Places To Visit In Panaji

1 out of 5 Areas To Visit In Goa

Here are the top 49 places to visit in Panaji

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus
4.3 /5

9 km
from city center
1 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church located in Goa is one of a kind in India and is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. Built in 1594 and consecrated in 1605, the building of this church coincides with the beginning of Christianity in India. The church is located in Old Goa in Bainguinim about 10 km away from Panjim. The oldest church in Goa, it holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, a special friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).†Even after 400 years, the remains are in good condition and are taken out once every decade.†

2. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
3.7 /5

0 km
from city center
2 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Located in Panjim, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the most popular and also one of the oldest chapels in Goa. Built in a Portuguese Baroque style, the church is located on a slight elevation, on a hillock. It is known to house the second largest church bells in Goa. These bells are known to have been removed from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace that existed in Old Goa.

3. Dona Paula

Dona Paula
4.4 /5

5 km
from city center
3 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Located around 7kms from Panjim, Dona Paula is one of the most popular tourist hangouts in Goa famous for its vast stretch of beach. The small beach is also popular as the Lover's Paradise and features a jetty (Dona Paula Jetty) adjacent to it, which provides an ethereal view of the Arabian Sea and Mormugao harbour. Another attraction here is the whitewashed statue, called 'Image of India', depicting Mother India and Young India.

4. Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach

3 km
from city center
4 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

One of the only two beaches in Panjim, Miramar Beach is the longest beach in Goa stretching as far as 2 km. This beach is located on the confluence point of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea, thus affording a spectacular sea view and panoramic view of Aguada Fort. Miramar Beach with silvery sand and palm trees is popular for picnics, barbecue parties, water sports and dolphin spotting cruises.

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5. Bambolim Beach

Bambolim Beach
3.4 /5

6 km
from city center
5 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Bambolim Beach is a pristine beach located in Bambolim in North Goa, 7 kilometres away from Panjim. It is famous for being a virgin beach, untouched by commercialization and is barely ever crowded. The long coastline is perfect for taking a stroll or lazing in the golden sand under the balmy sun. The beautiful beach is also a good picnic spot.

6. Siridao Beach

Siridao Beach
3.0 /5

8 km
from city center
6 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Siridao Beach is a rocky beach popular for the mysterious caves, located at the mouth of Zuari River a few kilometres from Panjim in Goa. It is also known as "The Shell Collector's Beach" owing to a large number of pearl shells and oysters that wash ashore. This beach sees a limited number of tourists. The view of the sunset from Siridao Beach is gorgeous.

7. Altinho Hill

Altinho Hill

1 km
from city center
7 out of 49
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

Fontainhas and Sao Tome

0 km
from city center
8 out of 49
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

Archaeological Museum Goa

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

Archaeological Museum of Goa houses a splendid collection of artifacts belonging to the prehistoric and late medieval Portuguese rule in Goa. Located on the backside of Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the museum was once an ancient Franciscan Monastery. The Archaeological Survey of India founded the museum in 1964 but was recognized 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

Coco Beach

4 km
from city center
10 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Situated right at the mouth of Nerul River, Coco Beach in Goa is a scenic shoreline located on the Mandovi estuary lined with tall palm and coconut trees. It is perfect for boating, water sports and spotting dolphins. Lined with beach shacks, restaurants, and roadside shopping stalls, Coco Beach is often explored on River Cruises.

11. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

5 km
from city center
11 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a popular bird-watching area and one of the smallest protected areas in Goa. Named after a famous ornithologist Dr Salim Ali, it is located on the island of Chorao in Mandovi River. The sanctuary is accessible by a 15-minute ferry ride from Ribandar ferry wharf near Panjim. To spot the migratory birds, the best time to visit is during the winters from October to March.

12. River Cruise On Mandovi River

River Cruise On Mandovi River

1 km
from city center
12 out of 49
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

Reis Magos Fort

2 km
from city center
13 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Reis Magos Fort is the oldest fort in Goa, located on the banks of River Bardez across Panjim in Goa. The 15th-century Portuguese fort was once a defence fortress which was later converted into a jail and then a hospital. Ruined and neglected, it was restored and finally opened to the public in 2012. The majestic fort with reddish walls is visible all the way from Panjim.

