Earlier called the Virat Nagari, Wai is situated on the banks of Krishna River. It has the most beautiful ghats and temples that are worth visiting. Because of its scenic location several Bollywood movies like Chennai Express, Dabbang and Omkara were shot in Wai. Located in Satara district, the Sahyadri Mountains surround this picturesque town. Dholya Ganapati temple is a major attraction of Wai.
Places to Stay
Wai has a number of luxury hotels. However, budget hotels are also available. Some of them include Sapna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and Hotel Sheetal (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
The official language of Wai is Marathi. Hindi and English are also spoken in the area.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a major festival in Wai.
Places of Interest
Mahabaleshwar about 30 km from Wai is a must-visit place. Panchgani (13 km from the town), Lohare Palpeshwar Caves (5 km) are other places to visit.
How to Get There
Lohegaon airport about 99 km away is the nearest airport. Mumbai airport (163 km) is another option.
Tourists taking the train can come via Satara, which has a railway station. It is about 37 km away.
Buses ply regularly from Mumbai, Pune, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Neeta Tours and Travels is one of the major operators on this route. TicketGoose.com is one of the most popular online bus booking sites.
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.