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Agonda Beach – An unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches

Agonda Beach – An unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches

 

AGONDA BEACH

An unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches

 

If you have heard that the best places to visit in Goa, exist only in the north… you have heard it all wrong – or rather say you haven’t heard about a place called – Agonda Beach at all. Have you?
Agonda Beach is ranked no. 4 in the top 10 Asia Beaches published by TripAdvisor. They have also ranked Palolem Beach Goa as No. 8 in the same list, its just 5 kms away from Agonda Beach.
Agonda beach is an ideal destination for people who love their own company and are in search of tranquillity and peace – a perfect calm, long pristine stretch of beach with none of the notorious Goan nightlife trail.

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One would surely term it as, an unspoilt jewel in the crown of Goan beaches. For your information, it is one of the only four beaches designated as turtle nesting sites under the Coastal Regulation Zone 2011 notification.

 

How to reach here?
 
This beach is located about 37 kms from Margao. From the airport (Dabolim) it is about a 90-minute drive away. If, you are in the south and intend taking a bus ride, you will need to arrive at the main Margao Bus Stand (KTC) and board a bus heading to Canacona, which will take around an hour’s time. If you want to avoid crowded buses and the so called bus hassles, you can hire a taxi or cab and head to the destination. P.S.: The taxis/cabs may burn a hole in your pockets! might cost you around Rs 1800.
 
Stay at Agonda beach is also diverse, from uber-luxury villas on the beach, to guesthouses, to very basic beach huts, to rooms in fishermen’s houses – No worries at all!
Palolem INNGOA Holiday Home is not too far away from this beach, we recommend this property for a comfortable stay.

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The stunning ivory-coloured cove of the beach makes it a perfect getaway for tourists to just sit back and enjoy the sight of surging sea waves from the seashore, an amazing destination for solitude and a completely relaxed vacation.
 
The dawn walks along the gorgeous 3 km coastline will leave a pleasant mark in your mind, you will witness sights that will indeed behold your eyesight – tourists jogging, some of them going for swims, the fishermen merrily enjoying their catch for the day, and plenty more.
 
Having relatively few tourists or for that matter, less crowd, it serves as a great spot for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming.
 
This isn’t it, there are some local fishermen that take you on boat tours to dolphin areas or close islands nearby.
 
If you are here, make sure you visit these places too:
 
  • Cabo da Rama fort located close to the beach, a beautiful fort and a popular tourist attraction. Built by the Portuguese, stands tall and still on the hill. The fort isn’t the only attraction – dig a little deeper – inside the fort stalls an outstanding church called as Santo Antonio. Standing on this tall hill, one can get a panoramic view of the sea and the entire place.
  • Shiva Yoga Centre – Love yoga? The yoga centre located close to the beach offers courses under the guidance of Swami Shivanadji (yoga teacher). This place also offers accommodation, if you love silhouette and meditation, you will surely fall in love with this place.
  • The Rock Formations – This place offers nothing great yet simply breath-taking place to view the sunset from. Click a pic as the sun takes a dip in the sea and bids adieu.
  • Shiv Mandir– A famous religious destination for Hindus. Also, among the ancient temples in Goa. Domestic as well as local tourists flock here in large numbers. The Shiv Mandir is open on all days for darshan from morning 5am to 8 pm.
After all the sightseeing, your stomach is sure to cry, run for food:
 
Although a remote area, you will find an array of food destinations here, offering you yummylicious delicacies.
 
To mention a few tasty eateries are Rico’s, Blue Planet Cafe, Nature Organic, Agonda White Sand Restaurant, Simrose, Arabian Nights, La Dolce Vita Restaurants.
 
We have described the beach in brief – it has to offer more than what is written in these 2 pages, hence, Goa’s Agonda beach is named as India’s best and the fourth in Asia by travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Beaches.
 
Share your experience with us – We wish you build a castle on memories when on visit to this beach!
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Benaulim Beach – The Place to unwind on a holiday

Benaulim Beach – The Place to unwind on a holiday

Benaulim Beach – The Place to unwind on a holiday

One can just laze the day off soaking in the sun. It gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being in Goa. Benaulim beach is the beach to be, when you just want to relax. Eating joints nearby offer you snacks and drinks as and when preferred and you don’t even have to bother about getting up from your comfort zone for such things because there are assistants roaming about through whom you can place the orders and the food or drink is brought to you where you are seated. Here you can simply lie on the sand and finally get up with a beautiful tan. Benaulim beach still has the Portuguese influence. This beach in Goa starts where Colva beach ends. The best thing about Benaulim beach is that it is still rather undiscovered by domestic tourists even though it is a famous beach for fishing. This beach gets fairly crowded in the evenings and on weekends

Benaulim is an atmospheric fishing and rice-farming village situated between coconut groves and paddy fields on the main coast road from Colva to Mobor.

