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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

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach, Goa flaunts a crescent shaped bay flanked by swaying coconut palms hemmed by a pair of rocky crags. The white sand beach in an arc is picturesque. . Palolem remains a traditional village, where the easy pace of life is overshadowed by the serenity. Palolem Beach, Goa is a white sand beach facing a blue bay between two headlands. The little wooded islands on the northern headland are very attractive and the best way to explore it is with the help of the fishermen. Palolm Beach, Goa is a fishing beach and many fishermen will readily ferry you across. Goa Palolem beach is an ideal beach that any tourist would desire for complete relaxation. While on the beach you can also venture into the sea where you will be able to spot the dolphins. Palolem Beach features some shacks selling seafood snacks, souvenirs and clothes of the shapeless, bright, informal kind. Panaji, the capital, is more than 70 km away from Palolem Goa. The village located nearby has several cafes and souvenir stalls serving to day-trippers and vacationers who turn up in droves on sightseeing tours of the beaches in Goa.

How To Reach :
Palolem is about 3 km away from Canacona Railway Junction. You can avail taxis and auto-rickshaws to reach Palolem beach from Margao which is 40 km away. There are regular buses from Margao to Palolem.
City Info :
Goa is bounded by nature's beauty it nestles pretty between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Goa is home to many chic hotels and resorts with contemporary facilities and services. Panaji is the capital city of Goa. Goa is internationally admired for its beaches, world heritage architecture, rich flora and fauna.

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