13 kms north of Panaji.
Friday Market, Bodhgeshwar Temple, Hanuman
Theatre, Mapusa Church and Swiss Chapel.
Best Time To Visit :
October to March
A picturesque town set around the Mount (Altinho), Mapusa is said to have
grown with the blessings of god Bodhgeshwar. It is the capital of northern
Bardez Taluka and the third largest city of Goa. The town's name, Mapusa is
derived from the Konkani words, 'maap' meaning measure and 'sa' meaning
fill, that indicate its commercial nature. Besides being a major trading
centre, Mapusa is a good hub to visit some of the famous Goa's beaches.
Mapusa has a history of its own, it is said that even before the
Portuguese, the Aryans, Marathas or Sultans invaded Goa, the town was an
agrarian community with a well established gaunkari or community farming
system. In the community farming system, the villagers formed associations,
worked on community land and shared their profits. Market day was an
important event for them in which goods were brought from different district
to a central area. Mapusa got its popularity as a market centre by the
ancient festivals organized in honour of the god Kanakeshwar Baba,
worshipped at the Bodhgeshwar Temple.
How to Reach
By Air :
Dabolim airport is the nearest airport which is
situated at a distance of 45 kms from the town. Indian Airlines flights and
also a host of Private Air Taxis connect the airport with major cities of
India. The International services of Indian Airlines connect Goa with Kuwait
and Sharjah twice a week.
By Train :
Tivim (Thivim) railway station on the Konkan
railway is the nearest railhead which lies at a distance of 12 kms from
By Bus :
Mapusa is situated on the Goa- Mumbai-Pune road.
Kadamba bus stand on the southwest edge of the town is the main bus stand.
Buses of the state roadways and private operators run from Mapusa to Mumbai,
Pune, Hubli, Belagaruma, Hampi and Mangalore.
Local Transport :
Rickshaws and tourist taxis are
available here to take you to the nearest hotel or resort. Motorcycle taxis
are also available at Mapusa near the main town square. Local buses ply to
the nearby beaches of Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora, and
Places Where You Can Stay
Mapusa has no luxury hotels, but the town is dotted with a number of good
hotels. Popular hotels of Mapusa are Hotel Bardez, Hotel Satyaheera and
Tourist Attractions in Mapusa
If you are looking for the essence of Goa, then Mapusa Friday
Market is the perfect place for you. The town of Mapusa has now become
synonymous with its Friday Market, which is located outside the Mapusa
Municipal Market. Every Friday, the small town of Mapusa burst into a riot
of colour and noise. The farmers and small entrepreneurs from all over Goa
come to the market to sell their locally grown or manufactured wares. Goan
women dressed in their colourful attire also come in from nearby villages to
sell their self-made items including spices of different types. You can shop
for a wide range of items, right from spices and T-Shirt to fresh fruit,
trinkets, sausages, straw hats, fresh and dried fish, incense, vegetables,
souvenirs and furniture. You should keep in mind that bargaining in Mapusa
is an integral part of shopping and therefore you should never pay the first
price asked for.
Bodhgeshwar Temple :
Nestled under an old Banyan tree, the
Bodhgeshwar Temple is worth visiting place in Mapusa. Whether you see the
temple by night or day, the Bodhgeshwar temple looks equally charming.
Legend goes that Bodhgeshwar was a very accessible god who used to sit below
the banyan tree around which the temple was built. Since its construction,
Goans of all faiths come here to find solutions for their problems. If you
want something, you have to make a vow to the god and when your wish is
granted you have to offer what you had promised to the god. If you are
visiting around 3rd week of January, there is an additional attractions in
form of a fair which is organised near the temple.
Hanuman Theatre :
Hanuman Theatre is located just across
the road from the Bodhgeshwar Temple. The theatre organizes the local plays
- tiatrs in Konkani, dramas in Marathi and performances by visiting theatre
groups and musical troupes from Goa and other parts of the country.
Mapusa Church :
The Mapusa Church is known by two names -
St. Jerome's Church and the Church of Our Lady of Milagres. It is known as
St. Jerome's Church in October when a feast dedicated to St. Jerome is
celebrated. It is known as Church of Our Lady of Milagres, with the Milagres
feast is celebrated every third Sunday after the Easter festival. Milagres
Feast is important not only for Christians but also for Hindus and as such
both Hindus and Christians participate in the festivities with equal
enthusiasm. During the three day feast, a number of cultural activities are
organized including the Milagres Queen contest.
Swiss Chapel :
Swiss Chapel is situated close to the
heritage buildings of Mapusa Court, St. Mary's School near the Municipal
building. The chapel has a cream and blue coloured wooden altar and shrine.
Swiss Chapel organizes the Holy Cross Feast at the beginning of Lent. After
nine-day novena prayers, Carnival starts.
Mapusa Tour Packages
Features : On the second day
of Goa Tour in India you may visit the town of Mapusa, which is 13 kms
away from Panaji. Goa's third largest town, Mapusa is a major trading
centre of the state. Once, there, don't forget to visit the popular
attractions of Mapusa like Friday Market, Bodhgeshwar Temple, Hanuman
Theatre, Mapusa Church and Swiss Chappel. Apart from these, Mapusa is
also an ideal base to explore some of the noted Goan beaches.
Features : Eigth day of India
by Day and Night tour is meant for visiting the town of Mapusa. Goa's
third largest city, Mapusa is considered the capital of Northern Bardez
Taluka. Mapusa has the major tourist attractions like Bodhgeshwar
Temple, Swiss Chapel, Friday Market, Mapusa Church and Hanuman Theatre.
In addition to these, Mapusa also makes an ideal base to visit some of
the popular Goan Beaches.
Features : The 22 days
package, covering destinations in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and
Uttar Pradesh, brings you to Goa on day 15. Mapusa, the major trading
centre of North Goa is a must visit destination of Goa. On 17th Day of
your trip, Rajasthan Heritage and Goa gives you a good chance to visit
this popular town. Visit this town on this tour and explore the major
attractions like Swiss Chappel, Mapusa Church, Hanuman Theatre and
Bodhgeshwar Temple. In addition to these, on this tour you can also
enjoy shopping at Friday Flea Market.
Features : Best of South
India, a 13 days tour, takes you to the beautiful state of Goa on very
first Day of your trip. Popularly known as tropical paradise, Goa is
home to enchanting tourist destinations namely Panaji, Old Goa, Mapusa,
Vasco da Gama, Margao, Canacona and Ponda. Each of these destinations
has a gamut of attractions, both in terms of sightseeing and activities.
Visit these tourist destinations on this tour and avail a good chance to
explore and enjoy these attractions.