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Since Goa is the smallest state of the nation, it is hard to differentiate between its cities but still, Panaji also known as Panjim is the state capital of Goa. It is located on the banks of Mandovi river and the streets of Panjim reminds of Europe having colorful small and cute villas on the sides and buildings from the Portuguese era. Miramar Beach is the highlight of the city as it just sits on the confluence of the river and Arabian sea with palm trees all around. It has terraced hills, buildings with colored roofs, churches and more to see.

Places to visit in Panaji

Reis Magos Fort

Sited on the strategic location, the church is placed inside the court and a various number of visitors can be seen. In 176, the fort was reconstructed by the Portuguese in order to protect their region as well as the invaders of the neighboring states of Goa. Not just the fort is the charm; one can adore the church inside ‘Reis Magoos’ located close to the base of the fort.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Also known with a name Basilica of Good Jesus, it’s a world UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is India’s first minor basilica and got the name just after infant Jesus. Sited in the old Goa, the monument was built by extremist Portuguese rulers on the actual site of a temple of Lord Shiva.

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Mahalaxmi Temple

The temple is sited on the opposite of Dada Vaidya road in Panjim and it was the first Hindu temple allowed by the Portuguese to build in 1818. Alongside, famous as the goddess of wealth, Mahalaxmi is also viewed as ruling idol of the Panjim city.


Known as the castle of Adil Shah who was the Sultan of Bijapur, sited on the bank of Mandovi river and serves as a passport office, secretariat and other Government offices of Goa today. Along these lines, the palace is served as an official residence for most of the Portuguese Viceroys I 1759 before they came back to Portugal.

Things to do in Panaji

Black Sheep Bistro- taste the tapas dishes in a sexy dark-wood bar and lounge dining room

Viva Panjim- enjoy the food in a small side street restaurant with a few tables on the laneway

Goa State Museum & Secretariat Building- view the eclectic, and items connects the Goan history

Events and festivals in & around Panaji

Goa Liberation Day

If you do not know, let me tell you that Goa was not always a part of India, but it became a state of India after India liberated it in 1961 from the Portuguese force which just took three days. Read more…

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Since the state is highly dominated by the Christian religion, one shall find most of the fairs and festivals influenced by religion. Read more…

Christmas Day

Though Christmas is celebrated all over the world, the way Goa does it is something different and fun to be a part of. Read more…

Best time to visit Panaji

October to February is the best time to visit this city Goa.

How to reach Panaji?

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

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