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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

Colva Beach

Colva Beach in Goa is one of the numerous beaches of this state. This beach is wonderful holiday destination of Goa. The beach is ornamented by the dense coconut and palm trees. Here the beach is golden in color. From the Colva Beach in Goa the sea looks marvelous. During your visit to this beach of Goa you can enjoy wonderful natural beauty. The beach can give the most tranquil vacation. In this beach you can do various things. You can just sit on the sandy beach and enjoy the calm and quiet sea. The sunset or sunrise can be a unique sight from the Colva Beach. This beach is not very crowded so you can have a quiet holiday. In Colva Beach there are numbers of local food stalls and snacks bar. So, while sitting at the beach you can relish the fresh Goan cuisine along with cocktails and local drinks. The hotels near Colva Beach offer comfortable staying facilities.

How to reach Colva Beach :
The beach is situated 3 kilometers away from the Margao city. To reach Colva Beach you can get down at the Margao railway station. Other than this, numerous buses run from various places of Goa to Colva beach.
City Info :
Situated at the Konkan coast, Goa is a magnificent state for holiday tour. Beaches are the most delightful part of this small state. As this place was the colony of the Portuguese you can find a deep rooted past reflected in the ancient architectures and monuments. Along with scenic view these historical sites are the tourist attractions of Goa.

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