South Goa district

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South Goa district
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Location of South Goa district in Goa Red: Velhas Conquistas (old Portuguese conquests) Pink: Novas Conquistas (new Portuguese conquests) Yellow: District Capital
Location of South Goa district in Goa
Red: Velhas Conquistas (old Portuguese conquests)
Pink: Novas Conquistas (new Portuguese conquests)
Yellow: District Capital
Country India
State Goa
 • District collectorRuchika Katyal, I.A.S.
 • Superintendent of PoliceAbhishek Dhania, IPS
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesSouth Goa
 • Member of Parliament, Lok SabhaFrancisco Sardinha (INC)
 • Zilla Parishad, ChairpersonSuvarna Tendulkar
 • Total1,966 km2 (759 sq mi)
 • Rank1st
 • Total640,537
 • Rank2nd
 • Density330/km2 (840/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Literacy85.53%
 • Sex ratio980
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
4032xx ,4034xx, 4036xx, 4037xx,4038xx
Telephone+91 0832
Vehicle registrationGA-02
Major highways1.National Highway 66,
2.National Highway 4A
Largest cityCuncolim (28.7 km²)
Largest city (by population)Mormugao
ClimateAm (Köppen)

South Goa district is one of two districts that comprises the state of Goa, India, within the region known as the Konkan. It is bounded by North Goa district to the north, the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.


The Portuguese established a colony in Goa in 1510 and expanded the colony to its present boundaries during the 17th and 18th centuries. Goa was annexed by India on 19 December 1961. Goa and two other former Portuguese enclaves became the union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, and Goa was organised into a single district in 1965. On 30 May 1987 Goa attained statehood (while Daman and Diu became a separate union territory), and Goa was reorganised into two districts, North Goa and South Goa.


Ruchika Katyal, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, is the collector and district magistrate of South Goa.[1] There are deputy collectors and mamlatdars for each sub Division / taluka.

The headquarters of the district is Margao.[2]

There are 205 revenue villages in South Goa District under 7 Tehsils (sub districts) headed each by the Mamladar.[3]


Rural Salcete, South Goa

Margao is the administrative headquarters of the district. The 'Matanhy Saldanha Administrative Complex', the collectorate building, named after former minister and social activist Mr Mathany Saldanha, is located on the outskirts of the city, adjoining the intercity bus stand.[4]

The district is divided into five subdivisions—Ponda, MormugaoVasco, Margao, Quepem, and Dharbandora; and seven talukasPonda, Mormugao, Salcete (Margao), Quepem, and Canacona (Chaudi), Sanguem, and Dharbandora.

Ponda taluka was shifted from North Goa district to South Goa district in January 2015.


Frequent buses are available between Margao and North Goa.


According to the 2011 census South Goa has a population of 6,40,537[5] which is roughly equal to the nation of Montenegro[6] or the US state of Vermont.[7] This gives it a ranking of 515th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 326 inhabitants per square kilometre (840/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 8.63%. South Goa has a sex ratio of 980 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 85.53%.[5]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.


Konkani is the first language of a majority of the people living in South Goa district. Portuguese is also spoken and understood by a small number of people.

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 66.44% of the population in the district spoke Konkani, 12.38% Hindi, 6.45% Marathi, 5.98% Kannada, 3.39% Urdu, 1.00% Malayalam, 0.86% Telugu, 0.55% Bengali, 0.49% Tamil, 0.49% Gujarati, 0.44% Odia and 0.42% English as their first language.[9]


Religion in South Goa district[10]
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Source: 2011 Census.

Hinduism (53%) is followed by the majority of population of South Goa. Christians (36%) form significant minority.[10]


There are many educational institutions in South Goa. The prominent colleges include:


  1. ^ "Who's Who | South Goa District | India". Archived from the original on 25 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Tehsil | South Goa District | India". Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. ^ TNN (31 May 2013). "South Goa collectorate named after Matanhy". The Times of India. Margao: The Times Group. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  6. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Montenegro 661,807 July 2011 est.
  7. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Vermont 625,741
  8. ^ "Census of India Website : Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India".
  9. ^ "C-16 Population By Mother Tongue - Goa". Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  10. ^ a b "C-1 Population By Religious Community". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Parvatibai Chowgule College - About SPCC". Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  12. ^ "G. R. Kare College of Law - About Us". Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Padre Conceição College Of Engineering".
  14. ^ "M.E.S. College of Arts & Commerce".

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Coordinates: 15°16′21″N 73°57′30″E / 15.2724°N 73.9583°E / 15.2724; 73.9583