Nestled on the Mandovi River, Panjim, or Panaji, is home to stunning colonial structures alongside modern houses. The famous Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (known for its Portuguese Baroque style), the Kala Academy (cultural academy) and Fontainhas (Goa’s Latin Quarter) are all located in this neighbourhood. Beyond the historical and cultural attractions, there are several pristine beaches within easy reach that add to its charm, including Miramar, Dona Paula and Bambolim. While you’re out exploring this neighbourhood, make sure to visit the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, which is located approximately four miles away from Panjim. It is home to several resident and migratory birds, making it a bird lover’s paradise.