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Located at the western coast of India along Arabian Sea, Panaji is the capital city of the smallest state Goa. Panaji is the third largest city of Goa after Vasco da Gama and Margao. Geographically, the city is located on the estuary of Mandovi River.
It is interesting to share that in English, the city name is spelled as Panjim; however, in Marathi it is written as ‘Panaji,’ which means ‘Land that never floods.’ Architected in classical style, the city is structure of concrete buildings with fanciful balconies and red-tiled roofs along with riverside promenade. Most of these houses are constructed in Latin style. In addition, there are various modern houses built along with gardens. Above all, you can also see here Portuguese architecture that constructed during the period of colonial period of Portuguese.
Goa City Tour
With the Tropical Monsoon Climate, Panaji is one of the most visited tourists’ destinations in India. However, the small city Panaji is more popular for the foreigner tourists; millions of tourists from all over the world visit this city every year. The major tourists’ attractions are beaches, churches, Nightlife of city, wildlife sanctuary and traditional local and exotic culture (that illustrates blend of Indian and Portuguese).
What to see in Goa
• Sri DevakiKrishna Temple
• Sri Vithal Temple
• Dona Paula Beach
• Panaji Old Town
• Goa State Museum
• Ruins of St.Augustines Tower
• Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery
• Archives Museum Goa
• Bondla Forest
• Mandovi River Cruise
• Aquada Fort
• The Church and convent of St.Monica
• The Church of Our Lady of The Rosary
• The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount
• The Church of St. Francis Xavier
• Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Where to stay in Goa
Like other major cities of India, Goa also provides accommodation under many budgets strarting from shoestring to the high end hotels. One can chose according to the budget from 100s of hotels in and around Goa.
How to Reach Goa ??
By Road: Panaji is well linked with road network and you can reach by bus from all neighbouring cities. Besides, there are also various private bus services that carry tourists from neighbouring states. Since, it is located only a few hundred kilometres from the mega cities Mumbai and Bangalore so, you can also enjoy driving to reach Panaji.
By Rail: Panaji is a major railway station which is connected with many major and minor cities of India. The trains run from Panaji connect with many cities including Mumbai Hyderabad, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and many more.
By Air: Panaji has local airport namely Dabolim Airport located at the distance of 29 km from main city. You can catch domestic flights for Bangalore, Kochi, Mumbai, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi.