Close to the important industrial town of Vasco da Gama lies the
main port of Goa, in Mormugao. The 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".
A Ruined History
Well, leaving the dramatics aside, Mormugao 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 Mormugao 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.
The Port Town
Thus, Mormugao is more or less the Fatehpur Sikri of Goa, minus
the monuments, of course. But with the harbour starts another lore.
The port is one of India's finest natural harbours. If one wants
to extricate oneself from the beaches, a sunset walk around the
harbour can be a pleasant change.
Air: Dabolim, Goa's airport, lies
on top of a rocky plateau, 4-km southeast of Vasco da Gama.
Rail: The nearest railway station
is situated at Vasco da Gama.
Road: 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.
Hotels & Acoomodation
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
Click here for Hotels in Mormugao.
Vasco da Gama: 4-km
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