In Mapusa for a day? Here are the best places to visit

Roxanne D'silva

Shri Dev Bodgeshwar Sansthan

The temple is situated just 4 minutes away from the Mapusa bus stand. It has a small shrine dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini. The famous Bodgeshwar zatra is celebrated here in December or January.

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St Jerome's Church

This church is known for its Milagres feast which is celebrated in the month of April, every year. The church has an exquisite Baroque style architecture. If you are in Mapusa, do visit the church.

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St Anthony Church

Drive to Siolim, which is around 8 kms from Mapusa, and visit the Siolim church dedicated to St Anthony. Every year, the church feast is celebrated in June. The church architecture is impressive and the lighting in the night makes it special.

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Vagator beach

This is one of the most popular beaches in North Goa, some 14 kms away from Mapusa. It is known for its nightlife, with its number of clubs and restaurants pulling big crowds during the weekend.

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Uddo beach

Located in the interiors of Siolim village, Uddo a hidden beach for anyone looking to stay from the crowds.

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Just a 12-minute drive from Mapusa, Assagao is one place you must visit for its many eateries and cafes. You think of the mood and Assagao has the cafe to satisfy your craving.

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Flower market

Not many speak about the flower market at Mapusa which is known for its variety of flowers. Be it any occasion, this market has the right kind of flowers for you.

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Traditional savories

One of the oldest stores in Mapusa, Simonia, near the Municipal market, is famous for its authentic Goan sweets and savories. It also has sandwiches and shakes that one can try out.

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