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It is an ideal place to unwind on holiday and the seafood in the restaurants and beach shacks is superb and very good value for money. The long beach with its brilliant white sand, churning surf, beach shacks, traditional outrigger fishing boats and glorious sunsets is breathtaking. The local people are very friendly and helpful. It is a town of immense natural beauty, located along the scenic south Goa coastline. Folklore has it that Lord Parashurama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu, shot an arrow from the Sahyadri mountains in adjacent konkan; the arrow (Baan in Sanskrit) landed at the site of this present-day town. Thus it was known as Banahalli or Banavalli (the village of the arrow) before the advent of the Portuguese. Ancient Banavalli had a magnificent temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati,known as Katyayani Baneshvar ruins, of which can be still found in the village. The deities were shifted to Aversa in Northern Kanara (modern Uttara Kannada) in the 16th century.

Some of the hotels one can find around Benaulim are: Furtados Beach House is located exactly on the famous Benaulim Beach In South Goa. Joecons beach resort is built on a 9,000 sq. mts, surrounded by lush paddy fields in the quaint village of Benaulim. Joecons is where you can enjoy a relaxing getaway. Lotus Resort is a home away from home for the visitors to Goa. And is Strategically located in close proximity to the beautiful Benaulim beach. Overlooking the mighty Arabian Sea, The Taj Exotica is one of the best 5-star properties in Goa.

Beach shacks offer great sea food, traditional Indian food, and lots of Beer, along with cocktails. There are open-air eateries serving seafood and Portuguese dishes. Beach Bonanza fair starts from mid of April and held on consecutive Sundays. Visitors can enjoy various activities at this Beach Bonanza Fair. Apart from the seafood, you can also catch up with some water activity. The main water-sports in Benaulim beach are dolphin and crocodile spotting. Adventure lovers can also enjoy Para sailing or jet-skiing. Wind surfing, boating, banana boat rides, skiing and rowing are few water sports that you can indulge in. It is among the beast beaches as for as fishing is concerned. Few private companies organizes full day Paradise Island Trip, which includes food and beverages; underwater snorkeling and fishing.

Two of the Major Tourist Attractions are Nossa Senhora de Merces( Our Lady of Mercy) Church and the Church of St John the Baptist.

Nossa Senhora de Merces is famous for its annual religious event Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus) since the 17th century. The Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa’s most popular feasts and a huge fair is organised on this auspicious occasion. The Church of St. John The Bapist celebrates on arrival of the monsoon the feast of St John the Baptist (Sao Joao) as a thanksgiving. Young men wearing crowns of leaves and fruits tour the area singing for gifts. To commemorate the movement of St John when he was in his mother’s womb and visited by Mary, the mother of Jesus, the young men of this village jump in the wells.

Eating and drinking in huts, shacks and restaurants are the main nightlife of Benaulim beach. Enjoying loud music, drinking chill beer and parties can be seen at night. Occasionally, people enjoy with their guitar at the shacks.

Shopping complexes are yet to be developed but one can enjoy visit to trinket shops and drink stalls on the beach to buy artefacts, antiques and gifts. The beach provides a natural landscape and makes the surroundings absolutely photogenic. The tall swaying palm trees, the blue ocean, the golden sands, the wooden boats scattered at strategic places, all make this beach a scene out of Paradise. Occasionally you may find hawkers, fruit sellers, wandering masseurs, roaming on the beach. The Benaulim beach is also popular because people can easily go swimming here as the water is free of jellyfish and other hazards.

You can look forward to a perfect beach setting with acres of silvery sands and cool breeze that take you to a different world of rest and repose until the sound of the sea waves crashing into the shores brings you back. The beach looks even prettier at night with the starlit sky and gentle moonlight lending the place a truly exotic look. A candle light dinner amidst the setting is an excellent add-on to the perfect vacation.

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Bogmalo Beach – Pride of Vasco

Bogmalo Beach – Pride of Vasco

Bogmalo Beach – Pride of Vasco

Which place serves as the main hub for tourists visiting the state of Goa? There is no competition there. Vasco takes home the prize. The town lies on  the western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, at the mouth of the Zuari River, about 30 km from Panjim and 5 km from the Dabolim Airport. Vasco is the only city in Goa which is well connected by road (national highway 17A), rail (south western railway), sea (Mormugao harbour) and air (Dabolim airport).

