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Calangute Info

  • State: Goa
  • Famous for/as: Beach

Calangute is a census town in the state of Goa, India. Also known as Kohlongutt in Konkani, this small town has a population of less than 16,000 people, as per the 2001 census. Calangute centres in North Goa and is known for its golden beaches. This is the largest and most commercialized beach in Goa, which is visited by tourists from abroad as well.


History of Calangute


The town called Calangute became popular due to its invasion by the Portuguese. Since, then the place was called Calangute from its original name Kolongutt, which it was referred as before the invasion. The literal meaning of the name links to the word “Cal” which refers to the Hindu Goddess, Kali. Kali was a Hindu Deity that was worshipped by fisher-men residing in here, thus the name appears significant.


There are many stories that link to the tale that how Calangute got its actual name. Another one is the link to the word “Klayan Gutti’ which refers to a village of art. Another possibility is its origin from Konvallo Ghott that signifies a coconut that has strong pith. As coconut possess a strong pith or marrow with a soft, edible substance in the heart, so the same again appears credible.


Things to do in Calangute


Calangute is a 4-mile long beach that lies between Candolim and Baga. This place is often referred as the Queen of Beaches in the state of Goa. The surrounding beaches Vagator and Candolim also depict some secluded, must see places to enjoy and relax. Varied cuisines, entertainment, wide accommodation options, amazing shopping experience are some activities makes this small census town of Calangute in Goa a tour-able one.


The architectural glory of the place can be easily witnessed in the Church of St. Alex that with its dome and towers that are an architectural splendour. The Kerkar Art Complex is yet another attraction that lures visitors to its famous art and craft exhibitions held from time to time. Indian classical dance and exquisite musical concerts are some exclusive events that occur at Calangute frequently. 


The peak season that witnesses the maximum amount of visitors in Calangute is the festive time, during Christmas and New Year celebrations. In addition, the May month is a distinguished time among visitors. During the monsoon months from June- September the place remains isolated as the rough sea and tides make it dangerous to swim and enjoy at the beach.


Travelling to Calangute


Dabolim Airport serves as the closest airport to reach Calangute, which is 29 km away from Panaji. There are regular flights from all major cities of India. Tourists can hire a taxi to reach Calangute. Karmali is the nearest railway station at a distance of 11 km away from Panaji.  


Travelling within Calangute


Tourists can hire motor bikes to travel around the town which costs about Rs 400 per day. Taxi services are also available for tourists who not comfortable with two wheelers. Taxis cost about Rs 6 to Rs 11 per km.


Accommodation options in Calangute


Tourists in Calngute can avail various accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. They can also opt for accommodations close to the Calangute Beach.

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Amit kumar

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  • Amit kumar
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews
  •  383 readers

"Awesome getaway" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The beach is clean and not very crowded. It's in center of baga and calangute. The connectivity is good. Got many nice hotels with various budget options for different people. Shacks on the beach are nice and people owning them are welcoming. Perfect destination for off season honeymooners.
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Navneet Kumar

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  • Navneet Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1226 readers

"A nice and surreal experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a nice and surreal experience. I visited tivai on 8th DEC 2014. The time was perfect to enjoy there. @1800/day I enjoyed my honeymoon trip @sea shore. Calangute is the queen of all beaches in Goa. All the sports activity are available at Calangute. We have enjoyed all the activities but its was too costly as compared to other beaches.
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Mahan Gandhi

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  •  2005 readers

"Goa - no words to describe"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
One of the amazing charming beautiful attractive place in India is only Goa. This place is for relaxing, entertainment masti and family weekend enjoyment. Drink and smoke lover must visit because only one place you can enjoy. Drinking and smoking is injurious for health don't forget.
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Akshay Jadhav

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  •  3338 readers

"Clean and neat Beaches"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Calangute is kind of Centre and has public travel sources to travel to most of the beaches in Goa. Calangute is well connected with North and South Goa. Calangute has good Cheap and Luxurious hotels. Bikes can be hired at about 200 per day in off seasons.
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Rahul Verma

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  • Rahul Verma
  • Lives in Shahjahanpur
  • 6 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
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"Best beach in Goa"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the better beaches of Goa, the fun of walking along the beach was excellent you will find good crowd, cool shacks, night-life, and water sports activities. The market is also very near to the beach. Also good accommodations are located near the beach We enjoyed every moment spent here!
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Ujjaval Makwana

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  • Lives in Mansa
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  •  2541 readers

"An awesome place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
In India, Goa is a best city where you can enjoy your life in your dream. The Goa city have beaches and a good environment to feel happy and have a peaceful life. In Goa city you can watch the real coconut tree and drink or eat the fresh coconut and its water.
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Mangesh

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Cool calangute"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
In Goa, Calangute is a very famous place. Calangute area is very nice its near from Mapusa. Beach is very nice. Hotels and other things were also nice. Very nice place for trip. Calangute beach is very safety for traveller's so many life guard is available there.
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Subhash Gautam

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  • Subhash Gautam
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 4 Reviews
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Calangute beach is a nice sand beach. We enjoyed water sports here and relaxed for 2 days. I will definitely go to Goa again. It is a nice and beautiful place to visit. December month is best to visit Goa. Summer season is treat as its off season there. So prefer only to spend winter vacation. Variety of places are there to visit. Overall, it was nice trip. I enjoyed with family. My daughter liked Aquarium show.
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Rao Ramesh

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  • Rao Ramesh
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Good experience and enjoyed the Goan life"

  • 6/7
  • Posted May 10, 2015
I went to Goa last year. I went there first time that also with my friends. This place is party place I must say. Night in Goa is awful. You feel all freedom here. Just you need to take one bike that also you can take on rent and go wherever you want.

We first went to Calangute beach, booked nearby hotel of Calangute so we can enjoy night at beach. At night it's full of lights, full of people. Every restro have their own DJ. They do all sitting arrangement over the sand just near the beach. You can rest there, dance, play with sip of drinks you like. I really loved the sea food. It's bit expensive over there but tastes good and fresh.

Another day we went on cruise, it was not that good as I heard from others. Goan people perform some traditional dance and then cruise people joins them for dance. But yes their is one cruise where you have all food and play games. I think next time whenever I'll go will experience that for sure.

For couples it's the best place. Those who don't want to go out and for pocket friendly place you can choose Goa. Goa is just awesome. You can have candle light dinner and enjoy water rides as much as you want.
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"Awesome place to have fun"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2015
In india goa is a best city where you can enjoy your life in your dream. The goa city have beaches and a good envirenment to feel happy and peacefully life. In goa city you can watch the real coconut tree and drink or eat the fresh coconut and there water.
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