14. Mangeshi Temple

Mangeshi Temple

16 km
from city center
14 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Mangeshi Temple or Shri Mangueshi Temple is Lord Shiva temple located in the Mangeshi village in Ponda region of Goa. The largest and most visited temple in Goa, it is built in the honour 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

Se Cathedral
3.3 /5

9 km
from city center
15 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Se Cathedral, or Sť Catedral de Santa Catarina, is one of the largest churches in Asia and an important church in Goa. Located in Old Goa, it is dedicated to Saint Catherine and is an important centre of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Se Cathedral is a famous landmark in Goa exhibiting Portuguese-Manueline architectural style.

16. Church Of St Augustine

Church Of St Augustine

8 km
from city center
16 out of 49
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

Shri Mahalaxmi Temple

19 km
from city center
17 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Shri Mahalaxmi Temple located in Bandora, 4km from Ponda in Goa, is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi. The highlight of the temple is the idol of the Goddess with a linga on her head and is considered a Satvik (peaceful) form of the Devi. 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

Goa State Central Library

1 km
from city center
18 out of 49
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 six-floor 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

Museum Of Christian Art

8 km
from city center
19 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Located adjoining the convent of Santa Monica in Old Goa, Museum Of Christian Art houses a fine collection of Christian artifacts belonging to the 16th century when Portuguese ruled Goa. The 2,000 sq ft Museum has over 150 artifacts to showcase 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.

20. Savoi Spice Plantation

Savoi Spice Plantation

19 km
from city center
20 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Savoi Spice Plantation is a 40-hectare organic farm located 15km from Ponda, the cultural capital of Goa. Established by Mr Shetye, the beautifully maintained farm is popular for the guided tour of the intercrop plantation and the Goan Saraswat Buffet at its Sadauli Restaurant.

21. Gitanjali Gallery

Gitanjali Gallery

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

Gitanjali Gallery is an art gallery in Goa that 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

Tropical Spice Plantation

20 km
from city center
22 out of 49
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

Mahalasa Temple Goa

17 km
from city center
23 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Sri Mahalsa Narayani Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalsa located in Mardol in North Goa. Shri Mahalasa Narayani, who is also known of Mohini, is an Avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The highlight of the temple is the stunning idol of the deity that appears in different 'alankaars' (Jewelry) at different times.

24. Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary

Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary

31 km
from city center
24 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary is one of the oldest churches in Goa 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. The highlight of the church is an inscription Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510 on the conquest of Goa.

25. Caves of Khandepar

Caves of Khandepar

24 km
from city center
25 out of 49
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

Statue of Abbe Faria

0 km
from city center
26 out of 49
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 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. The statue is located at a small square just near the Secretariat Building in Panjim.

27. Church & Convent of Santa Monica

Church & Convent of Santa Monica

9 km
from city center
27 out of 49
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 at Monte Santo in Goa. 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 Goa

Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount Goa

10 km
from city center
28 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount is a 16th-century church in Goa 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 the 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

Houses of Goa Museum

4 km
from city center
29 out of 49
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 decor 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

Chapel of St Catherine

9 km
from city center
30 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

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

31. Chapel of St Sebastian

Chapel of St Sebastian

0 km
from city center
31 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Built in the early 19th century, Chapel of St Sebastian marks an important attraction in Fontainhas, Goa. 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. Institute Menezes Braganza

Institute Menezes Braganza

0 km
from city center
32 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Located in Panjim, Goa, 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. Azad Maidan

Azad Maidan

0 km
from city center
33 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Located in Panjim, Azad Maidan is a ground and martyr's monument dedicated to Dr. Tristao de Braganza Cunha - 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.

34. Campal Gardens

Campal Gardens

1 km
from city center
34 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Campal Gardens, also known as Bhagwan Mahavir Children's Park is a beautiful little well-maintained garden perfect for jogging or walking, to sit in solitude or spend an evening with children. Located in the Campal area of Panjim, along the Mandovi River, it has an artificial water body with boating facilities for kids and a play area amidst lush green bushes and tall palm trees. The garden also features a huge statue of Bhagwan Mahavir in a lotus position.