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View of Bogmalo beach

Being such a well known and well connected city, it should have something to boast about. Bogmalo beach is their pride. Located 8 km from Vasco and 5 km from Dabolim airport, you can reach there by cab. It is not any other beach, it receives a large number of tourists every year and yet you can maintain your privacy and enjoy the peace and quiet. The most attractive thing about this beach is the sunset. The yellow orange tinged sun with a pinkish hue, dipping at the horizon is a sight you cannot miss in this lifetime. Well if you are in an adventurous mood, you can enjoy facilities like para sailing, surfing, swimming, water skiing. You will also be able to enjoy riding in regattas (type of boat for races) that keep floating in large numbers.

Bogmalo originally was a small fishing hamlet but now is a growing tourist hub. Many locals in  the village depend upon fishing for their livelihood. This can evidently be seen from the large number of fishing boats that are lined up along the beach. So Bogmalo sports a mixture of serenity and commercialism, splashed with simple beauty where one can happily lose oneself.

One of the first diving and scuba centres have opened up close to Bogmalo. For the experienced diver, this offers a chance to go scuba diving at one of Indias first centres on the west coast. Also, the Naval Aviation Academy is a stone throw away and offers a beautiful narration of the history of Indian Naval Aviation and its evolution over the years. Or you can just walk along the beach and browse among the kashmiri handicrafts that are sold here and take back home a trinket to remember us by. There is so much to do here where one can indulge in one of the many activities.

So much activity would make anyone hungry. You can dine at any one of the hotels that are lined along the beach if you are on a tight budget. But if you’re here to be pampered, then Bogmalo Beach Resort will live up to your expectations. It is located 10 mins away from the airport, so it is convenient if you are travelling. It accommodates an outdoor pool, a spa tub and a fitness facility. This 4 star resort features business amenities including a business center, a conference room and audio visual equipment.several other amenities are provided like a casino, a game room, event catering, etc.

So come to Bogmalo to ‘swim’ away from all your tension. Quality time can be spent with family, friends and loved ones. Surely a tour of the Bogmalo beach will be etched in your memory for a very long time.

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Miramar Beach – Viewing the sea

Miramar Beach –  Viewing the sea

Miramar Beach –  Viewing The Sea

 

A 2 km long coast of excellent, soft silvery sand bed, a mesmerizing vast blue sea in front of it, the Miramar Beach is a beautiful expanse of fine golden sands girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea. Miramar beach is the sort of beach where you sit down and watch the sunset in its entire splendour. 

miramar-beach-in-goa3Miramar is the beach area of the Goan capital of Panjim. The city is a 15 minute walk away. It was originally named Porta de Gaspar Dias by the Portuguese and the name was then later changed to Miramar. Situated at the confluence of the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea, it is a small beach that occasionally hosts some events. There are several educational institutions in the surrounding vicinity, including Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Padmashree Vasantrao Dempo Higher Secondary School of Arts and Science and Sharada Mandir High School. One can reach Miramar beach within minutes from Panaji. Buses are available for Panaji. One can also hire taxis or bikes.

The word ‘Miramar’ in Portuguese stands for viewing the sea. The beach is lined with a thick covering of palm trees that provide an exotic look to the beach. One can always take a long walk under the shady trees and relax on the beach. The main attraction of the Miramar Beach in Goa is that it is the favorite place of the migratory birds.  Owing to its location on the migration routes of several species of migratory birds, bird watching is a popular activity at the beach. Popular species of the migratory birds such as Plovers and Gulls arrive at the destination for their favorable climatic conditions, during winter season.

 

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The beach commands a panoramic view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River. The multi-cuisine stalls next to the beach are a treat to the locals as well as the tourist. It is very much commercialized with a large number of hotels like Goa Marriott Resort and Spa and restaurants like Pan Asian Bowl in close proximity to the beach. There are a lot of shopping centers and tourist destinations around the beach too.

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A Roman structure at the entrance gives it a very artistic look. At Miramar beach, one can get pleasure and satisfaction with some interesting activities like fishing, bird watching, shopping, strolling around and taking leisurely walks alongside the seaside. Watersports like scuba diving, jet skiing, water surfing and fishing can be enjoyed.  It is not a safe beach to swim due to strong undercurrents. One can go for some special shows and entertainment functions at the Kala Academy or visit some Offshore Casinos too.

