Margao is located at 15°18′N 73°57′E / 15.30°N 73.95°E / 15.30; 73.95. It has an average elevation of 31 metres (102 feet).
Nestled on the banks of the River Sal, Margao is among the oldest recorded towns in Goa. Portuguese style mansions dot its landscape. One of the fastest growing cities in Goa, its fast growing suburbs include Aquem, Fatorda, Gogol, Borda, Comba, Navelim and Davorlim .
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