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Location Bardez taluka, North Goa district, Goa
Must See Calangute beach, Aguada fort, Anjuna beach, Reis Magos fort
Temperature Max 35°C, 24°C Min (summer); Max 32°C, Min 21°C (winter)
Best Time to Visit November to March
Languages Konkani, English, Hindi

Anjuna Beach Mapusa GoaLocated 13 km away from state capital Panaji, Mapusa is the headquarters of the Bardez taluka. It is the third largest city in Goa and a major commercial center in the North Goa district. The name Mapusa is supposed to be a derivative of the Konkani words ‘Maap’ meaning measure and ‘Sa’ which means to fill up. Legend has it that the Mapusa town has the blessings of Lord Bodhgeshwar who has a temple dedicated to him.

The Mapusa town itself is beret of any significant travel and tourism potential and is more well-known as the gateway to Goa’s most fascinating beaches. The scenic beaches of Calagunte, Anjuna and Vagator are situated nearby Mapusa. There are also a number of imposing forts such as the Aguada fort, Reis Magos fort and the 500-year old Chapora fort.

Mapusa is synonymous with its famous Friday market. On every Friday this sleepy town wakes up to a festive atmosphere with people from nearby areas turning up with their products. From sausages to dried fish, from straw hats to spices, a vast array of products is put up for sell by local vendors. Bargaining is the mantra here and you must be able to see through extravagant claims by shop owners.

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