Calangute Tourism
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Calangute Tourism

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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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Varun Kulkarni

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  • Varun Kulkarni
  • Lives in Pune
  • 26 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  19525 readers

"Overcrowded"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Calangute Beach is one of the dirtiest, overcrowded, over hyped beach. Calangute which is situated near in Panaji it is a highly commercialised beach you would see shaks after shaks thronged upon. These shacks are costlier than the quality of service they provide.
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Avish Ahuja

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  • Avish Ahuja
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2165 readers

"Perfect place for enjoyment and relaxation"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited there at the end of February, amazing crowd, delicious food and other cocktails can go with group, family or even couple. Enjoyed water activities at reasonable charges. A must visit place in Goa but make sure you don't visit there anytime after Feb. Since it gets very hot in the day time but evenings are pleasant.
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Ashwin Taware

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  • Ashwin Taware
  • Lives in Bhiwandi
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  • 24 Reviews
  •  91 helpful votes
  •  19813 readers

"Best beach in Goa"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is the most popular beach in Goa and top beaches in India. This beach stay awake till the midnight with shack houses. The waves are awesome, during day the water sports will thrill you. You can run, you can fly, jump, walk, seat and relax here, very good place for beach activities, very good place for memorable your day. Must visited place in Goa, you can not eliminate it. Go Goa thrill and enjoy.
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Nikhil Singh

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  • Nikhil Singh
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  629 readers

"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good place to stay and enjoy when visit Goa for first time. Many of beaches and markets are nearby. Fort Aguada and other non places can be visited on rated two wheelers. Beautiful beach crowded by foreigners and indian as well. It avails all the water sport activities like para sailing, jetski, bumper, etc. You can also enjoy candle light dinner here.
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Umang Patel

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  • Umang Patel
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  811 readers

"Good place to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good place to stay and enjoy when visit Goa for first time. Number of beaches and markets are nearby. Fort Aguada and other places can be visited on rated two wheelers. Honesty in people is also remarkable.
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Vrajesh Vyas

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  • Vrajesh Vyas
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  854 readers

"Calangute beach, tourist's favorite"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This place attracts the best tourists from Goa and is located at the centre of North Goa. There are great shopping destinations outside the beach and also the beach has a number of famous shacks for sea food. The is a must visit place if you are in Goa among others like Anjuna, Baga and Candolim.
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Sandeep Patel

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  • Sandeep Patel
  • Lives in Bihar Sharif
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  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4070 readers

"Beautiful beach destination!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A beautiful beach crowded by foreigners and Indian as well. It avails all the water sport activities like para sailing, jet sky, bumper, etc. You can also enjoy candle light dinner here beside the beach. The feeling will be so romantic. And it has the option of variety of seafood.
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Vinod asware

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  • Vinod asware
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1044 readers

"Calangute is very crowded and lovely beach"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Calangute and Baga beach is very nice and lovely beach for late night party as well as for drinking veer at see side. Also these beach are very clean and water sports are also available there. We enjoyed water sports also but it is not worthy. It is awesome experience. I enjoyed a lot.
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Pratik Gala

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  • Pratik Gala
  • Lives in Thane
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  • 1 Review
  •  870 readers

"Worth a visit!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Calangute beach is the largest in North Goa. Peak time to visit is Christmas and new year. From June to September, the sea is rough, so avoid going. Nice place to relax, have fun & enjoy the beach. Party all night. To add to it, some water sports like para sailing and many more.
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Shikha Dixit

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  • Shikha Dixit
  • Lives in Noida
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"Calangute a less crowded place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice, clean water and lots of water sports available. Must visit to watch sunset at beach. Only problem in Goa is net connection. 4G and 3G doesn't work. Else on beach you can have drinks and food. Don't forget to carry swim costumes. Lot of bike and car rental shops are available from where you can rent self driven vehicles and go for sightseeing. Church are also there but most famous are the ones in old Goa.
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