Located in North Goa about 25 miles from Dabolim airport and 13 km from the State Capital of Panaji, Sinquerim Beach is one of the oldest and most well maintained beaches in Goa. A long west facing sandy beach extending from the historic Aguada Fort till Baga Beach comprises the uninterrupted Sinquerim Beach. Set against the backdrop of lush green countryside and embellished with dense fringes of coconut palms, this beach offers a long romantic walk along the sapphire blue sea. Sunbathing, swimming and leisurely walks will make your holidays at Sinquerim Beach. The see here is warm and calm so this beach is quite safe for swimming. Other than that, water sports like water-skiing, jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing can be enjoyed here. Music and dance concerts arranged by locals entertain the tourists a lot.
The beach adjacent to the famous Aguada Fort, approximately 13 km from the state capital Panaji and about 10 kilometers from Mapusa is known as Candolim Beach. The village Candolim is believed to be the native village of Abbe Faria, the founding father of the science of hypnotism. The long stretch of silvery sandy Candolim beach is less frequented by tourists and so it is a very clean, calm and peaceful get away from the hustle bustle of city life. One can enjoy fishing or experience the peace of mind by attending yoga and meditation sessions organized on the beach. Or just relax in a quiet corner cherishing the beauty of setting sun with your eyes.
To reach the Candolim Beach you can land at the Dabolim airport and rent a taxi or board a state transport bus from there. This beach is safe for bathing and swimming. Parasailing, Water skiing etc. water sports as well as special boating can be enjoyed here. A boat ride might as well give you an opportunity of spotting dolphins and crocodiles in the see. Safeguards, trainers and experts are made available to help and guide you so that your water sport doesn't turn out to be a disaster. Apart from enjoying the calm and comely atmosphere of the beach, tourists also pay a visit to historical churches like Church of St. Lawrence and Candolim Church situated nearby.
Glorified by the title 'The Queen of the Beaches', Calangute Beach is located at the center of the Bardez coast about 16 km from Panaji. Originally known as 'Koli-gutti' (the land of fishermen) or Kalyangutti (the abode of art) or Konvallo-ghott (the strong pit of coconut tree), Calangute Beach is the first beach to inculcate and prosper the hippie culture in 20th century. A 7 km semi circle adorned with lush greenery and coconut groves, bordering the crystal blue Arabian Sea makes the Calangute Beach of Goa. A unique combination of beach, restaurants, water sports, night sports, night markets, Tai' chi and yoga sessions offer you all the adventure and fun that Goa promises.
State transport buses as well as cabs are available both from Mapusa and Panaji to reach Calangute Beach. Parasailing, water skiing, wind surfing and boat expeditions can be enjoyed here. Classical dance or Kathakali dance performances specially interest tourists. Calangute beach is extremely well known for its rave parties which go on for hours and even for days at times. Other than the usual beach activities, you can visit St Alex Church and Kekar Art Complex situated close by. Shopping is another fun activity here and you can take home souvenirs and trinkets for your friends and near and dear ones. One cannot miss relishing typical Goan food, especially fried prawns and beer at the Calangute Beach.
Located about 18 km from Panaji and 10 km from Mapusa, Baga Beach, a comparatively smaller beach of Goa offers a calm and quiet weekend in nature's bounty. Sandwiched between the two renowned beaches of Goa; Colva on one side and Calangute on the other, Baga Beach is acclaimed for its tranquil and peaceful environment. Silvery sand, palm groves and Baga River gushing into the sea attract both national and international tourists to Baga Beach.
Jet-skiing, Paragliding and Speed Boat Rides are some of the most opted for fun water sports the tourists engage in. Other than the usual beach activities and delicious sea food, Baga beach also offers wind surfing opportunities from January to March. Operators and trainers are ready to provide training and guidance to the tourists if they are eager to learn. The National Wind Surfing Championship is conducted at the Baga beach every year between September and November.
