Ponda, commonly referred to as Fonda, is a city based in the northern district of Goa. Ponda is located at heart of Goa and is about 29km from Panaji. It is a hub for industries and factories and is one of the fastest growing cities in Goa. Ponda is known for its high literacy rate. Some of the towns and cities close to Ponda include Priol, Codar, and Cassabe De Ponda.
Places to Stay
There are many good budget hotels in Ponda. Some of them are Hotel Menino (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Farmagudi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1500), Goa Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Subam Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Ponda is Konkani but English is also spoken here.
Some of the festivals and events celebrated in Ponda include Urs of Shah Abdullah (17thChariot festival, Maruti Zatra and Marugesh Zatra. Christmas, Navdurga festival and Diwali are also celebrated in Ponda with great enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
There are several tourist attractions in Ponda, some of them include the Tropical Spice Plantation, the Sri Mahalasa Temple, the Sri Naguesh temple, the Butterfly Conservatory and the Sahakari Spice Farm.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ponda is Dabolim Airport. It is located about 21 km away from the town.
Ponda does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station to Ponda is in Margao. It is located approximately 47km away from Ponda.
There are daily bus services to Nasik, Panjim, Panaji, Bangalore, Mangalore, Ahmedabad and many other cities from Ponda. Some of the best bus operators on these routes include Kadamba Transport and Ganesha Tourists. Travelling by bus has become easier these days as you can easily book a bus ticket online.