Bardez (IPA: [/'baːɾdeːs/]Goan Konkaniबारदेस, Bārdes ?), also spelt as Bardes, is a region situated in the northern portion of the state of Goa, India. It is co-terminus with the eponymous taluka of the district of North Goa.

Taluka (sub-district)
Location of Bardez in North Goa, Goa
Location of Bardez in North Goa, Goa
Coordinates: 15°35′22″N 73°49′06″E / 15.589407°N 73.818305°E / 15.589407; 73.818305Coordinates: 15°35′22″N 73°49′06″E / 15.589407°N 73.818305°E / 15.589407; 73.818305
Country India
DistrictNorth Goa
Settlements1 City
15 Towns
28 Villages
 • Tehsildarna
 • Lok Sabha constituencyna
 • MLAna
 • Taluka (sub-district)2,37,440
 • Urban
 • Literacy ratena
 • Sex ratio 8/9na


The name is credited to the Saraswat Brahmin immigrants who emigrated to the Konkan coast via Magadha plains in northern India. Bardez, or more properly Bara (twelve) desh (country), means 'twelve countries' (or territories). The form 'country' probably refers to clan territorial limits, or to the Brahmin comunidades, of which the twelve are:

  1. Aldona
  2. Anjuna
  3. Assagao
  4. Candolim
  5. Moira
  6. Nachinola
  7. Olaulim
  8. Pomburpa
  9. Saligao
  10. Sangolda
  11. Serula
  12. Siolim

Bardez is delimited on the north by the Chapora River, on the south by the Mandovi River, on the east by the Mapusa River, which originates in Bardez itself near the capital city of Mapusa, and on the west by the Arabian Sea.

A native of Bardez is called a Bardezcar (/'baːɾdeːskaːɾ/) in the local Konkani language.

Bardez is the site of the legislature of Goa, in the southern parish village of Penha de França (Britona), in Serula. Other famous sites are the Fort Aguada, the beaches of Candolim, Sinquerim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, and Vagator villages, the hilltop monastery and boarding school of Monte Guirim, which was restored by Padre Luna after Pombal's devastation, the village communities of Salvador do Mundo, Penha da França, Siolim, Moira, Porvorim, Colvale, Saligao, and Sangolda, to name but the most prominent.

Goa's Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and Saint Xavier's College, Mapusa are located in Bardez.

The comunidade of Anjuna was famous as a hippie settlement. Among the Goan Catholics, it is famous as the birthplace of Venerable Father Agnelo, one of the two most prominent Goan saints, the other being Saint Joseph Vaz, the 'Apostle of Ceylon'.

List of towns and villagesEdit

List of towns in Bardez taluk:[1]

List of villages in Bardez taluk:

In popular cultureEdit

The Indian Netflix original show, Typewriter, is set in Bardez.[2]


  1. ^ "Villages & Towns in Bardez Taluka of North Goa, Goa". Census 2011. Government of India.
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