the main (Kadamba) bus station, and 1.5km southeast of the Municipal Garden is Margao’s train station.

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$11 Cultural & Theme Tours

Goa Pilgrimage Sightseeing Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Shantadurga Temple, Panjim, North Goa District, GoaShri Shantadurga Temple is a Private temple complex belonging to Goud Saraswat Brahmin community. It is 30 km from Panaji at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, Goa, India. H.H.Shrimad Swamiji of ShriKavale Math is Spiritual head Of Shree Shantadurga Saunsthan, Kavale.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Mangeshi Temple, GoaThe temple of Shri Mangesh is set amidst natural surroundings. Mangeshi, which is a little village along Goa's Panaji-Ponda road is a point of pilgrimage for hundreds of tourists from all over India and abroad.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Shri Mahalasa Temple, Ponda, North Goa District, GoaMahalasa is identified with Mohini, the female avatar of the god Vishnu. Mahalasa has four hands, carrying a Trishula, a sword, a severed head, and a drinking bowl. She stands on a prostrate man or demon, as a tiger or lion licks blood dripping from the severed head. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Vijayadurga Temple, Ponda, North Goa District, GoaVijayadurga Temple is a prominent temple located at the centre of Goa. The deity inside the temple is thus in a form of the Goddess Durga as VijayaDurga is an incarnation of Maa- Durga. It is resided at Ponda Taluka - Goa. This pilgrimage is a finest example of classical architectureDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Shri Kamakshi Temple, Shiroda, Sindhudurg District, MaharashtraThe Temple In Goa, the temple of Shri Kamakshi is located amidst hills in the picturesque village of Shiroda and was built in the late 16th century. The village of Shiroda is situated in South Goa, 12 Kms from Ponda town and 22 Kms from the city of Margao. In the village of Shiroda, a huge Mahadwar or temple gate leads to the Kamakshi temple complex known as 'Sthal' or more commonly called 'Thal'. Duration: 30 minutes

$355 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Fabulous Tropical Indian Beaches - 3 Nights In Goa

Day 1: Arrive GoaUpon arrival in Goa, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay: Lazy Lagoon Sarovar Portico (Superior) Day 2: North GoaAfter breakfast, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of north Goa. Visit Fort Aguada and its lighthouse overlooking the Arabian Sea. The fort was built in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Indian Maratha warriors. The four story Portuguese lighthouse was erected in 1864 and is the oldest of its kind in Asia. Continue to the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Chapel of St Francis Xavier. Built in the 16th century, this magnificent building is the most popular and famous of all the churches in Goa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. Later, visit the Goa beaches: Anjuna, Baga and Calangute. There are local markets at Anjuna offering traditional jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs. Dona Paula Beach is located about 4 miles from Panaji. This beach is named after the legend of Dona Paula de Menezes and nicknamed the Lovers Paradise in Goa.Overnight stay:Lazy Lagoon Sarovar Portico (Superior) (B)Day 3: South GoaAfter breakfast, leave for your half day sightseeing in South Goa. The Colva beach is located about 3.5 miles to the west of Margao and is amongst the oldest and most celebrated beaches in South Goa. Its coastline runs for about 15 miles and is made up of finely grained white sand. On one side coconut groves flank the scenery. Bogmalo Beach, a curving sandy beach is located beside a small fishing village of the same name. It is ideal for those looking for peace and tranquillity. Overnight stay: Lazy Lagoon Sarovar Portico (Superior) (B)Day 4: DepartYour tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out. (B)

$128 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Home Cooked Goa meal with local family

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Margao Market, Margao, South Goa District, GoaMeet your local at your hotel. Later proceed towards the only ethnographic museum in Goa – Goa Chitra museum. As the founder of the museum, Victor Hugo Gomez, will explain on the purpose of the museum, which was to preserve as much local history as possible by collecting original (restored as needed) implements. The founder has undertaken this task on his own and does not receive any government funding for his efforts. He has quite a collection and it is housed very nicely. A guided tour is worth it as it will provide more insight as to the use of many of the implements.Later take a small drive around the village of Margao, In early centuries it was termed as Goa’s second best city after the Capital Panjim city, but today Margao is the biggest city of Goa. It is the busiest city, lively and full of crowds, having one of the largest markets with huge variety in Goa. You will find stalls with large variety of items such as dry fruits, masalas, vegetables, fresh spices, sweet jaggery, baked Goan breads, terracotta pots, etc.We later head towards to meet a local Goan couple over lunch at a Portuguese manor house, divided and lived in by feuding families. Whilst the different artifacts and architecture are interesting, the best part is the people showing us around the house; true characters who seem to be carrying out their own "keeping up the Jones” in Goa!Lunch is served at a restored vicarage - a stunning labour of love of a Goan couple who have painstakingly restored the property to its former glory. Then comes the best part of the day, sit out on the covered veranda overlooking the beautiful gardens - lunch! Dish after dish of beautiful, home-cooked food...prawns, curry, fish, rice, vegetables, bread...Delicious Goan food with the Portuguese influence shining through. Post lunch, we drive you to your hotel and depart with all smiles.Duration: 3 hours

$128 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of Museum Bazaar and Lunch with Goan Family at Portuguese Manor House

Our driver would pick you up from your hotel at 09.00 am. You will be driven to ‘Goa Chitra Museum’, the only agriculture related museum in Goa. It is themed on the agrarian evolution in Goa showcasing an impressive collection of over 4000 artefacts. The items on display include local pottery, farming tools, musical instruments, ancient carts and palanquins, etc. After the visit to the museum, you will be taken for a short drive around Margao to take a look at the busy yet lively markets of Margao. The street market offers a range of products like wide-variety of dry fruits, spices, sweet jaggery, baked Goan breads and terracotta pots. Then, get ready for an interactive session with a local Goan family in the Old Portuguese Manor House over a delicious lunch. Enjoy the meal with nice company and get carried away by charming ambience of the Portuguese house decorated with impressive artefacts.  The tour package will conclude by safely dropping you back to the hotel late in the afternoon