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About Panjim

Panjim, also known as Panaji, is the capital city of India’s beach paradise Goa. Situated on the southern left banks of the serene Mandovi River, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Goa. Characterised by a cluster of rolling terraced hills and the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church overlooking the city, Panjim is a small, but fascinating city that displays the unique blend of the ancient times with the present. 

The old tiled-roof buildings, tree-lined avenues and age-old bridges in Panjim speak of its rich Portuguese past and its influences. Considered to be one of the most beautiful state capitals, this city is known for its scenic beaches, colonial structures, floating casinos, as well as immense natural beauty. 

A visit to Panjim is guaranteed to be memorable, with the yellow-red-blue painted buildings dotting the streets that you can explore on a bike or on foot. From taking a walk on the stunning Miramar Beach surrounded with palm groves, to walking through mangrove forests in the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Panjim has a lot of places of attraction for you to explore. From local flea markets like the Anjuna Market, to ancient churches and structures like the Reis Magos Fort and Fort Aguada, as well as pristine beaches like Vagator and Dona Paula, Panjim is a treasure trove of sightseeing attractions. 

There is no dearth of things to do in Panjim as well. The city is one of the best places in all of Goa to indulge in a wide array of water sports and activities, including surfing, scuba diving, parasailing and boating, among others. Besides that, wildlife tours, heritage walks, shopping, as well as gorging on delicious local Goan delicacies are some of the best things to do in Panjim.

Known for its typical subtropical climate, Panjim, like the rest of Goa, experiences rather hot weather conditions all through the year. The days here are long and sunny, while the nights are pleasant, with a cool sea breeze blowing around. The summers here, from March to May, are extremely humid, followed by the rainy season till early September, which are the wettest months of the year. October onwards, until February, are the best months to visit Panjim, since the weather during this time is ideal for sightseeing, water sports and beach activities.

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Which are the best places to visit in Panjim?

1. Dona Paula Beach: Getting its name from two lovers, this beach has a tragic history of love and suicide. Boasting of fine sands and clear blue waters, the Dona Paula Beach is one of the best beaches in Panjim to indulge in water sports as well as sightseeing.
In addition to soaking in picturesque and idyllic views of the Arabian Sea, you can also visit several sightseeing attractions here, including the National Oceanography Institute, the Reis Magos church, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, etc. Some of the popular water sports to try at Dona Paula Beach are water skiing, parasailing, snorkelling, kayaking, and windsurfing, among others. 
Location: Dona Paula, Goa
Timings: 06:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

2. Basilica Of Bom Jesus: 
A UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is the oldest church in Goa and ranks among the top popular landmarks in Panjim. This Roman Catholic church boasts of the baroque Portuguese style of architecture, with marble and stone floors.
Dating back to 1604, the church is also the home of the relics of St. Francis Xavier, which is kept in a silver casket and is shown to people once every 10 years. Furthermore, the church is also said to be one of the seven wonders of the world of Portuguese origin. You can find a statue of St. Ignatius Loyola overlooking Baby Jesus here. 
Location: Old Goa Road, Goa Velha 403402, India 
Timings: 09:30 a.m. to 06:30 p.m. 

3. Casino Royale Goa: 
Also known as Deltin Royale Casino, the Casino Royale floats on water. In addition to 123 gambling tables, this floating casino also has several games, including poker, black jack, teen Patti, and more. So, you can play many different games and try your luck here, while also spending time at their inhouse whiskey lounge. It is here, in Casino Royale Goa, where you can have a complete Las Vegas experience, enjoy live performances and more. 
Location: Fisheries Jetty, Fisheries Building, D. Bandodkar road, Panjim, Goa 403001, India
Timings: Open 24 hours 

4. Fort Aguada: 
Built in the early 1600s, Fort Aguada is one of the best places to visit in Panjim. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the fort also tells a lot about the rich history of Goa, and divides the Candolim and Sinquerim beaches. It is home to a 19th century lighthouse as well, which is the oldest lighthouse of its size and shapes in the whole country. In addition to indulging in nature photography from here, Fort Aguada is also perfect to soak in Panjim’s mesmerising sunsets. 
Location: Fort Aguada Road, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515
Timings: 08:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. 