Baga beach is very famous for its lively and most happening night life. Especially the Friday and Saturday nights are most zesty and zippy here. A short walk towards the Baga hill from the Baga Beach will reach you to the Baga Retreat House, a community building dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, established in 1953. A hike through narrow roads along cashew covered foot hills past the Bom Viagem Convent will lead you to the springs of Mottant. The water of these springs is believed to be medicinal and tourists enjoy bathing here.
Flea Market at Anjuna and Ingo's Market at the Arpora village near Baga Beach are very popular market places in Goa, acclaimed for the variety of handicrafts, wood carvings, sculptures, semi precious stones, trinkets and clothes, wines and liquors they offer. Indian Dances and Jam sessions are also performed at these markets.
Discovered by Hippies in the year 1961, Anjuna Beach, the crown of all the beaches of Goa is situated in Bardez taluk, about 20 km from the state capital Panaji. A 30 km long beach stretched along the west coast of Goa is known as 'Orzan' or 'the Jewel of Anjuna'. The vicinity where the red cliffs kiss the silvery turf and laterite laced shores are adorned with swaying palms makes a paradise on the earth. Popular for its full moon night parties ravished with food, free flowing drinks and peppy music, Anjuna Beach comes alive and creates a boisterous venue for merriment.
Anjuna Beach offers fun filled water sports like Paragliding, Bungee Jumping and Snorkeling to the adventure enthusiasts. Other than relaxing on the beach enjoying the beauty of the ambience, you can also visit St. Anthony's Church, Chapro fort, The Albuquerque mansion and Flea market and attend yoga sessions organized here. The Flea Market, which is held every Wednesday, is believed to have a hippy origin. The best season to visit the Anjuna Beach is from November to March. At the time of Christmas Season and New Year, this beach is seen in its most vivacious and zealous form. Innumerable local and foreign tourists are seen deluging the beach at that time.
Embroidering the north periphery of Goa, about 22 kilometers from Panaji and adjacent to the Anjuna Beach extends the Vagator Beach that covers the northern edge of Bardez taluk. Dazzling silver sand bordering the emerald green sea overlooked by huge red cliffs and the 500-year-old Portuguese fort 'Chapora Fort' built on lava-bedecked black rocks and tiny cottages enclosing the shore make the famous terrains of Vagator Beach, a classical background for a snapshot pose. Further it is divided into three smaller beaches namely: North Vagator Beach, Ozrant beach, or the mini Vagator Beach and Tel Aviv Beach.
A favorite destination for the Israeli and British tourists, the Vagator Beach is famous for Bebinca, a traditional Goan sweet made from tender coconuts. Tourists can either board the state transport bus from Panaji or Mapusa or rent a cab or rickshaw from there to reach the Vagator Beach. This beach offers a safe swimming opportunities and fishing games. One can also opt for a short trek from here to the top of the Chapora Fort. A huge statue of Lord Shiva placed at the Vagator beach is dated back to the Hippy inhabitation in Goa.
The beach that neighbors the famous Keri Beach and encloses the traditional fishing village named Arambol makes the unpolluted and exclusively peaceful Arambol Beach. Very less commercialized and secluded beach of Arambol appeal the tourists who love placidity in its primitive form. The Portuguese interpretation of the name of the beach as 'Harmal' has given it its present name Arambol. Paragliding, Wind surfing, sand speed sailing, kite-buggy rides, dolphin spotting etc are some of the popular sports that tourists indulge at Arambol beach. But it is not very safe for swimming as lifeguards are not available here.
Apart from these water sports, Arambol Beach offers body painting, tai chi and yoga sessions, Indian classical music and dance concerts and fabulous and spirited nightlife. Other than the sea and the shores, you can also visit the freshwater lake near Waghcolomb Hill, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Tiracol Fort and the Church of St. Anthony. Atop the Tiracol Fort, one can enjoy the spectacular and panoramic vista of both Keri and the Arambol Beaches.
