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One Of The Two Administrative Divisions

South Goa is one of the two districts of the 25th state of India - Goa. The headquarters of South Goa is situated at Margao. The district houses the only airport in the state - the Dabolim Airport. It also shelters Vasco Da Gama, the city which connects Goa to other destinations via sea.

  • Geography : South Goa is bounded by North Goa District to the north, Utara Kannada District of Karnataka state to the east and south, and by the Arabian Sea to the west.
  • Prime Cities : The administrative headquarters of the district is Margao. The district is divided into three subdivisions, Margao, Mormugao, and Quepem, and five taluks, Salcete, Mormugao, Quepem, Sanguem, and Canacona.
  • Language : Konkani is mother tongue of majority of people living in South Goa district. Marathi and Konkani are spoken by a substantial number of people as mother tongue. English & Hindi are understood by majority of the population.
  • Beaches : South Goa has its share of beautiful beaches. Some of the popular beaches of the district are - Colva, Benaulim, Palolem beach. All these are stunningly beautiful and offer various water activities for tourists and promise an unforgettable nightlife.
  • Churches : Amongst the various churches scattered around South Goa the most important ones are - Church of Our Lady of Rosary, The Rachol Seminary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, The Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus. each one is worth a visit and has an interesting piece of history attached to it.
  • Temples : The famous Hindu holy places in South Goa include Sidhanath Mountain, Brahma Temple, Shri Datta Mandir, Devaki-Krishna Temple and Shri Chandreshwar Temple.
  • Mosques : Jama Masjid is a sacred Muslim shrine located just 26 km from Margao in South Goa. Another popular mosque is the Madina Masjid located in Vasco Da Gama.
  • Forts : Located in the Canacona taluka of South Goa, the Cabo da Rama fort is a must see. It is believed to be once the home of Lord Ram.
  • Wild-Life : The second largest of Goa's wild life sanctuaries, the Cottigao Wildlife Sanctuary is housed in South Goa.
  • Other Attractions : The other must see tourist places of the district include - the Naval Aviation Museum at Dabolim, the Buddhist Caves at Rivona.
  • Shopping : South Goa is a shopper's paradise. The Handicrafts and Silk Emporium, Shopping Arcade and various beach side shops provide immense buying opportunities. The Muncipal Market of Margao is not to be missed.
  • Accommodation : Like North Goa, the South Goa has multiple accommodation options ranging from luxury hotels, budget hotels to affordable guest houses.

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