Vasco Da Gama

Vasco da Gama is a city on the Mormugao peninsula in Goa, western India. The coast is dotted with beaches like Baina Beach, and has a natural harbor. On the headland, overlooking Varca Beach, 17th-century Mormugao Fort has 2 fountains. Dating from the 16th century, St. Andrew’s Church has gilded altars. The hilltop Japanese Garden has ocean views, and contains the ruins of the Fortaleza Santa Catarina fortress.

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Abyss Marine Aquarium, Vasco
12 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Located on the national highway Verna-Goa in South Goa is the Abyss Marine Aquarium which is at a distance of around 12 kms from Vasco Da Gama city center.

It has gained popularity in the recent years as one of the most visited places by the tourists coming to Goa. It offers tourists a view of wide variety of attractive and interesting marine life. It also showcases the traditional activities of Goan fishermen families in the form of statues.

It contains 60 differnt varieties of species of fishes which include starfish, sea cucumber, lion fish, lobsters, catfish, finger...

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Arossim Beach
12 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Arossim beach is one of the beaches on the coast line of the Indian Ocean. It is located at a distance of 12 kms from the main city nearby that is Vasco Da Gama. It is situated in the Salcette region in South Goa.

Arossim beach is one of the most peaceful beaches on the Indian coastline and every year it successfully draws many tourists to itself. The beautiful white sand, dense green palm trees and the multi-colour fishing boats along the shore all makes it a centre of attraction. Neighbouring extension in the north are Cuelim and Cansaulim beach and to its south are two world fam...

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Baina Beach
5 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Baina beach is a crescent shaped beach which is closest to the city Vasco. It is at a distance of around 5 kms from the city Vasco Da Gama.

It is known to attract tourists for its water sports and cultural programmes. The beach is bounded by Zuari hills on the right and Dabolim Plateau on the left. It had a bad reputation of being a red light area untill cleared by government in 2004. The beach is the closest point to Virgin Islands. Bat island is also visible from the beach but is taken over by Navy and so is restricted. It is major pick of most travellers as this beach is less cr...

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Bogmalo Beach
9 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Bogmalo is a small beach-side village in Goa with around a 1. 6 kilometer stretch of a curving sandy beach. The village and the adjoining beach is located at a distance of 9 kms from Vasco Da Gama.

Even though the size of the village is quite small, there is a wide variety of restaurants and accommodations available for visitors. Bogmalo beach is generally quiet and is not crowded like the other beaches in Goa. The sunsets on the beach are quite a view and can easily take your breath away. You can enjoy the view either relaxing by the sea on the sand or from one of the various restau...

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Cansaulim Beach
12.2 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Cansaulim is a peaceful and relatively safe beach which is admired by the tourists for its beauty. It is 12. 2 kms away from Vasco Da Gama, taking almost 18 minutes to arrive via taxi or private car.

There are a number of activities like windsurfing, catamarans, diving, fishing, parasailing, and jet-skiing, which you can indulge into at the Cansaulim Beach. People also come to the beach to relax during the morning or the evening, taking in the scenic beauty of the beach. The beach has been rated safe for families and kids can be seen running and playing on the beach, some busy making...

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Dabolim
4.9 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Dabolim is a village in Goa, located about 4. 9 kms from Vasco Da Gama. It is the only city in the state with an airport, the Dabolim Airport.

There are several things that one can do near Dabolim. About 300m from the airport, there is a village called Arpora where a person can go explore the underwater life. Barracuda Diving India provides the best diving experience with their team of professionals. There is also an option to go kayaking nearly a kilometer away from the airport, open from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The Naval Aviation Museum also is at the same distance, open from 09:30 A...

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Damodar Temple, Vasco Da Gama
Within Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Damodar Temple is located in the heart of Vasco Da Gama and it is the venue of the biggest festival in the town, Vasco Saptah. Hindu religious life revolves around this festival.

Legend has it that when people began dying during the 1896 epidemic that broke out in the city. The locals turned to Lord Damodar, an avatar of Lord Shiva for help. A sacred coconut was brought to the famous Damodar Temple at Zambaulim, a divine symbol to be worshipped. During the festival, the coconut from the previous year is taken out and a troupe of dancers follows it during its visit to Vasco’s prominen...

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Hansa Beach
4.5 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Hansa Beach is located at a distance of 4. 5 kms from Vasco Da Gama. It is a small private beach, close to the naval area, with a safe and heartening ambience.

Hansa beach is beautiful beyond measure and does not come under the commercial or public beaches of the state. Situated in South Goa, the beach is controlled by the Indian Navy because of its location, which is close to major naval installations in the area. It is well-maintained by the Navy, with regular cleanups to ensure that there is no sort of garbage anywhere on the beach. The currents on the beach are mild and it has be...

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Issorcim Beach (Hollant Beach)
32 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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At a distance of 32 kms from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, the Issorcim Beach awaits for tourists with its beauty. It is smaller in size when compared with other beaches and is used for angling.

Issorcim Beach (Hollant Beach) is a peaceful beach with a breathtaking view, especially during the high tide, when the sea meets a freshwater stream flowing nearby. And like any other beach, the ambience at dawn and dusk during sunrise and sunset respectively is mesmerizing. One can see plate coral developing here. The coral reefs and coral plates are the principle fascination of the vacationers ...

