A Heritage Tour of Panaji, Goa

Panaji, the capital city of Goa, reflects Portuguese colonial influence more than almost any other part of Goa.


Panjim is a beautiful blend of heritage, nature, religion, and night life. This place is full of well preserved heritage sites and is very popular amongst people who love to visit archaeological and historical sites.

To experience the Old Portuguese charm you can head to Fontainhas, a Portuguese district based in the West of the Ourem River. The place is famed for its prominent Portuguese architecture. Tiny overhanging balconies of red, blue, yellow, and green houses across both sides of the narrow cobbled lanes present a colourful spectacle. Sao Tome is another such quarter, located near Fontainhas.

For most tourists, especially history buffs, the Goa State Museum is a must-visit place in Panjim. The museum is divided into 12 galleries that house wonderful historic artefacts. Another highlight is the Secretariat Building, the oldest building in Panjim. Originally built by a Muslim ruler, this building was later modified by the Portuguese into a rest house. This is a classic specimen of Portuguese architectural style. To further satiate you archaeological curiosity, head to the ruins of the Church of St. Augustine.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Basilica of Bom Jesus is another amazing pilgrimage cum heritage site in Panjim. The elegantly decorated interiors of the church boast the famous portrait of St. Francis Xavier as well as lots of other beautiful paintings. The church has a wonderful art gallery on the top that exhibits the most enchanting relics of Christian art. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Statue of Abbe Faria, Houses of Goa Museum, Altinho Hill, and Chapel of St. Sebastian are other heritage sites worth visiting in Goa.