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Dona Paula Beach

A lover’s paradise, the name of the location got its designation after a tragic love story, making the place more interesting and catchy. This former village is a heaven on earth that provides picturesque spots and huge space for sunbathing while relaxing in the calm beaches adjacent to clean blue waters.

Travellers love to be here to indulge in water sports like parasailing, kayaking etc. and gets the adrenaline rush at beaches like Dias beach and Dona Paula beach. Moreover, the markets for shopping are also vibrant and gets shiny names of food and drinking spots to attract visitors. For a perfect stay, one can also book their own resort or hotels here which are also loaded with amenities and good services.

: 6 km from Panaji city.

Water Sports: water scooter, and motorboat rides


Basilica of Bom Jesus

The oldest withstanding Church of Goa, beautifully built under the influence of Portuguese architectural style, is one of the best places to visit in Panjim. The lovely marble floor embellished with valuable stones adds up to the charm of the magnificent church.

The cathedral of the Church holds the remains of St. Xavier's in a silver casket which is elegantly decorated and, worshiped by his devotees. Famed for its amazing architecture, this ornate structure survived since the 16th century.
The locals believe the remains are eternal and, have obscure healing powers which in turn makes it one of the most attractive places to see in Panjim.

Old Goa Road, Near Gandhi Circle, Goa 403402, India

All days of the week except Sunday (9:00 AM - 6:30 PM)
               Sunday (10:30 AM - 6:30 PM)

Entry Fees:

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 11 km


Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

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.

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.

 North-Eastern Side of Central Square, Panjim 403001, India

All days 10 AM - 12:30 PM and 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fees: 

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 1.6 km away.


Casino Royale Goa

This place will “blow your mind” as here casino floats on water. Deltin has modern and classy casinos which are undoubtedly the most happening ones. There are numerous floors sprawling over an area of 40,000 square feet with various sections to keep people engaged of all ages. With 123 gaming tables here, you can play all sorts of gambling games be it Poker, Teen Patti, Black Jack, and many more variants.

While you enjoy the gambling, you can also savor exclusive liquors at the whiskey lounge with amazing hand-rolled cigars. The casino provides all the top-notch amenities and, is the ace in the field of the casinos. Undoubtedly it is one of the most happening places to visit in Panjim.
One can also relax in VIP gaming suites where one can stay as well as play. The highlighting feature of the casino is that it is the only place with a dedicated poker room.

Noah's Ark, RND Jetty, Dayanand Bandodkar Road, Panaji, Goa 403001

Open 24 hrs

Entry Fees: 
Monday to Thursday    Rs 2500/-   
                    Friday to Sunday
         Rs 3500/-

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 1.6 km away


Fort Aguada

Showcasing the glory of the Portuguese empire this fort stands overlooking the Arabian sea. Built in the early 16th century to keep an eye on the enemies this fort give breathtaking views and, is one of the most majestic places to visit in Panjim.

The mystifying structure is more than 400 years old and still, its majestic beauty remains intact. It also houses a lighthouse which was built to guide the ships and, another part is the Aguada Jail which is one of the largest jails in Goa.
The location of the mighty fort is strategic so that it provides great defense from the rivals.

Fort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fees:

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 15 km


Goa Archaeological Museum

This “Architectural Marvel” showcases the artifacts of the Portuguese rule in India, with eight unique galleries exhibiting different slices of the pre-historic era of Portuguese sways. The most significant of these are deemed to be the paintings of the long-dead Governors and, Administrators of Goa.

To add up to the amusement of the visitors, the museum also has 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.

EDC Complex, Patto, Panaji, Goa 403001

9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Entry Fees: 
Only Rs 5/- per person

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 9 km


Se Cathedral

Visiting Goa and missing out on this Church?No Chance. It is one of the most impressive churches in India lying in the Southern segment of Goa. This mighty church showcases mind-boggling artistry of the Portuguese-Manueline style and, is regarded as the only specimen of this kind of architectural style.

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.

Velha, Goa 403402

7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fees: 

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 9.2 km

St. Augustin Towers

The historic gem of Goa - “St. Augustin Tower ” is a highly visible belfry from many sites. The sumptuous tower was built in the preceding years of 16th Century by the Augustinian pilgrims who visited Goa, the same time. Previously, there were four such towers but they couldn't withstand the time and got depreciated. Now, only one such tower stands there in the premises of the St. Augustine Church.

The purpose of this tower was to serve as a turret and, the Church had eight lavishly embellished chapels, four altars and a cloister with numerous cells connected to it.
The style and designing of this tower are still unknown but it is purely astounding.

Church of St. Augustine Ruins, Velha Goa, Goa 403402

Throughout the day

Entry Fees: 
No entry fee

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:  
Approximately 8.4 km

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Traveller Tales from Panjim


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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Surbhi Singh

19 October 2019

I travelled to Goa last month and it was a great experience. The highlight of my trip was definitely enjoying the fun watersports and the amazing boating experience at Miramar Beach in Panjim. Great d


kashi vikas

06 October 2019

"one of the best experiences and well organised"


Anala Mehrotra

27 March 2019

i would give it 5 star. i enjoyed the most


Suman Ganaka

18 December 2018

Sunsets fascinate me and so this was probably the best thing for me on Thrillophilia. The sunset and everything else was truly magical.


Bodhan Mehrotra

18 December 2018

There were a lot of boats during the sunset time. It was a relaxing experience. we were four people in a boat along with the guides. It was great to watch the sea during the golden hours.


Mahendra Gandhi

18 December 2018

The bumper ride and banana ride are the best part of this package. Jetski and parasailing were really exciting. The operators even dropped me more than twice in the water on request. So sweet of them!


Upendra Chattopadhyay

18 December 2018

Water sports are always fun and adventurous in Goa and this trip was all fun.. great time with friends.. Thrillophilia highly recommended.


Gopi Ahluwalia

17 December 2018

A peaceful evening in Goa, amidst the vast seas. Our guide Lobo was an enthusiastic and supportive young chap, and had a lot of stories to entertain us with. He filled us in on the rich history of Goa ...

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What You Should Know More About Panjim

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Goa Tourism Website

    Books on Panaji: 

    Lonely Planet Goa.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.