5. Coco Beach: 
Amongst the most popular beaches in Panjim, Coco Beach is also a major water sport hotspot. With lush palm groves acting as its backdrop, Coco Beach is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate, in addition to indulging in some thrilling adventures. Located on the Mandovi estuary, Coco Beach is nothing short of a traveller’s paradise, with quaint villas and structures lining it on either side, fishermen setting out to get their hands on the catch of the day, and an overall serene ambience.
From boat rides and dolphin sighting trips, to scuba diving, exploring local markets, gorging onto delicious local food at the beach shacks and more, there is a lot that this pristine beach has to offer.
Location: Maima Wadda, Coco Beach, Nerul, Goa 403114
Timings: 08:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

6. Goa Science Centre: 
Sprawling over an area of 5 acres, the Goa Science Centre was established by the National Council of Science Museums and the State Department of Science, Technology and Environment as a joint project. Home to a planetarium, a theatre for 3D shows as well as numerous scientific displays and exhibits, the Goa Science Centre is perfect to explore if you are seeking some respite from the usual beaches, churches and local markets in Panjim. The Goa Science Centre has an aim of making science more exciting and fun for the youth, thereby awakening a desire in them to learn more about the subject. 
Location: Marine Highway, Miramar, Panjim, Goa 403001
Timings: 09:30 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. 

7. Church Of the Immaculate Conception of The Virgin Mary: 
Built as a chapel in the year 1541, the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is located atop a hill, surrounded by verdant greenery and natural vistas. Said to be one of the best landmarks to see in Panjim, the church has three main shrines, belonging to Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary and that of the Crucifixion of Jesus. It is also the first ever church that was built in Goa.
In addition to that, the church has also served as the location for several Bollywood films, including Dilwale and Josh. While the church is considered a very important religious and spiritual place, it also draws in thousands of visitors every year due to its amazing geographical location. 
Location: R. Emidio Garcia, Altinho, Panjim, Goa 403001
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 03:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m. 

8. Reis Magos Fort: 
Located on the shores of the Mandovi River, the Reis Mago Fort is one of the most popular ancient structures and monuments to visit in Panjim. Dating back to over 400 years, this majestic fort was constructed in 1551 and got its name after three men who were mentioned in the Bible.
As of today, the fort is owned and managed by the Government of Goa, and has been restored to serve as a heritage centre in the city. The fort is home to several galleries and exhibits where you can learn about the history of Goa, Portuguese rule and more. In addition to an art gallery, Reis Magos Fort also has a history and restoration hall, and almost 100 gun loops. 
Location: Nerul – Reis Margos Road, beside Three Kings Church, Bardez, Verem, Goa 403114
Timings: 09:30 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

What are the best things to do in Panjim?

1. Visit the Fontainhas: One of the best things to do in Panjim is to visit the Fontainhas, also known as Goa’s Latin Quarter. This historical heritage colony in Panjim used to be the former headquarters of the Portuguese, and has narrow streets, with colourful buildings and an old-world charm.
You can also see the ancient Ourem Creek flanking the colony on the east, and the Altinho Hills acting as its backdrop on the west. It is the best place to experience the influence of the Portuguese on Goa’s architecture, and you are sure to be transported to the erstwhile European colonial era during your visit to Fontainhas. The colony is now a residential area, and is also recognised as a UNESCO heritage zone. 
Location: Rua de Natal, Fontainhas (quarter), Mala, Panjim, Goa 403001
Timings: Open 24 hours

2. Try Goan Cuisine: 
Panjim is a treasure house of restaurants, beach shacks and cafes where you can try authentic Goan cuisine, fresh seafood and local produce. Goan cuisine is one of the most culturally diverse cuisines in the country, blending Indian, Maharashtrian, Konkani as well as Portuguese styles of cooking and ingredients.
Therefore, when you visit Panjim, one of the best things you can do here includes indulging in the local cuisine, with dishes like the famous Pork Vindaloo, Crab Xec Xec and others. You must also try dishes such as Prawn Balchao, Sanna or Idli with Goan pork sorpotel curry, Goan Red Rice, Poee, Kokum drinks, Kingfish delicacies, Cashew Feni and the popular multi-layered coconut cake or Bebinca. 
Location: Panjim, Goa
Timings: Available throughout the day 

3. Shop at MG Road: 
Said to be the main shopping avenue in Panjim, MG Road is home to many shops, boutiques and stalls that sell everything you need and more. From fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, to local Goan spices, seafood, Goan wines and beer, you can get it all here.
MG Road also has several shops where you can buy cashew nuts, which are quite famous here. For others, you can also find traditional Goan handicrafts, clothing and accessories in MG Road, along with a wide range of handmade products, like coconut shell statues, wooden artefacts, glazed and colourful tiles, khadi materials and more. Some of the shops here also sell handmade Portuguese and Goan ceramics, including kitchen utensils and animal figurines. 
Location: M.G. Road, Panjim, Goa
Timings: Open 24 hours 

