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Panaji
Panaji Tours Location: On the banks of the Mandovi River, Tiswadi Island, North Goa
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Highlights: Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach, Ruins of St. Augustine's Tower, Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount in Goa, Archaeological Museum
Main Languages: Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, English
Main Religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
STD Code: 0832

The official name for the capital of Goa is Panaji, though in Konkani it is often pronounced as 'Ponnji'. The Portuguese name for it was 'Pongim', from which originated the other name by which it is known- Panjim. The name Panjim is used mostly by English speaking people. The capital of Goa lies on the banks of the Mandovi estuary, in the district of North Goa. Panaji means 'the land that does not flood'.

Panaji is not only the capital city of Goa, but also an educational, commercial and cultural center of Goa. It is one of India's smallest and most pleasant state capitals. Panaji became the capital of Goa in 1843 when Old Goa was finally abandoned.

Panaji is worth a visit, though most travellers just pass through the city on their way to the beaches or to Old Goa. Panaji, the capital of Goa, is built around a church facing a prominent square. Panaji has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings. The riverside too offers a fine view. Each year on Sabado Gordo (Fat Saturday), a colourful carnival is organized with attractive floats. The carnival begins with the arrival of King Momo, who orders his subjects to forget their worries and have a good time.

Panaji Tourist Attractions

Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Goa is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and is a popular tourist attraction of Goa. It is one of its kind in Asia and was set up around the year 1994 in a joint collaboration between Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and Calouste Gulbentian of Portugal. Also known as the Christian Art Museum, the museum displays the priceless collection of Goa's rich art and craft, objects made of gold and precious stones, ivory images, image of St. Francis Xavier in a silver casket, etc. A major attraction of this museum is the depiction of Christ as a symbolic shepherd watching over his flock.

Adilshahi Palace
The Adilshahi Palace is a prime tourist attraction of Panaji. Built by Yusuf Adil Shah in 1500, this palace was built for recreational purposes and for relaxing. Later, as time passed, it was fortified and served as an important defense location for the Portuguese to check on external attacks and threats. It was also the first custom check point where the cargo ships were checked. The Palace served as an official residence for most Portuguese viceroys who stayed here for sometime before leaving for Portugal. Also known as Idalcao, it is now preserved beautifully with perfectly manicured gardens adding to its splendor.

Mahalakshmi Temple
The Mahalakshmi temple at Panaji is considered to be the dwelling place of the actual Goddess of the Shakti sect. It is a beautiful temple and the image of the Goddess bears a striking resemblance to the Goddess that is at Kolhapur, the main center of worship. The temple is one of those very few temples in India that has a gallery of wooden images of Lord Vishnu. The image of the Goddess is said to have a "Linga" on her head and is considered to be a very peaceful form of the Devi.

How to Reach

By Air: Panaji can be easily reached by flights from major cities like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Bangalore, etc. The Dabolim airport is at a distance of around 30 kilometers from Panaji.

By Rail: The main railway station of Goa is at Margao and is at a distance of around 33 kilometers from Panaji. Regular trains ply from places like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Secunderabad, Pune, etc.

By Road: Panaji can be easily reached by roads as highways have been built that link it to neighboring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Inter state transport is prevalent from Maharashtra and Karnataka to Goa. Other private tour operators also run their buses regularly.
 
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Ponda
ponda tour packages Location: Ponda Taluka, North Goa
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Highlights: Sri Shantadurga Temple, Sri Mangueshi Temple, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Dudhsagar Falls
Main Languages: Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, English
Main Religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
STD Code: 0832

Ponda city in Goa is located 28 Km from Panaji. Ponda is a major town in the North Goa district.