All in all it’s a great place for the honey-mooners, family or the elderly. The soft sand of the beach makes it perfect for evening walks. Make sure you take a stroll during the night as the Miramar beach looks magical on a moonlit night when the silver sand beds are said to sparkle in the moonlight.

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Dona Paula Jetty – The Lover’s Paradise

Dona Paula Jetty – The Lover’s Paradise

Dona Paula Jetty – The Lover’s Paradise

The Lovers Paradise – as it is called, Dona Paula Jetty is located on the beautiful and famous sea stretch that spans from Panjim, Miramar and Dona Paula. A thrilling breeze blows over this place and the view is very scenic.  This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea. It provides a magnificent view of the Mormugao harbor. Dona Paula Jetty is nestled on a rocky, hammer shaped headland.

This former fishing village has now become a commercialized location for beach resorts and restaurants but it carries with it an aura both romantic and mythical. Dona Paula was the daughter of Amaral de Menezes. On January 31, 1656 she married Dom Antonio Souto Maior and came to be knows as Dona Paula Menezes e Souto Maior. She performed many acts of charity. The village of oddavel came to be known Dona Paula after her death in 1682.
Dona Paula jetty is only 7 kms away from Panjim and one can get here either by a cab or bus. Buses are available at regular intervals from Panaji’s Kadamba Bus Stand. The Dona Paula-Mormugao Harbor Ferry takes passengers across the bay, every day of the week between the months of October and May.

Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravels the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc. Other water sports like boating, para-sailing, yachting, swimming, wind surfing and fishing are also available in the area. It is an ideal spot to relax and sunbathe. The exquisite seashore of Dona Paula beach is long stretches of silver white sand and has an excellent view of the waterfront. If you wish to pick up some local knick-knacks, stroll up to the beachside stalls hawking an impressive range of straw hats, lace handkerchiefs, spices, Feni, port wine and some exotic locally made liquor. There are some decent seafood restaurants like ‘Sea Pebble’ near the beach where you can stop for a hearty lunch and unwind after a day of sun-soaking. 

The Dona Paula monument is located on a small islet, linked to the mainland by a small bridge and a quay. Also on the islet is the “Belvedere”, a Greco – Roman type of structure, from where one can view the Arabian Sea and the River Zuari. There are twin sculptures of a man and a woman on the rocks at the Dona Paula jetty. These sculptures are the creation of an artist, A German baroness named Yrsa Von Leistner in memory of Mr. and Ms. Robert Knox.
Some tourist attractions of Dona Paula are the National Institute of Oceanography, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (where you can spot both migratory and local birds) and the Cabo Fort. For ethnic handicraft and jewelry one can visit the Indian Arts Emporium.

Apart from enjoying the great view from atop the hillock, you can simply relax in benches enjoying the evening sea breeze and sunset. So watch the difference in the water color. See the Arabian sea far into the horizon. And make sure you sip the refreshing lemon drink the locals sell.

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Vagator Beach – A scenic beauty

Vagator Beach – A scenic beauty

Vagator Beach – A Scenic Beauty

 

The lush greenery all around, the swaying palms and aquamarine water of the Arabian Sea of Vagator Beach takes your breath away. Vagator beach resembles a crescent as it meets the Chapora estuary. This beach boasts of white sand that are beautifully contrasted with black rocks. The soft white sands, the black lava rocks, the coconut palms, the lush green landscape, nature playing its own music, and the sea turning from aquamarine to emerald green is how Vagator is usually described.

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Vagator the view from the top

 

Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. Vagator is located approximately a one hour drive from the Dabolim Airport. The nearest railway station is at Tivim. Vagator is at a distance of 9 km from Mapusa, and 22 km far from the state capital Panaji. There are frequent buses to Panaji and Mapusa from Vagator.

vagator beach google picVagator Beach is split into two main beaches by a seaside headland which holds the car park and lots of stalls selling trinkets, clothes, soft drinks and snacks. As you face the sea, on your right is North Vagator Beach (Big Vagator) and on your left Ozran Beach, more commonly known as Little Vagator Beach.  The secluded and incredibly beautiful beach is the “Little Vagator” and is a short walk away from Big Vagator. At Little Vagator, down a steep path, is the stone sculpture of Shiva (an artwork of anonymous sculptor from the hippie era.) Beautiful and often fairly quiet, Big Vagator is perhaps best appreciated for the Chapora Fort, where stunning views of the surrounding coast makes the climb a must!

Vagator Beach has dramatic red cliffs looking down on the shore and two fresh water springs within a stone’s throw of the sea. Vagator is a relaxed, comparatively undeveloped resort that appeals to travelers with time on their hands.