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Japanese Garden, Vasco
9 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Japanese Garden is the garden located on top of a hill called Sada. The garden is located in Vasco city limits. It is 9 kms from the city centre or it is a 30-minute drive from the city.

Atop a hill, there remain the ruins of Fortaleza Santa Catarina and it hosts a beautiful garden, known as Japanese Garden. It is an idyllic place visited by dating couples and localities. There are beautiful trees and there are swings and other toys for kids to enjoy. At the far end of the garden, there is a beach and it is less visited by the tourists which is known as Grandmother's hole Beach. A...

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Kesarval Spring, Vasco Da Gama
11 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Located 11 kms away from Vasco Da Gama's city center, situated on calming lush green hills, lovingly enveloped by rocks and trees, Kesarval Spring is a popular tourist attraction in Vasco Da Gama, Goa. This Spring is near the Verna Plateau, off the Panaji-Margao highway. It can be reached soon after crossing the bridge on the Zuari River and passing through Cortalim Village.

The word "Kesar-val" is derived from the Indian word for eagles that used to maintain a colony here in the rocky slopes. Even today, many eagles can be seen near the Spring. The Spring is surrounded by rich sce...

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Mardol
20 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Just 20 kms away from Vasco Da Gama, Mordal is a breathtaking small town which represents the rich Goan culture in its most organic and raw form. It is a census town in Ponda taluka, North Goa. It is very easy to reach Mardol as many government run and privately operated buses travel through Mardol. The most significant attractions in this town are Shree Mahalasa Temple and Shree Manugeshi Temple.

Shree Mahalasa Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalasa who is associated with Mohini, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is almost 450 years old and is one of the largest temples in Goa. T...

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Mormugao Port
4 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Mormugao Port is one of India's prime natural harbors. Located approximately 4 kms from the port city of Vasco Da Gama and 34 kms from Panaji, it can be reached by road or by cruise. It is situated at the mouth of the Zuari River and is also served by Mandovi River in South Goa District.

It is a major port of India and is very crucial for its marine trade. It is the prime iron-ore exporting port of India accounting for 32% of India’s iron ore export. The origin of the Port dates back to the Portuguese Era and is a manifestation of Portuguese maritime predominance in the 17th Centur...

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Naval Aviation Museum, Vasco Da Gama
6 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Naval Aviation Museum, a military museum, is located in Bogmalo, 6 kms away from the port city of Vasco Da Gama. It is situated very close to the Dabolim Airport on the road to Bogmalo Beach. It can be easily reached by public or private transport and has ample parking for vehicles. On the global front, only 7 such museums exist and this is one of them.

It exhibits the rich history and remarkable development of Indian Naval Aviation. It has a treasured collection of aircrafts, their engines, armaments, fighter planes, weapons, missiles, helicopters and more which makes it an absolu...

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Shri Shantadurga Temple, belonging to Goud Saraswat Brahmin community, is 38 km from Vasco Da Gama at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, Goa. Shree Shantadurga is the Kuldevi (family deity) of many Goud Saraswat Brahmin families.

Shri Shantadurga Temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. The deity is also called 'Santeri' colloquially. Purana admits of a battle between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The battle was so fierce that the God Brahma prayed to Goddess Parvati to intervene, which she did in the form of Shantadurga. Shan...

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The Church of Three Kings, Cansaulim
11.4 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits

The Church of Three Kings, Cansaulim, officially known as the Our Lady of Remedios Chapel, is built in the Goan village of Chandor, at a distance of 11. 4 kms from Vasco Da Gama.

The Church was built back in 1599 by Father Gonsalo Carvalo SJ and is associated with St. Thomas’ Church, Cansaulim. As the legend goes, three kings were in dispute over the rule of the region and one of them, King Holger Alvunger, invited the other two to his house for dinner. King Holger was planning on poisoning the wine of the other two and killing them, in which he succeeded. However, the public found o...

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Velsao Beach
15 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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At a distance 15 kms from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Velsao Beach is situated in South Goa.

The Velsao Beach stretches in an area of 20 km from Mobor to Betul beaches, which are among the popular attractions in Goa. It carries in its embrace a lovely long stretch of white sand with tall, lined coconut trees. The sugary sand is perfect for relaxation, strolling and sunbathing. The Velsao Beach seems to be at the top of its beauty at dawn and dusk. The views of sunrise and sunset are something to die for, all packed with soothing air and the m...

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Zuari River
47 kms from Vasco Da Gama city limits
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Zuari river (also known as Aghashashini or Agashi river), the largest river in the state of Goa, is a tidal river. It is 92 km long. It is located at a distance of 47 kms from Vasco city.

The Zuari along with the Mandovi River constitute the major water sources in the region and these along with their tributaries traverses a major portion of the state. The Zuari and Mandovi Rivers form an estuarine system. The banks of the Zuari River are covered with mangrove trees and are a perfect destination for adventure lovers. Crocodiles inhabit in the swampy and marshy area, which can be easi...

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