Ponda is a city as well as a municipal council in the northern district of Goa. It is situated 29 km south-east of Panaji and 18 km north-east of Margao. The city is situated at an elevation of 42 metres from the sea level. Ponda is also the capital of Ponda Taluka along with being the fastest growing city of Goa. Ponda is also known as the Cultural Capital of Goa.
This city is well connected with the nearby towns and states through NH-4A and also forms the main railway junction of Margao. There are also regular bus services to Ponda from Panaji and Margao that depart from Kadamba Transport Corporation. Kundaim, Bethorda and Tisk are some of the popular industrial estates that prevail in Ponda.
It used to form a part of the Novas Conquistas of the Portuguese. It was ruled by the Sonde Rajas under the Vijayanagar Kingdom; however, it came out of the rule of Portuguese in the 16th century. Ponda remained in the hands of the Marathas till 1764, which was again taken back by the Portuguese in 1791. After that the place saw establishments of administrative offices and courts and rapidly became a commercial centre.
Ponda was regarded earlier as a safe haven for Hindu Temples, due to which, it is also known as the Temple Town of Goa. Ponda has many famous Hindu temples like the Shanta Durga Temple, Mangueshi Temple, Navadurga Temples, Ramnathi, MahaLakshmi Temple, Nageshi Temple, Shri Kapleshwar Temple and many others.
Ponda is also home to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also the gateway to Dudhsagar Waterfalls. Ponda also comprises a Butterfly Conservatory that is managed by the Butterfly Conservatory of Goa.
The Farmagudi town of Ponda is also home to the Safa Masjid that survived the destruction by the Portuguese in Goa. The Holy Spirit Church in Margao and the Rachol Seminary in Rachol Town are the two popular churches around Ponda. Some nearby tourist attractions around Ponda include Margao, Vasco de Gama, Panaji, Colva Beach, Benaulim Beach, Majorda Beach, Palolem Beach and many more.
The city of Ponda has a tropical weather that goes through slight changes in temperatures in different seasons. The summers of Ponda do not get very hot and the winters are also generally pleasant. This is why winters are the best time to visit Ponda.