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Panaji In Goa

The heart of Goa

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Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Paryatan Bhavan, 3rd Floor, Patto, Panaji-Goa, India 403001.
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About Panaji in Goa

Colonial-era buildings, old-school bookshops, leafy boulevards, and floating casinos underline Panaji Tourism. Nowhere in India is the Portuguese influence can be felt more strongly than in the Old Quarter of Panaji in Goa. Also known as Panjim, Panaji is the state capital of Goa.

History of Panaji

After the Portuguese invaded India in 1961, Panaji was annexed by India along with Goa and rest of the Portuguese territories. In the year 1987, Panaji or Panjim was declared as the capital of Goa. The name Panaji was changed to Panjim in the year 1843. It was also declared as the administrative capital of Goa.

Major Attractions in Panaji

Old Goa in Panaji is home to a number of scenic landmarks including cathedrals, churches, museums, and other historical buildings. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Goa features Basilica of Bom Jesus, Museum of Christian Art, Se’ Cathedral, Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, and Church of Lady of Rosary. These monuments are one of the best tourist places in Panaji. Taking a leisurely walk in this Latin Quarter of Panaji and shopping in Panaji market are among the best things to do in Panaji.

One of the top places to visit in Panaji, Altinho Hill is a neighbourhood dotted with several attractions ranging from lavish bungalows to heritage sites.  Another one of major tourist attractions in Goa, Miramar Beach is a stretch of golden sand lined with palm trees. Being easily accessible from the city centre of Panaji, Miramar is a popular beach where locals and tourists of all ages hang out.

Among the popular places to see in Panaji, Goa State Museum or State Archaeology Museum showcases collections on ancient history, archaeology, geology, and artworks. Established in 1977, the Goa Museum features 14 galleries displaying artefacts on Christian art, Contemporary art, Goa’s freedom struggle, natural heritage, and more. Goa Science Centre, Naval Aviation Museum, and Museum of Goa are also ranked highly as the best places to visit in Goa.

Here is a list of beautiful beaches near Panaji Goa:

Caranzalem Beach: This beach is a scenic beach with clear waters and white sands. The beach is safe for swimming and other water sports activities. It is located at a distance of about 4 km from Panaji.

Kegdole Beach: The beach is situated in the Verem village and is less crowded, hence it is just perfect for those who want seclusion and wants to spend some alone time in the lap of nature. The beach is known for its spectacular sunset view and immense tranquility.

Coco Beach: This beach is very rich in marine life hence fishing is a common activity at this beach. The coastline of this beach is fringed with beautiful palm trees. It is situated at the mouth of Mandovi River.

Marivel Beach: This beach is located near the fishing village of Marivel. Fishing is the most common activity here. The beach gives immense serenity and picturesque views of the sunset and the sunrise. This is one of the less explored beaches in Goa.

Dona Paula BeachThis is one of the most popular beaches in Goa and it is the place where the Zuari and Mandovi river meets the Arabian Sea. The beachside stalls offer a great variety of food, jewelry, clothes, etc. One can also enjoy thrilling water sports here.

Calangute Beach: This beach is another popular beach in North Goa which is also famous for its nightlife and amazing Hippie parties. The young crowd can be seen here enjoying various sports and partying at the various beach clubs. The beach is scenic and natural beauty.

A visit of two to three days in Panaji is essential to have an ultimate Goan experience. Panaji is one of the major cities in Goa with many surreal beaches where one can find peace and even enjoy thrilling water sports activities. A trip to Goa wouldn’t be said complete without a visit to this happening city of Goa. Get to know more about Goa by interacting with local people and fishermen in Panaji. Relish the local delicacies at the various restaurants in Panaji and we are sure, you will surely be going to love the experience.

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    Overall good experience. Nice hotel and services. However few dissatisfaction 1. No welcome drink severed when we reached hotel 2. Asked for candle light dinner which did not happen though we paid money for that.
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    Hotel is too old, washroom condition was not good, initially given bad room, then we shifted to another room. Except room, outside atmosphere was good. Enjoyed
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    Pune

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    It was going good but there lack of communication between agent and cab vendor where they are not agreeing to visit places which were travelling agent share with us. However later when I complaint about it then they took almost entire for discussion and then agree around 3 PM and that time it was to
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    What are the major attractions in Panaji?

    Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, the hillside of Altinho, Miramar Beach, Goa State Museum, and Fontainhas are major attractions in Panaji.

     

     

    Where should I stay in Panaji?

    Try to find accommodation in the Latin Quarter or in downtown Panaji so major tourist places in Panaji are nearby. Beachside accommodation may be expensive than in the city centre.

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