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Attractions Around Altinho

When one visits Care and Compassion – Goa at Altinho one can visit many interesting places strewn all around this hill called Altinho. Below are some of the important places of tourist or visitor’s interest that could make an interesting day out after visiting the children at Compassion Home.
Altinho is a locality atop the hillock of Panaji (or Panjim), the state capital of India's smallest state Goa, which was a former Portuguese colony. In the past it has been considered an elite residential colony, with the State's chief minister's residence and the Archbishop's palace located here. Altinho is home to Panaji's All India Radio station, Mushtifund school, Bombay High Court, Chief Minister’s Bungalow, Portugal Consulate, Circuit House, Doordarshan TV Center, Dhempe College of Arts, Nirmala Teachers Training College, Government Polytechnic College, Mahalaxmi Temple,Boca de Voca Spring and Bishop’s Palace.
It is also home to a sprawling set of quarters for government servants, and homes allotted to ruling party politicians.


While visiting the Care & Compassion Children’s Home, one cannot miss the Portuguese Consulate’s Office in Altinho. The present Consul General is Dr. António José Marques Sabido Costa. The main services provided here are Visa Assistance and Guidelines to getting a Portuguese Passport for Goans by heritage.  Parwati - H. No. 38 and 39, Fr. Agnelo Road, Altinho, Panjim-403001-Goa, India. For more information please visit



Goa’s Latin Quarter “Fontainhas” derived from the word ‘Fonte Phoenix’ lies to the south of St. Tome. It houses a small chapel dedicated to St. Sebastian, built in 1818. Fontainhas is the most characteristic centre of old Panaji. Its summons up a wand with narrow winding streets and quaint houses still having a legendary Goan charm.



The High Court of Bombay at Goa is a part of one of the Premiere High Courts in the Country. High Court Jurisdicature at Bombay which is common High Court for States of Maharastra, Goa and union territories Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.



The Goa Kala Academy established in 1969 is the prime institution for promotion of art and culture in the state. It functions in collaboration with more than 100 institutions.The Kala Academy complex situated on the bank of river Mandovi provides facilities for art education, performance and development. The complex includes an open air auditorium of capacity 2500, a closed air conditioned of capacity 1000, two mini-theatres, black box with modern recording facilities, full -fledged library of music (tapes and discs) and books, art gallery and works



Located in the heart of the city is the Church Square or Municipal Garden with the Portuguese Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, originally built in 1541.


The road development near Campal Children’s Garden is directly related to IFFI and it is intended to make its match with the ambience of the Kala Academy, the Multiplex at Old GMC and the Mandovi River Water front. Excelling place for a cool soothing walk by the Mandovi waterfront. Well lit during the night.


Altinho is the site of the "Bishop's palace" and is the residence of the Archbishop of Goa. Its construction was begun in 1886 and completed in 1894. It was constructed to reflect the elevation of the Archbishop to a patriarch. It has an impressive coat of arms at its entrance that belongs to Goa's  first Patriarch, Dom Antonio Sebastio  Valente.


Called Panjim by the Portuguese, Panaji, which means "the land that does not flood" is the state capital of Goa. Unlike many capital cities, Panaji has a distinct unhurried character. It is situated on the southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the more charming Panaji.


A special, evening river cruise tour along the River Mandovi from Panaji is quite popular amongst the tourists for watching the sunset from the river itself. Snacks and drinks are also available on the cruise with a live display of Konkani and Portuguese dances accompanied by folk singers in traditional Goan costume.


One of the pleasures of Goa is that you can travel on one of its ferries on the many rivers of Goa.  These huge machines of metal transfer people, bikes, cars and even trucks to the other side of the river at a leisurely pace. Presently use of the ferry’s is free.


29 kms from Dabolim Airport. This is the biggest ever building complex of the Government of Goa The Government Secretariat is located on a hillock plateau over looking Mandovi River along the National Highway No. 17 at Porvorim in the Village of Penha- de-France in Bardez Taluka.The plot admeasuring 54,250 sq.m of land at a cost of the building is Rs. 1 Crore 15 Lakhs. The foundation stone of the project was laid on 22nd January, 1994 by Late Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India.


