Places To Visit In Panaji

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Here are the top 51 places to visit in Panaji

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

4.3 /5

9 km
from city center
1 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

This historic church is located in Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the year 1594 and consecrated in 1605, the building of this church coincides with the beginning of Christianity in India. The Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade. Up untill half a century ago, Goa was the capital of Portuguese rule in India and this is part of their heritage.

2. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

3.7 /5

0 km
from city center
2 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

In the heart of the capital city of Panajim, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is a beautiful church lying on a hilltop. You need to climb up quite a few stairs to get to the church.

3. Dona Paula

4.4 /5

5 km
from city center
3 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Dona Paula is a former village, and tourist destination, in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa, India. Today it is home to the National Institute of Oceanography beside which lies, the Goa University and the International Centre of Goa. It is also home to a number of hotels and the luxury Cidade de Goa also resides in here.

4. Miramar Beach

3 km
from city center
4 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Originally called Porta de Gaspar Dias by the Portuguese, the beach is one of the only two beaches in Panjim. The beach is replete with local eateries and lined with a bunch of souvenir shops. Besides, it encourages adventure activities and water sports.

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5. Bambolim Beach

3.4 /5

6 km
from city center
5 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Bambolim Beach, which is located 7 km from Panaji is considered one of the unexplored beaches of Goa. Since there are no major hotels or shacks, not many tourist visit this secret beach and is deserted all the year

6. Siridao Beach

3.0 /5

8 km
from city center
6 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

A haven for nature enthusiasts, the topography of the Siridao Beach is sure to capture the heart of onlookers with its craggy multicoloured terrain and array of seashells that dot the coast, making this the perfect site for those wanting a true taste of natural coastal glamour.

7. Altinho Hill

1 km
from city center
7 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Altinho Hill is famous for its picturesque location and the splendid view of the city from the hilltop. It is a neighbourhood of Panaji and is known as an elite residential area that has the Archbishop's Palace, the house of the Chief Minister, the All India Radio Station and Government Servant Quarters. The region has a unique charm and tempts many offbeat explorers.

8. Fontainhas and Sao Tome

0 km
from city center
8 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Fontainhas and Sao Tome is a beautiful Latin Quarter located in Panaji on the banks of the Ourem Creek and named after the natural springs nearby. It was laid out on a piece of land acquired by a Goan in the 18th century who had made a fortune in Mozambique. The quarter is now recognised as a heritage site and is famous for its charming Portuguese style houses on the base of the Altinho hills.

9. Archaeological Museum, Goa

9 km
from city center
9 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Archaeological Museum has a splendid collection of artefacts belonging to prehistoric and late medieval era. The museum was once an ancient Franciscan Monastery. The Archaeological Survey of India founded the museum in 1964 but was recognised only after 1984. One can find an array of antiques including coins, statues, ivory and wood sculptures, paintings, portraits, maps, inscriptions, stonework, ceramics, etc.

10. Coco Beach

4 km
from city center
10 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Coco Beach is a scenic shoreline located on the Mandovi estuary lined with tall palm and coconut trees and offers an exciting escape for beach lovers. The beach falls on the mouth of River Nerul and is perfect for boating, water sports and spotting dolphins. It is quite a commercialised attraction and is often explored on River Cruises. It has a number of restaurants and a bustling marketplace to promote tourism.

11. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

5 km
from city center
11 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Named after a famous ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary houses the natural habitat along the River Mandovi. The sanctuary has paved walkways amidst the gorgeous estuarine mangroves that make bird watching a delightfully experience to observe the local and migratory bird species.

12. River Cruise On Mandovi River

1 km
from city center
12 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

River Cruise on the Mandovi River is an interesting way to explore the river. The cruise options vary from houseboats, sailboats and yachts and can be specifically chosen to watch the Sunset, for a Party/ Dinner, or a Nature Cruise. The sailing route for Mandovi Cruises allows one to explore the Portuguese colonies and Vanxim and Divar and Chorao Islands. The cruises come with an exciting amalgamation of the Goan lifestyle and hospitality to make it a memorable experience for the tourists.