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The lush greenery all around the beach and the swaying palms

 

 

Vagator Beach is close to a variety of hotels, with choices such as The Banyan Soul and Casa Palacio Siolim House Hotel. The other attraction at Vagator is the Portuguese built Chapora fort.  It was built in 1717, which was later taken twice from the Portuguese by the Marathas. Climb up for the sweeping coastal views. Vagator Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in North Goa. Lined with palm trees and secluded coves, it’s very laid back – at least during the day. At night, it comes to life with parties. There are a number of places playing to a dance & trance crowd during the tourist season. These include: Nine Bar located just above Little Vagator, Hilltop (a little back from Little Vagator) and Primrose back towards Big Vagator beach.

 

Vagator’s calm surf makes it perfect for swimming. It is also much less developed than Candolim and Calangute beaches. There are also Watersports Activities like banana boat rides, Para-sailing, scuba diving, speed boat rides.

 

The two fresh water bubbling springs just near the shore make for a spectacular sight. One is located close to the North Vagator Beach and the other is located on Ozrant Beach.  A desultory collection of ramshackle farmhouses and picturesque old Portuguese bungalows scattered around a network of leafy lanes, the Vagator village is entered at the east via a branch off the Mapusa Road. Take a walk in the tranquil surroundings of Vagator village.

Spend some time on the cliffs overlooking the beach for a spectacular view. Sunsets on Vagator are beautiful, and the rocky headlands make for a dramatic sea scape. Enjoy a walk on the beach, as the sun goes down.

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Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen

Luis Marino Gomes Road, Calangute, India
Cuisines: European
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Business, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
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Pousada by the Beach
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Cuisines: Indian, Continental, Contemporary, Bar
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

All Resorts Mentioned are walkable distance to beach, along with good hotel staff and food.

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The Golden Palms Hotels and Spa

This place is exquisitely designed and has a class of its own. It manages to shun out the hustle bustle of the extremely crowded Calangute area but is still within a very accessible distance from the beach. Set in proper Modern amenites with kitchnett in rooms, this place is home away from home.

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Atlanta Beach Resort

Atlanta Beach Resort located at the secluded edge of the Calangute Beach, is the perfect place for a truly relaxing holiday in Goa. The Atlanta beach resort is just 500 mtrs away from Calangute beach in North Goa. Basic amenities include Air conditioner, TV with cable, Telephone with Direct Dialing STD ISD, Refrigerator, 24 Hrs Hot & Cold Water etc.

 

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Majorda Beach Goa

Majorda Beach Goa

Majorda Beach

 

 

Situated in the south of Goa, Majorda beach is one that will sweep you off your feet with its canopy of palm trees, soft white-sands, clear waters & mere bliss. I’ve been living here since a kid and trust me I love this place for its serenity and peaceful atmosphere. It is one of the most marvelous beaches in Goa that I know of & is located about of 8 kms from Margao, 5 kms from the ColvaBeach and 18 kms from Dabolim Airport. Majorda Beach is connected to Margao with an excellent network of roadways and it is not much of a task to find your way. It has been one of the most popular beaches of Goa, and its popularity lies in its serenity.majorda beach walk

Majorda Beach has a strong bearing upon the Indian mythology. It is believed as per the Ramayana that when Lord Rama was a child he was kidnapped and brought to Majorda. Then while in quest of his consort Sita, he came to the Cabo-de-Rama, which lies further down south.

 

The history of Majorda is noteworthy for its breads & bakes and also toddy. Here Jesuits discovered the best toddy of Goa who used it to leaven the bread. Even today the people of Majorda are known to be the best bakers of Goa; this was the place where the tradition of baking European style breads was started. Besides, the tourists can enjoy a wide variety of mouth-watering sea-food and Goan cuisine at the beach.

Fisherman watching the tide by the seashore at Majorda Beach

Another popular attraction in Majorda is the Mae De Deus Church. The Church was found in 1588 A.D. After being destroyed in 1738, it was rebuilt in 1739. There are also many chapels and crosses almost in every section of the village.,/p>

 

Coming back to the beach, there are various attractions for the tourist, such as taking a dip in the clear waters at the beach or just laying back and sunbathing. If visiting you can participate in water sports like jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, and etc. or go to explore nearby villages or simply relax on the beach and watch the sunset and enjoy the essence of freshness.

