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.