Panaji or Panjim as it is also popularly known, is still resplendent in its buildings and architecture as one belonging to the old Portuguese colonial era. With the best watersports tours in Panaji, you can take a boat ride to Grande Island to enjoy some snorkeling, Scuba Diving and swimming in the Arabian Sea and hope you get to see some dolphins’ enroute. You can sail at Bambolim, get your adrenaline pumping by kayaking in River Mandovi while watching out for crocodiles in their natural habitat at the Cumbarjuem mangroves, Catamaran Sailing in North Goa, kneeboarding at the famous Baga beach, Jet Ski ride at Calangute beach and Ringo rides at Mobor beach.
Situated on the banks of Mandovi River, the city still showcases its old cobbled street and vibrant colorful villas with portuguese style architecture. As the capital of the State, Panjim is not as densely populated by tourist as the rest of the Southern Goa, and thus offers a quiet getaway for many who seek solace in nature. This is also partly a reason for embracing water sports tours in Panaji at all levels here. There are plenty of places where you can embark on an adventurous journey in Goa and what better way to start than indulging in all sorts of water sports. At the onset, do remember that if you want to just explore Goa for its water sport activities especially in monsoon time, then the best time to visit the place would be from July to September.
The different types of water sports tours in Panaji that you can experience like speed boat rides, banana boat rides, Jet Ski rides and Ringo rides. You can pass by the Miramar beach, Dona Paula, old Goa Church, etc. on way to the Islands making it a wonderful sightseeing trip. You can also experience Kayaking at Aguada River, paddling lazily through the backwaters amidst the mangrove forests and the wetlands, making it the best way to experience Goa.
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The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a Roman Catholic Church located in Old Goa and stands to be the oldest Church of Goa. It is a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site. The church completed its construction in the year 1604 and stands as an epitome of the Portuguese colonial architecture and Baroque architecture.It is located in Bainguinim, about 10 km from Panjim, and attracts several tourists from all across the world. The church is known to hold the relics of St. Francis Xavier, who was known for his phenomenal insight and therapeutic healing powers. Even after 400 years of burial, the remains are said to be in good condition and are taken out every decade. It is, in fact, one of the Seven Wonders of the World of Portuguese origin. ‘Bom Jesus’ is a word of Latin origin and translates to ‘Holy (or Good) Jesus.’ The rooftop of the church is triangular, and is inscribed with the initials ‘IHS’, which translates to the Jesuit emblem meaning ‘Jesus, Savior of Men.’ The façade of the Church constitutes a main altar flanked by two more altars. The main altar is decorated with a statue of St. Ignatius Loyola overlooking and protecting Baby Jesus. The surroundings are frolicked with paintings and carvings directly from the Bible, and it also has a gallery that inhabits oil paintings belonging to the years 1973 and 1976.
Sitting, right in the middle of the hillock this mighty church has three shrines of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary and, Crucifixion of Jesus. Being the first church to built-in Goa it holds utmost significance in its tourism and, adding up to the most attractive places to visit in Panjim.Previously, it was just a chapel in the early 15th century but, with time and tide, the chapel went through many transformations and, led to this massive structure which is elegantly built with influences of several architectural styles.Location: North-Eastern Side of Central Square, Panjim 403001, IndiaTimings: All days 10 AM - 12:30 PM and 4 PM - 5:30 PMEntry Fees: FreeDistance from Panjim Bus Stand: Approximately 1.6 km away.