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What You Should Know More About Panaji

  • Things to do in Panaji:

    • Water sports at Miramar and Dona Paula beach: Tourists are most primarily attracted to Panaji due to its relaxing beaches such as the Miramar and the Dona Paula beach. Both of these beaches are located within the 7km radius of the city. They deliver a spectacular view of the Fort Aguada that is situated across the bay. There are a range of water-sports activities that you can indulge in too.

    • Spiritual oneness at the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception: There is a beautiful church located right in the main square region of Panaji. Portuguese sailors would essentially treat this church as their sport of giving thanks for their long and treacherous voyage journey all the way from Portugal. The church is truly beautiful especially during nights as the structure is completely illuminated with lights.

    • Cruising along the rivers of Mandovi: Are you an adventure junkie? Well, no worries there – Panaji has it taken care of. Enjoy sunset cruising activities through the many regions of Mandovi river. If you’re too tired to indulging in any more physically excruciating, just relax and have a moonlit dinner by the river in many of the luxurious resorts in Goa

  • What will you like in Panaji:

    • Rural simplicity of the old town of Panaji: The Panaji Old town is amongst the oldest residential quarters of the city. The place is named after the fountain of Pheonix and offers a greatly simplistic experience of Goa. It is quite hard to imagine such an experience especially given how developed the rest of the city is. It is a great way to enjoy the simplicity that surprisingly still exists in Goa.

    • Get the picturesque view of Qurem Creek: One of those most important experiences in Panaji is visiting Qurem Creek. They are natural, beautiful and gigantic. They even consist of colourful houses lined along the sprawling landscape of the region. You will truly love being at Panaji if you visit this popular location.

    • Shopping in Panaji: Panaji delivers one of the most exciting shopping experiences ever. It is a blend of exotic, ethnic and contemporary styles at most of these local markets. It sure is one of the major attractions in Panaji.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Goa Tourism Website

    Books on Panaji: 

    Lonely Planet Goa.

  • When is the best time to visit Panaji?

    Floating casinos is the specialty of Panaji. If you are planning to give them a go then try these ones:


    • Crown Casino
    • Casino Carnival Goa
    • Casino Pride
    • Casino Royale Goa
    • Deltin Royale Casino

  • How to reach Panaji?

    Mandovi River is one of the most popular cruise destinations near Panaji.  It will take you to Old Goa, covering the vast territory with beautiful natural sites, and then cruise around the Chorao and Divar Islands. There are different kinds of cruises for you to select from. You can get on a party cruise or a dinner cruise and let the ocean be your paradise.

  • Which are the famous attractions to see in Panaji

    Despite of what one might think, the beach is not the only attraction in Panaji. The sightseeing in Panaji city will not disappoint you. 


    • Basilica of Bom Jesus- The basilica is named after baby Jesus, and it’s india’s first of it’s kind; an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Old Goa- enriched with a great history and a series of stunning churches and cathedrals.  
    • Dona Paula Beach- a beach surrounded by trees, great restaurants, and stories of the past.
    • Reis Magos Fort- a palace as old as over 500 years, and one of the busiest tourist attractions of Panaji.
    • 18th June Road- if you are looking for dry fruits and spices then this is the lace to walk around. There are some great bookstores that will interest the bibliophiles.
    • Idalcao- Mohammed Adil Shah’s palace, currently used as a government building. This is an architectural phenomenon.
    • Jama Masjid- there are not many of its kind in any of the costal towns of Goa.
    • Se Cathedral- known for its Gothic architecture.
    • Church Of The Immaculate Conception Of The Virgin Mary- it’s huge, it’s white, and it’s beautiful.

  • What are the different things/activities to do in Panaji?

    The adventure enthusiasts will love Panaji. There are plenty of things to be engaged in here.


    • Water sports- this is one of the main attractions in the capital city of Goa. Dona Paula and Miramar beaches offer some exciting water sports to try.
    • Roaming the city- this one is for the tourists who love to discover new things. Take on the city by foot and don’t leave any street unvisited.
    • Deltin Royale- a luxury casino where you can try out your luck and have some fun.
    • Beach and street parties- Goa is known for its beach parties and Panaji is no different. It’s a great way to let off some steam and meet interesting people.

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Panaji?

    Panaji is known for the amount of tourists that visit the city every year. Therefore, it’s not a huge surprise that you will find plenty of options while looking for resorts and hotels to stay in there. They offer great accommodation options and most of them are located near the beach. Here is a list of the best ones:


    • The Chances Resort & Casino
    • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
    • Casa Paradiso
    • The Menino Regency
    • The Crown Goa
    • Hotel Miramar Goa
    • Hotel Fidalgo
    • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Panaji?

