Famous For: Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Fort Aguada, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Casino Royale Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa State Museum, St. Augustin Towers, Se Cathedral, St. Cajetan Church, Reis Magos Fort, Odxel Beach, Corjuem Fort, Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, Shantadurga Temple, Diver Island, Deltin Royale, Mandovi River etc.
Major Attractions: Almost above of all the places are very attractive and fascinating. Some of these places are considered the most attractive and popular based on tourist attraction. Such as- Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Basilica Of Bom Jesus, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa State Museum, Se Cathedral.
Ideal Visit Time: 5-7 days. Mid-November to Mid-February; These are the best months to visit the party capital since the weather is pleasantly cool and comfortable. It’s the perfect time to relax on the beaches amidst other tourists who make the most of these three months in Panaji (Goa). December is the time when Panaji (Goa) witnesses one of its most popular festivals, Sunburn, besides extensive Christmas and New Year celebrations and is home to lakhs of visitors from across the world. You might want to book your hotels in advance since this is the peak season and prices of accommodation go way higher than you would imagine.
Panaji or Panjim is a city in North Goa district in the Indian state of Goa, which is the present capital of the state of Goa. The town is situated on the banks of the river Mandavi. Travel to Goa can be kept for some days in Panjim or Panaji capital of Goa. City like the picture on the river Mandavi. A wonderful combination of tradition and modernity. Some churches and historical sites are spectacular. If you watch the Assisi Church, you will remember the movie Poker. In the afternoon, Sundowns and Sunset Cruises are arranged in the Mandvi River on public and private enterprises. Arrangements for aquaculture and cultural events in large decorated vessels with fascinating fast food. Each cruise is for one hour. The view of the sunset from the water chest at the mouth of Mandvi is quite beautiful. Goa Tourism organizes another cruise during the day. Going to the water is very good to visit the countryside of Panaji. In the morning, on a small motorboat, the dolphin cruise is arranged from the other ferry on the other side of the river.
Let’s talk about some attractive places of Panaji below:
Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
Previously, it was just a chapel in the early 15th century but with time and tide the chapel went through many transformations and led to this massive structure which is elegantly built with influences of several architectural styles. Sitting right in the middle of the hillock this mighty church has three shrines of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary and, Crucifixion of Jesus. Being the first church to built-in Goa. It holds utmost significance in its tourism and adding up to the most attractive places to visit in Panjim.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest churches in India. Construction of the church began in the last decade of the sixteenth century and it was sanctified in 1605. The monument, declared as a world heritage site by the UNESCO, is one of the finest examples of the baroque architecture. The chassis of St. Francis Xavier is kept in a beautifully decorated casket here in the basilica. It is located in Bainguinim, about 10 km from Panjim, and attracts several tourists from all across the world. The church is known to hold the relics of St. Francis Xavier, who was known for his phenomenal insight and therapeutic healing powers. The facade of the Church constitutes a main altar flanked by two more altars. The main altar is decorated with a statue of St. Ignatius Loyola overlooking and protecting Baby Jesus. The surroundings are frolicked with paintings and carvings directly from the Bible, and it also has a gallery that inhabits oil paintings belonging to the years 1973 and 1976.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove habitat, which is declared as the bird sanctuary, and located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the Mandovi River, Goa, in India. The sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist. The sanctuary and island are accessed by a ferry service running between Ribander and Chorao. The sanctuary has a paved walk that runs between mangroves of Rhizophora mucronata, Avicennia officinalis and other species.
Several species of birds have been recorded and the common species include the striated heron and western reef heron. Other species that have been recorded include the Little Bittern, Black Bittern, Red Knot, Jack Snipe and Pied Avocet. The sanctuary is also host to mudskippers, fiddler crabs and other mangrove habitat specialists. A species of crustacean Teleotanais indianis was described based on specimens obtained in the sanctuary.
Goa State Museum
Goa State Museum, also known as the State Archaeology Museum in Panaji (Goa, India). It’s established in 1977. It contains departments including Ancient History and Archaeology, Art and Craft and Geology. The museum had about 8,000 artifacts on display; Including stone sculptures, wooden objects, carvings, bronzes, paintings, manuscripts, rare coins, and anthropological objects. To add up to the amusement of the visitors, the museum has also a remarkable collection of stamps, religious artifacts and other such hidden gems. This is a perfect place to dig up the history of the Goan culture and styles in the early ages.
The word Sé is Portuguese for See. The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army, leading to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Since the day of the victory happened to be on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her. Dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria this is an amazing Church with impressive courtyards and elegantly arched interiors.The remarkable feature of this old standing church is the “Huge Golden Bell”, which is one of the most prominent and grand bells in the world. It is a perfect place to experience a blend of tranquility and serenity as it is intermixed in the aura of the Cathedral.
Reis Magos Fort
Situated on the banks of Mandovi this majestic fort serves as a turret. This massive structure has been resized twice just to increase its size for a better view of the entire city. Due to its huge size, it can be seen from any point from the Mandovi river. The artistry of the craftsmen is worth watching as the fort has various jaw dropping interiors which are beautifully carved. Moreover, the view from the fort is just beyond one’s imagination with endless waters fused with beautiful displays. It may serve a joyful moment on everybody.
Panaji being a rich reflection of the Portugal style architecture exhibits beautiful flavors of Goa in terms of culture and tradition. The city has a laid back approach and gives you ample amount to time to experience and appreciate the locality.
How To Reach
By Bus: Panjim can also be approached by road by bus or car from several Indian states. This may be expensive but is extremely convenient.
By Train: Indian Railways connect Panjim with Mumbai, Delhi and other big cities in India. Most visitors arrive through Margao station in South Goa. The trains do tend to be full so it is better to book in advance. Thivim , Karmali , Madgaon are the nearest Railway Stations of Panaji.
By Air: Panaji is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport to Panjim is the Dabolim Airport. You can get to the city via train, bus or hire a taxi/ auto from there. Also you can go through Goa International Airport.