13. Reis Magos Fort

2 km
from city center
13 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Located on the banks of the mesmerizing River Mandovi, Reis Magos Fort served as a turret to guard the mouth of the estuary and as accommodation for the Portuguese officials since 1551. The historic structure proved helpful during their war against the Marathas but it was captured by the British around 1800. The fort then served as a prison and since 2012 it has been a monument of national and historic heritage.

14. Mangeshi Temple

16 km
from city center
14 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Shri Mangueshi Temple is built in the honor of Bhagwan Manguesh, the Kuldevata of Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. The deity is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva, whose name was derived from ??Mam Girisha?? the words used by Goddess Parvati when Lord Shiva made a successful attempt to scare her by taking the form of a Tiger.

15. Se Cathedral

3.3 /5

9 km
from city center
15 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

One of the largest churches in whole Asia, Se Cathedral took nearly 80 years to get constructed. It was established to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers in the city.

16. Church Of St Augustine

8 km
from city center
16 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

St. Augustine Church was built by the Augustinian Friars in the early 17th century. Although in ruins, the church tower stands 46 metres tall. The church, in its entirety, was considered to be one of the biggest churches in the state and the tower a famous landmark. It possesses an irresistible charm that draws history lovers and is a monument of historic significance in the country.

17. Shri Mahalaxmi Temple - Bandora

19 km
from city center
17 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Shri Mahalaxmi Temple - Bandora is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi with quite a unique feature - a Linga on the head of the deity. The deity was worshipped by the Silahara rulers and the Kadamba Kings. This temple was established in 1866 after the original shrine was destroyed by the Portuguese and is a magnificent example of traditional Konkani Temple architecture.

18. Goa State Central Library

1 km
from city center
18 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Goa State Central Library is also known as the Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library. It is dedicated to Krishnadas who was a 16th century Konkani scholar to acknowledge his contribution to the field of literature. The library was established in 1832 and is the oldest public library in the country. It is, however, equipped with modern facilities and advanced technology to ease out the process of lending books for the readers who can choose from the stunning collection of over a quarter of a million books.

19. Museum Of Christian Art

8 km
from city center
19 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Located adjoining a convent that is more than 700 years old, Santa Monica, Museum Of Christian Art has a fine collection of Christian artefacts belonging to the 16th century when Portuguese ruled the state of Goa. The exquisite Museum was founded in 1994 with the help of Archdiocese of Goa and was financed jointly by the Portuguese Association and Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). The 2,000 sq ft Museum has over 150 artefacts to show which the curators believe would incite in the people?s mind the rich art and heritage of Christianity in Goa. The artworks also show the cultural harmony within the people of India as many of the Christian sculptures were carved by local Hindu artists. The attraction is apt to get a glimpse into the past that changed the face of Goa.

20. Savoi Plantation

19 km
from city center
20 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Savoi Plantation is a 40 Hectare organic farm established by Mr. Shetye. The beautifully maintained farm has been open to the public since 1985. A number of fruits, vegetables and spices are grown with immense love and care. A guided and informative tour of the plantation is given to every guest. Exploring the attraction is one of the best ways to come close to nature and take away a tip or two for one's own little garden. Almost 200 years old, it is one of the best ways to see the beauty of Goa's untouched hinterlands. Lying at a distance of 16 km from Ponda, the nearest major connecting point, it can be reached by a private transport. The local guides at Savoi Plantation can give you a well-guided and escorted tour of the surroundings. However, do pla your visit in advance so that you can explore this beautiful place to the fullest.

21. Gitanjali Gallery

1 km
from city center
21 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Gitanjali Gallery exhibits a collection of artwork made by locally and internationally acclaimed artists from 1950s to 1990s. The Gallery is now a fabulous cultural centre with a cafe, an art studio and a conference area. Numerous art, historic, theatre and film workshops are also often held at the Gallery other than book launches, poetry readings, etc. It is an apt attraction to read a book over a cup a coffee or play a fun board game with other visitors and maybe even make new friends.

