Panaji

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Panaji featuring street scenes
Low-rise and laid-back, this characterful riverside city has a distinct European flavor and a range of Indo-Portuguese architecture.

Goa’s capital, Panaji, is still commonly referred to by its Portuguese name, Panjim, and the legacy of its old colonial rulers doesn’t end there. Aesthetically, it is reminiscent of Portugal with ample green spaces, whitewashed churches and atmospheric old colonial quarters.

Panaji was a small and sleepy riverfront village up until the mid-19th century, when it replaced Old Goa as the capital of Portuguese India. Most of its development was orchestrated by its Portuguese rulers and the wide streets, neat layout and Portuguese-inspired architecture all act as evidence of this. Look for pastel-painted classic colonial buildings which have been given a characteristic Goan injection of color.

Be sure to climb up Altinho Hill to enjoy the views of the city and get your bearings. The surrounding neighborhood, known as Altinho, is worth wandering about. Seek out interesting old buildings including the sprawling Bishop’s Palace, the 17th-century Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Secretariat Building, the one-time home of Portuguese viceroys. The labyrinthine heritage quarter of Fontainhas and Sao Tome also has clusters of colonial architecture, while monuments like the Mahalaxmi Temple act as reminders of its Hindu heritage.

Don’t forget to sample traditional Goan cuisine while here. Be sure to try much-loved local staples, such as piri piri shrimp or sorpotel, which is a spicy pork and offal stew.

Panjim can also make a great base for exploring Old Goa, which is located just 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) from the city. The once-thriving and grand colonial capital was abandoned in the 19th century after several bouts of plague struck its inhabitants. Other worthwhile excursions include boat trips to the nearby picturesque islands, such as Chorão and Divar, and to the popular Miramar Beach.

Some of the best times of the year to visit Panaji are between late October and early April when temperatures are warm but pleasant. The nearest airport is in Dabolim, which is about a 40-minute drive from Panaji. The city is also connected by bus to many other major Indian centers, including Mumbai, Mangalore and Bangalore. Much of Panaji is walkable, but should you need to go further, local bus services and auto-rickshaws can help.

Where to stay in Panaji

Vivanta Goa, Panaji
Vivanta Goa, Panaji
5 out of 5
Dr D B Bandodkar Road, Panaji, Goa, 403001
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,850 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Panaji. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (352 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2022

Vivanta Goa, Panaji
Taj Resort & Convention Centre, Goa
Taj Resort & Convention Centre, Goa
5 out of 5
Vainguinim Beach, Panaji, Goa, 403004
The price is Rs11,900 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Panaji. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Miramar Beach and Deltin Royale Casino are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
"Overall experience as one can expect from the taj its memorable… cant complain about anything from food to service to staff everything is top notch.. just one thing i staff dress code its way too formal and colour code for the dress its too dull.. i think you guys should choose something different ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2022

Taj Resort & Convention Centre, Goa
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa, 403001
The price is Rs10,095 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Panaji. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (379 reviews)
"Excellent location, beautifully designed and maintained beach-front property. Outstanding hospitality by the hotel personnel. The buffet (breakfast and dinner) at the Waterfront Terrace and Bar was delicious and the service was top class, special thanks to Jason for taking excellent care of us. The ..."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
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SaffronStays Cabo de Goa
SaffronStays Cabo de Goa
5 out of 5
SaffronStays Cabo de Goa, Panaji, Goa, 403206
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Panaji. Enjoy free parking, 3 bedrooms and a rainfall showerhead. Popular attractions Miramar Beach and Deltin Royale Casino ...
SaffronStays Cabo de Goa
Acasa Anantam
Acasa Anantam
3 out of 5
Anantam Complex, Near Bay 15, Odxel, Dona Paula, Panaji, Goa, 403002
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Panaji. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Miramar Beach and Deltin Royale Casino ...
Acasa Anantam
OneGoa by Acasa
OneGoa by Acasa
4.5 out of 5
Panvel - Kochi- Kanyakumari Highway, Near Goa Marriotts and Near Dona Paula, Panaji, Goa, 403108
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury villa in Panaji. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Miramar Beach and Deltin Royale Casino are ...
OneGoa by Acasa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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