small by Indian standards, Goan towns
are important as cultural, business
and tourist centres, where most of
the population find some sort of employment
and are dependent on them for livelihood
directly or indirectly. Towns linked
by a strong communication system add
to the overall development of the
Towns & Cities
The State comprises
of 11 talukas with 15 towns (Municipal
areas) and 429 revenue villages. Descriptions
of some of the important towns of
Goa are given here.
An important commercial
town in North Goa, it is situated
in Bardez Taluka on the National Highway
17 (13 km from Panaji). Weekly Friday
bazaar is held at the modern streamlined
Mapusa market and attracts large crowds
from all over the State.
It is the headquarters
of South Goa District and is considered
as the main commercial city of Goa.
Located in Salcete Taluka (35 kms.
from Panaji), it is famous for its
ancient cultural heritage and traditional
customs of the people of Goa.
small and charming city located in
Tiswadi Taluka on the left bank of
river Mandovi, Panaji is the Capital
of the State and headquarters of North
Goa District. Miramar beach, full
of soft golden sand, girdled with
palm trees, facing the blue Arabian
Sea, is just 3 km. from Panaji. Having
the oldest Municipality in Asia, the
city is considered as a posh residential
paradise with areas like Altinho,
Campal and Fontainhas. Miramar also
is lately developed with beautiful
houses and bungalows, built in modern
and Latin style, with well laid gardens,
statues and avenues lined with gulmohars,
acacia, rain trees and other ornamental
trees. Most of the professional colleges
are located in and around Panaji City.
In the heart of Goa,
30 Kms. from Panaji, lies this picturesque
town of Ponda. It is fast developing
as a cultural and commercial centre.
Most of the ancient Hindu temples
are located around this town.
Once a modern, well-laid
city, across the Zuari river in South
Goa, (30 kms. from Panaji), it was
geometrically planned by the Portuguese.
Close-by is the Goa airport and the
internationally famous natural port
of Mormugao. It has also the oldest
railway terminus. Mormugao harbour
(4 Km.) is one of the finest natural
anchorages on the West Coast of India.
Passenger and Cargo ships call here
from all over the world.Some other
towns/villages like Bicholim, Calangute,
Sanquelim, Valpoi, Canacona, Navelim,
Pilar, etc. are also fast developing
as commercial centres.