It is considered to be the heart of Hinduism in Goa. Ponda city in Goa is most famous for its temples. When Portuguese arrived in Goa, they destroyed every temples and mosques they could lay their hands on. As a result, temples in Goa are generally set back from the coast and comparatively new, although some are just about 400 years old. Ponda in Goa is now a transportation centre and some of the best temples in Goa are located here. A few small factories and industrial estates have sprung up on the outskirts of the town due to its proximity to some of Goa's largest iron ore mines. Ponda also serves as a convenient base to explore two of Goa's wildlife sanctuaries, the Bondla and the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ponda Tourist Attractions

Sri Shantadurga Temple
Sri Shantadurga Temple of Ponda is a very important and famous temple in Goa. It is said that the Goddess who is worshipped over here is the Goddess of Peace and settles quarrels amicably. Legends say that she amicably solved a major dispute between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

Sri Mangueshi Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sri Mangueshi Temple located in Ponda is a major Hindu temple visited by many devotees. This temple is said to have been built during the 18th century and its white tower a popular landmark. It is located on top of a hill and looks stunning amidst serene locales.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular wildlife sanctuary in Goa and is also the smallest one. It is spread over an area of merely 8 square kilometers. Though it is very small in area, it boasts of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Many tourists come and visit this sanctuary to explore the exotic wildlife here.

Other Important Temples of Ponda
Ponda also has other temples that may not be as famous as others but are still worth the visit. These include Sri Mahalsa temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva), Sri Chandreshwar Temple and Sri Mallikarjuna Temple, which are located further down south.

How to Reach

By Air: The Dabolim airport is nearest to Ponda city in Goa. From the airport you can hire a cab to reach the required destination.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Margao at a distance of 17 kilometers from Ponda.

By Road: Ponda is well connected to all major places in Goa by a wide network of roads. One can reach Ponda from neighboring state of Karnataka by taking the National highway 4A.
 
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Vasco-da-Gama
Vasco- da- Gama Location: Mormugao Taluka, South Goa
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Highlights: Bogmalo beach, Naval Aviation Museum, Japanese Garden, Pilot Point, Mormugao Port, St. Andrews Church
Main Languages: Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, English
Main Religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
STD Code: 0832

Vasco Da Gama is one of Goa's largest industrial and commercial cities located about 39kms southwest of Panaji. It is named after the legendary Portuguese explorer and Goa's former Viceroy, Dom Vasco da Gama. It lies on the western tip of the Mormugao peninsula overlooking the mouth of the Zuari River. Vasco Da Gama was originally called Sambhaji. Vasco-Da-Gama is the junction of the railway lines into Goa and it is very close to Close to Marmagoa Harbour and Dabolim airport. Vasco Da Gama was even considered for being Goa's capital city until Panaji became it, after Old Goa was abandoned.

Vasco Da Gama Tourist Attractions

Bogmalo Beach
Bogmalo beach is a popular attraction of Vasco Da Gama and tourists visit this beach since it is less commercialized than other beaches. The local shacks there provide excellent food and you can try out different Goan dishes. Here you can try your hand at open water diving as the water is quite safe for swimming.

Naval Aviation Center
The Naval Aviation Center was set up in Vasco around the year 1998. It is one of its kind in India and is a major tourist attraction in Goa. The place has a museum that showcases the rich history and the development of the Indian naval aircrafts, different aircrafts that are used, weapons, arms, etc.

Mormugao Port
The Mormugao port is a natural harbor where giant vessels come and deposit the raw materials and other items of import and export. There are also cruise ships over here that take tourists on a short cruise along the coast of Goa.

How to Reach

By Air: The Dabolim airport is located at a distance of just 4 kilometers from Vasco Da Gama and has flights plying from major metros of India regularly.

By Rail: Vasco Da Gama has a railway station at the southern end where trains from nearby places in south and central India come here on a regular basis.

By Road: Vasco Da Gama is well connected by a wide network of roads and this place can be reached easily by hiring local transport. Inter state buses also ply here from nearby states.
 
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Mapusa
Mapusa Tours Location: 13 kilometers north of Panaji, on NH-17, Bardez Taluka, Goa
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Highlights: Calangute beach, Anjuna beach, Aguada fort, Reis Magos fort, Mascarenhas Mansion, etc.
Main Languages: Konkani, Hindi and English
Main Religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
STD Code: 0832

The name Mapusa is derived from the Konkani term, maap, which means measure and sa which means fill up. Those who travel to Goa, Mapusa is a favourite tourism destination amongst them. Mapusa is the third largest city in the state of Goa and has a history of its own. It is believed that much before the Portuguese, or even the Aryans, Marathas and Sultans set their feet on the land of Goa, Mapusa was a well developed gaunkari or community farming system. The system had the people of the villagers coming together to work on the community land. The ensuing profit was divided between the workers accordingly.

