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Panaji City

Panji CityPanaji 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 befriend them!

Panaji Attractions

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 tourist attraction.

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 Holy bible.

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.

Archaeological Museum
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.

Calangute Beach
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.

Miramar Beach
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
By Air
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.
By Rail
Panaji is connected with Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, Pune, Secunderabad and Jaipur. Madgaon is the nearest railway station from Panaji.
By Road
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.