PANAJI: The capital city of the territory is located in Tiswadi taluka on the left bank of the river Mandovi. It can boast of having the oldest Municipality in Asia. It is a city of fine gardens and status. Enchanting panorama unfolds from atop Altinho (Hill top) posh residential area.
MARGAO: It is the most important town in South Goa connected by rail and the National Highway with Karnataka and Maharashtra and is located in Salcete taluka. An important commercial and cultural centre of Goa, noted for its old mansions influenced by Western architecture, it is the headquarters of South Goa District.
VASCO DA GAMA: It is the port city across the river Zuari about 30 kms. from Panaji. Its roads have a geometric layout with imposing multistoryed buildings. Close by is the Dabolim airport and the internationally famous natural port of Mormugao. It has also the railway terminus.
MAPUSA: An important commercial town in North Goa, it is situated in Bardez taluka on the national highway 17. It has a beautiful layout with gardens and a church. Weekly Friday bazar is held at the modern streamlined market and attended by large crowds.
MORMUGAO HARBOUR: (33 Kms. from Panaji) Four Kms. from Vasco da Gama, one of the finest natural harbours on the west coast of India and the hub of intense maritime activity. Passenger and cargo ships call here from all over the world.
PILAR MONASTERY: The Monastery of Pilar stands on a hillock at Goa Velha, which was once the capital of the famous Kadamba dynesty known as Gopakapattam. The building of the monastery was built round about 1613 A.D. It commands magnificent panoramic view of the countryside as well as Mormugao harbour and the Zuari River. The walls of the monastery are covered with frescoes depicting religious episodes and other objects of religious interest.