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.
A city located in the Satara District of Maharashtra, Satara is located near the confluence of the river Krishna and its tributary river Venna. Believed to have been established in the 16thcentury, Satarais one of the historical cities in Maharashtra. The name of the city was derived from the seven hills surrounding it. Satara is well known for its sweet,kandipedhe. The city has a unique statue of Shivaji standing near a canon at Powai Naka, which is distinctive since most statues ofShivaji depict him riding on a horse. The well-known Kas plateau located near here is now a World Natural Heritage site.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Satara. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Lake View (Tariff Rs. 1,470), Hotel Pooja Residency (Tariff Rs.600), and The Ambassador (Tariff Rs. 1,412)
Annual festivals likeDussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Marathi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
ShriChhatrapatiShivaji Museum (1km), Ajinkyatara Fort (5kms), Char BhintiHutatmaSmarak (1km), NatrajMandir (1km), SangamMahuli (5kms) and Kanher Dam (9kms)are places of interest near this city
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur
Satarahas its own railway station
Satara bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Shree Krishna Varun Travels, Gogte Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels and Amrutyog Travelsrun regular buses to and from the city. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.