The northernmost edge of Goa is garnished with silvery frills of Querim Beach. Widely known as Keri Beach these days, this steepest slope beach of Goa is situated adjacent to the Arambol Beach, about 28 km from Mapusa. If you want to breathe the nature in and out in its crude form, the virgin beach of Querim is the heaven for you to enjoy tranquil evenings in the lap of nature. White sun kissed sand, aquamarine blue sea and palm laced shore provide a peerless ambience to become one with nature. Tiracol fort is the nearby tourist attraction that you cannot miss visiting. As the lifeguards are not available here, it is not recommended to try swimming at this beach. One might as well enjoy a ferry ride in the nearby river except for the tide period.
A Comparatively less crowded beach of Goa, Majorda Beach is situated about 4 km from Margao, 5 km from the Colva Beach and nearly 18 km from Dabolim Airport. Majorda Beach boasts of a mythological background dated back to the Ramayana era. It is believed that Lord Rama visited this place once when he was a child and later during the quest of his wife Sita. This tranquil beach offers a quiet and calm ambience where people enjoy relaxing under beach umbrellas reading a book or reclining on pool chairs taking a nap.
The lush green landscape adorned with coconut palms and paddy fields get you a classic holiday here. From the Majorda Beach one can start a hike that ends at Cape of Bogmalo. Majorda is just 37 kilometers from Panaji and buses or taxis are easily available to reach here. This is one of the beaches of Goa renowned for its rave parties. Other than that, tourists must visit Mae de Dues Church and Casa dos Piedade Costas, the two historical sites of Goa situated nearby. The shops perched at the beach sell Kashmiri handicrafts, wood carving, silk and jewelry.
If you want to have a heart to heart conversation with nature as well as with your own self, the less frequented and virgin beach of South Goa, Colva Beach will make your dream destination. This is the perfect purlieu where you can isolate yourself from the hustle bustle of other over crowded and commercialized beaches of North Goa. Here you can savor the mouth watering Goan cuisine and innovative cock tails enjoying your undisturbed solitude.
The 20 kilometers long beach covered with white powdery sand reflecting the sun beams, laced with swaying palms on one side and divine blue sea on the other, the Colva Beach, is more famous as fisherman's beach. As the less crowded beach lets them have a room to get a good business. The tranquil beach of Colva brushed with dim moonlight makes a perfect romantic evening for the souls deeply engrossed in love. Parasailing, jet skiing, dolphins and crocodiles spotting expeditions, fishing and boating are some of the adventure sports often enjoyed at Colva Beach.
Colva beach is situated about 39 kilometers from Panaji, 26 kilometers from the Dabolim International Airport and 8 km from Margao so buses and taxis are easily available to reach there. 'Nossa Senhora de Merces' Church (The church of Our Lady of mercy) is a must visit place at Colva Beach. 'Fama of Menino Jesuse' is the annual religious festival celebrated at here when a big fair is organized.
The beach immediately next to Colva Beach is known as Benaulim Beach. Just like the Colva Beach, this beach is also less frequented by tourists and so it is spick and span and a quiet place to speculate and feel the presence of nature. Benaulim Beach carries an interesting mythical background. When enraged Lord Parashurama shot an arrow to the sea, the arrow landed at Benaulim and so the land of Goa got extended further into the sea.
Situated 41 km from Panaji and 28 km from the Dabolim International Airport, Benaulim Beach can be easily reached through buses or taxis. Tourists mainly arrive here to enjoy the tranquility of the beach, relax in the lap of nature and enjoy the sea food and free flowing liquor. Boat expeditions for spotting dolphins and crocodiles, fishing and island tours organized by locals are the chief attractions of Benaulim Beach.
St. John the Baptist Church, a historical church built in 1581 and The Holy Trinity Church are the two religious destinations at Benaulim Beach. Manthan, a heritage gallery will get you a peep into the past glory of the Portuguese royals. This beach is also famous for the Bull Fights organized here during October to May every evening after 4 pm.
About 5 kilometers from the Benaulim Beach in South Goa is situated the longest beach of Salcette taluk; 'The Varca Beach'. A tranquil and isolated stretch of 10 kilometers profound with clean and soft white sand provides a relaxed atmosphere augmented with plenty of modern amenities. Black lava rocks ornamenting the white sand in contrast, and sun beds and loungers that provide seats to relax and enjoy the natural beauty add to the attractions of Varca Beach. Local fishing community staying in traditional palm-thatched roof huts comprises the main habitation of Varca Beach. Many four and five star hotels placed amidst the attractive surroundings provide a luxurious stay here.