4. Drink Beer at Joseph Bar: 
Amongst the top-rated bars and pubs in all of Panjim, you must definitely head over to Joseph Bar for a drink (or two) when you are visiting the city. Exuding an old-world charm, this cosy little bar is a local favourite, and has a very relaxing and comfortable ambience, quite different from the typical touristy bars and nightclubs that Panjim is home to.
It is here, at Joseph Bar, where you can try fresh draught beer and draft, which is a milder version of Feni, a type of liquor/ spirit produced in Goa. Simply head over to Joseph Bar, grab a beer, and enjoy the views of the lifestyle, small lanes and vistas of Goa. Or, satiate your hunger with local Goan snacks and delicacies. 
Location: Gomes Pereira Road, Altinho, Panjim, Goa 403001
Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

5. Take a tour to Old Goa: 
Panjim, also known as Old Goa, has a lot to offer to those who are willing to delve deep into its rich history. One of the best things that you can do here is to take a tour of Old Goa, which is also referred to as the Rome of the East.
From hundreds of colourful buildings and bungalows, to a cortege of churches, convents, art galleries, museums, government buildings and landmarks, as well as quaint cafes, bakeries and more, you can see it all during a tour of Old Goa. A recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Goa is also home to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, known for its architectural marvel, the Se de Santa Catarina, which is the largest church in Old Goa, as well as the famous Mangeshi Temple and other attractions. 
Location: Panjim, Goa
Timings: Open 24 hours 

6. Sip some coffee at Blue Tokai: 
Want to experience life like a local when visiting Panjim? Take some time out to head over to Blue Tokai for a cuppa. Panjim is home to the very first Blue Tokai café in all of Goa, and is located in the beautiful area of Fontainhas. A tranquil and peaceful place, you can enjoy soaking in views of the art-laden walls and colourful houses in the narrow lanes of Fontainhas as you sip on your coffee.
The air-conditioned café is great for catching up with your friends over food and drinks. The best part about the coffee here is that all of Blue Tokai’s coffee beans are sourced directly from the plantations, and are then roasted in the café itself, making it very fresh and delicious. 
Location: Fontainhas, Panjim, Goa
Timings: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

7. Explore Altinho Hill: 
One of the top things to do in Panjim is to explore the scenic Altinho Hill, which offers breath-taking views of the surrounding landscapes. Amongst the most elite residential areas in Panjim, Altinho Hill is home to the Archbishop’s Palace, the residence of the Chief Minister of Goa, the office of All India Radio, as well as many Government servant quarters and other attractions. Quite explored and serene, Altinho Hill is one of the most beautiful and quaint places to visit in Panjim. 
Location: DB Marg, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: Operational throughout the day 

8. Try your luck at Floating Casino: 
Panjim, also known as the Las Vegas of the East, has many floating casinos where you can try your luck and win big. Amongst the only places in the country where gambling is legal, you can head over to the floating casinos on Mandovi River, such as the Deltin Royale, among others, to enjoy a luxurious casino experience on water. In addition to hundreds of gaming tables, you can also indulge in various games, like American Roulette, Andar Bahar, Poker, Baccarat, and more. 
Location: Mandovi River, Panjim, Goa 
Timings: Operates throughout the day 

9. Panjim River Cruise: 
When in Panjim, enjoy a scenic and memorable river cruise on the Mandovi River. Choose from a dinner, evening, sunset or early morning cruise and set sail on the azure waters of the river, with the lush tropical trees, pristine beaches and natural landscapes adding beauty to the experience.
The sunset river cruise is the most popular here, where you can simply relax and enjoy the serene vistas while sipping on a glass of wine, listening to music and indulging in delicious food as you sail through the mangrove forests. 
Location: Mandovi River, Panjim, Goa 
Timings: Varies throughout the day

What is the best time to visit Panjim?

The best time to visit Panjim is from late October to April, when the weather here is pleasant, with sunny days and cooler nights. The nights can also get chilly in these months. In addition to many local fairs and festivities, you can also enjoy sightseeing, beach hopping and several exciting and adventure activities in Panjim during these months. 

What to buy from Panjim Goa?

When visiting Panjim, Goa, some of the things that you must definitely buy here include local wine, Goan spices, cashew nuts, fresh seafood and traditional handicrafts. Additionally, Panjim is also known for its coconut shell statues and azulejos, which are a form of colourful and glazed tiles, along with Portuguese ceramic artefacts. 

What are the best water sports to do in Panjim?

1. Kayaking: Kayaking in the Sal River in Panjim is one of the best water sports that you can try here. In addition to exploring the calm waters of the river, kayaking also offers you the chance to see the picturesque mangrove forests, catch sights of various fish species as well as soak in the immense natural beauty that Panjim is known for. 

2. Scuba Diving: 
Panjim is home to many spots and places where you can take a deep dive into the cool waters of the Arabian Sea and explore the underwater marine life here. It also lets you see a wide variety of colourful corals, fishes and other sea creatures. 

