What to do and see in Panjim, India: The Best Places and Tips

January 15, 2018 Cedrick Jardin

Discover the best top things to do in Panjim, India including Ashwem Beach, Tomb of St. Francis Xavier, Shantadurga Temple, Reis Magos Fort, Old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus, St. Cajetan's Church, Church of St. Francis of Assissi, Fontainhas, Se Cathedral.
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1. Ashwem Beach

North Goa District, Panjim 403509, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 500 reviews

Ashwem Beach

Reviewed By DAVID J

This beach is less crowded. There are not many shacks and hawkers. There are no water sports. If you are looking for a calm and tranquil atmosphere, this beach is one of the best in north Goa.
This beach is best for people travelling solo or looking for a calm and peaceful environment.
Parking is free. Beach-beds are available for Rs.200. The shacks, as usual, are over-priced.
Of all the Beaches in North Goa, my top two picks are Ashwem and Morjim Beaches.

2. Tomb of St. Francis Xavier

Basilica of Bom Jesus | Old Goa, Panjim, India +91 832 228 5790
Excellent
52%
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4.5 based on 531 reviews

Tomb of St. Francis Xavier

Reviewed By Santosh J

A beautiful historic place with many statues and paintings. A world Heritage site where every visitor should visit.Only feedback is that the place should be restored and maintained well. Visitors should abide by rules, mainly of clothing and photography

3. Shantadurga Temple

Kavalem Village, Ponda Taluka, Panjim, India 083222317422
Excellent
52%
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4.5 based on 355 reviews

Shantadurga Temple

Reviewed By Abhishek c

i have always enjoyed the serene atmosphere of the temple and visit here often as it is one of the main temples associated with our family.

4. Reis Magos Fort

Mandovi River | Reis Magos Road, Panjim 403114, India +91 96739 35195
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 392 reviews

Reis Magos Fort

Newly restored Portuguese Fort

Reviewed By amit12300

s really a nice place to have you in and out of Goa. It is somewhat out of traffic and inside Goa. The way or the road towards this place is cool full of trees. Not much of people you can see on the road, day time the road is good but in the night you have to take care of safety.

5. Old Goa

Panjim, India +91 88949 17116
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Old Goa

Reviewed By M B - London, United Kingdom

Take the bus from Kadampa bus station and follow the river to Old Goa. The mass of tourist stalls can't diminish the impact of these old cathedrals and churches. Testimony to the power of faith.

6. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Old Goa, Panjim 403402, India +91 832 228 5790
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Reviewed By Krishnan U - Bengaluru, India

One of the historical churches built by Portugese. It is a functional Church and do maintain silence and do not disturb the people who are here for their prayers. And do dress modestly. Bom Jesus means Infant Jesus.
The relics of St.Francis is kept at this Church.
There is also an art gallery in the first floor ( a nominal fee of Rs.5 is charged)
The SE Cathedral, Church of St. Francis of Assissi, Church of Catherine, Archeological Museum and the Basilica of BOM Jesus are all near by and better to park near the SE Cathedral ( which has ample parking) and walk around.

7. St. Cajetan's Church

Old Goa, Panjim 403001, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

St. Cajetan's Church

Reviewed By P E - Greater London, United Kingdom

St Cajetan is another 'minor' church of Goa Velha, slightly off the main tourist area and worth the (really little) effort.
Beautiful imposing architecture with a big beautiful dome, a massive sculpted altarpiece and a well tended front garden the church was just besides the Shah and then Viceroy Palace (long gone).
As in many Goan churches there are plenty of bizarre rules for photo taking.
It is surprising the church is not more popular with pilgrims as St Cajetan is the patron of the unemployed and the document controllers - which include a large part of the population.

8. Church of St. Francis of Assissi

North Goa District | Nr. Archaeological Museum, Panjim 403402, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Church of St. Francis of Assissi

Reviewed By shardulloves - India

A must visit place in Goa. Beautiful Garden and incredibly beautiful Church with a great history. Visit in morning as it becomes really hot outside. Do not miss the dress code for this place. No Sleeveless, hats/ cap allowed. The board outside state no shorts allowed for men but with the increase in tourists they allow it. Also dont take selfies of pictures of people in thechurch, only the pictures of the Church are allowed. There are guards arround who will make you delete the selfie or picture of people.

9. Fontainhas

Panjim, India +91 832 223 5555
Excellent
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4.5 based on 312 reviews

Fontainhas

Reviewed By Myr S

The heritage sketch walk was an experience of soaking in the place and documenting visual clues that I liked as I moved as a group through the byelanes. The narrator was very informative too.

10. Se Cathedral

Old Goa, Panjim, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 431 reviews

Se Cathedral

Reviewed By DAVID J

This Cathedral comes in the same complex which houses the St.Francis Cathedral, the archaeological museum, Basilica of Bom Jesus etc.
The church is really magnanimous. The art work inside the church is really great. There are several mini-altars inside the church catering to various saints.
Entrance to this Cathedral is allowed only after strict dress-code check both for men and women. The following dress-wears are strictly not allowed
- Sleeve-less tops
- Mini-skirts
- Shorts
However, they are selling shawls for Rs.100. You can buy them and cover your exposed arms and legs. Well, you see, there's a marketing angle too.. On a larger picture, you can attribute this dress-code check, to general Indian practices followed by any religious organization (though I've seen several women in sleeveless tops and mini-skirts attending mass in churches in Bangalore).

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