Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
Goa, India's smallest state, also known as the "party city of India", is a much loved coastal gem adored by people of all ages from across the country and globe. Goa is visited by a large number of international and domestic tourists each year because of its beautiful white-sand beaches, active nightlife, places of worship, and Portuguese architecture. It also has rich flora and fauna because as lies on the Western Ghats range, a biodiversity hotspot.
The capital of Goa, Panjim, is located on the banks of the Mandovi River, and the city has cobblestone streets lined with colorful villas and buildings from the Portuguese colonial era. There are a lot of activities that tourists from all across can indulge themselves in. Here is a list of the top 10 things that you can do in Panjim.
1. Latin Quarters of Panjim
Fontainhas is an old Latin Quarter in Panjim, the capital city of the state of Goa. Lined with charming colonial buildings, enjoy a walk through the Old Latin Quarters of Panjim full of art and music, and discover the history of the Portuguese in Goa.
2. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
Built in 1541, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the oldest churches in Goa. It possesses a beautiful blend of Portuguese and Baroque architecture with a dash of the local Goan style.
3. Goa Museum
Established in 1977, the museum, has about 8,000 artifacts on display, including stone sculptures, wooden objects, carvings, bronzes, paintings, manuscripts, rare coins, and anthropological objects and much more. It is a must-visit for all the history buffs out there!
4. Mandovi River Cruise
If the idea of going on a cruise excites you, go on fun-filled, hour-long evening cruises on Goa's best cruise boats, which sail on the river Mandovi whilst enjoying the lovely view which the river offers.
5. St. Xavier Chapel
At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway station, the historical Chapel of St. Francis Xavier lies in Old Goa. This ancient chapel is a famous spot among tourists in Goa.
6. Miramar Beach
The Miramar Beach located in Panjim is the longest beach in Goa. It is famous for its placid calm and the gorgeous views that it offers.
7. St. Sebastian Chapel
A popular tourist spot, St. Sebastian Chapel was built in 1880. This chapel houses a crucifix, an image of the Virgin Mary & carved altarpieces.
8. Floating Casino on River Mandovi
Now experience Las Vegas in Goa! Visit the famous floating casino placed on river Mandovi and experience world-class gaming. This casino also has a special gaming room for kids.
9. Panjim Market
A mix of exotic and modern Goa, the famous Panjim Market is a must-visit for those who want to carry a bit of Goa back with them. Located near Inox Multiplex, the market offers a variety of goods like wines, cashew, and a lot of artifacts that people can buy.
10. Divar Island
Take a day-long tour to Divar Island, one of the most beautiful hidden treasures of Goa. This green gem is full of lush flora, birds, and lookout points over the water. A trip to this island is well worth going!
In conclusion, Panjim, the vibrant capital city of Goa, offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty with the best hotels in Goa for family. From strolling through the enchanting Latin Quarters of Fontainhas to admiring the Mandovi River Cruise. For beach lovers, Miramar Beach beckons with its tranquil charm. And if you're feeling lucky, try your hand at the floating casino on the Mandovi River. Don't miss the bustling Panjim Market to find unique souvenirs. Panjim truly captivates visitors with its myriad attractions, ensuring an unforgettable experience in this coastal paradise and providing options for the best budget hotels in North Goa.
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