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Mapusa is located about 13 km from Panjim and is one of Goa's main commercial centres. It is known as Mapsa in the local terminology and under Portuguese rule, was written as Mapuca. This city is the gateway to most of Goa's famous beaches in the north. Mapusa is most famous for its weekly Friday markets that have gained an incredible reputation among tourists. The market has a lot of local flavour with people from surrounding villages and towns coming to buy and sell their various products such as agricultural produce, locally-grown fruit, dried fish, toddy vinegar, spices, clothes and other items.

Mapusa is the main market town in northern Goa. Mapusa is pronounced by the locals as "Mapsa". xe "Dudhsagar Waterfalls" It is about 15km north ofxe "Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary" Panaji and about 10km inland from the Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, and Vagator beaches. If you are coming from Mumbai by bus, you can get down here and then head to one of the northern beaches.

The colourful market town of Mapusa is the main population centre. There's not much to see in Mapusa, aside from a raucous Friday market (8am-6.30pm) that attracts hordes of vendors and shoppers from all over Goa. Unlike the Anjuna  market it's a local event where people shop for cheap clothing and produce, but you can also find a few souvenirs and textiles here. If your idea of India has yet to extend beyond the beach bubbles then this is a great place to see an authentic slice of small town India.

Mapusa is said to have developed by the grace of Lord Bodhgeshwar who has a temple dedicated to him. The increasing number of devotees visiting the temple gradually paved way for the market that sold essential material needed for puja.

Anjuna Beach

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One of the most popular beaches in Goa, the Anjuna beach spells double whammy for tourists. You can scour the famous Wednesday flea market for exotic artifacts or search for nirvana during the trance parties held on full moon nights. The beach is also known for its palm-fringed landscape.

Calangute Beach

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The favorite destination for the majority of tourists descending on Goa. The Calangute beach remains crowded throughout the year and is unrivalled in terms of popularity. The beach boasts of a bustling infrastructure with all the basic facilities like banks, foreign exchange offices, all kind of eateries and medical facilities.

Aguada Fort

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A popular spot on the tour to Mapusa, the Aguada fort is the largest fort in Goa and the best-preserved till date. This massive fort was built in 1609-1612 by the Portuguese to foil the attacks of the Dutch and the Marathas. The four-storey lighthouse inside the fort is the oldest of its kind in Asia. The Aguada fort now serves as a prison.

Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos Fort - BindaasTravel.com

Located in the Reis Magos village, the Reis Magos fort was built by Sultan Adil Shah in 1490. After the takeover by the Portuguese in 1760, the fort proved to be lynchpin in the fight against invading armies from the neighboring states. The Reis Magos church located at the base of the fort is famous for the colorful 'Festa dos Reis Magos or the Feast of the Three Wise Men.

Interstate bus services plying between Goa and Maharashtra pass through the Mapusa town. The Kadamba Bus Terminal is the main hub for long distance state buses and local services to the nearby beaches such as Calangute, Anjuna, Vagator, and Arambol. The bus stand, located on the southwest edge of town, is a five minute walk down the main road.

Trains running on the Konkan Railway network usually halt at the Tivim Railway station, 12 km away from Mapusa. You can hire rickshaws or tourist taxis to travel to the nearest beach or resort.

The Dabolim airport is the nearest airport from Mapusa.

Hotel Astoria

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Hotel Astoria is located just a hill slope away from the famed Mapusa town and on the way to Anjuna Beach (5 km) & Vagator Beach (6 km) in north Goa. It is situated between the highly popular Wednesday Flea Market in Anjuna and the Friday Bazaar at Mapusa. Transfers from the Dabolim International Airport (50 km) take just about 60 minutes and the Konkan railway station at Tivim-Sirsaim (17 km) take about 20 minutes.
Assagoa, Mapusa - Bardez, Goa, 403507.

Maizons Lake View Resort

Maizons Lake View Resort - BindaasTravel.com

Surrounded by coconut groves and lush fields, Maizons Lakeview Resort is located near a beautiful lake at Arpora. A quiet hideaway, it offers all contemporary facilities along with personalised service.
502/01, Sankawadi Arpora, Bardez, Arpora, Goa.

Angels Resort

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Located 6 kms from Calangute, 11 kms from Thivim railway station and 5 kms from Panjim city, Angels Resort makes for an ideal centrally located stop in Goa.
Chogm Road, Alto De Porvorim, Bardez, Porvorim North Goa, Goa, 403521.