Ponda is the Temple town of Goa and the best temples of Goa are located here. It is the heart of the Hindu settlement of Goa. Many spice farms of Goa are also situated in Ponda. The main attractions of Ponda are Shri Mangueshi Temple, Sri Shantadurga Temple, Shri Mahalsa temple, Shri Chandreshwar temple and Shri Mallikarjuna temple. The Safa Shahouri Masjid constructed by Sultan Adil Shahi of Bijapur in 1560 is also in Ponda. There are also two wildlife sanctuaries in Ponda. Then there is the Dudhsagar Falls.
Another afternoon trip worth considering is a drive to Ponda to see some of its temples. You drive through Old Goa on the way so you could do both in a day. The main temples to see are Shri Mahalsa, Shri Lakshmi, Shi Naguesh, and the Shri Shantadurga...although there are quite a few others in the region. Whilst nowhere rivalling some of India's major temple complexes...the architecture and design are well worth a visit. Just jump in a taxi from wherever you are staying...no need for a tourguide, and much cheaper!
There is not much to see at this site as it is now a place that the Indian Army uses. However, from the road you can see the walled garden and a statue to the Maratha King Sambhaji. The Portuguese Viceroy attacked the fort of Ponda in October, 1683 but had to retreat at the sight of King Sambhaji's army.
For a look at Hindu Goa, head to Ponda.
Mangesh is a deity unique to Goa, an incarnation of Shiva. The temple is typically Goan in arctitecture with influences of both Christian and Muslim styles. Worth a look.