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North Goa Towns

The following are the most impressive towns of North Goa.

 

Panaji, North Goa

Panaji : The capital of Goa and headquarters of North Goa District, Panaji is a small and charming city on the left bank of silvery Mandovi River, with beautiful red-roofed houses, built in Latin style. The city boasts of many modern houses, well laid gardens, statues and avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acassia and other trees. You will find some of the most well known educational institutes and commercial complexes here.
Miramar Beach is the closest beach to Panaji. Other attraction of Panaji includes the Goa State Museum, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Secretariat Building, Dona Paula Beach.

Aldona, North Goa

Aldona : Aldona is a pleasant Village situated in the Bardez taluka on the banks of the River Mapusa. Aldona is a sleepy village in North Goa full of greenery and colourful people.
Aldona has several wards (vadde), including Quitula, Goncoi, Udoim, Coimavaddo (Voilo and Socoilo), Carona, Santerxette, Castel Vaddo, Naikavaddo, Panarim, Maina Vaddo, Cottarbat and Ranoi.
Amongst the attractions here are the parish chapels at Carona (Sta. Rita de Cascia), Corjuem (Mae de Deus) and the Marie Piedade Chapel in Quitula.
The Church of St. Thomas is a major attraction and remains an awe inspiring presence in Aldona. It was built in 1596 on a high plateau on the banks of the Mapusa River. The church has a flight of broad steps which cut into a cliff and lead to an open plain that surrounds the grand white building.
Aldona is connected to Corjuem by a state of the art cable-stayed bridge held by six cables from either direction.

Candolim, North Goa

Candolim : About 15 kilometers from Panjim is Candolim in north Goa. Beginning at Fort Aguada and merging with Calangute beach towards the end, it is one of the longest beaches in the state and is located in the Bardez taluka. What adds to the scenic beauty of the sand and sea are the scrub covered dunes at the back of the beach which is quite popular with tourists. Another interesting feature about the Candolim beach is the ship River Princess, which has been stuck at the shores of the beach since 2000. Along with the fort, the church, lighthouse and the barracks of the Aguada Jail have become tourist attractions. There is also a church situated in Candolim, the church of Our Lady of Good Hope. It was built in 1560 by Father Pedro De Belem and is well known for its stained glass work inside.

Mapusa, North Goa

Mapusa : Mapusa is a favourite tourism destination among those who travel to Goa. Mapusa is the headquarters of the Bardez Taluka and is at a distance of around 13 kilometers from Panaji. The best time to travel to Mapusa is from October to April.
Mapusa's proximity to many beaches makes it a suitable base during the tourist season.  Mapusa has only a limited number of hotels and accommodation.
Mapusa's main attraction is its famous Friday market. Mapusa, however, does not have too many tourist sites. A few which are there include a few colonial era Municipal building on the Altinho hill, temple of Lord Hanuman and most importantly the Church of Our Lady of Miracles.

Ponda, North Goa

Ponda : It is located in the central part of Goa, and lies about 29 km south-east of Panaji, and 18 km north-east of Margao.
One of the main tourists attraction is the Safa masjid, Goa's best preserved sixteen-century Muslim monument.
There are a lot of temples in Ponda and therefore it is known as "Temple Town of Goa" some of them are Shri Manguesh Temple, Shri Mahalsa Temple, Shri Lakshmi Narcenha Temple, Shri Nagesh Temple, Shri Shantadurga Temple, and Shri Ramnath Temple.
One can also see some ruins of an old fort here namely Mardangad which underwent renovation a number of times under the Maratha and Portuguese rule. Within the fort ruins is the Dargah or tomb of a Muslim saint, Hazrat Abdul Khan.