To reach Varca Beach, buses from Margao and Colva are available in plenty and from Benaulim Beach one can even reach Varca through bikes and cabs. Boating in the Sal River, River Cruises, dolphin spotting and fishing trips, bird watching, etc are some of the sports that the adventure seekers can indulge in. A hike down the road through a thick canopy of coconut trees, palms and paddy fields offer a never to be forgotten experience of life.
Mobor Beach, one of the most popular and happening beaches of Goa is spread over a narrow channel of sand dunes stretching between the Assolna River Estuary and the great Arabian Sea. The ten kilometers long beach of Mobor situated in North Goa is a home to some of the most luxurious and exclusive beach resorts in Goa. Soft white sand backed by palms trees fringes the turquoise Arabian Sea. On the shore facing the sea we can find plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas where tourists can relax in the lap of nature. Mobor Beach is bit sophisticated as compared to other secluded beaches of Goa. One can enjoy the famous Goan drink Feni and delicious Goan cuisine at the restaurants parked at Mobor Beach.
Dabolim International Airport is just 35 kilometers from here and Margao Station is 15 km away. Cabs can be easily availed from both the places to reach Mobor. From Margao you can even take a bus to Mobor and ferries operate from Assolna every 15 minutes that connect it with Cavelossim. Mobor beach offers water sports like wind-surfing, water-skiing, jet skiing and banana boat. Mobor beach club arranges deep sea fishing trips, and early-morning dolphin and porpoise spotting excursions here.
The shops set up at the Mobor Beach sell clothes, beachwear, gifts and souvenirs. Cabo da Rama Fort situated at Kanakona taluk which is located to the south of Mobor is a must visit place around the Mobor Beach. This fort offers a glimpse of Goa's rich history. A temple of Shree Chandreshwar Bhoothnath, located near Paroda, in the neighboring Quepem Talukae must also not be missed.
Palolem Beach, the center of coastal Kanakona (Canacona), the southernmost district in Goa is located about 63 km from Dabolim International Airport, 43 km from Margao Station and nearly 76 km from the state capital Panaji. Both taxis and buses are readily available from all these destinations to reach Palolem Beach. Shady palm trees lacing the coast and silvery sand shining under the dazzling sun render the beauty of the beach to be very astounding. An island like promontory can be perceived from the Palolem Beach that can be reached by walking during the period of low tide. Tourists spend hours in watching the playful banter of the Sea urchins, sea cucumbers and mussels. The beautiful lampshades made of rice straws illuminating the huts after dark lend a grand demeanor to the coastline.
Canoe rides to spot dolphins and crocodiles are favorite excursions frequently indulged in by the tourists from this beach. The butterfly beach that lies between the Palolem and the Agonda Beaches offers another favorable place for canoeing. Swimming in the sea at Palolem Beach must be done carefully as the water level gets quite deep here. A cup shaped rock widely known as the 'Pandava's Drum' is positioned at the southern end of the Palolem beach. This is the major attraction of this beach and tourists feel enchanted to throw stones into the drum and listen to the sound that is produced from there. Figueiredo House Known for its architecture and design is another attraction situated adjacent to the Pandava's drum. This house was constructed in 20th century by the Figueiredo family. Today it stands as a part of the Neptune Point Hotel.
Located about 3 kilometers from Palolem Beach on Kanakona coast, Agonda Beach, a 3 km long beach provides a serene and tranquil get away from the over crowded beaches of Goa. This, relatively less frequented, quiet and unpopular beach of Agonda is 67 km from Dabolim International Airport, 43 km form Margao and 76 km from Panaji. Buses from Margao ply every hour to Palolem or we can even hire a taxi from the airport or any other place in Goa. This placid beach offers an indolent holiday and it is not advisable to try swimming here as the beach is highly unsafe for that purpose. Even the life guards are also not available here.
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