This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of the North Goa District and is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River Estuary is the Tiswada Region. The more popular name is Panaji but Panjim is also a commonly used term. This was the name by which the Portuguese used to address this city. When the whole of India got independence, Goa was still under the colonial rule of the Portuguese who freed it a number of years later. The Portuguese effect is what you will get in each and every thing of Goa and Panjim too. The attractions here are the lovely white church, the food that you will get here and of course the different types of building lined on the sides of the narrow streets. These houses are the remains of the various clans who have ruled here including the Latins and the Portuguese. The houses look beautiful and brightly coloured and many of them have simple yet pretty wrought iron balconies too. Many of these are now either resorts for budget concious travellers or restaurants for the ones who love to taste Portuguese and Goan cuisine.
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Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Built in the year 1619, this church looks unique because of its design which is like a Christian Wedding Cake. The church was built by the Portuguese by replacing what was an even bigger church. The previous church was built in the 16th Century. Over the years there have been many additions and beautifications made to this church and this is also one reason for which it stands steady whereas the main church of Goa is almost in ruins in spite of being built in the 18th Century. This was earlier the place where the sailors from Lisbon used to halt and pray to thank the lord for their safety and then head towards Ela in the North Goa.
3. Divar Island, GoaThe island of Divar lies in the Mandovi river in Goa. The rather huge island is home to some fascinating people and cultures. The island in itself has four villages which are diverse and fascinating in their practices. Its relative isolation has kept Divar in a unique state, which appears to be stuck in time. According to folktales, Divar was originally occupied by people of Old Goa who migrated here to escape a disastrous plague, which spread across Goa at that time.Every year Divar is decorated with lights to celebrate three festivals – two of them being Bonderam and Potekar. Bonderam is a carnival that takes place on every fourth Saturday of August, when each part of the village takes out their floats for the parade. Potekar, like Halloween, is celebrated three days before Lent and is a spectacle where locals roam around wearing handmade masks and bells!How to reach: Ferry from Ribandar and Old Goa. The island is about 10 km upriver from Panjim.
The main beach in the heart of the city, this is just a few minutes drive from the Panjim Main Market. Being is such a location, this beach is almost everytime crowded. The scenic beauty is awesome and the main reason is that this is the mouth of the Mandovi River. The slope of the beach is gentle and thus this place is ideal for swimming. You can also go for a morning or evening walk along the beach or sit and enjoy some snacks sold by the sellers who sit on the shores. This is however not the best beach if you are seeking one with lot of serenity and peacefulness.
Fontainhas is an old Latin Quarter in Panjim/Panaji, capital city of the state of Goa, India. It maintains to this day its Portuguese influence, namely at the architectonic level, such as narrow and pretty winding streets as found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red colored tiles.
Reis Magos Fort
There is also a church adjoining the fort. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited. The visit to Reis Magos Fort, was a wonderful experience. Well, Goa has many beautiful forts like Fort Aguada, Chapora, Cabo De Rama which one must visit. But if possible,do spent some time to visit this place. This place has historical relevance, and that many of our freedom fighters were lodged here. Visit this place to get rid of the maddening crowd that you experience in North Goa. Experience the beautiful sunset, feel the old world charm, the coconut groves, the beautiful by lanes of Reis Magos. Visit this lesser known "hidden gem" of Goa!
A rather silent beach, you are just not to swim here as the waters are not clean enough and there are chances of getting affected with skin diseases if you step into the water. There are however a number of good points about this beach. Firstly, the views from here are really nice and you can enjoy boating across the river from here. The sight of dolphins pleases every tourist and the glimpse of the Fort Aguada from here is a plus point too. There are however not many shops or eateries around and it is true that people come here only to enjoy the boat tours.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary are an epicenter of flora and fauna in Goa but remain one of the many hidden places in Goa. Where Mollen National Park boasts reptile spotting, the Wildlife Sanctuary is known for sights of leopards, gaur and sloth bears. 2. Cumbarjua canal:
When its long weekend and its Goa, you cannot expect the taxi fares to be cheap.We inquired few local taxis and they quoted us booming 2000 bucks for Casino Royale.We somehow managed to rent an Activa for 800 Rs and headed towards Mandovi river which is start point for all the Casinos amidst the river.There was a huge queue for tickets and Thank God we made our reservations online.The Casino has free rides from the entry point to Casino deck.The sight of the River is awesome as its surrounded by all the big giant Casino decks like Deltin Royale,Deltin Jack,Casino Pride etc.I had the best time gambling with alcohol and food flowing on the table.Once we were broke we went to the floor where live entertainment was going on along with food counters.The Casino is open 24*7 but we got tired and in midnight we bid see off to Casino and came back to hotel.
It was around 5.00 pm...Then we went to BigFoot Goa Museum-Place of Goan History..Note that here in Big Foot Goa, tickets will close at 5.30 pm..So be there before 5.30pm..Ticket cost : Rs 50 per person.This is the best place to go if you wish to know about the people and culture of Goa in the olden days. The Museum and the house really depict how people lived and wat they did for a living. It teaches or explains us history of Goa and its treasures through an audio narration and many statutes depicting a typical village set up.. It shows us how the Goan culture started and its various states of transformation. In this model village one can also see different miniature houses that showcase traditional occupation and social classes such as fishermen, Goan artisans, a music school known as Escola da Musica, farmers, liquors shops, the village market, and a feni distillery. Also, you can find the Legend Of Big Foot-where Wishes come True..Post the discovery of a foot print on a rock, visitors come here and pray for blessings..Also one can purchase souvenirs on the way out from the handicraft centre. I found the Magic lamp very interesting. I got one and I am happy about it.
lots of options for seafood available here, enjoyed perfect view of the sunset.#One night for cruise nightEntry ticket is 300/- and not at all worth :pThey will start with some folk Goa dance and that was so so, but what I thought of cruise that it will be an open space, people were dancing, enjoying an evening with wine glasses looking around. but it was typical cruise. calling a bunch of people one by one on stage to dance, when it was my turn I just danced like hell whatever the song came to enjoy myself or to #paisawasool.
The best of the journey started after Dona Paula. We took Goa University route to exit Panjim. To stay off the highway, we took a right after BSNL Bambolim Campus towards Bambolim beach, driving through woods to hit Siridao beach, which gives you a breath-taking view of Dona-Paula from the opposite side.
Goa State Museum
Also known as the State Archeology Musseum, this was built in the year 1977 and has a number of galleries inside. This is a simple place where you find exhibits on everything from archeology, art, craft and culture of this small state. There are even ain and Hindu bronze statues and many items of the Portuguese Era including furniture, coins, chariots, lottery machines and much more. The furniture portion is probably the most attractive out of all.
Wendell Rodricks Showroom
BLUE SUEDE SHOESEqually inventive, the ‘adaptive reuse’ of heritage buildings has given Panjim several individualistic boutiques that are all worth visiting. Apart from the one by Goan Designer Wendell Rodricks, model Sacha Mendes has curated a charming selection of garments and objects d’art in a tiny corner of her ancestral mansion in central Panjim. And in the Latin Quarter is the more modestly priced Syne, which houses the spirited creations of local designer Syne Coutinho
Ritz Restaurant & Bar
Though i wouldn't recommend it for its ambience the food here is outstanding! Its a family restaurant thats always packed with locals and tourists alike. You can feast on mouthwatering goan cuisine at a very nominal price. Highly recommend the lunch thali here, which has the such amazing seafood variety varying from goan to maharashtrian.