GTDC Farmagudi Hill Retreat, Goa
They say with more than 300 ancient temples and shrines
in Ponda, surely this area is the abode of the
gods. If Ponda is Heaven then Farmagudi
is the gateway to Heaven. is at the entrance to Ponda. Farmagudi
Residency is a beautifully laid out group of elegant
cottages, who would not be out-of place on a Swiss mountain. With
its sloping roofs and clean lines with a short decorative flight
of steps leading to each cottage, Farmagudi Residency
looks beautiful set in a beautiful garden with winding flower
edged paths. The Residency has a restaurant in one cottage complete
with an outdoors restaurant too. Farmagudi has
a large open air hall too for weddings and receptions. This is
the perfect place to relax at for those who have come on a religious
pilgrimage to the temples of Ponda. Guaranteeing maximum privacy,
the cottage accommodation ensures complete peace of mind.
Nearby Places to Farmagudi Hill Retreat, Goa
Drive to Hindu temples around Ponda for a fascinating
insight into the distinctive character of the Goan Hindu
architecture. Visit the most important temples,
Mangueshi Temple, dedicated to lord shiva and
the Nagueshi temple in the tiny hamlet of Bandora.
The Mahalsa Narayani temple, just 2kms from
Mangueshi, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s
consort Laxmi or according to some, His female form, Mohini.
One of the largest and the most famous of Goa’s temples
dedicated to Shri Shantadurga (1738), the wife
of Lord Shiva also known as the Goddess of Peace, lies just 3kms
south west of Ponda Town .
Ponda town has retained its Hindu origins and
cultures through the various rampages of history and is said to
be the central point of the state.
The Safa Masjid on the national highway, west
of town is the largest of Goa’s 26 mosques
and built by Ibrahim Adi Shah in 1560. It has
a simple rectangular chamber on a low plinth, with a pointed pitched
roof, very much in the local architectural style, although the
cupped arches are distinctly Bijapuri.
Bondla wild life sanctuary is also widely popular
amongst the tourist. A small, 8sq. kms sanctuary at the foot of
the hills of the Western Ghats has a mini zoo
that guarantees sightings of Goa ’s wild
life in natural surroundings and also offers short elephant rides.
The park also has an attractive botanical garden
setting and a 2.4km nature trail with water holes, a lake and
a tree top observation tower.