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PanajiIndia

Low-rise and laid-back, this characterful riverside city has a distinct European flavor and a range of Indo-Portuguese architecture.

Goa’s capital, Panaji, is still commonly referred to by its Portuguese name, Panjim, and the legacy of its old colonial rulers doesn’t end there. Aesthetically, it is reminiscent of Portugal with ample green spaces, whitewashed churches and atmospheric old colonial quarters.

Panaji was a small and sleepy riverfront village up until the mid-19th century, when it replaced Old Goa as the capital of Portuguese India. Most of its development was orchestrated by its Portuguese rulers and the wide streets, neat layout and Portuguese-inspired architecture all act as evidence of this. Look for pastel-painted classic colonial buildings which have been given a characteristic Goan injection of color.

Be sure to climb up Altinho Hill to enjoy the views of the city and get your bearings. The surrounding neighborhood, known as Altinho, is worth wandering about. Seek out interesting old buildings including the sprawling Bishop’s Palace, the 17th-century Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Secretariat Building, the one-time home of Portuguese viceroys. The labyrinthine heritage quarter of Fontainhas and Sao Tome also has clusters of colonial architecture, while monuments like the Mahalaxmi Temple act as reminders of its Hindu heritage.

Don’t forget to sample traditional Goan cuisine while here. Be sure to try much-loved local staples, such as piri piri shrimp or sorpotel, which is a spicy pork and offal stew.

Panjim can also make a great base for exploring Old Goa, which is located just 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) from the city. The once-thriving and grand colonial capital was abandoned in the 19th century after several bouts of plague struck its inhabitants. Other worthwhile excursions include boat trips to the nearby picturesque islands, such as Chorão and Divar, and to the popular Miramar Beach.

Some of the best times of the year to visit Panaji are between late October and early April when temperatures are warm but pleasant. The nearest airport is in Dabolim, which is about a 40-minute drive from Panaji. The city is also connected by bus to many other major Indian centers, including Mumbai, Mangalore and Bangalore. Much of Panaji is walkable, but should you need to go further, local bus services and auto-rickshaws can help.

Where to stay in Panaji

Top Hotels in Panaji

Grande Delmon
Grande Delmon
3 out of 5
Caetano de Albuquerque Road, Panaji, Goa
The price is $45 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 18th June Road and Deltin Royale Casino. Miramar Beach is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

3/5 (14 reviews)

"First the Staff. Super friendly, helpful and easy going. Kudos to all of you from front reception to housekeeping to Breakfast Buffet staff. Food at breakfast was very good. Location excellent."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Grande Delmon
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa
The price is $150 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Located in Panaji, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Miramar Beach and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Salim ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (354 reviews)

"Very Nice Property, Had a good stay !!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Vivanta Goa, Panaji
Vivanta Goa, Panaji
5 out of 5
Dr D B Bandodkar Road, Panaji, Goa
The price is $101 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

This family-friendly Panaji hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Kala Academy and Bishop's Palace. Church of Our Lady of Immaculate ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (327 reviews)

"Rarely have I been treated so well as during my three days at Vivanta. Customer service, from the concierge to the waitstaff, was elevated to an art form. My best wishes go out to Vivanta in the difficult days ahead; I look forward to returning in Covid-free days in the future."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Vivanta Goa, Panaji
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Panaji

Casa Paloma - 2bhk Furnished Apartment in Panaji
Casa Paloma - 2bhk Furnished Apartment in Panaji
Panaji, Goa

Situated in Panaji, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Caculo Mall and Miramar Beach. Deltin Royale Casino is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Conveniently located in center

"North Goa or South Goa, whatever is one's idea of visiting Goa, all are reachable from this location. We were three members who stayed for Ironman Goa and we found the place quite convenient for going to different places. All necessary stores to shop were at walking distance too (bike shop and medical ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Casa Paloma - 2bhk Furnished Apartment in Panaji
Two bed Room Entire Place for Small Family
Two bed Room Entire Place for Small Family
Panaji, Goa

Located in the heart of Panaji, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mandovi River and Miramar Beach. Deltin Royale Casino is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) ...

Two bed Room Entire Place for Small Family
Flores Casa - in Pursuit of a Memorable Stay
Flores Casa - in Pursuit of a Memorable Stay
Panaji, Goa
The price is $60 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in Altinho, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of 18th June Road and Deltin Royale Casino. Miramar Beach is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

Flores Casa - in Pursuit of a Memorable Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Panaji

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

I will come back to Panaji

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 13, 2019

Try out beaches in the South and the North. It takes one and a half hour to visit the beaches in the North and an hour to the South. A private taxi costs around INR 3,000 a day and worth it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2019

The Portuguese area is cute, and the churches are quite nice, but if you're a foodie, I wouldn't consider it a hotspot for great dining spots. There are a few that are standouts, though, like Black Sheep Bistro and Fisherman's Wharf.

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