Mapusa Tourism

Mapusa Tourism

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  • State: Goa
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: North Goa
Mapusa is a commercial town located in the northern part of Goa and is about 13 kilometres from Panjim, the capital city of Goa. Mapusa is popular for the natural beaches located here and is also considered to be the gateway of Goa.

The attractions in Mapusa include beaches in the nearby region like Anjuna, Baga and Calangute. Other attractions located here include the Church of St. Jerome, which is popular for the annual feast held here. The Mascarenhas Mansion is an ancient mansion built during the Portugal rule and consists of ancient Portuguese architectural works with glass floral engravings.

The weekly Friday markets held here are very popular for their variety. Mapusa is also the commercial centre of Goa as people from different regions come here for trade purposes. The products sold here include fruit, dried fish, toddy vinegar, spices, clothes, etc.    

Sri Kalika Temple is a popular Hindu temple located around 14 kilometres from Mapusa. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is built according to the modern architectural style. Another important temple located here is the Sri Morjee temple, located about 15 kilometres away and is dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba also known as Bongini. Attractions here also include local food joints that serve local cuisines and drinks.

Summers in Mapusa are not extremely hot as the location is in proximity to the sea, which results in cold nights. The south-west monsoons are here in the months of June and last till September. The best time to visit the region of Mapusa is from the months of October to March.   

Mapusa is well connected by air with the nearest airport being in Dabolim. The airport in Dabolim connects major cities like Mumbai, Delhi and other major cities. The nearest railway station to Mapusa is about 12 kilometres from the town and is known by the name of Tivim railway station. Regular services are available here that connect nearby cities and states. Taxis are available from the airport and train station that connects Mapusa.

Road transport services in Mapusa are available in the form of buses, autos and taxis that connect the region with neighbouring regions. Taxis are available from every part of the city which makes it quite convenient for travelling within.  

Mapusa is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Panjim and Kolhapur.

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Prashant Rege

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  • Prashant Rege
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  124 readers

"Nice trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 5, 2016
I would have loved to write as much as regarding Mapusa but to be frank, I was on business and family visit trip. As such, I didn't visit any beaches. But because of the relaxed travelling thanks to Hotel Boshan, I was least troubled by the searing heat normally you find in Goa after Holi.

I could visit the famous Friday Mapusa Bazaar and felt very proud to find an old lady still selling her small collection of household items for her day to day needs at the age of 103.
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  • Shamsher
  • Lives in Dharamsala
  • 3 Reviews
  •  327 readers

"Mapusa, a must"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2015
Mapusa city which is the heart of the north Goa. So north Goa visitors just go to the here and make the way easy destination of all north goa beaches also you will get the good food veg and non veg around the hotel Mandarin. You guys enjoy there in mapusa friday market too.
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Amalesh Tripathi

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  • Amalesh Tripathi
  • Lives in Goa
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  • 40 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  23148 readers

"A must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2015
Mapusa is one of the main market cities of North Goa, Mapusa has it all:
Mapusa Market. Eateries. Childrens Park. Access to beaches. Connectivity. Bakeries. Landscapes.

Some hidden gems near Mapusa are:-
1. Pombupha Water Spring.
2. Sal Village Dam.
3. Aldona Bridge Sunset view.

A must visit place.
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Kunjan h patel

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  • Kunjan h patel
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  136 readers

"Very good destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2015
The destination is good for shopping, bike higher, traveling near to the other front to near to other city. It's a very good place.
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Mahesh Mandrekar

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  • Mahesh Mandrekar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Mapusa city is good"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 10, 2015
Mapusa city is very excellent and it is located in good place in Mapusa, there are different types of shop many people are coming to do the shopping in Mapusa. Mapusa is one of the best place in Goa to do shopping and there are many big hotels in Mapusa to stay.
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Darryl Desa

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  • Darryl Desa
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  6087 readers

"Friday bazaar at Mapusa"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2015
All that you need from fruits, vegetables, goan specialities, etc all available at Friday bazaar. Bargain to get the best deals and compare so that you get the very best. You can't miss the falooda at Cream Centre and the patal bhajji at Cafe Corner.

There is no better place to be on Friday than Mapusa.
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  • Manujunath
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Crowded place, lots of shopping done"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2015
It is a good place, good things to see one can buy hard drinks, you also get fresh chew nuts. Mapusa is a very crowded city, with not very wide roads, which makes it even more crowded. But this city is very close to the hearts of all the Goans. The most famous part about Mapusa is the beach, church and shopping.
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Chirag Mehta

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  • Chirag Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 44 Reviews
  •  384 helpful votes
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"Behaves like step brother of goa"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
Crowded and chaotic roads with no system in place it is hard to believe that this city is part of Goa which is very well organized and uncluttered. Please navigate carefully with proper direction guidance. People are always ready to help and guide to right direction. Motorcycle taxis are unique feature out here. Food option available are limited yet authentic and tasty.
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Bernard Alvares

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  • Bernard Alvares
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 77 Reviews
  •  547 helpful votes
  •  86467 readers

"A good place to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2015
It is a good place, there are good things to see one can buy hard drinks over there. You also get fresh chew nuts fresh, in some place there is tree of chew nuts. Many people come there, it is wonderful place with good beach, church and temple. There is also good villages near by there is a famous church in old goa & a famous church in bambolim, many people come to that church. It is a miracle church, it is on the way to Margao many people stop there
vehicle & pray.
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Gaurish Mulgaonkar

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  • Gaurish Mulgaonkar
  • Lives in Panaji
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"Crowded city but very close to hearts of Goans"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Feb 17, 2015
Mapusa is a very crowded city, with not very wide roads, which makes it even more crowded. But this city is very close to the hearts of all the Goans. The most famous part about Mapusa is the Friday market when vendors from all over Goa come to sell their goods.
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