Located about 8 kms to the west of Mapusa (north Goa), Anjuna Beach is spread over 30 kms in length. It forms a part of the coastline of Goa along the boundary of the Arabian Sea and is situated in Bardez Taluka, 18 kms away from Panaji. Curled up between the Arabian Sea and the hills looking over the beach, it covers an area of five square miles. It provides a rejuvenating view of natural beauty with the swaying palm trees and soft white sands. The beach is marked by the presence of strikingly unusual rocky formations enveloping a small inlet of white sand and black rock that extends into the sea. This region was known as Jewel of Anjuna or ‘Ozran’. It becomes a hub for shoppers every Wednesday due to its flea market on the north of Anjuna. It contains a large number of road side stalls consisting of cafes, bars and Kashmiri handicrafts as well. It is also known as Goa’s favourite ‘hippy beach’. Hippies, in the late 1950s to mid-1960s, started visiting Anjuna Beach. Since then it has become famous for the wild parties with rave music. It provides a mesmerizing atmosphere for the full-moon parties especially during Christmas and New Year. It is best to visit Anjana Beach during early November to late March when it is crowded with tourists from all over the world who come here to enjoy the peppy beach parties.
Located in North Goa, at a distance of 50 kms from Panaji, Arambol Beach is an immaculate and secluded beach that can be reached by roads through a channel of cashew trees. Spread over an area of 16 km, it consists of two beaches – an easily accessible Harmal Beach, the northern-most beach of Goa and the less accessible scenic beach on the southern half which is covered by steep cliffs on both the sides and can only be reached on foot. The primary attraction of Arambol Beach is the hot spring that drains into the fresh water lake causing silt deposition on the lake shore which does wonders to the skin of tourists applying it on their body. Adventure lovers would get an opportunity to do paragliding from the cliffs near the beaches. Dolphin watching boat trips is another exciting activity enjoyed by elders and kids. Tourists can also go swimming in idle water inlets and fresh water pools. Visitors can also relish shopping for the Goan artifacts, handicrafts and ethnic jewellery in the shops adjacent to the beach. The sandy beach of Arambol offers many eateries from the cuisine of Portugal and Goa.
Baga Beach is located about 15 km from Panaji and gets its name from the Baga river at the north end of the beach that flows into the Arabian Sea. Situated at about 8 kms from Mapusa in the westward direction, it adjoins the Calangute Beach in the south and the Anjuna Beach in the north. It is one of the most happening beaches on the coast. It figures in the list of most crowded and busy beaches of Goa. The whole of the beach is covered with beach umbrellas and beach beds where foreign tourists can relax and enjoy sun bathing. One can also relish feasting on the everlasting supply of cocktails, mocktails and food. The rare view of the joining of the river and sea at Baga Beach is also astounding. Water sports of Baga Beach is of great attraction to people visiting Goa. It offers para sailing, windsurfing, wake boarding, kite surfing and rides on Jet Skis, that too at a very reasonable price. Dolphin watching boat trips and island trips are also a must, once you visit Baga Beach. Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazar that opens from November till April, every Saturday 6 pm onwards offers a wide range of colorful oriental Goan artifacts. There is also a dance floor, where one can dance to their favorite music played by live bands. The world-famous Tito club, located in the Tito Lane, organizes regular events with DJs adding to the bustling night life of Goa.
Benaulim Beach, located in South Goa, is about 41 km from Panaji and just 2 km from Colva Beach. It is a fishing beach which is an ideal location for tourists seeking tranquility since it is one of the somewhat undiscovered beaches of Goa. The tourists can just relax and enjoy a sun bath at Benalium Beach. They can place an order at the many eateries available here, without getting up from their places as a number of assistants of the eateries walk through the beach to take your order. It is mainly crowded on evenings and during weekends. Tourist can also enjoy the thrilling bull fighting in the Benalium beach that runs from early October till May-end from 4 pm onwards. The Church of St. John the Baptist, which is located on a hill looking over the village, is a must-visit on a trip to this beach. The feast of St. John or Sao Joao is commemorated as thanksgiving with young men dressed in fruits and leaves going around singing for a gift. The Beach Bonanza Fair that start from mid-April till May end and takes place every consecutive Sunday also provides various forms of entertainment, including traditional dance, to the visitors.
