Panaji City Guide – Panaji Travel Attractions
Panaji is the capital of the Indian state of Goa. The city is located on the banks of Mandovi estuary in Northern Goa. ‘Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception’ a church built in 1541 AD is the center of the city. The baroqueness of the church square is the highlight of the architecture of Panaji. The weather is Panaji is pleasant throughout the year. The temperature varies from 21°C in the winters to about 35 °C during the summers. This city with a strong Portuguese accent is worth visiting while one tours Goa. Some of the prominent locations are given a brief introduction in the following sections.
Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Other places of interest in and around Panaji include Dona Paula, Ruins Of St. Augustine’s Tower, The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Aguada Fort, Archaeological Museum & Portrait Gallery, Archives Museum Goa, Bondla Forest, Miramar Beach, The Royal Chapel Of St. Anthony, Cabo Palace, Corambolin Lake, Kesarval Springs, Mayem Lake, The Viceroy Arch, and many more.
Transport and Stay
The Dabolim Airport in Vasco da Gama about 29 km south of Panaji is the nearest ariport. A number of domestic flights are operated between Dabolim and other major cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, Delhi, Chennai, and Thiruvananthpuram by both government and private sectors. Being a part of the Konkan railway network, there are number of trains to prominent cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Delhi. There are numerous buses operated by both the government and the private operators to Panaji’s Kadamba bus terminal from different parts of the state as well as other neighboring states. Although there are buses to reach any part of Panaji, taxies and motor cycles are the preferred means of transport. The rental motorcycles here come with a driver, that is, you will have to ride on the pillion seat!
Hotel Nova Goa, Hotel Mandovi, Hotel Delmon, Hotel Park Plaza, Hotel Fidalgo, Dukes Villas, Panjim Inn (Peoples), and Hotel Joia de Goa are some of the hotels that offer star comforts to the tourists. Some of the standard hotels that offer a decent stay are Keni’s Hotel, Hotel Ashok Plaza, Hotel Manoshanti, Hotel Palacio de Goa, Hotel Rajdhani, Hotel Solmar, and Hotel Seema. There are a number of hotels and lodges that offer economy class accommodation to the visitors, and some of them are Hotel Blessings, Hotel Summit, Hotel Virashree, Hotel Belo Horison and lodges like Elite Lodge, A Pousada, Natasha, and El Paso.