    Despite of being the capital city of Goa, it’s located far away from the maddening crowd. You can take an auto rickshaw from anywhere of the city and ride around or visit the beaches. It’s one of the most common transportation options used by the tourists and the locals. Almost all areas of Panaji have prominent auto rickshaw stands to make it easy for you to get one. You can also take the buses which will drop you off near the beach. There are plenty of bus stops to connect the city well by road. If you are thinking of making it a little more exciting then rent a cycle. It’s a time saving and enjoyable modes of travel in Panaji.

  • Name the best local cuisine here.

    The costal towns are always known for their seafood preparations and Panaji is no different. Because of its Portuguese influence, Panaji has a lot of spicy platters to offer to you. Some famous ones are:


    • Balchão- a spicy shrimp curry
    • Chamuça- Goan samosa
    • Corquettes- a snack made of beef 
    • Xacuti- a curry made of roasted coconut
    • Sanna- Goan version of idli            
    • Bebik- a type of pudding


    Panaji has plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can try these and more famous cuisines. Here is a list of a few:


    • Fisherman's Wharf
    • Riverfront & Down the Road
    • Route 66
    • Cafe Mojo
    • Cafe Bodega
    • Black Sheep Bistro
    • Viva Panjim

  • What are the famous beaches near Panaji?

    There are two most popular beaches in Panaji. One is the Dona Paula Beach. You can take an auto rickshaw or a bus from near your resort to travel about 7 km to reach ths beach. It’s located over a huge area and there are plenty of activities to try in here and have an unforgettable time. The second one is the Miramar Beach. It’s located only 3 km from the city center of Panaji. The beach offers natural beauty and you can spend your time enjoting the sun and the water. Apart from these, there are a few other beaches that you can visit. Some of them are:


    • Caranzalem
    • Odxel
    • Rajbagh
    • Vainguinim
    • Coco
    • Anjum
    • Patnem-Colomb

  • Where can I enjoy water sports activities in Panaji?

    If you want to try the water sports in Panaji then Dona Paula Beach is where you need to be. An entire industry of water sports related activities has built around this area because of the favorable water and weather. Some of the most popular water sports that you can enjoy here are:


    • Kayaking
    • Windsurfing
    • Motorboat riding
    • Parasailing
    • Skibob
    • Yachting
    • Sports fishing
    • Snorkeling
    • Harpoon fishing


    If not anything else, you can spend the entire day swimming. The water here is perfect and the beach is safe. Another great thing about the waters sports in Dona Paula Beach is that you will be assisted by expert instructors. For that reason, you will be safe without having to compromise on the fun part.

  • How is Panaji for Honeymoon couples?

    Imagine all the greatness of Goa without the crowd: That’s Panaji for you. This is why it’s fast becoming one of India’s most preferred honeymoon destinations. Panaji is a place of tranquility where the newlyweds can enjoy the privacy of each other’s company while exploring the city. There is nothing more romantic than watching the sunset together with your loved one while enjoying the cool evening breeze on the beach. Taking long walks on the sand will offer you plenty of opportunity to know each other. While enjoying the city on foot, you can find street musicians playing violin just for you. Imagine ending your day with a lovely candle light dinner in a small open restaurant by the beach.

  • What are the famous churches and temples to see in Panaji?

    Most places in Goa are filled with churches, and Panaji is no different. The churches in the city are known for their Gothic designs and their history. When in Panaji, don’t forget to visit these churches:


    • Basilica of Bom Jesus
    • Church of The Immaculate Conception of The Virgin Mary
    • Panjim Church
    • Cajetan'S Church
    • The Chapel of St Sebastian
    • Church of Holy Spirit
    • Church of St. Anne at Talaulim
    • Chapel of Our Lady of The Mount
    • Chapel of St Catherine
    • Chapel of St Lawrence


    Panaji is a city with some old and some new temples. If you are interested the visit the following ones:


    • Shree Radha Krishna Temple
    • Sati Devi Temple
    • Lord Shankar Temple
    • Mahalaxmi Mandir
    • Shree Ram Mandir
    • Krishna Temple
    • Laxmi Narasimha Temple
    • Sri Ramnath Temple
    • Shri Mangueshi Temple
    • Sri Nagueshi Temple

  • What are the best market areas in Panaji?

    Panaji has a variety of market areas, ranging from clothing to artifacts. You surely would want to shop for your loved ones and bring home some beautiful local items. A few of the most prominent market areas in Panaji are:


    • Sosa’s- a boutique that offers the local style and heritage.
    • Barefoot- a place with a series of modern and high-end shops.
    • Marcou Artifacts- offers Goan and Portuguese ceramics and designer tiles.
    • Caculo Mall- everything that a mall can and should be.
    • Singbal's Book House- this one is for the readers.
    • Municipal Market- a place with charm. Walk around this place to find the best of Panaji has to offer.