Calangute Beach, which is seven-km long and located about 15 kms from Panaji, is one of the busiest beaches in Goa. Some believe that it getS its name from the Konkani Word-‘Koli-gutti'(Land of Fisherman), some say that it is derived from the native word-‘Kalyangutti'(Village of Art) while others connect it with Konvallo-ghott (Strong pit of the coconut tree). It is also known as Queen of Beaches. Tourist here enjoy sun bathing along with delicious fried prawns, beers and much more that are sold in the stalls spread all over the beach. It is a perfect paradise for adventure lovers with water sports like parasailing, water-skiing and wind surfing. Swimmers are required to swim with caution since there is a sudden rise and drop of waves in the sea here. Shopaholic tourists can buy a variety of products. This include Gujarati, Rajasthani and Karnataka textiles, Kashmiri handicrafts and Tibetan jewellery which are available in large variety and reasonable price in the shops near Calangute Beach. A famous tourist attraction of Calangute Beach is the Church of St. Alex. It is a splendid building with two towers and magnificent dome that glorify its appearance. From inside it is equally beautiful. Another place that is worth a visit is the Kerkar Art Gallery that displays work of emerging artists from Goa. It also organizes nights of Indian dance and music every week. The night-life here is quite feeble since most of the bars, except a handful of them, close by 10.00 p.m.
Located about 18 km from Panaji, Candolim Beach is a straight three-km long beach that forms a part of the Arabian Sea coastline. It lies in north Goa starting from Fort Aguada and extending till Chapora Beach. It is also the birth place of the Goan Freedom fighter, Abba Faria, who is also the father of hypnotism in India. The environment at this beach is very serene. It is a beautiful silvery beach with limited commercial activities that makes it more peaceful as compared to other chaotic beaches of Goa. Candolim Beach consists of large number of dunes covered with scrub that draws tourist attraction. Water sports activities are available here. Parasailing, wind surfing and water-skiing are some of these activities. One can also opt for fishing at Candolim Beach. It also provides an ideal environment for meditation and yoga. Beach excursions that provide tourists with the benefit of capturing memorable sunset views right from the middle of the sea, is also an excellent activity. The major tourist attraction of Candolim Beach is Aguada Fort which was built in 1912 by the Portuguese as a barricade against Maratha and Dutch invaders. The Fort is surrounded by many villas, resorts and guest houses that offer various facilities to visitors staying there. Aguada Jail, the Lighthouse and church are other most-visited places of this beach. The most suitable time to visit Candolim beach is from December to February.
Cavelossim Beach, situated about 20 km from Margao, is one of the most appealing beaches in South Goa. Located between the River Sal and the Arabian Sea, it is an elegant stretch of coastline covered with soft white sand and black lava rocks. The beauty of this beach lies in the fact that it is very clean and calm as compared to other beaches. It is the perfect place for relaxation where one can watch crystalline blue water, white soft sand and greenery at its best. One can enjoy delicious sea food and a variety of Goan dishes available at reasonable prices from numerous beach shacks. Water sports are a major attraction of this beach. One can enjoy speed boats, diving, racing, swimming and other fun water games. This beach is also famous for its dolphin-watching spot. Boat trips are arranged that sail tourists into the sea where they can watch dolphins leap and dive in the blue water of the sea. Sunset cruises are also arranged here. The market along the beach sells a large number of interesting products making it a great destination for shoppers. It offers a large variety of Indian handicrafts, local artefacts, gift items, aromatic sticks and much more. Decorative items made of shell, mirror and wood are also easily available at cheap rates. One can lodge in the beach resorts and luxury star rated hotels that are available in plenty here. One can also opt for sea facing rooms at some extra cost. more…
Chapora Beach, also a fishing village, is 10 km away from Mapusa in North Goa. It is a perfect beach for those who love serenity and tranquillity. Anjuna Beach and Vagator Beach are also very close to this beach. It is a mesmerizing beach covered with white sand and surrounded by coconut palms. The blossomy green landscapes and black magma rocks adds to the diversity of the terrain. You would be mesmerized by the colour of the sea which changes from aqua marine to sea green as the day proceeds. Food stalls near the shore of the beach provides tourists with a variety of Goan food that you cannot stop eating once tasted. Shopaholics can buy shell ornaments and home decoratives from local hawkers as well as good shops. Interesting water activities like paragliding, wind surfing, and para-sailing are also very common here. Chapora Fort, which was built 500 years ago displaying a Portuguese style of architecture is also a very famous tourist attraction. From the top of the fort one can see the mesmerizing natural beauty of the hills and the sea.
