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Ponda

The city of Ponda lies about 28kms south-east of Panaji and 17kms north-east of Margao and is also the capital of Ponda Taluka . The town was born after the Portuguese took over the area  in 1791 from the Raja of Sonda and annexed it  along with Quepem, Canacona and Sanguem forming the New Conquests. It began as an administrative center  with the establishment of administrative offices and court and soon became a commercial center. Most of the area known as Ponda today was a part of "Quela"  village. It lies strategically along the main Panaji-Margao highway and is also connected to the neighboring state of Karnataka via the Ponda-Belgaum highway or the NH-4.

Today it is an industrial city with many large factories and industrial estates nearby. Goa's only engineering college, the Goa College of Engineering is located at nearby Farmagudi.

Ponda taluka is most famous for its temples, most of which have made the area their home for centuries following displacement from their original sites elsewhere in Portuguese occupied Goa  during the  early days of the Inquisition.

Ponda is also the gateway to Goa's wildlife sanctuaries, both the Bondla and the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and also the Dudhsagar Waterfalls.

 

Approach

There are regular bus services from Panaji and Margao and they depart from the KTC bus stand in the middle of town. There are also buses to  nearby villages  and towns leaving from here. The interstate buses also depart from the KTC bus stand.

Local Sightseeing

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Nearby cities
Margao, Vasco da Gama, Panaji

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Nearby beaches
Colva, Benaulim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Betul, Canaguinim, Agonda, Palolem, Rajbhag, Polem

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Nearby Churches
Church of Holy Spirit, Margao
Rachol Seminary, Rachol

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Nearby Temples
Shree Gopal Ganapathi, Farmagudi
Shree Mhalasa Narayani Temple, Mardol
Shree Mangueshi Temple, Priol
Shree Laxminarsimha Temple, Nagueshi
Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Bandode
Shree Ramnathi Temple, Ramnathi
Shree Shantadurga Temple, Kavlem
Shree Sanusthan Goudpadacharya, Kavlem
Shree Navdurga Temple, Madkai
Shree Damodar Temple, Zambaulim
Shree Chandranath Temple, Paroda
Shree Navdurga Temple, Borim
Shree Shantadurga Temple, Fatorpa

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Nearby Masjids
Safa Shahouri Masjid, Ponda
Jama Masjid, Sanguem

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Nearby Monuments
Cabo de Rama
Buddhist caves, Rivona

Local Infrastructure

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Banks around Ponda   

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Nearby Currency exchange centers

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Post office - Ponda Post Office, Ponda.

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Police Station - Police Station, Ponda - Tel: 722175

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Restaurants around Ponda

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Nearby Internet Cafes

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Hospitals - Hospicio Hospital, Margao - Tel: 722164

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Drug store / Pharmacy -

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