Mapusa is a town in North Goa, India. It is situated 13 km north of the capital Panaji. The town is the headquarters of Bardez Taluka. It is located on the main highway NH-17.Mapusa is a small town clustered around the Mount (Alto). Mapusa and is Goa's third largest town and the capital of the northern Bardez taluka. It is mainly a market town for the surrounding beach areas of Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna and Baga among others.
Mapusa has an even blend of residential, commercial establishments and gardens. The beaches nearest to this town are the Anjuna and Chapora beaches.Climate in mapusa is Tropical type.
Mapusa is close to one of the main centres of Goa's tourism industry. Mapusa's proximity to many beaches in the north Goa makes it a suitable base during the tourist season
Mapusa is Famous for its friday market.People from all over Goa come here to buy and sell their wares on Friday.It bulges at the seams, with seemingly every square inch of space occupied by sellers with only just enough room for the prospective buyers, the alleys between the regular stalls being occupied with temporary mats and boards. So apart from other regular items, you will also get plants and saplings, ready spiced Goan pork sausages called chouricos, fresh and dried fish, prawns, incense, spices, fruits and vegetables, clothing, junk jewelry, and the famous country liquor such as toddi and cashew feni and even souvenirs from other states of India. Everything is available at reasonable prices.
Like all towns and cities in Goa, Mapusa celebrates the Shigmo/ xigmo and Carnival annually with a street parade where floats from all over Goa participate.
Mapusa houses several prominent Goan educational institutions, including Saraswat Vidyalaya, St. Mary's Convent High School, St. Brittos, New Goa High School, St. Antony's High School, Mapusa High School, Dyanprasarak High School, DMC Higher Secondary and college of Art, Science and Commerce, St. Xavier's College, and St. Xavier's Higher Secondary School.Mapusa has some excellent buildings with old architecture
The other famous shrine is that of Lord Bodgeshwar, located on the outskirts of the town in the middle of some rice fields, which is beautifully lit up at night and draws thousands of devotees for its annual Jatra.
The nearest railhead is Mapusa Road (Tivim), about 12 km north, east of the town proper. Only some trains like the Konkan Railways stop here.
Mapusa has all the infrastructure required for a good Living like Eduacational institutes, hospitals, Roads, Markets Etc