Colva Beach, located in southern Goa, is about 8 km from Margao and 40 km from Panaji. It is the oldest beach of Goa. It is about 2 kms away from the Benalium Beach. It is usually less crowded as compared to Anjuna or Calangute Beach and has gained popularity very lately. People visit here to relax and feel the tranquillity in the natural beauty of the beach. The beach is covered with white sand and surrounded by coconut palms along the coast. You can see a large number of fishermen’s motor trawlers anchored offshore. Silver carpets of mackerels laid by fisherman over the beach for drying can be seen. A large number of food stalls and drink stalls at the Colva Beach provide you with delicious sea food cuisine and you can also enjoy the famous drink named feni made of cashew or coconut. Water sports activities including jet skiing, swimming, boat rides are offered to tourists visiting here. The night-life here is more bustling than any other beach in the whole of the South Goa. It is a famous destination for rave parties, and is made more marvellous along with music, late night bars and discos which are crowded from 10:00 pm onwards. Another famous tourist attraction is Our Lady of Mercy Church that was founded in 1630. The statue of Menino Jesus, inside the church, is believed to have healing powers. Every year during the month of October, an annual religious event – ‘Fama of menino Jesuse’ is organized during which the statue is removed from the triple vaulted lock of the church and dipped in water after a procession. This water is taken as a token of good luck by pilgrims.
Dona Paula Beach is situated just 7 km away from Panjim. It is also the meeting point of the Zuari and Mandovi rivers. It got its name from Dona Paula De Menezes, the daughter of the then viceroy, who committed suicide after not being allowed to marry Gaspar Dias, a local fisherman whom she loved. Cabo Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Goa, is also situated in Dona Paula along the western tip. Bundled along the southern side of the hammer-shaped headland that separates the Zuari and Mandovi rivers, it is one of the most haunted beaches in Goa. One can have a nice view of Mormugao from here. Bordered by casuarina groves and palm trees, this beach is beloved by both local and international travellers. One can also shop for a variety of products varying from spices to straw hats from local vendors. It offers a large number of water sports activities that adventure lovers can indulge in. These include motorboat riding, kayaking, water-skiing, windsurfing, para-sailing, ski-bob, harpoon fishing, sports fishing and much more. One of the famous tourist attractions in Dona Paula is the National Oceanography Institute. It includes a marine biology museum, taxonomy reference center and all major branches of coastal and marine oceanography.
Majorda Beach is located about 4 kms from Margao and 5 kms from Colva Beach. Goan toddy, a sap from the coconut palm which is used to ferment bread, was discovered by Jesuit priests here. It is also famous for its breads. Majorda beach stretches over a distance of 26 km. The natural beauty, water sports and cleanliness gives tourists an opportunity to relax and physically rehabilitate here. A wide range of good quality food including fresh sea food, Schezhuan food and steaks are offered at stalls on Majorda Beach. A large number of shops selling silks, Kashmiri handicrafts, jewellery and wood carving offers shopaholics a variety of products to choose from. Water sports which include waterskiing, para-sailing, jet skiing etc. are activities which tourists can indulge in at Majorda Beach. One can also opt for swimming at the beach without any danger since there are many lifeguards to ensure safety and security at the beach. Mae De Deus Church which was founded in AD 1588 is the most popular tourist attraction of Majorda Beach. It also hosts a Christmas carnival every year which is enjoyed by both local people and tourists.
Mandrem beach is located about 25 km from Panaji between Ashwem Beach and Arambol Beach. It is quite difficult to access the beach during the high tides of the monsoon season. Located in Pernem Taluka, the northern-most taluka of Goa, this beach is quite deserted. It provides a perfect environment for newlyweds to spend some romantic and private time together. They can enjoy candle light dinners, lie star gazing or can go for long walks along the beach. During your stay in Mandrem beach, you can also visit the Organic Farm of Suhas Parsekar in Mandera Village from where you can even buy fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Traditional fishing boats also arrange excursions for dolphin watching. One can also go for swimming but be cautious while doing so, since there are no lifeguards at the beach. Since it is mostly secluded, it offers limited accommodation facilities to visitors. There are small guest houses and resorts and homes of local people let out for rent where tourists can lodge. Madlamaz-Mandrem is a known market area nearby which offers some delicious food and drink.