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Panaji is the small capital city of Indian state of Goa. Located on the left bank of the River Mandovi, the lively city is placed on the island of Tiswadi. The administrative capital of Goa, it still bears evidence of Portuguese colonialism. The city is inhabited by the Goanese people, who speak English, Hindi, Konkani and Marathi. Christianity is one of the dominant religions followed in the region. 

Owing to its huge historical and cultural legacy and good quality of living, Panaji has attracts tourists and expats from around the world. There are different types of accommodation options available including apartments, houses, villas etc. You can choose any according to your need and budget.

The city has an interesting mix of ancient and contemporary structures. There are Latin style red-roofed houses as well as modern houses and complexes, well-laid and maintained gardens, captivating statues and avenues lined with acacia and gulmohar trees.

The church on the main square, the cobbled streets, the Baroque architecture, the sprawling villas and other interesting buildings and structures give Panaji a unqiue atmosphere.

Panaji's neighbourhoods

Panaji has some well- organised neighbourhoods that includes localities like Anjuna, Candolim, Caranzalem, Dona Paula,Patton, Ponda, Porvorim and others.

The rental price in each of these localities vary depending on the type of accommodation. Dona Paula has emerged as one of the most developed residential areas. Located in the suburbs of Panaji, it offers a wide array of contemporary apartments with all modern amenities. It is also a home to several hotels, tourists spots and educational institutes. Porvorim lies on the prime Mumbai-Goa highway and is another suburb neighbourhood of Panaji and is considered to be an upmarket area. Accommodation here is relatively more expensive than other parts of the city.

Caranzalem and Candolim are also good options. Located few kilometers from the prominent beaches of the city, here you will find various accommodations that include well-furnished homes.

Anjuna is popular with expats as it offers an exciting melange of restaurants, cafes, organic food stores, ayurveda massage and meditation places.

Well-known places in Panaji

The city has some majestic and mesmerising churches that attract many tourists. The popular churches are:

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception church is the first church established in Goa. Sitting over a small hill, the church was initially set up as a chapel.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO and is one of the finest examples of the areas baroque architecture.

Se Cathedral is the largest church in India and also one of the largest churches in Asia. The church is devoted to Catherine of Alexandria.

Apart from these prominent churches and cathedrals, there are also other interesting places and buildings like 18th June Road, Mala area, Miramar beach, Dr.Salim Ali Bird sanctuary and Kala Academy cultural centre.

Rent prices

Rental market in Panaji is diverse. However, due to the presence of tourists in the region, the rent prices are generally quite high.So, if you are planning for a budget stay, you better look for accommodation that is far from the main city.

You will need an average of INR 9,500 per month for a single-bedroom apartment in the city-center and an average of INR 8,000 per month for the same type of accommodation in the outskirts. For a three-bedroom apartment, count an average of INR 35,000 per month in the city-center and an average of INR 25,000 per month in the outskirts.

You can also try other options like villas and studio apartments, available in Panaji.

Searching for accommodation in Panaji

Holiday accommodation in hotels and resorts is more easily available due to the constant influx of tourists in the region. However, if you are planning for a longer stay then it’s better to search for long-term rental in the city.

Start by browsing offers on the Internet. You are likely to find apartments and houses at affordable rates. Note that word-of-mouth can also help if you have friends or contacts on the spot. You can also register with a real estate agency and enjoy better chances of finding accommodation as per your criteria and budget.

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