35. Church Of St Lawrence

Church Of St Lawrence

5 km
from city center
35 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Overlooking Mandovi River, Church Of St. Lawrence, located atop Sinquerim Hill was built in the 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.

36. Goa Science Centre & Planetarium

Goa Science Centre & Planetarium

3 km
from city center
36 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Goa Science Centre & Planetarium located in Miramar is a science museum that expands over an area of 5 acres and 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. It 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.

37. Secretariat Building

Secretariat Building

0 km
from city center
37 out of 49
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. It is worth seeing for its ancient Portuguese architecture.

38. Viceroy's Arch

Viceroy's Arch

9 km
from city center
38 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Built in the late 16th century by Viceroy Francisco Da Gama (the great-grandson of Vasco da Gama), Viceroy's Arch is a historic monument that once served as the entrance of Old Goa. The monument was built in the memory of and to honor the achievements of Vasco Da Gama. The structure is made of laterite and is an important landmark even today on the road that leads to River Mandovi.

39. Maruti Temple Goa

Maruti Temple Goa

1 km
from city center
39 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Located on Altinho Hill overlooking Fontainhas district in Panjim, the majestic Maruti Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. One of the most beautiful temples in Goa, the idol of Lord Hanuman can be viewed from the main road through an opening in the basement of the temple. A refreshing stream also flows beside the temple, lending it a calming and yet, refreshing aura. The temple is stunningly lit up at night and is visible from a distance.

40. Church Of Our Lady of Miracles

Church Of Our Lady of Miracles

46 km
from city center
40 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Church Of Our Lady of Miracles is a 16th century Church built by the Portuguese in Goa. 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. It is most famous for its annual festival, on the 16th day after Easter.

41. Safa Shahouri Masjid

Safa Shahouri Masjid

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

Safa Shahouri Masjid or Safa Mosque is a 16th-century mosque located in Ponda, Goa. Consisting of gardens and fountains, it is believed to have been built in 1560 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 God.

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

Convent of Santa Monica and The Chapel of The Weeping Cross

9 km
from city center
42 out of 49
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. Perched atop a hill, the church gives a vision of an olden day fortress with massive courtyards and big buttresses. It houses four altars dedicated to St. Monica (mother of St. Augustine), Bom Jesus, Immaculate Mary and Crucified Christ (popularly known as The Weeping Cross).

43. Convent and Church of St. John of God

Convent and Church of St. John of God

9 km
from city center
43 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

The Convent and 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. They were sent to Goa by the Portuguese King Dom Pedro II to look after the sick in the hospital. When the suppression of religious orders was implemented in 1835, the convent was used as a hospital for the poor and the needy.

44. Church of St. Cajetan

Church of St. Cajetan

9 km
from city center
44 out of 49
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. Although the church is dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence, but it has been named after its founder, St. Cajetan, a contemporary of St. Francis Xavier. As of now, it has been included among the World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa.

45. Santa Cruz Church

Santa Cruz Church

3 km
from city center
45 out of 49
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. It is a replica of the Se Cathedral in Goa.

46. Holy Cross Shrine

Holy Cross Shrine

7 km
from city center
46 out of 49
places to visit in Panaji

Well known all around Goa as Fulancho Khuris (Cross of Flowers) or the Miraculous Cross, the Holy Cross Shrine is an iconic spot in Bambolim that almost everyone crosses on the way to South Goa. Long before the Holy Cross church was built at the site, there was just a tiny cross on the side of the road. The Shrine was built recently in 1996 forming a protective barrier around the Miraculous Cross. Most people pay their respects here by offering candles, garlands of flowers, or cash.†

47. Hivre Waterfalls

Hivre Waterfalls

44 km
from city center
47 out of 49
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.

48. Karmalya Waterfalls

Karmalya Waterfalls

21 km
from city center
48 out of 49
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.

49. Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church of St Francis of Assisi
3.4 /5

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

Church of St Francis of Assisi is a 16th-century Portuguese church located near Se Cathedral in Goa. It is a famous landmark which exhibits an eclectic mix of stunning architecture and intricate carvings. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church with the tower of the church behind. Adjoining the St Francis of Assisi Church is an archaeological museum.

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