is one of the most of India's smallest and most pleasant state capital.
Built on the south of banks of the wide Mandovi River, it officially
became the capital of Goa in 1843, though the Portuguese viceroys
shifted their residence from outskirts of old Goa to the former place of
Adil Shah in Panaji as early as 1759. While most people pass through
Panaji on their way to the beaches or old Goa , the atmosphere is easy
and people are friendly. In the oldest part of the town, the Portuguese
heritage has survived remarkably well; there are narrow winding
streets, old houses with over changing balconies and red-titled roofs
whitewashed churches and numerous small bar and cafes. Portuguese sign
are still visible over many premises. Many signs in Portuguese are still
visible over shops, cafe's and administrative buildings. Its 'sights'
are few, but among those worth visiting are the old Church of the
Immaculate Conception (on the hillside at one end of the Municipal
Gardens) and the Mahalakshmi
Temple. The nearest beach is at Miramar, 3 Km
along the road to Dona Paula.
Tourist Season : July to September and October to March; unless you're going
for the sun, which is at its hottest in May.