Goa Diaries: Margao Photowalk

In terms of size and population Margao is the second largest city of Goa. We had started our Goa trip from Margao. And Margao functioned as the junction connecting the two opposite ends every time we went to north Goa from Canacona. Margaon is a busy town; yet if you seek you will be amazed to discover quaint nooks and crannies carrying signs of its Portuguese heritage. Beautifully painted row houses, old churches will take you back to the time when Goa was a different place altogether. Don't miss the city municipal building and the post office.

Margao is the best place to try out authentic Goan cuisine. The restaurants mostly cater to the local crowds and hence very less probability of bumping into tourists. Goan cuisine is a crossover between Maharashtrian and South Indian gastronomy. So there's plenty of coconut, kokum and fish can be found on the menu. We visited two restaurants in Margao. Coincidentally, both were railway station themed. The first one was called Margao Central; located right behind the actual Margao station. The restaurant looked like a train waiting to leave the platform any time. Food was simple and good. 

The second restaurant was The Station. It was located in an old Portuguese house where the interior was decorated with everything train related, ranging from pictures to vintage engine parts. Surprisingly enough, our waiter was a very nice Nepali boy who hailed from Nepal as well as Darjeeling. Before leaving he gifted us five rupees Nepal currency notes each.