22. Tropical Spice Plantation

20 km
from city center
22 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Tropical Spice Plantation is one of the famous spice plantations in the state where one can get a guided tour of the area. The tour consists of traditional welcome with a delicious drink, an informative site tour and a delicious organic lunch made of the fresh farm produce. The guides are friendly and promptly share tips as they explain the ecosystem. One can purchase local spices too to end their fabulous trip with.

23. Mahalasa Temple Goa

17 km
from city center
23 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Shri Mahalsa Temple is a half a century old temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalsa located in Mardol in North Goa. The temple is dedicated to Shri Mahalasa Narayani, who is also known of Mohini, an Avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Built in the traditional Hindu style of temple architecture, characterised by a splendid copper roof, a granite mandap and an ancient bell; the temple is a must visit for its calm and serene surroundings. Mahalasa Temple is also famous for its stunning idol of the deity that appears in different 'alankaars' (Jewelry) at different times. It is a must visit for those who wish to gain an insight into the culture of Goa that goes beyond beaches and partying.

24. Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary

31 km
from city center
24 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary is one of the oldest churches in the region and is now considered as a World Heritage Site. The church was built on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after Goa was conquered by the Portuguese. The captivating design of the church was inspired by Gasper Correia and has a gothic style main altar dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary.

25. Caves of Khandepar

24 km
from city center
25 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Caves of Khandepar are four ancient rock-cut caves located in a jungle near Khandepar Village dating back roughly to the 12th century. They were discovered in 1970 and have two interconnected caves, while the other two are free standing. One of them is located a short distance away and the last is located opposite to the first cave. The last cave bears a pedestal which is believed to be made to hold a Shivalinga and, therefore, is considered as a meditation room.

26. Statue of Abbe Faria

0 km
from city center
26 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Statue of Abbe Faria was built in the honor of an acclaimed hypnotist, Abbe Jose Custodia Faria. He was a Luso-Goan Catholic monk, a pioneer of the scientific study of hypnotism and the first one to ever demonstrate ??Autosuggestion??and prove its existence. The historic statue made of bronze was installed in the state capital in 1945 and depicts Abbe Faria hypnotising a woman.

27. Church & Convent of St Monica

9 km
from city center
27 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Church & Convent of St. Monica, also known as the Royal Monastery of Santa Monica, was established in the early 17th century. About two decades later, the Monastery was turned to ashes by a destructive fire. However, 15 years later, it was rebuilt and established as the only convent for nuns in the state. It was also known as the first nunnery of the east and housed 150 nuns. The nunnery was shut down in 1885 after the passing of the last nun. From 1968, the attraction functions as only a church.

28. Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount

10 km
from city center
28 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount is a 16th century church famous for its religious significance and picturesque location. The church is located on a hilltop amidst thick natural vegetation giving a splendid view of old Goa from atop. The structure is now partly in ruins and closed for daily exploration, but an evening mass is held on 8th of every month. The church is also open for the public during the Monte Music Festival and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier every year.

29. Houses of Goa Museum

4 km
from city center
29 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Houses of Goa Museum has a splendid collection of houses belonging to the Colonial era in Goa. The museum in itself is a brilliant piece of architecture and dons a ship-like structure. The museum was designed and built by Gerard de Cunha and houses furniture, home d_cor items, door & window frames, railings, ceramic tiles, etc. from the bygone era when Portuguese architecture became a part of the Goan lifestyle.

30. Chapel of St Catherine

9 km
from city center
30 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Chapel of St Catherine is a 16th century historic chapel which was built over a Cathedral in 1552 on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after the Portuguese conquered the state. The splendid Renaissance architecture in laterite and limestone is adorned by paintings and artworks that draw tourists every year.

