Close to the
important industrial town of Vasco da Gama lies the main port of Goa,
in Marmagoa. 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, Marmagoa 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 Marmagoa 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, Marmagoa 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.
Prime Attractions of Marmagoa
This fort near the internationally famous Marmagoa Harbour was built
to protect the harbour situated near the Vasco da Gama town. Its work
started in 1624.
If one staying in Benaulim, one is bound at some point to visit Varca:
the row of beached wooden fishing boats 2-km south of Benaulim