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Getting there & away

If you’re coming by bus from Mumbai, Mapusa is the jumping-off point for the northern beaches. Private operators such as India Travel (2262635) congregate around the municipal gardens and the taxi and autorickshaw stand. They have buses to Mumbai (normal/sleeper Rs 450/800, 14 hours) and Bengaluru (Rs 500, 15 hours). From the Kadamba bus stand there are state-run buses to Pune (Rs 230, 15 hours) and Belgaum (Rs 47, five hours).

There are frequent local express buses to Panaji (Rs 7, 25 minutes), and buses every 30 minutes to Calangute and Anjuna (both Rs 6). Other buses go to Chapora, Candolim and Arambol (Rs 12). A motorcycle taxi to Anjuna or Calangute costs Rs 80, an auto­rickshaw Rs 120.

Thivim, about 12km northeast of town, is the nearest train station on the Konkan Railway. Local buses meet trains (Rs 5); an autorickshaw costs around Rs 80.