It is close to Mahalaxmi Temple in the Heart of Panaji city. The spring water is said to have Medicinal Properties. "Boca de Voca” is a Portuguese name meaning Mouth of a Cow. The glass flooring is an attraction to see the fishes and the natural spring flowing.


Across the Mandovi River linking Panjim with the north goa beaches Betim is the fishing and boat-building village. There is a ferry that shuttles to Panjim's old steamer jetty. The village is inundated with traffic during day. Here you will find a small Sikh temple or Gurudwara, whose gleaming white Mogul domes and saffron pennant are visible from opposite shore.


Miramar (Gaspar Dias) is 3 kms from Panaji. A lovely golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea, is the nearest to Panaji. Miramar is almost part of Panaji. It is one of the most popular beaches of Goa India. If you wish to watch the sunset from Panaji then the best location would be this beach, which is fifteen minutes' walk along the riverfront avenue called Dayanand Bandodker Marg. Miramar is an urban beach where the Mandovi River meets the Arabian Sea. It is not a safe beach to swim. There is a strong undercurrent.


A little further, opposite the Panaji Police station, is Azad Maidan (freedom fighters park). The unkempt-pillared memorial in the park originally housed the statue of Albuquerque, now has a black stone memorial of Dr. Cristao de Braganza, one of Goa’s most respected freedom fighters.


This is the oldest surviving building in Panaji today. It is also known as Idalcao's palace, "Idalcaon" being the Portuguese corrupted word for Adil Shah Khan, the Sultan of Bijapur. This is built on the site of the Adil Shah palace by the Mandovi river. It was a fortress initially, and then the palace of viceroy's of Goa for a short while from 1759 to 1918.In 1918, the viceroy moved to Cabo Raj Niwas in Dona Paula. Post liberation, It has housed Goa's Secretariat, legislative assembly and other  important government offices. The Legislative assembly has since moved to its new location across the Mandovi.


Inox Leisure Limited, has a four-screen multiplex in Goa The Inox multiplex is built in an area of 40,000 sq ft. It was completed in a record time of 180 days – from excavation to commissioning. It is adjacent to the 150-year-old Old Goa Medical College building facing the picturesque river Mandovi. The four-screen multiplex has 1,272 seats and each auditorium features wall-to-wall, stadium-style seating to enhance viewing with reclining seats


A kilometre away and perched on the Altinho hillock overlooking the Mandovi River is the temple of Sri Maruti, which is equally patronised by the city dwellers. The Maruti Zatra in the month of February draws large crowds of devotees from far and near.

Sunaparanta Centre of Arts

Sunaparanta-Goa Centre for the Arts is a non-profit arts education initiative of Dattaraj V. Salgaocar. It has the following broad aims and objectives: to preserve the artistic and legacies of Goa, to encourage, sponsor and promote innovative work in the visual arts, to serve as a bridge between the Goan art community and the national and international art communities and, most importantly, to provide resource support to art students and others interested in art. Sunaparanta is conveniently located in the picturesque Altinho hills of Panjim where residents and visitors to Goa can benefit from a year-long schedule of arts activities and exhibitions.

Nirmala Teacher Training Institute

The Nirmala Institute of Education Panaji Goa, a Secondary Teacher Education College was established in 1963 by the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary in reply to the then pressing need for trained teachers in post liberation Goa. 
The main objective of the Nirmala Institute of Education at that time was to make available the instructive bases for edifying expansion through formal teacher education.

In 1985 it was affiliated to the newly established Goa University. Forty-six years from its commencement the College continues to serve the community with dedication. 
It offers a variety of courses in teaching Through the College, efforts have always been made to conscientize the Teacher-trainees and make them aware of the religious, social and economic situation of the Country. 

Nirmala Institute of Education moves  ahead in the prime endeavour to instill a sense of vocation in teachers and professionals in allied fields; to empower them to achieve their highest potential through a spirit of assurance to standards of merit and to nuture extensive values that will lead to social revolution in the local, national and global context.

