Margao, India is popular for being the commercial capital of the state of Goa in India. The city is also the second biggest city of the state and houses a population of about 80,000 people.
Etymology of the word Margao
The word Margao originated from the Portuguese language and the word is frequently used in the English language as well. The word has been originated from the expression Mathagram which stands for an area with a matha or a monastery. The word is articulated as "Mut" and the noise is like the expression "Hut". Mutt is a sacred area where a spiritual community known as "Mathgram" takes care of it.
Geographical features of Margao
The city of Margao lies at 15.30° North and 73.95° East. The mean altitude of the area is 102 feet or 31 meters.
Situated on the riverbanks of the famous Sal River, the city of Margao is one of the earliest documented townships in the state of Goa. The place is mostly popular for the colossal Portuguese pattern residences which speckle the entire territory of the place.
Why is Margao famous?
The city is famous because it is one of the fastest developing cities in the state and is home to various neighborhoods like Fatorda, Aquem, Borda, Gogol, Davorlim, and Comba.
Demographic features of Margao
As laid down by the census performed by the Government of India in 2011, the number of people living in the city of Margao is 78,393. Men comprise 51% of the total number of people inhabiting the city and women 49%. The mean literacy rate of the city is 87.4% and this has surpassed the countrywide mean of 74%. Literacy among women is 83% and literacy among men is 91%. About 11% of the people living in the city are below the age of six years.
Education system in Margao
The city is home to a number of renowned colleges, schools, and educational institutes. The most famous schools in the area are as follows:
- The Model English High School
- Mahila and Nutan English High School
- The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
- Directorate of Education, Goa
- Presentation Convent (for girls)
- St. Joseph High School at Aquem
- Fatima Convent (for girls) in the vicinity of Old Bus Stand.
- Shri Damodar College of Commerce and Economics
- Smt. Parvatibai Chowgule Cultural Foundations College of Arts and Science
- Shree Damodar Higher Secondary School of Science
Transportation in Margao
The most significant and largest railway station in the state of Goa is the Margao Railway Station. This railway station is situated at the meeting point of the South Western Railway and Konkan Railway. Nearly every train moving across Goa halts at this station and the place acts as the entrance to Southern Goa. As a result of this, the city is typically used as a transportation hub instead of a tourist spot. Travelers who visit places like Colva and Benaulim (approximately six km away from the place) or Palolem (about 38 km from the place) often use Margao as a transportation point.
National Highway 17 or NH-17 connects the following places with Margao:
Languages spoken in Margao
The most extensively spoken language in the city is Konkani. Other important languages used in the territory are as follows:
Tourism in Margao
There are many things to do and see in the city of Margao. Popular tourist attractions in the city include the following:
- "Closed' Market" or "Pimpalakatta" or "Pimplapedd" in Konkani and Mercado de Afonso de Albuquerque (in the Portuguese dialect)
- The municipal garden
- The municipal building (Camara)
- Mercado Velho or Old Market
- Anna Fonte (natural springs)
- Impressive regal residences (particularly the Seven Gables House close to the church)
- Margao City Hall
- "Kabrasthan" or the Muslim cemetery
- And the Hindu crematory or "Smashan", both located on Rua das Saudades, Pajifond.
- Holy Spirit Church
- The Grace Church
- The Monte Hill Chapel
- The St Sebastian Church in Aquem
- The Hari Mandir
- Damodar Temple
- Saibaba Temple
- Maruti Mandir
- Jain Temple, Pajifond
- Shiv Temple
Last Updated on 02 November 2011