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Best Things To Do in Panjim

Panaji, located in Goa, India is one of the most visited destinations in the country. It is popular not only among the domestic visitors, but is also one of the most preferred destinations among the international tourists. Panaji, the capital of Goa is situated at the mouth of the Mandovi river and it is a reminiscent of an ancient provincial Mediterranean town. With a relaxed, friendly and idyllic ambience, Panaji is an awesome place to visit and some of the best things to do in Panaji include visiting Miramar and Dona Paula Beach, cruising on Mandovi River and exploring the old city of Panaji.

What attracts the people to Panaji is not just its coastline, but an array of other tourist attractions including the splendid churches exhibiting the outstanding Portuguese architecture, the wildlife sanctuaries and bird parks where one can spot many rare birds as well as other wild animals and the pristine backwaters, which have their own unique charm. The forts, churches, magnificent cathedrals and temples are among the top places visited by the tourists. These places give a sneak peak into the culture and tradition which Goa is witnessing for last 5 - 6 centuries.

If you are a foodie and love food as well as fine, you would love Panaji. Here you can try a variety of cuisines, and the traditional Goan cuisine is the city's highlight. The delectable seafood and the amazing variety of fish will make you crave for more. Panaji is also one of the best shopping destinations. A perfect blend of the exotic and contemporary shopping, you would love the variety of products available in the markets of Panaji. Thee street shopping is also a fun-filled experience in the capital city of Goa. The Panaji old town has the Portuguese charm alive and you can explore the unique architecture here.

Amongst the top reasons to visit Panaji is the exciting nightlife. Panaji has some amazing nightclubs and as gambling is legal in Goa, there are some magnificent casinos that you can visit and try your luck in. A few of these casinos are located on cruises, and form part of the best things to do in Panaji

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Attractions

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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.

Location
: 6 km from Panaji city.

Water Sports: water scooter, and motorboat rides

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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.

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

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

Entry Fees:
Free

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 11 km

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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.

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

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

Entry Fees: 
Free

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 1.6 km away.

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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.

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

Timings: 
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

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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.

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

Timings:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fees:
Free

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 15 km

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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.

Location: 
EDC Complex, Patto, Panaji, Goa 403001

Timings: 
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Entry Fees: 
Only Rs 5/- per person

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 9 km

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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.

Location: 
Velha, Goa 403402

Timings: 
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fees: 
Free

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 9.2 km
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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.

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

Timings: 
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

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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

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kashi vikas

06 October 2019

"one of the best experiences and well organised"

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Anala Mehrotra

27 March 2019

i would give it 5 star. i enjoyed the most

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 Things To Do in Panjim

  • Q. What are the best things to do in Panaji?

    Panaji, is one of the dream destination of many travelers. Panaji in Goa is a perfect place in the history and architecture lovers as one can see the extensive Portuguese architecture and churches here. Also, Goa boasts some amazing beaches and enthralling water sports activities. There's a lot in Panaji that one can see and indulge in. Here are the best things that you can do in Panaji:

    •       Sightseeing
    •       Relaxing on the beaches
    •       Water sports
    •       Wildlife Safari
    •       Visiting casinos
    •       Partying at the nightclubs
    •       Shopping
    •       Kayaking in the backwaters
    •       Visit to spice plantations

    ·       Cycling and motor biking

  • Q. Which are some famous Casino cruises in Panaji?

    Panaji is widely known as the "Party Capital of India" and is one of the best places for partying and enjoying casinos in India. What differentiates the casinos of Goa is that you can find the casino cruises in Goa, where you can enjoy a cruise in the middle of the sea while playing some of your favorite casino games:

    •       Casino Pride
    •       Deltin Royale Casino
    •       Deltin Caravela
    •       Deltin Jaqk
    •       Casino Carnival

  • Q. Which are best sightseeing places in Panaji?

