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Banda is a town near the Goa-Maharashtra border. The main languages spoken here are Marathi, Malvani and Konkani.
God Shree Bandeshwar and Goddess Shree Mauli are the Main Temples in the Village. The name of the village Banda is only because of the God Bandeshwar, a Jagrit Swayambhu Shivalinga. This 150+ years old Temple of Lord Bandeshwar is being renovated. All the devotees are contributing for the same. Its a very real faith that Lord Bandeshwar can worshipped by Holy Priest only that is Brahmin of the Temple and to keep all the purity of the Temple all the citizens of Banda follow this tradition very heartily. There were 12 Shivalingas in the temple.
Banda is famous for its festival celebrations be it Holi, Ganesh chaturthi, Diwali (majorly for Diwali show time where in participants from in and around Banda take part , Show time is also famous with participants in Goa, Mumbai . Highlight for this show is statue competition as you would get to see unimaginable live statues performed by participants as they need to stay without moving for one minute)
Again Banda city area comes under picture when it comes to production and processing of kajju (cashew nuts), kokam (gamboge) and supari (betel nut). Because of this Banda is considered as major market area in sindhuduga district and also have economical importance.
Terekhol is main river on the bank of which Banda city is established and famous terekhol bridge is also constructed 110 years back in Banda by Britisher for transportation between Goa and Maharashtra state. Terekhol bridge was considered as only connecting bridge or link between Goa and Maharashtra up to 1999. Banda is the last city of Mahrashtra state on Mumbai-Goa national highway (NH-17).
Hotels are available in sawantwadi.
Getting There :
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport 54 km.
By Rail :
Madure Rail Way Station are the very nearby railway stations to Banda. Also you can consider railway Stations from Near By town Sawantwadi. Sawantwadi Road Rail Way Station , Zarap Rail Way Station are the railway Stations near to Sawantwadi.
By Road :
Sawantwadi is the Nearest Town to Banda. Sawantwadi is 12 km from Banda. Road connectivity is there from Sawantwadi to Banda.
Places to see nearby :
Sawantwadi Palace :
The Royal Palace of Sawantwadi (also known as the Sawantwadi Palace) is one of the major tourist attractions of the town.
Moti Talav :
If Sawantwadi is a beauty then Moti Talav can be called its majestic beauty spot. This graceful lake with a newly renovated garden nearby summons the mortals with divine elegance and imperial diktat.
Aronda Backwaters :
Aronda lies on the Maharashtra - Goa Border near Sawantwadi on the backwaters of Terekhol River. Aronda is a stretch of backwaters located on Maharashtra - Goa border. Aronda has a getaway resort now and where guests can get a feel of backwaters.
Vengurla, located on the southern part of the Maharashtra coastline bordering Goa., is visited for its idyllic beaches and shore temples. Vengurla lies 24 kms from Sawantwadi (NH-17) and one end of the Vengurla – Belgaum state highway. Temple around Vengurla area comprise Shri Sateri, Shri Rameshwar, Shri Navadurga at Kanyale Redi, Shri Mauli at Redi and Shiroda, Shri Vetoba at Aaravali, Shri Ganesh at Redi and Shri Ravalnath.
Map : Banda Village