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At Majorda we also have a number of facilities to accommodate those visiting. Some of the most famous hotels and resorts are found here. You can find wide variety of luxury hotels and budget shelters. There are also plenty of heritage homes and locally constructed sun loungers available for hire which makes Majorda ideal for relaxing in comfort.

For all these reasons and despite its small size I love this place & I am sure if anyone visits here will instantaneously fall in love with it too. Majorda beach continues to attract many thousands of tourists to its shores each year and yet has maintained its beauty.

 

On an ending statement, Majorda beach can be regarded as one of Goa’s best kept secret, which is relatively unknown and offers visitors to Goa the paradise like surroundings they have come to experience. If in Goa for the peaceful need, it is a must to visit MajordaBeach.

 

By Train

The near­est rail­way sta­tion is in Majorda itself. But Margao is the main station, which is 11kms from Majorda.

 

By Bus

Fre­quent state buses go to and from other parts of Goa, but if you’re trav­el­ing a longer dis­tance, you need to change buses. A bus from Margao to the beach would costs around Rs.10–15.

 

By Taxi

Pre­paid taxi from Margao would be around Rs.200-300, depending on your bargaining skills.

 

 

 By Melissa Godinho

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Majorda Beach Resort

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Raj’s Pentagon Restaurant & Garden Pub
Cuisines: Goan, Indian, Chinese, Multi-Cuisine, European/Continental, Drinks & Beverage
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Landmark:Opposite Majorda Beach Resort
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Mandrem Beach

Mandrem Beach

Mandrem Beach is another beach in extreme north Goa’s Pernem taluka

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Colva Beach

Colva Beach

 Colva Beach – Spectacle of Sea, Sand & Sky

 

This beach is a spec­ta­cle of sea, sand and sky, the perfect blend of an enchant­ing nat­ural har­mony, weav­ing their magic spell on the vis­i­tors. It was known for its scenic beauty. This is part of Sal­cete, Goa’s only Catholic major­ity sub-district. Once a very hos­pitable area, now rela­tions are get­ting mon­e­tized thanks to tourism.

Its stretch is around 2.4 km; the beach consists of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms. It has been one of the famous beaches of Goa, and is a threat to those who want to have a lovely sunbathe and a peaceful relaxed moment. It is gradually changing pace with the century, so it has become noisy although still a beautiful beach to sit on. Recently in the 21st century, Colva has 3 subdivided beaches Colva beach which is the prime beach, Sunset beach (towards Betalbatim) which is less congested and then Baywatch beach (towards Benaulim at Sernabatim). Colva is approximately 8 kilometers from Margao and 40 kilometers from Panajim. The closest railway station is in Margao followed by Vasco da Gama. The airport is Dabolim Airport (GOI) at Vasco da Gama, Goa. The neighboring villages are Betalbatim and Benaulim,

Colva beach at sunset coconut treeIn the colonial days it used to be the resting area for Margao’s high society, who would visit Colva for their change of air. Today the area that is reminiscent of the luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class has the beautiful houses or villas that dot the village. While taking a stroll on the ColvaBeach, you have the beach shacks, water sports and various vendors. One can part-take in various beach activities or you could just enjoy the sun set in its mesmerizing hues.

Whilst Colva succumbs to the needs of tourism with all its attractions such as the water sports that is positioned on the beach front with paragliding and regular dolphin watching trips, Colva still maintains its local feel with its active fishing community. One will see fishermen bring in their haul in the early mornings and also have heaps of fish & fish nets drying along the road side.

As one enters Colva, you could say it is the Calangute of the south. At one point of time, Colva was merely an empty, peaceful & serene Beach, but now with the inflow of tourist Colva is becoming highly populated with Indian as well as International tourist. Once in Colva you will see various stalls, shops selling a variety of products, artifacts etc. You also find a variety of pubs, restaurants and food stalls all along the way right up to the beach offering various cuisines.

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Apart from the beach itself, the other main attraction for the tourists is the “Menino Jesus” statue at the local church of Our Lady of Mercy founded in 1630. The church lies in the village square. The church in Colva is famous for its annual religious event-Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus)-since the 17th century. The predominantly Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa’s most popular feasts and a big fair is held on the occasion at Colva. It is an event not to be missed if you are visiting during the period.Colva beach at sunset

Accommodation in Colva is not an issue as there are many options, from luxury hotels to motels to rooms, as per everyone wants. Though during the peak season it can really get crowded and along with that the rates also increase.

Colva is quite a spectacle, for those who prefer the quieter scenes, this is a perfect picnic spot.

By Train

The near­est rail­way sta­tion is Margao, which is 39kms from Colva.

