¤ About Ponda
is a major religious center for both Hindus and Muslims. It is reputed for
its mosque, which is the largest in Goa and five temples that are located
around the city. The town is also known as 'Antruz Mahal' because of the
concentration of culture, music, drama and poetry. Ponda is distinct from
any other town in Goa and you will realize this as soon as you will reach
¤ Major Tourist Attractions
of Ponda» Sri Mangesh Temple -
century, Sri (also spelt as Shri) Mangesh (also spelt as Manguesh) Temple,
lies on the north west of Ponda in Priol. Considered to be the most
important temple in Goa, it belongs to the typical Goan Hindu temple style
of architecture, which is a curious mix of the Hindu and Portuguese style.
This picturesque little temple is built on a hilltop amidst sprawling
farmlands. The temple has shrines of Parvati (consort of Shiva - Destroyer
of the Universe) and Ganesha (the elephant-god of Prosperity and Wisdom). A
beautiful seven-storeyed "Deepstambha" (lamp tower), typical of
Goan temple architecture, stands in the temple complex. »
Safa Mosque -
Adil Shah constructed the Safa Mosque (also known as
Safa Shahouri Masjid) in 1560. The architectural style of the mosque is
predominantly Goan, with the exception of the arches that indicate a
distinct Bijapuri influence. The mosque has a beautiful backdrop of wooded
low hills that rise in the background. ¤
Whenever we descend on a foreign location for vacationing,
shopping for keepsakes is regarded a task as essential as the regular
sightseeing tours. While Goa is famous for its splendid beauty, it is also a
shopper's paradise with a vast wealth of indigenous artifacts. But more than
the shopping items, it's the composite shopping experience in Goa that will
leave you mesmerized.
¤ Climate of Ponda
- The summer season in Goa lasts from March to May. During this period the
weather in Goa becomes moderately hot with temperatures hovering in the
mid-thirties. May is usually the warmest month in Goa. For a summer trip to
Goa, one should bring cotton apparels and be prepared for a rise in humidity
levels towards to the fag end of the summer season.
Winter - The
winter months usher in a pleasant weather in Goa. The winter season lasts
from December to February and this is the peak tourist season in Goa.
Temperatures hover in the lower twenties and the bright sunny weather makes
for a perfect outing in the Goa beaches.
¤ How To Reach
» Road - Ponda is served by regular
buses from Panjim and Margao, and lies on the main route east to Karnataka .
The Kadamba Bus Stand is on the main square, next to the auto-rickshaw rank.