Mapusa
Tourist Attractions

Mascarenhas Mansion
Mascarenhas Mansion is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Mapusa is the. This beautiful mansion was built during the Portugal rule and is an excellent example of the wonderful Portuguese architectural style. The balconies are lovely and add richness to the splendor of this magnificent mansion. The mansion is famous for its refined stained glass floral engravings. Another attraction here is the L shaped seat along the front porch, which is made out of expensive wood.

Sri Kalika Temple
Sri Kalika Temple is one of the most important Hindu temples in Goa, the Sri Kalika Temple is located at a distance of around 14 kilometers from Mapusa. It can be easily reached by hiring any mode of local transport from Mapusa. The Kalika Temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali. This temple presents a unique blend of aesthetic and modern architectural style.

Anjuna Beach
Anjuna Beach is located at 8 kilometers in west of Mapusa, It's a popular beach among tourists. Anjuna beach is beautiful to look at with golden sands, turquoise blue water and swaying coconut trees. The beach is quite safe for tourists to have a bath in the sea as the currents are usually not too strong here.

Sri Morjee Temple
Sri Morjee temple is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Mapusa. It is a popular tourist attraction of this place. The main deity of this temple is Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodhgeshwar, also known as Bongini. It is said that the deity fulfills the wishes of those who pray with pure devotion.

How to Reach

By Air: Mapusa can be easily reached by air as the nearest airport to Mapusa is the Dabolim airport of Goa. Flights from Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities provide daily services for tourists.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Mapusa is around 12 kilometers away and is known as Thivim / Tivim railway station. Trains come here regularly from nearby cities and states. One can always hire local transport from here to reach the concerned hotel or resort.

By Road: Mapusa is well connected by roads and bus service from nearby states is available round the clock. To travel in Mapusa, buses, autos, taxis, etc. are available from just about everywhere.
 
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Margao
Margao Trip Location: Salcete Taluka, south Goa
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Highlights: Colva beach, Church of Holy Spirit, Sat Burzam Ghor
Main Languages: Konkani, Hindi and English
Main Religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
STD Code: 0832

Margao, the capital of Salcette Taluka, is the busiest and the second largest city of Goa. It has been considered the centre for both commerce and culture and some have referred to it as the "Athens of Goa". One will definitely feel the old world charm on visiting the Margao in Goa. Because of its rich historical past and diverse cultural heritage, Margao is a major tourism center of Goa.

Margao's fish market in Goa was earlier located opposite the Municipal building and was a spectacular sight, with the fisherwomen from coastal areas of South Goa hawking their wares at the top of their voices, dressed in superbly coloured cotton sarees. The famous fish market of Goa has since been shifted to a complex located at the entrance of the Margao city.

Margao Tourist Attractions

Sat Burzam Ghor
The Sat Burzam Ghor is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Margao. This magnificent mansion, also known as the "House of Seven Roofs" looks wonderful even today though it is mostly in ruins. There are only three gables left out of the original seven but it sure gives an idea as to how magnificent it must have been. It is a wonderful specimen of the grand Portugal architecture.

Colva Beach
the Colva beach is a popular tourist attraction of Margao. This lovely beach flourishes in natural beauty and completely relaxes people who come here to soak in its beauty. There are many hotels and resorts near this place that have helped develop tourism at this beach. Try out the local Goan cuisine at the shacks lined up along the beach and taste some really lip smacking dishes.

Church of Holy Spirit
This beautiful church is located in a colonial enclave that is surrounded with picturesque landscapes. Built in 1675 by the Portuguese, the Church of Holy Spirit is an excellent example of Baroque architecture in India. The church has a sparkling white front elevation and the interiors are decorated with crystal and stucco.

How to Reach

By Air: Margao can be easily reached by flights as the Dabolim airport in Goa is very near this place.

By Rail: The railway station at Margao is an important station and is just 2 kilometers from the city center.

By Road: Margao can be also reached via roads since the place is well connected by a wide network of roads to nearby states.
 
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