31. Chapel of St Sebastian

0 km
from city center
31 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Built in the early 19th century, Chapel of St Sebastian marks an important attraction in Fontainhas. The pristine white structure is dedicated to St. Sebastian who treated the ones affected by plague and other diseases. The church houses a crucifix where one can find Christ's eyes are open for striking fear into the minds and hearts of the wrongdoers. The church sees a number of visitors to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament.

32. Menezes Braganza Institute

0 km
from city center
32 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Menezes Braganza Institute was established in the late 1800s by the Portuguese as a cultural institute. It was previously known as the Institute of Vasco da Gama and was started with the intention of focussing on cultural, scientific and literary fields. After the fall of the Portuguese, the institute was renamed after Luis Menezes Braganza who campaigned against the Portuguese. The institute now holds cultural activities on a regular basis for the public.

33. Monastery Of St Augustine

8 km
from city center
33 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Monastery Of St. Augustine is a 17th century structure, believed to be built by the Augustinian friars but today, mostly seen in ruins. The dilapidated but splendid tower of the church can be seen from a distance and one can gauge the grandiosity of the monastery when it was completely intact. It is considered as one of the biggest churches and an important tourist attraction in the state.

34. Azad Maidan

0 km
from city center
34 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Azad Maidan is dedicated to Dr. Tristao de Braganza Cunha who was a Goan Freedom Fighter. It was originally established as Largo Afonso de Albuquerque by the Portuguese. The maidan has a brass memorial dedicated to Dr. Tristao and the edifice is converted into the Police Headquarters.

35. Campal Gardens

1 km
from city center
35 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Campal Gardens is a beautiful little well maintained garden perfect for jogging or walking, to sit in solitude or spend an evening with children. It has an artificial water body with boating facilities for kids and a play area amidst lush green bushes and tall palm trees.

36. Church Of St Lawrence

5 km
from city center
36 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Overlooking the village of Agassaim, Church Of St. Lawrence, located atop a hillock was built in mid 16th century by the Jesuits. The church is dedicated to the martyr, St. Lawrence who is also considered to be the patron saint of the cooks and the poor. Tourists are drawn for its religious significance, the age-old Portuguese architecture and the annual feast held on the 10th of every August.

37. Goa Science Centre & Planetarium

3 km
from city center
37 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Goa Science Centre & Planetarium was established as a joint project of the state Department of Science, Technology & Environment and the National Council of Science Museums with the objective of making science exciting for the youth and inculcating a desire to learn the subject. The Science Centre expands over an area of 5 acres and also houses a Planetarium, a theatre for 3D shows and several scientific exhibits. Quite a few programs are also conducted to demonstrate scientific principles to the public.

38. Secretariat Building

0 km
from city center
38 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Secretariat Building is a 15th century structure and the oldest colonial building in Goa. The site was initially the summer palace of Adil Shah. After it was taken over by the Portuguese, it served as accommodation and a custom's post for the Portuguese Viceroys. Currently, the monument serves as a State Assembly Office and can be explored only from the outside.

39. Viceroy's Arch

9 km
from city center
39 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Built in the late 16th century by Viceroy Francisco Da Gama, Viceroy's Arch is a historic monument which once served as the entrance of Old Goa. The monument was built in the memory of and to honour the achievements of Francisco's Great Grand Father and a famous explorer, Vasco Da Gama. The structure is made of laterite and is an important landmark even today on the road that leads to River Mandovi.

40. Maruti Temple, Goa

1 km
from city center
40 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Located on the Altinho Hill, the majestic Maruti Temple was built after the decline of the Portuguese reign. A refreshing stream of the same name also flows beside the temple, lending it a calming and yet, refreshing aura.
The idol of Lord Hanuman was hidden when the Portuguese destroyed all the Hindu temples in Goa to promote Christianity. It was at this location that the devotees would offer their prayers secretly till the end of the Portuguese reign. A beautiful shrine was later built here, the architecture of which draws tourists every year.

