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Visit Panaji

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

Altinho, India

Altinho

Altinho is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and Bishop's Palace.

Altinho
Fontainhas, Panaji, India

Fontainhas

Some popular features of Fontainhas include its historical sites and restaurants. If you're in the mood to explore farther, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception or Miramar Beach are worth checking out in the surrounding nearby area.

Fontainhas

Top hotels in Panaji

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa
Rs12,999
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Panaji, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 2 mi (3 km) of Miramar Beach and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Salim ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (336 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly. There was a rancid smell in the common hallway leading to the room"…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Vivanta Goa, Panaji
Vivanta Goa, Panaji
5 out of 5
Dr D B Bandodkar Road, Panaji, Goa
Rs6,720
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

This family-friendly Panaji hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Kala Academy and Bishop's Palace. Church of Our Lady of Immaculate ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (304 reviews)

"Overall everything was super excellent here. Great hospitality received"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2020

Vivanta Goa, Panaji
Hotel Palacio de Goa
Hotel Palacio de Goa
2.5 out of 5
Dr. Gama Pinto Road, Panaji, Goa
Rs2,100
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Altinho, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and Deltin Royale Casino. Miramar Beach and Dona Paula Beach ...

3.9/5Good! (28 reviews)

"Facilities were fine. Food was not catered to western."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2019

Hotel Palacio de Goa

Popular things to do in Panaji

Miramar Beach
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Miramar Beach

4/5(22 reviews)

Located within easy reach of Panaji, this city beach is an enchanting spot from which to watch the sun sink into the Arabian Sea.

Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
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Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Find out about the history of Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, a well-known monument in Panaji. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

18th June Road
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18th June Road

You can take time to visit 18th June Road during your travels to Panaji. While in this family-friendly area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Reviews of Panaji

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4/5 - Good

Tony,Brighton

Nov 7, 2019

An interesting place for a day's walk about but then you need to go further afield. A few interesting bars around the municipal gardens but you have to hunt for them. The Fisherman's Warf next to the hotel is good for a meal and/or a drink.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2019

Visit to wine shops and cashew outlets a must do

3/5 - Okay

Vanessa

May 31, 2019

Lots of construction activity with new roads and bridges

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2019

the casino the cruise the excellent food very freindly people and the nice hot weather