The famous market town of Goa, Mapusa’s strategic position close to the Mapusa river made it an important trading town centuries ago. The town, with an exciting amalgamation of residential and commercial establishments, derives its name from Konkani terms ‘Map’ and ‘Sa’ meaning measure and fill.
The Friday market held near the main square is one of the major attractions where you can savour the delight of a Goan rural market and pick up stuff such as authentic ware. People who are fond of food can look forward to a delectable array of spicy sausages, variety of fruits, vegetables and pickles.
How to Reach Mapusa
Goa’s only airport at Dabolim receives daily flights from a number of Indian cities. One can easily reach Mapusa from Dabolim by hiring a pre-paid cab or shared taxi.
Mapusa Road station, situated at a distance of 12 km is the closest railhead. Pre-paid taxis and auto-rickshaws are easily available from here.
State transport buses ply regularly between Mapusa and Panaji, the capital of Goa, which take 30 minutes to cover the 15 km distance. Kadamba bus stand near the main square receives daily buses from Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Mapusa also acts as a base for those travelling to beaches of Calangute, Chapora, Anjuna and Baga.
Taxis and motorcycles can be hired from near the main square to move around the city.
Where to Stay in Mapusa
There are plenty of good accommodation options available in and around Mapusa such as Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s tourist hotel, Hotel Vilena and Hotel Suhas.
Tourist Attractions in Mapusa
Dedicated to Lord Bodhgeshwar, the temple is thronged by both locals and tourists throughout the year. A mela (fair) organised every third week of January receives a lot of visitors.
The Church of Our Lady of Miracles:
Located on St. Jerome’s Road, the structure is a fascinating piece of architecture which was first built in 1594 and has seen numerous renovation works since then. With it’s architectural and cultural wealth, it is a must visit for every tourist coming to Goa.
The Chapel consists of a fascinating shrine and a blue colored wooden altar. The Holy Cross Feast is held here 9 days before the Goa Carnival.