Driver cum guide to take you to the Panaji Market & Mapusa Market
To market, To market, To buy a Fat Fish. Home again, Home again, Jiggity Jiggity jig. To market, To market, To buy a fat Hog. Home again, Home again, Jiggity Jiggity jog.
A trip to Goa is always incomplete without its bountiful markets!
There are many local Goan / Portuguese market that you can feast your eyes upon when in Goa, but here are some that we cater for your special shopping needs and something that you cannot really miss!
Officially named “Nova Goa”. Panjim / Panaji being the capital of Goa, has one of the most vibrant markets Goa has to offer. You can get anything from Goan dry fruits, to Handicrafts, Home Made Jams, pickles and masala, Goan spices, carpets, dried fish, meat to various modern amenities. Being open from Dawn to Dusk it has been one of the chief market ports for trade and commerce since the 14th century AD. Dabolim Airport is 30 mins drive from Panjim. It also has a boosts of a KTC/ Kadamba bus stand/ Port for travellers who make their 1st pit stop here from all over India and the world!
The main marketed products are Cashews, Home Grown Goan Wines/ Liquors like Cashew/ Coconut Feni, Indian / Exotic vegetables and fruits, dried fruits, Fresh and dried fish, Goan homemade Masalas, pickles, chutneys, Jams, Squashes. Local Artisan handicrafts like carpets, shawls, hats, Goa Ethnic wear. The flower market has a wide variety if locally grown petals from the Floriculture industry which has picked up quite fast in the last 10 years.
You cannot miss the glistening backwaters of the Mandovi river that give a salty taste to the air you breathe. Apart from being a market area, it is one of the main spots where tourist flock to every year because of the luxurious 5 Star Hotels and restaurants that make life easy for a weary traveller!
A combination of street side stalls and shopping malls may it an envious neighbour of the other market cities in Goa! If you are in Goa and you wouldn’t want to give this market a miss, so make a shopping list and Lets Go!
Mapusa Market: (Special Market on Friday!)
If Panjim was the apple of the Portuguese’s Eye, Mapusa would be the crown jewel Kohinoor!
Mapusa was originally a market place for people from all our North Goa to assemble and barter their goods in the good old days of the 14th Century, since panjim was quite far! Apart from being a market, Mapusa is also a spot where travellers disembark while coming to Goa.
Mapusa Market is open on all days, but especially on Friday’s, you will see folk coming from all over north / South Goa and some even from the neighbouring district of Belgaum, to make a living.
The produce include Traditional Goan cooking ware like earthen pots and utensils, wooden spatulas, spoons, Goan Masala Grinding stones and farming equipment. You even get Goan brooms made from coconut branches and Bazaar Bags that are traditionally and jute/ Bamboo respectively. People even sell livestock like chicken, geese, ducks and even goats! Like Panjim, the artisans display their traditional wear and even Bamboo baskets! Some Goan families even sell fruits/ vegetables here, thanks to the growing interest in State Horticulture in recent years. The aroma and taste of home grown spices fills the air hypnotizing everyone who comes near them!
Homemade delicacies like Dodol, Pinnaca, Local Goan sweet bread, sausages fish pickles veg and meat croquettes which have stood the test of time for over 5 centuries are sold here at a reasonable rate. The kind hearted folk of Mapusa also sell sapling of flowers, fruits and spices for you to nurture your own garden, how awesome is that!
I might have to give you a final warning, though the market is small you will easily lose your way here and 1 day is not enough. So I suggest you make the most of your trip while in Mapusa and take some photographic memories to let people know that you came and conquered! So bring you Mapusa Jute Shopping bag and Lets Go!
Mapusa (Special on Fridays), Panjim, Anjuna (Wednesdays)
Kala Academy: After lunch
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Calangute, Baga, Nagoa, Arpora, Candolim, Nerul, Sinquerim, Anjuna, Vagator, Mapusa. (North Goa only)|
|ACTIVITY SLOTS||9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (12-1 Lunch) | Duration: 6 hours|
|PRICE||₹ 3500/4 Seater
₹ 4000/7 SeaterLunch : ₹ 200/Person ExtraDriver Waiting Charges/ Allowance / Guide fee: Included
Note: The price mentioned is for the vehicle for the whole day, Lunch is at an extra Rs: 200.
- You will be taken to Special Markets on certain days, Anjuna Flea market on Wednesdays.
- Tour timings are from 930 AM to 330 PM Only
Save Goa: Be kind to animals and plant more trees. Request you not to feed the monkeys