Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is at Church square in Panjim. It is among Goa's earliest churches built in the mid 16th century. It was completely rebuilt in 1619.
The massive bell atop the church was constructed in Portugal and was originally at St Augustine's Church (which I have reviewed separately). After the St Augustine's church collapsed, the bell was kept at the Fort Aguada Lighthouse for a while and then in the 1870s brought to this church.
The Panjim Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is placed on the hillside and just high above the Idalco Palace built by Adil Shah.
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.
Older than Aguada by half a century located at a very critical place on Mandovi. A fort that has seen a lot. Beautifully restored & Mario Miranda gallery is an addition.
Miramar Beach is the closest to Panjim. Though a lot of tourist do not visit this, the beach has a different charm to offer. Relaxing on the beach by enjoying spicy and street food from the stall can be a better option sometimes. This place also offers a breath-taking sunset along with the cool and preachy wind.
DELTIN ROYALE CASINOS – one for the thrill seekers
Goa can be tagged as the Las Vegas of India, with various casinos providing gambling activities. Goa houses various casino ships, but Deltin Royale is the most lavish of them all gaming-wise and size-wise. Open 24 hours, Deltin Royale offers live gaming at any time of the day or night. Ones who wish to try their hand at poker, roulette or any other such game should visit the casino once. Deltin Royale offer you an unparalleled experience of luxury and opulence with live music performances, international dancers and multi-cuisine restaurant. It is a true gamer’s paradise.
An old European house turned guesthouse. Pale yellow wall papers, dim light, old furniture, simple yet classy. No TV, fridge or other fancy. A lovely rooftop restaurant serving authentic Goan breakfast.
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.
Wendell Rodricks Showroom
BLUE SUEDE SHOES
Equally 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
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.
If you are in the Latin Quarters stop by for a drink & some pork sprouted. A part of the heritage hotel Panjim Inn. Old world charm oozes out of everything.
A small lane with a small restaurant. Crab Xacuti can make you chew your fingers off.
Tourist Places in Panjim offer an interesting mix of sightseeing attractions, beach places and some of the country’s best offerings in food and nightlife. The Saturday Night Market, as it is called, is full of surprises and the list of places to visit in Panaji is bursting at the seams.
Some of the most talked about tourist attractions in Panjim include the Arambol Beach, which is among the best and most visited in the country. Panjim is known for it's casinos. Shopping on Anjuna Market, pub-hopping in Titos Lane, and places like Basilica of Bom Jesus, and Goa state musem are among the most popular activities to experience the best the city has to offer. Sightseeing in Panji would include museums to celebrated churches like Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim offers a range of options for all types of travellers, be it families, couples or solo travellers. Eclectic and vibrant, the city is both cosmopolitan and yet full of traditional flavors and nuance. There’s never a shortage of places to visit in Panjim.
Panjim is well-connected to all major cities in India by air and all modes of public transportation. The best way to get around the city is on public transportation and taxis.
The best time to visit most places in Panjim the months between September to March and the month of July, when the weather is cool and perfect to experience all the top tourist attractions in Panjim.
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