 

By Bus

Fre­quent state buses go to and from other parts of Goa, but if you’re trav­el­ing a longer dis­tance, you need to change buses. A bus from Margao costs around Rs.10–15.

 

By Taxi

Pre­paid taxi from Margao would be around Rs.200-300, depending on your bargaining skills.

 

Rea­son­able accommodation

Take any road going towards the beach from the main road and find a bunch of places to sleep as you approach the beach. If you choose a smaller road you’re likely to find cheaper places.

 

 -Article By Melissa Godinho

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Mickey’s Restaurant
Cuisines: Indian
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch Spot, Dinner, After-hours
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49er’s
Facilities:Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Non Vegetarian
Also Serves:Goan, Indian, Italian, Seafood, Multi-Cuisine & North Indian
Popular dishes:Goan Desserts, Bebinca, Crab Lollipop, Tandoori Chicken, Lollipop Szechwan Sauce, Grilled Fish Seafood
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Kentuckee
Facilities:Parking Available, Take Away Counter, Serves Alcohol, Non Vegetarian
Also Serves:European/Continental, Goan, Indian, Seafood & Multi-Cuisine
Popular dishes:Red Snapper, Lobster Peri Peri
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Fishland
Food Type: Continental, Goan, Indian, Tandoori, Chinese
Price: Moderate Payment Methods: Cash Meal Type: Lunch, Dinner
Features: Large Group Friendly, Notable Beer List, Notable Wine List
Ambiance: Fine Dining, Open Air
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Jamies
Price range: ₹ 274 – ₹ 1,094
Cuisines: English, Steakhouse, Eclectic, International
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours

Selfia Guest House – Majorda Beach
Price range: ₹ 1000 – ₹ 1,200
Features:Fully Furnished Guest House, Available In A/c Or Non A/c,
500m from the Majorda Beach, In house Bar and Restaurant.
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All Resorts Mentioned are walkable distance to beach, along with good hotel staff and food.

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Star Beach Resort

Facilities: Crystal clear swimming pool, Fax/Telephones with direct facilities, In-House Generator, Travel Counter
– Ayurvedic Massage
– 100mtrs from the beach
Speciality: Namaz room & Halal Restaurant.

*No Alcohol Served*

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Colva Kinara Hotel
Tariff : Rs. 1,800 → 2,500

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Silver Sands Beach Resort
Tariff: Rs. 2,400 → 3,200

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Longuinhos Beach Resort, Colva
Tariff Rs. 2,000 → 4,000

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Soul Vacation
Tariff Rs. 7,400 → 8,000

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Golden Palms Hotel & Spa
Tariff Rs. upto 3,000

White House

Lucky Star hotel colva.

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Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

Soul-warming sun, plenty of white sand, palm trees, crystal clear blue water, and fragrant sea air is what Calangute beach is all about.

Bordered on the western coast of Goa, Calangute is India’s best known beach as a touristic destination. Popularized by the hippies in the 60’s including The Beatles who used to come to Calangute in the late sixties to rest and enjoy beach life, this luscious stretch of silvery sand is considered as Goa’s most beautiful and The Queen of all beaches. An ultimate destination to spend the most exquisite experience of one’s life, Calangute sees an influx of charter tourists, as well as low budget tourists and backpackers year after year. Before the place saw a number of British and European tourists, but now, it is the Israelis and The Russians who are profiled as a growing proportion of the international tourists in Goa.

In addition to swimming and sunbathing, beach goers here can para sail, water-ski, windsurf, snorkel and water-scooter while the kids can build castles in the sand. Calangute, 15 km north of Panaji, also has the tourist swarming for the countless shacks and picturesque huts that serve food on the beach. The cuisine of Goa is heavily influenced by four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism. While authentic Goan food eaten by the locals is extremely fiery, the food served at these shacks are less spicy keeping the `taste’ of tourists in mind. Most popular are the seafood dishes. From prawns to kingfish, lobster and squid, all are fresh and always available. Other popular local food is vegetarian Thalli, Balchao (fish in spicy, red sauce), Xacuti (meat or chicken cooked with coconut), Vindaloo (spicy pork curry), Sorpatel (spicy pork dish), Reichado (fish stuffed with spicy sauce), Fish Curry (the national dish) and Bebinca (sweet cake made from coconut pancakes).

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But, whether you are looking for delightful cocktails in simple beach shacks, chic trendy lounges, jazz concerts or dancing till dawn under a starlit sky, Calangute has it all. The other places worth visiting in Calangute besides the Calangute beach is another beach known as Baga beach which is located 2 km away from Calangute Beach. Counted among the most popular beaches in Goa, Baga Beach is famous for its water sports and dolphin cruises. Tourists can reach   Baga Beach by hiring motorbikes from   Calangute.

