Mormugao, India Cruise Port
Fans of Gregory Peck and Bollywood may recognize the cruise port of Mormugao, India from its appearance on the big screen. Located in the Indian state of Goa, the city is also Goa's main port in the Mormugão harbor. The Portuguese built it as a fortified town overlooking the harbor in 1624, but Dutch invaders soon arrived by sea. By the 18th century, the British developed the area into a key trading point. Railroads also revitalized the port in the late 1800s. Given the status of Major Port in 1963, Mormugão Port has made important contributions to Indian trade. Known for its beaches and bustling marketplace, European have been visiting here for many decades. There are also a number of waterfalls to explore, and those who love elephants should have no trouble catching a ride on one. Here are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Mormugao, India:
- Built to protect the harbor from interlopers, the historic Mormugao Fort near Vasco da Gama town covered six miles and includes a towering bulwark, several prisons, and a chapel. While much of it is now gone, you can still explore the chapel and boundary wall, and take in the splendid views of the sea.
- Not far from Mormugao is Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The churches and convents (including the Church of Bom Jesus, containing the tomb of St. Francis-Xavier) show how the spread of Christianity occurred throughout the country.
- In addition to Christian places of worship, you can visit the Sai Baba Temple. Dedicated to the Sai Baba of Shirdi who stressed the importance of maturity, the temple is lovely inside and out – just be sure to observe the codes of conduct and respect its patrons.
- A tour to the spice plantation is fun as well as educational. A guide explains how plants and spices can also have medicinal properties, and which are native to the area. You'll also learn about local nuts and fruits, such as cashews, betelnuts, star fruit, and custard apples.