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.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.