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Location of Salcete in South Goa district, Goa
Location of Salcete in South Goa district, Goa
Coordinates: 15°12′45″N 74°04′24″E / 15.212450°N 74.07323°E / 15.212450; 74.07323Coordinates: 15°12′45″N 74°04′24″E / 15.212450°N 74.07323°E / 15.212450; 74.07323
Country  India
State Goa
District South Goa
Headquarters Margao
Settlements (as of 2011) 2 cities
11 towns
35 villages
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,94,504

Salcete or Salcette (Saxti pronounced: Sāshti) is a sub-division of the district of South Goa in the Indian state of Goa. Its administrative and economic headquarters is Margao. It is largely co-terminous with a region called Saxti, which comprised, by local tradition, sixty-six villages, hence the name.[1] However, Saxti also included the now separate sub-district of Mormugao.


King Viramarmadeva of the Kadamba dynasty issued a copper-plate inscription in 1049 CE concerning a grant of a piece of land called Tudukapura in Kudtarika agrahara of Chhat sathi desha. This inscription suggests that Chhat sathi refers to modern Salcete, known as Sashti in the local language.[2]


Environs typical of houses in rural Salcete

Salcete sub-district comprises two cities, eleven towns and thirty-five villages as per the 2011 Census of India. It has a population of 2,94,504.[3]


Salcete has two city councils: Margao and Cuncolim.


Salcete has eleven census towns: Aquem, Benaulim, Chinchinim, Curtorim, Davorlim, Navelim, Nuvem, Raia, São José de Areal, Varca, and Verna.


Salcete has thirty-five villages: Adsulim, Ambelim, Assolna, Betalbatim, Calata, Camurlim, Cana, Carmona, Cavelossim, Cavorim, Chandor, Colva, Deussua, Dicarpale, Dramapur, Duncolim, Gandaulim, Gonsua, Guirdolim, Loutolim, Macasana, Majorda, Mulem, Nagoa, Orlim, Paroda, Rachol, Sarzora, Seraulim, Sernabatim, Sirlim, Talaulim, Utorda, Vanelim, and Velim.


Salcete has nine comunidades: Benaulim, Betalbatim, Colva, Curtorim, Loutolim, Margao, Nuvem, Raia, and Verna.


  1. ^ "Sanskrit Numbers From 61 to 80",, Derived from the Sanskrit word षट्षष्टि shatshashtihi (sixty-six) 
  2. ^ S. G. Kadamb (2013), Sources of History of the Kadambas of Goa: Inscriptions (First ed.), Panjim: Broadway Publishing House, pp. 1–14, ISBN 9789380837314 
  3. ^ C. Chandramouli (2015) [2010–11], "Salcete Taluka — South Goa", Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Government of India, Census Organization of India 

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