Campal is a town situated approximately at a distance of 4 km (2.5 mi) from Panjim came to be known as "Campal" named after 'Campal de Dom Manuel', after "Father of Panjim", Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro who developed it as a commercial area in 1830.The area divided into residential and commercial parts actually starts from the end of the medical college and the road that leads you to Campal is now called ‘Dayanand Bandodkar Marg’, named after the death of first Chief Minister of Goa.

As you get to Campal, on the road opposite to the river, there is a big old cannon to the left side that measures about four meters long. In the year 1512, in attempting to capture Goa, it was guarded by Ismail Adil Khan. Just a bit further is a garden in which there is a statue built in 1929 of Francisco Luis Gomes who was a representative in the Cortes, the ‘Lisbon Parliament’ and also the former best advocate not only for Goa but for India too.


Campal is now a place in Goa that has everything under one roof. There is the famous Kala Academy,[1] a cultural centre that has lovely indoor and outdoor auditoriums. The recently held IFFI (International Film Festival of India) was held here. A bit further one can find a gymkhana that is surrounded by a huge playground. It has various sports facilities like physical training for boys and ladies, indoor games, swimming pools, outdoor games etc. Campal Indoor Complex is a multi-purposed indoor stadium in Campal. The stadium is a home of Sports Authority of Goa.[2]

The super market "Magson" is just a few steps to the left. The expensive residential area is reached by taking the road left and the straight road leads you to the Miramar Circle. On the point is the Hindu-Christian Unity statue along with the statue of Afonso Albuquerque on the side and the famous Miramar beach follows on the right hand side. The Directorate of Health Services Goa and The Goa College of Architecture are also located in Campal. Various trade fairs and exhibitions also are often held at the Campal grounds. Also the famous INOX theater, a very large multiplex having four screens is conveniently located in Campal.


  1. "Kala Academy". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  2. "sportsauthority". Archived from the original on 8 October 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015.

The Campal

Origin of the name Panaji