  • Which places are good for a bike trips near Panaji?

    The entire city of Panaji can be enjoyed on a bike. Ask any local person to know where to you can rent a bike and then ride around the city. You can visit the beaches and can even enjoy a bike-ride beside the ocean. You can go on a church or restaurant tour on bike to enjoy the best of the city by yourself. If you are visiting Panaji with friends or family then you can rent multiple bikes and enjoy the group-tour.

  • What are some famous historic sights in Panaji?

    Panaji is built on an area that is fairly old and has seen some major changes in history. Hence, its past is diverse and you can see the influence of different culture on how the city looks:


    • Casa de Moeda
    • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
    • Reis Magos Fort
    • Goa Science Centre
    • Basilica of Bom Jesus
    • Deltin Royale Panaji Conservation Area
    • Miramar Beach
    • Se Cathedral
    • Hawaii Beach
    • Dona Paula Beach

  • How is the nightlife of Panaji?

    Like any Goan city, Panaji has a very colorful nightlife to offer. Here are casinos, pubs, and restaurants with live music to make your night enjoyable. However, that’s the least of it. The real nightlife attraction of Panaji is the beach party. The best thing about it is that you can make friends of some locals and join their parties. There will be fire, food, and all kinds of joy waiting for you.

  • Which are the best casinos in Panaji?

    Floating casinos is the specialty of Panaji. If you are planning to give them a go then try these ones:


    • Crown Casino
    • Casino Carnival Goa
    • Casino Pride
    • Casino Royale Goa
    • Deltin Royale Casino

  • What are famous cruising destinations near Panaji?

    Mandovi River is one of the most popular cruise destinations near Panaji.  It will take you to Old Goa, covering the vast territory with beautiful natural sites, and then cruise around the Chorao and Divar Islands. There are different kinds of cruises for you to select from. You can get on a party cruise or a dinner cruise in Panaji and let the ocean be your paradise.

  • How far is Anjuna beach from Panjim? And how can i reach there?

    The distance of Anjuna Beach from Panjim is about 20 km. You can take an auto rickshaw from Panjim and reach the Anjuna Beach in no time. There are plenty of buses too that leave for the beach every hour.

  • Here is some travel advice from Thrillophilia while visiting Panaji

    While planning a trip to Panaji, keep in mind that the summer season is the least enjoyable period to visit the city. Plan your visit around the winter. However, that’s the peak tourist season in Panaji, hence, it’s important that you plan the tour early. Otherwise, you may not find the best resorts for your stay.


    Panaji is otherwise a safe city but it’s advised that you carry your id proofs at all times. Find out where the local hospitals and police station are beforehand, in case of any emergency. It’s always better to be safe. The best plan can be to find a tour package that suits your needs and sign up for it. That’s the best way to keep your holiday hassle-free.

Traveller Tales from Panaji


Avani Ahuja

11 November 2014

I was totally enthralled by the Jet Ski and the parasailing activity that I did at the Baina Beach, Goa. The experience was great and I just loved it. I am coming back again to Goa to repeat it. Undoub...

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Devadatt Panicker

09 August 2015

One of the most famous beaches is Baina beach something for speed boating. Life jackets are very much necessary during speed boating. The time span of speed boat riding cans latitude from time to ten m...


Chakor Sharma

09 September 2014

I have heard about the Goa Kayaking being India’s and of course Goa’s leading eco-tourism and nature combined destination, cruising along the coastline of Baina Beach of Goa, backwaters and also along ...


Ramesh Acharya

11 December 2017

A visit to Goa is never complete without taking the fun of adventurous water sports in Goa. This time, I visited Goa along with my family, and to sum up, the experience was wonderful. All kinds of exci...


Ameyatma Embranthiri

12 December 2015

I have visited Goa many times but never get view of Dudhsagar Waterfall. I had heard a lot about this waterfall and always wanted to see specially after watching Dudhsgar in Chennai Express movie. Our ...


Swami Patil

06 June 2014

Paragliding in Arambol Goa is a super fun experience. It is very interesting and exciting. One can have complete adventurous fun with these games. While we thought Goa is all about just booze and stuff...


Dwaipayan Patil

12 December 2015

We had a good time in the cruise with grt dj music and good food it was an amazing fun packed package.This cruise starts from the Panjim cruise jetty. You will be taken through the beautiful Mandovi Ri...


Chaten Gill

17 November 2015

This is a premier and beautiful dinner cruise which will literally just brighten up your time and stay in Goa. Had a lot of fun and enjoyed my time! we danced so much and had the time of our lives.


Mandakini Kapoor

11 December 2017

A visit to Candolim and Baga Beach is must as the activities can be enjoyed in groups. These beaches are famous for banana rides at high speed. A perfect outing for a group of girls like us!