    Panaji in Goa is one of the best tourist places and it attracts a huge inflow of tourists from across the globe every year. Here are the top places for sightseeing near Panaji:

    •       Old Goa near Panaji
    •       Dona Paula Beach
    •       Reis Magos Fort
    •       Fontainhas
    •       Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
    •       Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
    •       Majorda Beach
    •       Fort Aguada
    •       Idalcao
    •       Dudhsagar Waterfalls
    •       Bom Jesus Basilica
    •       Altinho
    •       Campal
    •       Odxel Beach
    •       Largo Da Igreja
    •       Kegdole Beach
    •       Olive Ridley

    ·       Pandava's Drum

  • Q. Where can I go for water sports near Panaji?

    Water sports in the Arabian sea on the astounding beaches of Goa is something that you should not miss while vacationing in Goa. Some of these adventure water sports can give you a serious adrenaline rush. Here are the top spots for water sports near Panaji:

    •       Calangute,
    •       Baga,
    •       Vagator,
    •       Miramar,
    •       Candolim,
    •       Anjuna,

    ·       Colva

  • Q. Which are the best places for wildlife safari near Panaji?

    Exploring and spotting the wild animals in their natural habitat can be quite exciting. Goa has a rich wildlife, and the wildlife safaris in Panaji give you an amazing opportunity to visit the idyllic places and the wild animals. Here are the best places for the Wildlife Safari near Panaji:

    •       Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
    •       Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
    •       Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
    •       Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
    •       Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
    •       Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Q. Which are the best places for cycling in and around Panaji?

    Cycling is indeed an amazing and eco-friendly way to explore a tourist destination. Cycling around Panaji is one of the best ways to explore this city and its surroundings while enjoying the beautiful landscapes, serene environment and the culture of Goa. Here are the best places for cycling in and around Panaji:

    •       Cycling and Divar and Chorao Islands
    •       Cycling On the Royal Road Of Goa
    •       Panaji City Tours on Cycle
    •       Heritage Cycling Tour of Panjim City

  • Q. Which are some famous spice plantations near Panaji?

    Among the other tourist attractions of Goa is the trip to the idyllic spice plantations. The guided tours to the spice plantations in Goa are an amazing way to explore how different spices which we use in our kitchen grow, and how do their trees look. Here are the famous spice plantations near Panaji:

    •       Savoi Plantations
    •       Tropical Spice Plantation
    •       Pascoal Spice Village
    •       Sai Herbarium
    •       Parvati Madav Park Plantation

    ·       Sahakar Spice Farm

  • Q. Where can I go for scuba diving near Panaji?

    Scuba Diving is one of the most loved water sports activities that lets the people explore the life underwater. The beautiful fish, quiet waters and the serene environment make scuba diving an amazing experience.The best part is that even if you don't know swimming, you can still do scuba diving. The best diving spots near Panaji include:

    •       Bogmalo
    •       Sail Rock
    •       Dauna Paula
    •       Grande Island

    ·       Sao Gorge

  • Q. Where can I go for cooking classes in Panaji?

    Traditional Goan food is not just delectable, but so delicious that if you have it once, you will always crave for more. This is why, while many people visiting Goa prefer taking the cooking classes in Panaji. Here are the most famous cooking classes in Panaji:

    •       Branca's Cooking Classes
    •       Busy Bugs Cooking Classes
    •       Manju Bajaj Cooking Classes
    •       Mrs Radha Krishnan Bakery Classes
    •       Rita's Gourmet Goa in Dabolim

  • Q. Where can I go for backwater Kayaking in Panaji?

    Kayaking in Goa is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscapes, pristine backwaters and the incredible flora & fauna. Also, kayaking in Goa is a treat for the bird watchers as it offers the opportunity to spot some rare and gorgeous birds. Here arebest places to go for backwater Kayaking in Panaji:

    •       Kayaking at Aguada river
    •       Backwater Kayaking at Sylvan Siridao
    •       Backwater Kayaking at Chorao
    •       Kayaking at the Bat Island
    •       Kayaking through the Nerul Creek
    •       Backwater Kayaking in River Mandovi