Panaji Location: Panaji is located along the River Mandovi.
Climate of Panaji: Summer- 26 °C - 21 °C Winter- 24 °C
- 20 °C
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Attractions: Largo de lgreja, Adilshahi Palace, Braganza Institute,
Mahalaxmi Temple, St Thome Quarter, Sebastian Chapel
Languages Spoken: Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English
Religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
STD Code: 0832
The capital city of Goa is Panaji. It was known as Panjim when Portuguese
ruled and is still called so among the locals. It is a small city and one of
the most charming capital cities in India. Panaji has all the elements that
make it a complete capital city. It is an important commercial, educational
and cultural core where all these elements peacefully co-exist. This makes
Panaji, the wholesome capital city.
Panaji is a well-known tourist center and is known for the prominent
churches, which are there in this city. Panaji has a unique character of its
own. Though one may not find tall skyscrapers there, the town boasts of
having preserved its historical buildings and at the same time it has modern
structures. The houses in Goa are exquisitely decorated with red roof tiles
and built in a unique Portugal style. The Portugal style is evident in
hanging balconies, narrow lanes, top-notch manicured gardens lined by trees
such as the Gulmohar. The people of Panaji are very warm and hospitable.
They have an easygoing attitude towards one and all and are at ease and
happy with their lifestyle. They are simple people who are proud of their
historical legacy and will take pains to preserve it. They are very warm
towards tourists and will invite you to their homes for dinner if you
Dona Paula Beach
The Dona Paula beach is named after Dona Paula de Menzes, the daughter of a
Portuguese viceroy, who threw her off the cliff, after she was refused
permission to marry a local fisherman. The Dona Paula Beach is well known
for sunbath and cheap seaside goods from local vendors. Water sport
facilities are available here at the Dona Paula beach, which is a major
Ruins of St. Augustine's Tower
The tower is one of the four towers of St. Augustine Church that once stood
at the site. The original tower was almost forty-six meters high and had
four storeys. The Tower was meant to serve as a belfry and the Church had
eight richly adorned chapels and four altars and a convent with numerous
cells attached to it.
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount in Goa
The Portuguese viceroy Afonso de Albuquerque built the chapel in 1510. The
Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount is situated on a hill. A series of steps
leads to the Chapel that is built of laterite plastered with lime mortar.
The chapel has three main altars dedicated respectively to our lady of the
mount, St. Anthony and St. Andrew.
The Church and Convent Of St. Monica
It is a huge three-storied building built of laterite. The construction of
the church of St. Monica was commenced in 1606 and completed in 1627. It is
square on plan with a large inner courtyard, around which is a cloistered
verandah and numerous cells and halls. The vaulted ceilings in some of the
halls are tastefully painted with floral decorations and scenes from the
The Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is sited in the same complex, where Se
Cathedral is situated. The church is a stunning building, constructed during
1517-1521 AD. A church sanctified to the Holy Ghost was built in 1521 and
was later demolished. The present church was then built on the same spot in
1661, maintaining only the foyer of the earlier church.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) maintains the museum. The
collection consists of hero-stones, Brahmanical sculptures and sati stones
belonging to the early and late medieval periods. In addition to this there
are coins and currency, portraits, revenue and court fee stamps, bronze and
wooden sculptures and armory belonging to the Portuguese period.
Located 16 kilometers from Panaji, Calangute beach is popularly known as
the "Queen of all Goan beaches". This beach was originally known
by the name "kolli gutti", which means "land of fishermen".
Due to the Portugal rule, the name got distorted and came to what it is
presently known as. The place around sthe Colangute beach is abundant in
coconut trees, which add serenity to the scenic surroundings.
On the way to the Dona Paula beach, 1-kilometer ahead of the convergence of
the Arabian Sea and the Mandovi River, lies the Miramar beach of Goa. The
beach is just 3 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa. The Miramar
beach is also popularly known as the Gaspar Dias beach.
How To Reach Panaji
Goa is connected with Mumbai (Bombay), Bangalore, Cochin, Delhi, Chennai
(Madras), Mangalore and Trivandrum. Dabolim Airport is the nearest airport
from the city of Panaji.
Panaji is connected with Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, Pune, Secunderabad and
Jaipur. Madgaon is the nearest railway station from Panaji.
Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka state transport corporations operate from
Panaji's. There are other private operators too who run buses for inter
state and intra state transportation.