Ponda or Fonda in Konkani, and its vicinity has three main clusters of temples. While the ancient Mahadev Temple stands by itself in the east at Tambdi Surla in Darbandora taluka, the biggest cluster lies scattered in the western villages of Velop Wada (Kapileshwar Temple), Kavalem (Shantadurga Temple), Bandivade or Bandora (Mahalaxmi Temple, Ramnath Temple, Nagesh Temple), and Madkai (Navdurga Temple). Yet another cluster is located south in the adjacent taluka of Quepem (Chandreshwar Bhootnath Temple at Paroda, Damodar Temple at Zambaulim and Shantadurga Temple at Fatorpa). Lastly, the most popular cluster is located north along the Panaji highway in the areas of Farmagudi (Gopal Ganapati Temple), Veling (Anant Narsinha Temple), Mardol (Mahalsa Narayani and Manguesh Temples) and Marcel (Devaki Krishna Temple).
Tip: Ponda is not the usual Goan tourist city and may not offer bike rentals. So, if that is your preferred transport, rent it from Panaji or Margao before checking in to a hotel here. However, you could choose private cab services, including bikes and taxis. This travel guide suggests a particular sequence to visit these sites. You may follow this or simply chalk your own itinerary. To cover all the places mentioned in this guide, estimate 4-6 days in your schedule. A few temples prohibit entry of foreigners to the inner sanctum.