Calangute Tourism
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Calangute Tourism

Calangute Info

  • State: Goa
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: North Goa

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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Deepika chawda

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  • Deepika chawda
  • 2 Reviews
  •  23 readers

"Nice beach for relaxing" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Nice beach for relaxing, chilling up with friends. Water is nice, good food served. I loved this experience. Beach boat ride are nice but too expensive as well. Nearby santa monica where I stayed. Awesome experience with my friends.
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Sujeet rajan

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  • Sujeet rajan
  • 2 Reviews
  •  41 readers

"All season resort" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Hotel is not good at all the imagese what they have uploaded is totally different from actual room. Not proper bedsheet not washed properly. Breakfast they said was free is totally wast not eatble at all please not book just seeing on the picture. Bathroom is also so darty
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Trupti thakur

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  • Trupti thakur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  267 readers

"Nice stay"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
FANTASTIC PLACE I ALWAYS PREFER TO GO WITH FAMILY. HOTEL'S ARE GOOD WITH GOOD SWIMMING POOL'S AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. ALL BEACHES ARE ALSO NEARBY FROM Calangute BEACH - Baga, CONDOLIM, ANJUNA & Vagator ... The beach is awake all night .. May be because it was new yrs. Loads of people .. Settled in shacks eating and talking .. While the music played loud. Decent crowd all around. Good food.
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Mayank gupta

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  • Mayank gupta
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"Loved it"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A very good place to stay. Very close from beach. Gives a very good view of nature. Place has a good ambience. Good food. Atmosphere is very cool .. Also good for a business trips or a hangout timeout. Do visit in december. Over all an eccellent place to stay. Enjoyed.
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Geetanjali  Verma

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  • Geetanjali Verma
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"A nightlife to remember"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The beach is awake all night.. May be because it was new years. Loads of people.. Settled in shacks eating and talking.. While the music played loud. Decent crowd all around. Good food. Lots of lights and music to light up the night. It's a place that keeps you home and gives you a party you never wanna miss!
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Chirag davda

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  • Chirag davda
  • 4 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  545 readers

"Calangute is best place to stay in Goa"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Fantastic place. I always prefer to go with family. Hotels are good with good swimming pools and other activities. All beaches are also nearby from Calangute beach - Baga, Candolim, Anjuna & Vagator beaches are just few km away. People are also cooperative. Food is excellent in Goa. My best holiday spot.
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Pramod acharya

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  • Pramod acharya
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place for a couple or family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Calangute is a nice place for couple, family and honeymooner. The Beach is very nice. There are so many places to see in Calangute. The ancient fort like Aguada Fort is worthy to visit. We love Baga beach and took a sea Bath. The market is also very good. Specially the food, ie, Sea food, love it. The Goan food is mouth watering. Like to visit a 2nd time in future. Thanks to MMT.
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Iampratikjain

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  • Iampratikjain
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"Excellent place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Enjoy with the group of friends.

Chill with sunset and a pint of beer.

Water sports are amazing.

Just love the atmosphere.

And talking about the nightlife, Baga is the best in India.

Enjoyed a lot.
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Hiren jariwala

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  • Hiren jariwala
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  457 readers

"Nice place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its very nice place and nice beach its also very cleanest beach in Goa as per my views in the morning its view so beautiful and actrective. I m regular visited in the morning this beach b'coz its only walking distance for our hotel so I like very much this beach.
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Prashant thorat

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  • Prashant thorat
  • 2 Reviews
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"Enjoying Goa"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 27, 2016
Goa is very good location to relaxed and enjoy.. All lovely and clean beaches... When I visited its raining and sea was very rough but we had great time at beach. Best part is very safe and guards are watching all activities.

Calangute is of the very popular beach of North Goa. A lot of shops and restaurants are present here which will give a good shopping experience as well.
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