Ideally located in the very heart of the Panjim’s Old Latin Quarters of the Fontainhas in Panjm, 10 minutes walk from the city centre, this Heritage Hotel makes a perfect place to explore Panjim by foot and visit the famous World Heritage Churches, Temples, Beaches and Casinos.
The baroque Church of Immaculate Conception, Municipal Garden, Adil Shah Palace, Chapel of St. Sebastain, Goa State Museum, Miramar Beach, Mahalaxmi Temple, Old Medical complex-Inox, Kala Academy, Campal Gardens and Maruti Temple are some of the landmark destinations that are worth a visit.
Distance of 12 km from Panjim Inn. Old Goa was once the Rome of the East and one of the 5 Great cities in the world. In the main square it has the chapel of St Catherine, Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral. Other sites worth a visit are Church of St Cajetan, Viceroys Arch, Capella De Monte, Museumn of Christian Art and St Augustine tower.From Old Goa you could proceed to a Spice plantation (either Sahakari(20 km) away or Pascoal(30 km) ) where you can have a traditional lunch, play with elephants and have a farm tour. You could then visit the temples of Ponda(Mangeshi where Lata Mangeshkar comes from and Shantadurga) or return back. Old Goa was part of the Old Conquests of the Portuguese and thus there is a greater Christian influence while Ponda was part of the New conquests and thus there is a greater Hindu influence. It is interesting to see the differences in culture across such a short distance. The Total distance covered for the day would be approximately 110 km and would cost you Rs 1900 in a non-ac small car Rs 2500 in a ac small car and Rs 3200 in a Innova.
After Old Goa you could return back and head to Baga Beach (25 Km from Old Goa, 12 Km from Panjim Inn) or Anjuna Beach.
You could also take the following detours from Old Goa:
A) Divar Island Detour: visit a picturesque island and the pretty church of our lady of Compassion, perched on a hill top with fabulous views.
B) Chorao Island detour: Drive to this picturesque island which also has the Salim Ali bird sanctuary.
Visit Fort Aguada (12 km from hotel), Candolim beach (another 2 km) and Anjuna Beach (another 12-km). You could also stop at Calangute/Baga on the way. If it is a Wednesday you could visit the flea market at Anjuna. If you are looking for quieter beaches then Morjim/Mandrem/Ashwem (about 25 km from hotel) would be a better bet. An alternative option is to visit the Houses of Goa museum at Porvorim/Succoro (8 Km from hotel) and then visit Baga/Anjuna. At Morjim/Ashwem, the La Plage restaurant with the boutiques of Jade Jagger, Aurobell , Kalyani, are well recommended by most guests.
Visit Goa Chitra Museum in Benaulim(45 km away) followed by lunch Zeebop on Utorda beach or Martins at Betalbatim.Zeebop is a shack right on the beach which serves good seafood and Martins is a very popular multicuisine restaurant.
Gallery Gitanjali,Velha Goa Galleria, Barefoot, Sascha’s store, Fusion Access, Fab India are popular Art Galleries/Boutiques. Zantyes for Cashew nuts.
Note: Heritage Walks can be organized on request. North Goa/South Goa tours can be organized on request as well as boat cruises.All such activities are outsourced to 3rd parties. Other customised Excursions can be organised on prior notice.
Disclaimer: All above activities are listed to purely facilitate a holiday in Goa. They are to carried out at your own risk and Welcomheritage Panjim Inn in no way will be responsible for any acts of omission/commission carried out by the third party operators.