About 33 km south of Panjim, Madgaon or Margao is a major religious center and commercial hub of Goa. Madgaon is the oldest and the second largest city in Goa. Located on the banks of the Sal River, the city gets its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Mathagram’ which stands for a place that has a math. The city was home to numerous mathas of the Vaishnava sect. The name changed to Margao when the Portuguese colonized the region.
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Madgaon is the capital of Salcete taluk which gets its name from the Sal River. Sal River, which has now become choked with silt, was once a very popular place for trading activities. Boats from Arab and African countries used to frequent the town with precious cargo to be traded. There are many churches, temples and monuments in the city and along the Colva and Benaulim beach. The Church of Holy Spirit is a fine example of Goan architecture and it also has carved apostles.
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Accommodation options are aplenty ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury hotels. The budget hotels are clustered near the railway station. The GTDC tourist hostel near the Municipal Building is also a good place to stay but requires booking in advance. Mid-range hotels can be found all over the city. Martian Dias Road has a good number of mid-range hotels. Luxury hotels are located in Borda and on Seraulim Road.
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