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.
Humnabad is the headquarters of Humnabad Taluk, and is a part of the Bidar district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Bidar at a distance of 52 km east. Enthusiasts of history as well as lovers of food must try this place out. The area is not too far from the newly formed state of Telangana as well.
Places to Stay
The closest and the most convenient place to put up for the night is Bidar with its wide variety of budget hotels and lodges. Some of them which are worth trying are Sapna Continental Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Shanti Boarding & Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Ratna (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Shanti Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
Places of Interest
Veerabhadreshwara Temple, Manik Prabhu Temple and Karanja Reservoir are the places of tourist interest in Humnabad. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Bidar are the Basavakalyana Fort, Basaveshvara Temple, Moti Mahal, Hydari Mahal, Peeran Dargah, Allamaprabhu statue and its surrounding areas.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad at a distance of 171 km.
Bidar Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 53 km; the town has its own railway station as well.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the village to different cities in the region. SRS Travels is one of the popular bus operators. Buses to the village are available from Bidar. Book bus tickets to your favourite destination through various bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com.