Vasco da Gama is a popular tourist destination in Goa. Named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is the largest city in the state of Goa.
Population of Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama's population is about 100,000 as per (2011) census which also happens to be the largest in the state.
Location of Vasco da Gama
Vasco is located on the western edge of the Mormugao peninsula. It is placed at the opening of the Zuari River, about 30 kilometers (19 mi) from Panaji (Panjim), Goa's capital, and about 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) from the Dabolim Airport (GOI).
When was Vasco da Gama founded?
Vasco was founded in the year 1543 and the city remained under the colonial rule until 1961.
Tourist attractions in Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama over the years has come up as an important commercial and tourist center in Goa. The city is home to a large port where several vessels come to deposit raw materials.
Vasco is home to the famous Bogmalo Beach. The beach is situated at a distance of just 9 kilometers from Vasco. This beach is meant for tourists who want to spend time in solitude and seclusion. This is among the less commercialized beaches of Goa and hence recommended for couples. The silvery sands of the beach provide shelter to numerous shacks that offer some of the most mouthwatering sea food spreads. This beach is also ideal for swimming and under water diving.
Vasco is also home to the St. Andrews Church which is located at the entrance of the city. The Church is a famous pilgrimage destination and is definitely one to watch out for on the occasion of Christmas.
Keeping in tandem with the happy go lucky spirit of the state Vasco also celebrates the Shigmo/ xigmo and the Goa annual Carnival with a lot of enthusiasm and gusto.
How to Reach Vasco Da Gama?
- By Air
The Dabolim airport is the nearest airport to Vasco. It is situated as a distance of 4 kilometers from the city. Most of the major domestic airlines operate regular flights to the Dabolim airport.
- By Rail
Vasco Da Gama is also connected to most of the cities and towns in India by a strong railway network. Margao and Vasco-da-gama are the major railway stations in Goa. Both these railway stations fall in the Konkan railway line and are extremely well connected to Mumbai.
- By Road
Vasco Da Gama is also well connected to most parts of the country by a strong network of roads. Kadamba bus stand of Panaji is the most important bus stand close to Vasco. There are numerous inter state buses that ply to and from the major Indian cities to Vasco.