Ponda : Goa Directory


Popularly Called As The Temple Town

Ponda is the "Temple Town" of Goa. It is an important city in North Goa and is 29 km away from Panaji. The city houses a number of exclusive Hindu temples that were rebuilt since they were ruined by the Portuguese when they ruled the tiny state. It is also an important transport link.

The city of Ponda is the heart of Hinduism in Goa. It was the place where majority of Hindus settled during the Portugal inquests. It is famous for some important temples and also the largest mosque in Goa.

Find here the useful information on how to reach Ponda, its major tourist attractions and shopping areas etc.

  • How to Reach : Ponda is connected by regular buses from Panjim and Margao. The Dabolim Airport in Panaji is the nearest airport.
  • Shri Mangueshi Temple : This small 18th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located on a hill top and has a trademark white tower which is a local landmark.
  • Sri Shantadurga Temple : It is the temple of the goddess of peace who is said to have settled a quarrel between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu amicably.
  • Other Important Temples : Another temple known as the Shri Mahalsa, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is popular in Ponda. The temples of Shri Chandreshwar and Shri Mallikarjuna are also very well known.
  • Safa Shahouri Masjid : It is the most famous among the 26 mosques in Goa, which were constructed by Sultan Adil Shahi of Bijapur in 1560.
  • Wild Life Reserves : Bondla wildlife sanctuary and the Bhagvan Mahaveer sanctuary are close to Ponda. These house the best of Goan flora and fauna and are a true delight for nature lovers.
  • Miraculous Cross : Locally known as "Goddar", Miraculous Cross is the major attraction in Ponda. Every year on the 3rd May, the Feast of the Holy Cross is celebrated here.
  • Accommodation : Ponda is dotted with a number of good hotels that offer comfortable stay. Most of the budget hotels are situated on the Belgaum Road which provide well-furnished rooms to guests.

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