Government Polytechnic at Altinho

Government Polytechnic, Panaji, is one of the foremost Technical Institutes in the state of Goa. It offers AICTE approved Diploma Programmes in various streams and aims to provide Quality Technician Education to meet the requirements of the changing educational scenario. 

The Institute was set up in August 1963, with three disciplines namely Civil, Mechanical and Electrical with 40 seats in each disciplines. Prior to this period this Institution was known as 'Escola de Industrial e Commercial' under the Portuguese rule and certificate courses were conducted in different vocations.

After the Liberation of Goa the Institute of 'Escola de Industrial e Commercial' was upgraded to the Polytechnic status. It was shifted to the spacious campus at the picturesque Altinho hill in 1968. Initially it was affiliated to the Board of Technical Examinations, Maharashtra state. Since 1988 it is under the Board of Technical Education, Goa.

Goa Doordarshan at Altinho

Doordarshan Kendra Panaji, Goa is part of the DD India, the largest television network in the world.

In 1982 Doordarshan Kendra Panaji with 1 KW Transmitter started relaying DD programmes in Goa. 

In 1986 the transmitter was upgraded to 10 KW covering entire Goa. 
In 1990 DDK Panaji with PGF status started local programmes telecast for a duration of 30 minutes from Monday to Friday

All India Radio at Altinho

Altinho is a residential area, it is a home to Panaji's All India Radio station (whose precursor was the famed Emissora de Goa radio station of Portuguese times). All India Radio (AIR), officially known since 1956 as Akashvani (ākāshavānī literally Sky's Voice), is the radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati. Established in 1930,[2] it is the sister service of Prasar Bharati's Doordarshan, the national television broadcaster. All India Radio is one of the largest radio networks in the world. Its headquarters is at the Akashvani Bhavan in New Delhi. Akashvani Bhavan houses the Drama Section, the FM Section and the National Service. Doordarshan Kendra (Delhi) offices are also located on the sixth floor at Akashvani Bhavan.

Dempo College of Altinho

S. S. Dempo College of Commerce & Economics, Altinho, Panaji Goa, established in 1966 by the Goa Education Society, under the Chairmanship of Shri. Vasantrao S. Dempo, a leading industrialist of Goa, is the oldest and the most highly reputed institution for undergraduate commerce education (B.Com). Presently managed by the Dempo Charities Trust, Panaji, led by the dynamic scion of the Dempo family, Mr. Shrinivas Dempo and the trustees Ms. Pallavi Dempo and Shri. Vishwasrao Dempo, the college is all set to blaze new frontiers in academic and co-curricular excellence under the proven leadership of Principal, Dr. Radhika S. Nayak and the dedicated services of the Vice-Principal, Nikhil Varerkar and members of the teaching, administrative and support staff.

First Chief Minister of Goa's Residence

There is another fine example of Goan architecture ahead of you. It has a double hipped roof, indigenously crafted eavesboards, a yellow ochre front facade and windows which are outlined in white. These are typical features of the Goan houses built from the middle of the 18th century to the time when Goa was liberated from Portuguese Rule.
Walk straight up to the house on your right. This is the residence of Goa’s former, Chief Minister, Mrs. Shashikala Kakodkar, daughter of the illustrious Dayanand Bandodkar, Goa’s first Chief Minister. Notice the depiction of Goan performing artists on the Mild Steel grill on the windows. The lions on the gateposts could be traced to the Kadamba period in Goa. The sign on the gate still reads D B Bandodkar in the Art Deco style lettering of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The late Dayanand Bandodkar was known to be a great patron of arts and crafts. 

The current Chief Ministers official residence is close by too The bungalow is a rather curious mix of Indian and American Art Deco and Goan indigenous architecture .

Joggers Park at Altinho Hill

Best place to jog in the mornings as its really cool up here high on the Altinho Hill.... And best place to chill with friends or your loved ones in the evening as its an amazing environment up here. 

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