Panaji Tourism

Panaji is the capital of Goa, a former Portuguese colony situated in West India. But Goa is a tiny state compared to others in India. On a visit to this city you’d actually not confine yourself to the boundaries of it. The magic of the state will take over, luring you to explore Goa on the whole.

Historically, Goa became an independent state from Portugal in 1961and still harbors a lot of Portuguese cultural influence. It plays host to a large number of both international and domestic tourists yearly. Goa has two parts namely north Goa, with Panaji as its capital and South Goa, with Madgaon (Margao) as its capital. Since Goa is such a tiny state the Goa travel guide is mostly centered on Panaji.

Goa is an amazing mélange of historic places, beaches and of course the amazing party scene. It has become such a popular tourist destination precisely because of this amazing coming together of culture, history, an amazing atmosphere and most importantly fun. Meat lovers would probably want to settle here for life. The entire state serves a range of non-vegetarian delicacies like beef, pork, chicken, and a plethora of fresh seafood. The food is usually cooked in Indian spices and the taste lingers long after your meals. As a bonus, the booze always comes cheaper in the city.

When you go to Goa, do enjoy the beaches and the popular hangout spots. There is never a dearth of things to do in Goa. But don’t forget to explore the tiny lanes and the mangrove forests. Do see the beautiful basilicas and churches but at the same time don’t forget to find the smaller, lesser known places to see according to the best time to visit Panaji places. If you are an explorer at heart, Goa will become much more than just another beach holiday destination. It will surely surprise you.

Essential travel information and Panaji tips for your visit

Essential Information

Time Zone- UTC+05:30

Currency- Indian National Rupee (INR)

Electricity: Power in India is 230 Volts, 50 Hz. Internet 3G compatibility (4G recently introduced)

Languages- Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English

Security- Numbers for emergency

Ambulance - 102

 Fire- 101

Police 100

Off-beaten Path- NA

Tipping- Tipping is appreciated but optional.

Tourist Traps-

Ø It is safe to avoid secluded areas after dark.

Ø Bus and train are cheaper modes of transport.

Ø Make sure the rickshaw driver rides you around the town on meter basis.


Ø It is wise to dress modestly if visiting a church. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Panaji

  • Know the pollution level of Panaji before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 31.58 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 63.46 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 40.38 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 69.74 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50.69 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Panaji for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Panaji.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 64.58 (High)
    • Car Stealing 39.13 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.46 (Low)
    • Attacks 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 61.96 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 51.09 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 41.3 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.13 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Panaji is 121.4 (High)

    • Safety Index 51.02 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 68.49 (High)
    • Pollution Index 52.46 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 44.5 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 25.2 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 65.83 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.48 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 44.87 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Panaji

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 23.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 41.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 34.03 USD

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