Calangute Beach in Goa
Where is Calangute?
The four-mile-long Calangute beach is located in the state of Goa in India. The beach is nine miles north of Panaji, the Goan capital. The beach was a hippie hangout during the 60’s and 70’s. Today the hippies have turned into yuppies.
How will you gain access?
The closest airport is at Dabolim which is 29 km away from the Goan capital of Panaji. Karmali, 11 km from Panaji, is the closest railway station. Panaji is just half an hour’s drive from Calangute. There are regular buses available from the capital to the key destinations of the state. One can easily find deluxe, semi-deluxe and ordinary modes of transportation.
What magnetises people?
Kerkar Art Complex
The Kerkar Art Complex is a major attraction at Calangute. The complex exhibits various works of arts and crafts from the local Goans. On Thursadys and Fridays, Indian classical music can be enjoyed at the complex.
Church of St. Alex
The beauty and architectural beauty of the St. Alex church draws a good number of visitors. The two exquisite towers, the magnificent dome and the ornate altars are truly worth watching. The fourth centenary of the church was celebrated in the year 1996.
The Saturday Bazaar near the post office is no less attraction. One can buy fish, meat and grocery with good bargaining options. There are other items like textiles and pottery.
Never forget to visit the Tibetan Market where you can find a number of interesting and exquisite items. The market attracts a number of visitors and tourists from far and near.
Crocodile and Dolphin Tours
Take the crocodile and dolphin tours to spot the sportive dolphins and voracious crocodiles. Crocodiles can be seen in the swamps and the mangroves of the area while dolphins can be spotted at the mouth of the Mandoviriver.
What are the beach sports in store?
The beach sports offered at Calngute are really commendable. There is a lot to keep the adventurers busy till sunset. There are activities like parasailing, water skiing and wind surfing. The adventures start in the afternoon and continue till sunset. Though swimming is considered safe, taking lifeguards along is advisable.
Which are the nearby hotels?
There are plenty of hotels and small-budget guest houses to take care of your accommodation at Calangute. Hotel PousadaTauma (PorbaVaddo) is a 5-star at Calangute. Among the three star group of hotels are names like Hotel Goan Heritage (GauroVaddo) and Hotel Paradise Village Beach Resort (TivaiVaddo). Villa Bomfim is a popular guest house at the Baga Road.
What is the best time?
The steady climate of Goa makes it possible for the tourists to come here any time of the year. November to February is the peak season to pay a visit to the Calangute beach. However, to speak the truth there is no bad time to visit the beach.