Gama, 29-km by road southwest of Panjim, sits on the narrow western
tip of the Marmagoa (also known as Mormugao) peninsula, overlooking
the mouth of the Zuari River. Acquired by the Portuguese in 1543, this
strategically important site was formerly among the busiest ports on
India's west coast.
It remains a key shipping centre, with container vessels and iron ore
barges clogging the choppy river mouth, but holds nothing of interest
for visitors, particularly since the completion of the Konkan Railway,
when Goa's main railhead shifted from here to Margao. The only
conceivable reason one might want to come to Vasco is to catch a bus
to Dabolim airport, of Bogmalo beach, 8-km southeast.
Prime Attractions of Vasco-de-gama
The sandy beach at the end of the cove would be even more picturesque
were it not for the monstrous multi-storey edifice perched above it.
The Naval Aviation Museum
The first naval museum in Asia was inaugurated at Dabolim, Vasco in
1998 and opened for public from the 19th October 1998. The museum
showcases the history of Indian Naval Aviation, various aircrafts,
weapons, sensors, safety equipment, rare photographs depicting Goa's
liberation and artifacts.