It all started with the Portuguese when they decided to build a large fort on the headland overlooking the natural harbor at Mormugao in 1624. When Goa their primary place of residence, sustained several attacks by the Dutch and the Marathas the Portuguese decided to move their administration into the fortified township and set about developing and expanding it in 1685. However not long afterwards the Portuguese administration shifted to the new city of Panjim Goa 25 miles from Mormugao leaving the city a military garrison. After a decline in the 18th century the British who were making incursions into India at the time recognized the importance of this natural harbor and in the late 19th century a meter gauge railway system with a terminus at Marmugao was established under the British owned Western India Portuguese Guaranteed Railway Company who modernized the port and linked the Portuguese occupied area to British India.
Marmagoa is now the second largest city in the state of Goa and its cultural and commercial centre. Portuguese influences are still very apparent in the city. After 127 years in operation the port of Mormugao is not only the most important harbor on the west coast of India but as a key harbor handling iron ore exports of over 50 million tons per year and other industrial materials is a major port in the country. Additionally the port has berthing facilities for large cruise ships, oilfield supply vessels, navy and coast guard ships among others and a floating dry dock for ship repairs. Excellent facilities and high productivity make it one of the most efficient ports in the subcontinent. For some visitors to Goa discovering the fascinating history of the area and experiencing the famous beaches begin from a cruise ship berthed at the port. The Mormugao Port Trust that operates the port is one of the largest employers in the region and has a township close to the port complete with residential complexes, schools and other amenities for port employees. Interestingly the port was also the site of a 1980s Hollywood movie based on an actual incident that took place in the port during WWII.
Stay amidst lush rice paddies and swaying palms with the sound of the Indian Ocean in the distance at Alila Diwa Goa. Experience the contemporary, comfortable and spacious guest rooms and its range of suites including a two bedroom version ideal for getaways with family and friends. As a key beach resort in Goa guests can enjoy not only the verdant landscape but long stretches of sandy beach lapped by the ocean as well as all the exciting sights and sounds Goa is well known for. Take advantage of the serene surroundings of this Goa resort to rejuvenate and recuperate.