41. Church Of Our Lady of Miracles

46 km
from city center
41 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Church Of Our Lady of Miracles is a 16th century Church built by the Portuguese. The Church was initially dedicated to St. Jerome, therefore, it is also known as St. Jerome Church. Since the Portuguese destroyed a number of Hindu monuments to promote Christianity, it is believed that the church is built over a temple. The structure was destroyed in a fire around mid-1900. After the renovation, it was renamed as Church of our Lady of Miracles.

42. Safa Shahouri Masjid

21 km
from city center
42 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Safa Shahouri Masjid is a 16th century structure which is believed to be built by Adil Shah. The simple architecture of the national monument is worth a halt here. The structure with lush green grasslands all around and a serene water tank in the foreground is quite a sight. The atmosphere is tranquil and suitable to experience a moment of peace close to the divine powers of the God.

43. Convent of Santa Monica and The Chapel of The Weeping Cross

9 km
from city center
43 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Goa is considered a masterpiece of Portuguese planning and architecture in India. One such striking inclusion to the beautiful city is the Convent of Santa Monica and the Chapel of The Weeping Cross. Built in 1606 in Monte Santo, the historic building took a total of 21 years to get constructed. It was believed to be Asia?s first and largest nunnery that could accommodate around 300 people at once.

44. The Convent and The Church of St. John of God

9 km
from city center
44 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

The Convent and The Church of St. John of God is an olden Portuguese days structure built in 1685 dedicated to Our Lady of Good Success. Situated in North Goa, next to the tower of St. Augustine, the building is very ordinary looking depicting the traditional designs of Portuguese architecture. It is believed that in 1685, eight Brothers from the Congregation of St. John of God constructed the building.

45. Church of St. Cajetan

9 km
from city center
45 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Built in 1661 by Italian friars of the Theatine order, the Church of St. Cajetan is located half a kilometer away from Se Cathedral in Old Goa. Originally called as the Church of Divine Providence, it is believed to have been modelled on the original designs of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. The church has a pearly white exterior and is one of the landmarks of the capital city.

46. Santa Cruz Church

3 km
from city center
46 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

A place that started as a small place of worship, the Holy Cross church in the village of Santa Cruz now happens to be the largest parish in Goa. The church was built in 1957 on a recommendation of the King of Portuguese to help convert people to Christianity. The church has been built in the Neo-Roman style of architecture with perfect blends of Indian and Europian culture. The feast of the church is held every year in the first week of May and is the best time to visit.

47. Holy Cross Shrine

7 km
from city center
47 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Well known all around Goa as Fulancho Khuris i.e. Cross of Flowers in Bambolim witnesses visitors all day all night without regards to the weather. The Holy Cross Shrine stands right behind this miraculous cross. Compared to the other churches in North Goa, the Holy Cross Shrine is a more recent construct. The Shrine was built recently in 1996 forming a protective barrier around the Miraculous Cross.

48. Hivre Waterfalls

44 km
from city center
48 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Situated in Valpoi, Goa, Hivre Waterfalls is an enchanting stretch of cascading water. Considered a paradise among the nature lovers and tourists, it is also a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

49. Karmalya Waterfalls

21 km
from city center
49 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

Located near Priol in Gao, Karmalya Waterfalls is a local secret. Popular among the locals, the waterfalls is hardly visited by tourists due to its remote location. This factor makes the waterfalls all the more charming and pristine. Located on the road without any trekking trail, the waterfalls are also very easy to reach.

50. Church of St Francis of Assisi

3.4 /5

9 km
from city center
50 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

This is the famous landmarks of Goa and is the oldest church located in Panajim. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church with the tower of the church behind. This church has truly been beautifully preserved. Also, the church bell is the 2nd largest bell in the whole world.

51. Church of St. Cajetan

3.4 /5

9 km
from city center
51 out of 51
places to visit in Panaji

This church has a major resemblance with the St. Peters Basilica in Rome. On the left, there are three altars dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady of Piety and St.

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