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Panjim is one of the best planned cities in the country, with a neat network of main avenues and connecting roads, a sewerage system, gardens and excellent Indo-Portuguese architecture. Panjim is a microcosm of Goa with a river and the Arabian Sea lapping at its feet, Khazan and salt pan lands which have now turned into the bus terminus and Patto Plaza the corporate district of Goa., from the salt pans to the coconut groves and Panjim rises up in an extremely picturesque manner to its hilltop at Altinho.

Panjim was originally a small fishing village with lots of coconut groves between creeks and fields. This capital city was a ward of Taleigao village. It so enamoured Adil Shah that he built his summer palace surrounded by a moat which was later filled up by the Portuguese when they came in to power and left Old Goa with its pestilence and disease to build a new city or Nova Goa as Panjim was called. But it was only during the early 19 th century that the city was enlarged, public sewerage, tree-lined avenues, gardens and ornamental park benches etc. The city was elevated to the status of city and became the capital of Goa by a royal decree and was known as Nova Goa.

The magnificent edifices of Old Goa were dismantled and the stones were reused to build smaller but very elegant houses for the people of Panjim and sturdy but again, elegant government buildings. Panjim with its broad tree lined avenues, gardens and beautiful buildings earned her the sobriquet, “Princess of the Mandovi”.

But all things must end, especially those who had to protect this beautiful city from the ravages of time. After Liberation the buildings of Panjim, began to lose their sparkle as those entrusted with their maintenance allowed the city to go to wrack and ruin.

Now Panjimites realize the value of its heritage and the Goa Heritage Action Group has been in the forefront of restoring Panjim to its earlier glory.

Architect Raya Shankwalker has taken photographs of some of Panjim’s old structures which have been renovated. His photographs prove that sometimes city fathers and city people can come together to bring a city to life. Raya too has played a large part in the beautification of Panjim city.

Goa Statistics

Co-ordinates: 15o29’35’’N 73o49’05’’E / 15.493oN 73.818oE

Area: 3702 km2

Capital: Panaji

Official language: Konkani

Altitude: sea level up to 1022 mts

Climate: max 36oC, min 17oC

Annual rainfall: 300 cms (average)

Population: 13, 43,998

Population density: 363/km2

Literacy rate: 82.32%

Time zone: IST (UTC+5.30)

Districts: 2

Established: 30th may 1987

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Places in Goa

Candolim Beach

Many wonder what is it that draws some tourists to Candolim Beach when there are so many other relatively more popular beaches in Goa. Actually the Candolim Beach is the ideal haunt for all those who look for blissful solitude. Not as crowded as Calangute or Anjum, it serene and tranquil ambience mesmerizes many. Bask in the warmth of the sun and you are sure to feel stress free.

However this does not imply that there is nothing in store for the active. On the contrary, many water sports activities are there on offer at the Candolim Beach. Participate in the various adventurous water sports that include parasailing, water skiing and others. The thrill is indescribable but at the same time it is equally safe because special guides are there to help you out at every step. Fishing at the Candolim Beach is another favorable option at hand.
What is a must at the Candolim Beach in Goa is the boating excursion in the evenings. From the boat, one gets to see unbelievably beautiful views of the setting sun. The reflection of the sun in the waters gives it a lovely orange hue. It is a sight that is sure to remain etched in your memories forever.
How to reach :
Candolim Beach is easily reachable from any point of Goa by bus or taxi. You can also hire a bike. Located in North Goa, this beach is located just below the Aguada Fort.

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