Known as the Queen of the Beaches, Calangute beach is the longest beach in Goa and is also the busiest and the most popular among all the beaches in Goa. The days and nights at Calangute beach are equally alive and filled with interesting fun activities that will make you forget the hustle-bustle of city life for a while!
A day at Calangute starts with a mystical sunrise, manoeuvring your way through the sea waves, relaxing by the shore, indulging in water sports, relishing the seafood by the shacks, and dancing all night. In between all this, you will find yourself amid the most vibrant Goan culture.
Any time of the year is the best time to visit Calangute beach as it observes pleasant weather throughout owing to its coastal geographical location. You can stay at an offbeat, close to the sea kind of place or otherwise, you also have an option to stay in luxurious resorts situated nearby Calangute Beach during your visit.
There are many stories behind the name of Calangute village. According to some, the village was known as Kolongutt, which later was changed to Calangute by an ancient Portuguese sailor. Some believe that the name is inspired by Goddess Kali, whom the local fisherman community used to worship. After India’s independence, it developed as a spot for hippies to hang out, and since then, it flourished as the most happening beach in Goa.
1. Shopping. The shacks by the beach offer delectable seafood, refreshing beverages, and a lot of stuff that you may take as souvenirs comprising pebbles, handmade bamboo accessories, seashell accessories, clothes, and boho jewellery.
2. Water Sports. Goa is not just located by the sea, but it’s also the sea of all the water sports in India. You can put on your adventure gear to indulge in some serious parasailing, speed boat ride, snorkelling, water scooter ride, jet ski, bumper boat ride, and windsurfing here at the Calangute beach.
3. Irresistibly Charming Nightlife. Some of the best pubs and bars in Goa are located close to Calangute Beach. In addition to good music and great food, you will have an amazing dining experience under the stars with the calming sound of waves crashing on the shore.
4. St. Alex Church. Built-in 1714 by the villagers, this white church is a piece of finest architecture besides being the worship sight for the local community. St. Alex Church, which fundamentally features a roman architecture is known for its Cupola Falsa (Central Dome), which is made in Indian architecture style. Another intriguing fact about this church is that initially, in 1576, it was a temporary cottage structure that was built by Franciscan with palm leaves.
5. Our Lady of Piety. Built by the Portuguese in the 18th century, this church is one of the oldest in Goa. The gothic style of architecture and the grey exteriors of the church has kept the vibes of the old colonial Goa alive.
6. Kerkar Art Gallery. Kerkar art gallery is one of the most visited spots near Calangute beach. The gallery features some of the finest specimens of art, handmade sculptures, paintings, terracotta accessories, and a lot more made by the local artisans and artists from across the country.
7. Baga Beach. Calangute beach is in the middle of Baga Beach and Candolim Beach. Baga beach is named after the Baga creek that flows into the Arabian Sea. The beach is filled with designer boutiques, fancy restaurants to grab a meal, tattoo parlours, palm/tarot readers, and shacks.
8. Aguada Fort. Located at the end of the Candolim beach, Aguada Fort is a 17th-century Portuguese fort with a lighthouse. Built by the Portuguese to resolve the security threats from Marathas and the Dutch attack. This laterite stone-built fort has been designed in military-style with strategically located walls, bastions, galleries, and capacity to store gallons of freshwater.
Goa is nearly 1900km via NH 48, 586km via AH 47, 2000km via NH 16, and 560km via NH 48from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, respectively. Goa is connected to all the other states of the country through airways, railways, and roadways. Listed below is a compilation of all the best routes and travel modes that you may consider to arrive here.
By Air. Dabolim International Airport is the only airport in Goa that serves the air travel needs of locals and tourists arriving from other cities and countries. The airport manages the arrival and departure of domestic and international non-stop/connecting flights.
By Train. Thivim station is the nearest railway station to reach Calangute Beach. From the station, you may get on a taxi to reach the beach, which is nearly 18km away via Calangute Mapusa road.
By Road. Goa is well connected to nearby cities via roadways hence, you can get behind the wheels and drive straight to Calangute beach. You may also get on tourist buses that run regularly from adjoining cities to Goa. Listed below is the estimate of distance in kilometres and the fastest route to take if you are arriving from the nearby cities.
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