3. River Rafting: 
When visiting Panjim, a river rafting experience in the Mandovi River is one of the best water sports that you can indulge in. Just sit tight and let the raft cruise through the gushing rapids, as you soak in views of the beautiful natural landscapes that surround you. 

4. Kite Surfing: 
The beaches in Panjim, such as Morjim and Miramar Beach are great to try kitesurfing, which involves techniques used in sports like jet skiing, surfing and wakeboarding. All you have to do is control the power kite as you traverse along the sea waves.

Which are the best beaches in Panjim?

1. Miramar Beach: Also known as the Gasper Dias Beach, Miramar Beach is among the best in Panjim. It is here where the Mandovi river meets the Arabian Sea, and offers a sight to behold. In addition to enjoying water sports and relaxing strolls, one can also catch sights of sea gulls and plovers from here. 

2. Morjim Beach: 
Located towards the north of the Chapora River is the popular Morjim Beach, lined with palm and casuarina trees. A popular place for fishing, the beach is also great to enjoy sports like kitesurfing, jet skiing and parasailing. 

3. Dona Paula Beach: 
Known as a lover’s paradise and home to a jetty, this beach has a tranquil ambience and tragic history. It is also the home of the whitewashed statue of the “Image of India,” which is said to depict Young India and Mother India. 

4. Vagator Beach: 
Home to the famous Chapora Fort, Vagator Beach is known for its red cliffs, new water springs and a stunning coastline. It is also the spot of many local night markets, and is a popular spot to enjoy Panjim’s vibrant nightlife.

Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife in Panjim?

1. Taverna Pub: Located close to Miramar Beach, the Taverna Pub is a popular pub/ nightclub in Panjim, known for its elegant interiors, lively ambience and a great selection of food and drinks. In addition to tucking in to Goan food here, you can also enjoy live music, karaoke nights and DJ nights here. 

2. Café Mojo: 
One of the best places to enjoy nightlife in Panjim is Café Mojo, the first eBeer pub in the country. It is also the first English pub in Goa where you can find authentic Goan delicacies to gorge on. 

3. Down The Road Nightclub: 
Amongst the most popular nightclubs in Panjim is the Down the Road Nightclub, a perfect place to unwind with a cocktail or beer in hand, whilst you soak into views of the old Patto bridge. The rustic vibes and cosy interiors also add to the experience here. 

4. Deltin Royale Casino: 
One of the best places to experience the nightlife of Panjim is the Deltin Royale Casino, also known as a floating casino in Goa. Try your luck with the various types of games here, as you cruise on the Mandovi River at night.

Which are the best resorts to stay in Panjim?

1. O Pescador Beach Resort: Amongst the best resorts to stay in Panjim, the O Pescador Beach Resort is located on Dona Paula Beach, and has a large waterfront in its premises. In addition to beach and sea view rooms, the resort also has top-notch facilities and amenities. 

2. Marbela Beach Resort: 
Located right on the Morjim Beach, the Marbela Beach Resort offers unprecedented 36—degree views of the Arabian Sea and the surrounding natural vistas. You can also enjoy various outdoor sports and activities that the resort offers to guests. 

3. Goa Marriott Resort and Spa: 
Tucked in on the edge of the Miramar Beach, Goa Marriott Resort and Spa is a luxurious property boasting of a number of amenities, such as spa and yoga facilities, nature walkways, lounge areas and more. 

4. Taj Fort Aguada Resort and Spa: 
Located near the Sinquerim Beach, the Taj Fort Aguada Resort and Spa is one of the top resorts to stay in Panjim. Spread across 45 acres, this resort offers serene views of the sea, and has top notch facilities, including multicuisine restaurants, outdoor pool, etc.

Panjim Reviews

Reviewed: 11 Jan 2023
It was an amazing experience of being on the cruise for your dinner along with music dinner dance and drinks. 2 hr event which was very well managed and i had one of the best experience of my Goa trip. I will return next year. Thank you Throphillia. Really appreciate the hardwork and your management... Read More
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Reviewed: 28 Oct 2023
Hassle free booking and great experience. Thank you Thrillophillia for making our travel a memorable one.
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Reviewed: 22 Oct 2023
Very nice place to visit and enjoyed a lot
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Reviewed: 02 Jun 2023
Nice serene ride with active hosts
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Reviewed: 24 Apr 2023
The atmosphere was filled with fun, music, dance and excitement and we had an absolutely great night! After all, everyone knows, if it's Goa, it's Casino Pride.
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Reviewed: 23 Apr 2023
It was great experience and entirely new world all your staff and hospitality was amazing….
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