 

Kerkar Art Gallery is the popular art gallery of Calangute that holds display of sculptures and paintings made by Subodh Kerkar. The exhibition at the gallery also holds display of the artwork of contemporary artists from all over India. calangute_beach2The church of St. Alex, which was founded by Franciscans, is popular among tourists for its architectural beauty. The church features two towers, altars and a white dome, which can be seen from the entrance. This church was originally founded in 1595, which makes it one of the oldest surviving churches in Goa.

Located at Mottant, Medicinal Springs is a stream believed to have curative properties.  These springs are an ideal spot for picnics, where tourists mainly take bath in the medicinal water. Tourists can reach these springs by following the narrow road after the Bom Viagem Convent. Baga Retreat House, located at Baga hilltop, is a retreat house dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier. Popularly known as Casa de Retiros, this retreat house overlooks the Arabian Sea and the village.

 

Calangute  has always been known for its ‘Happening’ culture. Nightlife at Calangute is a major attraction for the tourists. The beach is a hotspot for organizing parties. Party culture in Goa is supposed to be started by the Hippies during their visit to Goa in 1960s. They found the beaches of Goa perfect for resting in solitude. Nights on these beaches under the moon along with water on one side prompted them to party during night time. Since then, Goa has come a long way in terms of the manner of the party. Tourists and locals need no excuse for a party and music & dance go on for whole night.  The local music bands of Goa have developed a unique style of music, which is referred to as ‘Goa Trance’. The Rave parties of Goa are also referred to as Trance parties. A major appeal to a large section of the crowd is the music. The fascinating European inspired electro-trance music combined with goan beats creates an atmosphere of pure mystique, charisma and groove. The experience is surreal. Tree branches are painted fluorescent colours with black lights attached to them so that the night looks like an array of rainbow hues. The paintings attached to the trees display psychedelic images of supernatural creatures, aliens, gods and goddesses, religion, peace and unity. Body or face painting is applied before sundown and fire dancers entertain the crowd with exceptional performances. The party livens up after sunset with over 1,000 people absorbing the peculiar feeling infused in the night.

 

The most suitable occasion to visit this beach is Christmas and New Year eves. Calangute is well connected to other parts of Goa by road.

By Train

The nearest railway station is at Thivim, and taxi from there takes about 20 minutes and costs around Rs.300. Other railway stations are at Margao

 and Vasco da Gama.

By Bus

Frequent state buses go to and from other parts of Goa, but if you’re traveling a longer distance, you need to change buses (for example, from the airport you should need three buses to get to Calangute). A bus from Panaji costs Rs.10-15 depending on the route the bus takes.

By Taxi

Prepaid taxi from the outside counter on the airport costs Rs.900, while discussing the price directly with the driver should result into cheaper price.

Reasonable accommodation

Take any road going towards the beach from the main road and find a bunch of places to sleep as you approach the beach. If you choose a smaller road you’re likely to find cheaper places.

 

By Maria D’Costa

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Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen

Luis Marino Gomes Road, Calangute, India
Cuisines: European
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Business, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, After-hours

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Pousada by the Beach
Holiday street,Gaura-vaddo,Calangute Goa | Calangute Bardez Goa, Calangute, India

Cuisines: Indian, Continental, Contemporary, Bar
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

Selfia Guest House – Majorda Beach
Price range: ₹ 1000 – ₹ 1,200
Features:Fully Furnished Guest House, Available In A/c Or Non A/c,
500m from the Majorda Beach, In house Bar and Restaurant.
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All Resorts Mentioned are walkable distance to beach, along with good hotel staff and food.

the golden palms resort and spa at calangute
The Golden Palms Hotels and Spa

This place is exquisitely designed and has a class of its own. It manages to shun out the hustle bustle of the extremely crowded Calangute area but is still within a very accessible distance from the beach. Set in proper Modern amenites with kitchnett in rooms, this place is home away from home.

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Atlanta Beach Resort

Atlanta Beach Resort located at the secluded edge of the Calangute Beach, is the perfect place for a truly relaxing holiday in Goa. The Atlanta beach resort is just 500 mtrs away from Calangute beach in North Goa. Basic amenities include Air conditioner, TV with cable, Telephone with Direct Dialing STD ISD, Refrigerator, 24 Hrs Hot & Cold Water etc.

 

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