Calangute Tourism

Calangute Tourism

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  • 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.

Calangute is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mapusa and Panjim.

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Karthikg tafe

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  • 2 Reviews
  •  41 readers

"Not suitable for family"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is located in North Goa and it's suitable for teenage people not for family. Living cost is Very high, all taxi people collect more tariff. Hotel room tariff also very High.
Calangute beach is very dangerous to take Bath or play in beach. Be very careful while take Bath in beach because sea waves are very forced as well depth in beach.
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Sasinairak

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"Excellent"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 20, 2017
Ideal place to visit with family, calm and quite
Very clean beach I have ever seen. People are also very friendly. Recommended for all. Enjoy in Goa. Sea food also great experience. Ideal place to visit with family, calm and quite
Visit with family and children and give them a great experience.
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Devender rana

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  • Devender rana
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"Too crowded and dirty beach"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2017
We went to Calangute during our stay in Goa. It was just an average beach very dirty and stinky. Garbage here and there. No one actually cared about cleanliness. People avoid this beach. Visit Sequerim or Anjuna instead... I will never visit Calangute... There is nothing much to do other than looking at the Sea. The water is dirty it stinks at times... It was over crowded and dirty that is all I can say Kindly avoid.
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Pramod

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Superb Place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2017
Its a great place to roam around. Lots of options for food and drinks. Beach is really great. The Shacks at the beach are great. You can book a table right on the beach and enjoy your food and drink facing the sea.
Visit Fort Aguoda, and Charpora fort for the sunset.
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Suman banik

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"Awesome experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2017
The beach was very nice but over crowded for its popularity. You can spend quality time with your loved one. The beach was ideal for fun loving people. You must visit fort aguada and chapora fort. Fish thalis were awesome. You can enjoy various water sports here. Liquors are available at a cheaper price. You can take cashew nut which are available in different flavours
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Pardeep kumar

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  • Pardeep kumar
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"Fun, magic and more fun ..."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 15, 2017
Calangute is a vast beach with majestic waves. It has shacks, beer, food, water sports and fun. Food is expensive though. The shack owners have their relaxing chairs and umbrella but wait before you jump on to those chairs as you have to purchase food worth thousand bucks at least to avail the comfort of those chairs and umbrella. But no worries carry your own mat and umbrella and make the soft sand your relaxing pad! Just a walk for 15 minutes straight on the beach will take you too Baga beach which is same as Calangute. Their are many places to stay near beach. It gives you home kind of feeling. Overall a fun and frolic place ... Must visit!
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Vinit bidwai

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"Best place to live on trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 14, 2017
Best place to live. Silent & calm place. Secure also.
As Calangute situated in center of North Goa, We can easily travel to anywhere. Like fort Aguda, sinqureem beach, candoliem beach at one side & Baga beach, anjuna beach, vegator beach etc. On another side. 3 Days are enough for North Goa holiday. Good market & everything is available at Calangute. So. It could be better to stay at Calangute is you are going for North Goa holiday.
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Mohit khosla

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  • Mohit khosla
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"Family Beach"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2017
This is one of the best beach in Goa as the location and view is very good.. Small shacks near by and water sports are ultimate.. Market is too very close and if you are not willing to spend much on the beach then market option is too available where you can have your food in a cheaper price.. You can enjoy with your family as well..
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Sameernag

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"Goa tour"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2017
Me and my friends went to Goa previous month and we enjoyed a lot. We were there for 10 days and each day we went to different places. The hotel was good and each day room was cleaned. The service of the hotel was also good. Er had a great weekend afterall.
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Eshwarchandra kolkundha

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"Awesome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2017
Near by all the famous places and markets. Easy for to and fro. All the major things in Goa happen nearby calagute. We get all things here itself no need to go to any other place for anything. Got good food at low costs at some places and drinks are the best part
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