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Mapusa is a small town cluster in the region of the Mount. Mapusa pronounced as ‘Mapsa’ by the locals – is Goa’s third major town, the capital of the northern Bardez taluka. It is approximately 13 kms away from Panaji – a bus or a share taxi will take you there. It is mainly a market township for the nearby beach areas of Anjuna. Calangute, Baga, and Candolim amongst others. Even its name is thought to be derivative from the Konkani word for a ‘measure’ – ‘map’ and the phrase fill up – ‘sa’.