The capital city of Goa, Panaji is a major tourist destination for all types of tourists from various parts of the world. Also known as Panjim, the city lies by the shores of the Mandovi estuary and is a part of the North Goa district. In local dialect, Panaji means 'the land that does not flood'. It is the third largest city of the state.
The climate in Panaji in Goa is mostly tropical. The summer months are hot and humid while the winters are pleasant and dry. Due to its closeness to the sea, cool breeze blows over the city most of the times. The ideal time for tourists totravel to Panaji is in the winter season when the weather is fine. The weather is this part of the year is pleasant with very little rainfall.
Panaji is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. It is known for its idyllic beauty and rich tradition and culture. Thousands of tourists come to the city every year. Some popular tourist attractions in Panaji are:
- Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
- Menezes Braganza Institute
- Miramar Beach
- Kala Academy cultural centre
- Old City
- Dona Paula
Being a popular tourist spot, there is a wide range of hotels in Panaji which offer pleasant and comfortable facilities. There are luxury hotels, middle range hotels as well as economy and budget hotels. Most hotels are based within easy reach to the main city center and can be easily reached.
Panaji is a well known point of transport and can be accessed by various routes. The city is served by the Dabolim Airport, around 30 kms away. Plenty of domestic and international flights operate from the airport. Panaji is also well linked with other parts of the state and the country by a well developed railway and road network.