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Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach of Goa is also reputed as the Queen of Beaches. Calangute has lovely coconut groves and palm groves along the beachside. The lush green tropical villages in the neighbourhood, Candolim, Saligao and Arpora-Nagoa, surrounds the Calangute Beach and contrasts starkly with the beach sand. It is also known for the picturesque saltpans in Agarvaddo and the coconut groves of Maddavaddo. Nearby, Dongurpur village is situated at the valley of a beautiful, lush green hillock and Tivaivaddo is a lovely village, quite close to the beach. Infringed by the palm groves, pristine Calangute Beach is a lovely tropical haunt.

Calangute Beach is at a distance of 13 km from the state capital Panaji and 8 km from Mapusa. The name Calangute is believed to have originated from a Konkani word Koli-gutti. It means the fishermen's land. It was actually discovered by the hippies in late 60s. The word spread around fast and the foreigners and the hippies started to flock into Calangute in hordes. Every one of them wanted to enjoy the sublime beauty of the beach and take the memories of their journey to this exquisite beach back. It used to be less crowded and a haven of hippies. It was quite a tranquil tropical paradise back then. The popularity of the beach has not diminished ever since. Tourists from all over the world still pour in search of this beautiful, golden beach in Goa. It is one of the most commercialized beaches of Goa.

Calangute is also equipped with some exciting water sports. The parasailing, windsurfing and water-skiing starts in the afternoon and lasts till the sunset. The direction of the wind is favorable for these water sports during this time. It is perfect for a vacation spent enjoying the water sports. Some distance to the south of the beach is a hawker free zone and you can enjoy the sun and the sand, uninterrupted. You can also watch the fishermen carrying on with their daily chores in this area.

There are many restaurants at the entrance to Calangute Beach and many others on the way to Baga Beach. Most of the restaurants specialize in seafood delicacies; a few vegetarian restaurants are also there. Most places serve a Western breakfast. The nightlife in Calangute is rather tame with most of the bars closing for the day by 10 o' clock. Only a very few places stay functional till the wee hours of the night. This is refreshingly different from wild parties in the night in certain other beaches in Goa.

The places to visit in Calangute are Kerkar Art Gallery and the Church of St. Alex. The Art Gallery keeps the paintings and sculptures by the young, talented artists in Goa and also promotes other Indian cultural activities. The Church of St. Alex attracts the tourists with its distinctly attractive architecture and beautiful altars.

The lovely golden sands and the lovely waves lapping at the shores, Calangute definitely deserve the crown as the Queen among the beaches. The most popular tourist destination in Goa, Calangute definitely make the holidays worthwhile.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04