Madgaon is a vibrant city in Goa, often called its cultural capital. Located in the South Goa district, Madgaon is also called Margao. The city is famous for its several beautiful churches and pristine beaches that regularly feature in the international tourist’s must-visit list.
Places to Stay
Madgaon has many budget options available to choose from. La Ben Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Surya Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Miramar (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some of them.
The official language of Madgaon is Konkani. Portuguese is also widely spoken here.
The Goa Carnival which occurs during February-March every year is an internationally popular event. Christmas is also celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
The Closed Market and Madgaon Municipal Garden are both located in the heart of the city, within 2 km of the bus stand. There are also many beautiful churches that are worth visiting in Madgaon. Some of them are Grace Church, Holy Spirit Church, and Monte Hill Chapel.
How to Get There
The Dabolim Airport in Goa, which is located 21 km away, is the nearest airport.
Madgaon Railway Station connects the city to many important cities in the country - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Mangalore, and Bangalore amongst others.
Private operators like VRL Travels, Paulo Travels, Seabird Tourist, and Kadamba Travels are some of the reliable bus services that offer daily services to Madgaon bus stand from most major cities in the region. Make use of a Volvo bus service when you are travelling anywhere in India and travel in comfort.
Mapusa is the most happening town located in the northern area of Goa. It is situated just 13 km way from the state capital city, Panaji. It is also the Bardez Taluka’s headquarter. Located on the main highway NH-17, it links Kochi to Mumbai. The town’s name is spelled as ‘Mapuçá’ in the Portuguese and ‘Mapsa’, ‘Mhapsa’ or ‘Mapuca’ in the local languages. One can also see churches and administrative buildings famous for their architecture from the British Raj era here.
Places to Stay
There are a few budget hotels in Mapusa. Some of them are Palacio De Goa (Tariff- Rs. 1918), Hotel Manvin's (Tariff- Rs. 2045), and Hotel Fidalgo (Tariff- Rs. 4992).
The official language of Mapusa is Konkani. The other languages spoken in this region are Marathi, Hindi, English and Portuguese.
The main event of Mapusa is the Mapusa Friday Market which is held on every Friday. Locals from the surrounding villages and towns drop in at this market to sell their home grown vegetables and fruits, wares, handcraft items and plants as per the monsoon season.
Place of Interest
There are several place of interest for domestic and foreign tourists. The Sankavaddi temple located at Arpora (8.5 km), the shrines of Vital and Vhoddhi, Dhaktli Jandevta, Vandevta located at Salvador do Mundo, and Fort Aguada.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mapusa is located in Panaji (14 km).
There is no train station in Mapusa. The nearest station is located in Margao (23 km).
The town of Mapusa is well connected by bus to major cities and towns of Goa and its neighboring states. There are buses run by state government and private travel agencies. Opt for a Volvo bus booking through Ticketgoose.com and have a comfortable journey.