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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).


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




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


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.

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.



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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Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach – Queen of Beaches
Everything is getting so fast paced around us, thats time we definitely need a break. Palolem is a good place to lay down all your burdens and have a good time. Palolem is largely unspoiled and is inhibited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village itself. The airport is approximately 67km away and the Margao Railway Station is 43kms away. There are bus services at regular intervals of 30 minutes from the beach to the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) Bus Depot in Margao. The nearest Bus Stand is at Chaudi (Canacona City), which is 5 mins from Palolem. But my personal favourite would be to make a road trip out of it.


palolem beach

Palolem Beach

Take your car or your geared bike with a few select people and start off early morning. Since you can’t book places to stay here online or over the phone, not to worry, there are plenty of shacks to rent or if you do not like that idea. There are many guest house & resorts as well. Book a room and head out onto beach to indulge in the several activities Palolem has to offer. This place is quite the treat, you can go scuba diving, canyoning or a trekking tour, rent self paddle sea kayak boats, you can take a boat trip to see dolphins or take yoga classes at arunachala yoga centre or any other place and you will be exhilarated by it. Exhilarating as it is, if you are looking for more or looking forward to some seclusion and privacy as well, take a walk to Butterfly Island. You will spot this island to your right on entering the beach. You can walk along the beach and along some rocks during the low tide and reach the island. During high tide, water covers it and makes it impossible to walk across. The island has a network of trails to explore, further on to the right is Butterfly Beach. You will need a boat to get there. Further on still is the Honeymoon Beach, a small strip of beach which generally brings you to total seclusion. the best time for a boat ride to these islands is in the morning at 7 am or in the evening at 5 pm.
 kayaking in palolem goa
The best is yet to come, Neptunes Point (south of the main beach) provides with silent noise parties where big crowds of party goers gather every Saturday for some serious partying and dancing to some awesome tunes underneath the starry sky. you will be handed wireless head-phones with different channels to choose from. or you can opt for a quiet, peaceful evening either getting a tan or taking a walk along the beach with it being crescent shaped so that you can see the entire beach on either end. both ends of the beach consists of rocks jutting out into the sea.

What is better then wrapping up your day with shopping! on the beach front and inland, there are many little music shops, spice shops and garment shops- some of which are mini bazaars. the hippy influence over this place for over years means that they will let you chill out and let you choose rather than try to hard sell you the minute you enter the shop. Interestingly enough, at the top of the island adjoing the palolem beach, there is  as tone sculpture created by an american conceptual and land artist Jacek Tylicki called “give if you can- take if you have to” also called the “money stone”. it became a pilgrimage destination.


Landscape Garden

Palolem Holiday Homes, managed by INNGOA (Bookings Open)

With spending an entire day on tiring yet exciting activities, it is obvious you will want to cool off at dinner, space out and have some good food. Few suggestions gathered from travellers all over the world to this place are the Palolem Beach Resort, Cool Breeze- a jazz cafe, Sameer Restaurant- right on the beach, Cuba Shack – left of the beach, so enjoy the view along with their to die for fish sizzlers. Another suggestion by many is ‘Drupadi’ a popular restaurant, Magic Italy if you are in the mood for some good pizza along with your drink. there are several more. just go and explore!
Going to Palolem is a break you take and never want to get back from.
INNGOA HOLIDAY HOMES would like inform you that we have newly started our Holiday Home Services in Palolem also. Currently we rank it as one of the Best Holiday Home property near Palolem Beach with the Best of Amenities and facilities. Starting at Rs. 1999/night.

For more details please visit our page, Palolem INNGOA Holiday Homes®

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Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach, A quiet beach in North Goa near Pernem. Not too many facilities in terms of hotels or eateries. The water is shallow and good for swimming.

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Anjuna Beach (The Hippie Beach)

Anjuna Beach (The Hippie Beach)

At the Foot of the Red Cliffs – Anjuna Beach (the hippie beach)


Every traveller knows that the perfect beach always has more to offer than just a picturesque scene and if you are visiting Goa, feel blessed – the Goan beaches offer you nothing less than your expectations of a perfect beach visit. Goa’s enchanting beaches, along its 103 km coastline, are vividly enticing.Anjuna Beach Web

Among the many such incredibly scenic beaches in Goa, there is one such beach which is always bustling, full of life, – whether it is the sound of waves crashing on the shore or the people enjoying, whether it is the music playing around or the children running around and building sand castles – yes, it is the opposite of a secluded tropical paradise, the Anjuna Beach (known as the hippie beach).

If you love to frolic in the sea and crave for a bath in the blue waters, Anjuna beach in Goa is the ideal place for you. One can plan a great day here – everything from adventures to parties, from sunbathing to dining on the beach side shacks and more so. What more could one ask for!!

Located 18 km from away from the state’s capital Panaji, Anjuna Beach is to the south of the Anjuna Village. The beach enjoys an iconic status for its notorious trance parties and the exotic Wednesday flea market brought in by the hippies during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

Untill date, it continues to pull droves of midrange tourists and backpackers from every corner of the globe. Anjuna continues to evolve with its beach party scene.


What kind of activities can you get involved in?

Laze yourself bathing in the pleasant sun. Get your nerves high – try Bungee Jumping from an 80-ft tower and water-sports facilities like windsurfing and paragliding.


See beyond beauty – Sightseeing & Must Visits/Things to do…

The beach is adjacent to Chapora fort built in 1717 (around 8 minutes distance). The fort sits on a prominent position which showcases views in all directions.


The “Albuquerque mansion” located nearby is one of the sight-seeing highlights of this beach, magnificent Mansion built in 1920. Draws a number of tourist because of its structure and style – Mangalore tiles and white stone – splendid!


Wednesday Flea Market, every Wednesday, at around 11 a.m., Anjuna splashes its vibrant colours. Tourist as well as locals flock to this place, creating virtual clouds of dust with their vehicles. If you are among the shopaholics, be rest assured, you have set your feet at the right place This area offers pleasurable shopping experience with quality products at reasonable prizes. Classy and astounding variety of – wonderful blends of Tibetan, Kashmiri and Gujarati ornaments and handicrafts.


The Acid House Party, Anjuna is a bit like India’s version of Ibiza, a sometimes loud party spot with full-moon parties (acid house) and an anything-goes atmosphere. Held for and by young tourists, these parties have attracted thousands of tourists. The trance party with dance, frolic, and jollity goes all night besides the fire.


Watersports, Goa itself is an excellent destination for water sports with its pleasant weather and calm waters. The best season for enjoying water sports in Anjuna and also other beaches in Goa is from October to May when the skies here are cloudless and blue, and the waters fairly placid.


Anjuna Beach can be visited at any time of the year. However, tourists should beware during the monsoon season, between June and September. We would suggest the period from November to February as the best time to visit Anjuna as the weather is also cool and pleasant.


Discover more of this place by yourself – Visit this amazing place – Anjuna!!




In Brief/Short…  Anjuna Beach is Close to the Chapora Fort, its key attraction is a magnificent Albuquerque Mansionbuilt in 1920, flanked by octagonal towers and an attractive Mangalore tile-roof. Anjuna was the second home (and main location) of the hippies in Goa in the 1960s and 1970s, after other destinations like Calangute got too “crowded” for them. It is still the venue of a (vastly-changed and more mainstream) flea market held each Wednesday. In the nearby village of Arpora, two colourful Saturday night bazaars are held in the non-monsoon seasons. This is still part of “alternative” Goa, though charter and other tourists also visit in increasing numbers to “get a feel of the hippy years”.

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