Calangute Tourism
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Calangute Tourism

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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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Suman banik

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  • Suman banik
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  11 readers

"Awesome experience" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
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
  • 2 Reviews
  •  18 readers

"Fun, magic and more fun ..." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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  • Vinit bidwai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  18 readers

"Best place to live on trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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
  • 2 Reviews
  •  19 readers

"Family Beach" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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  • Sameernag
  • 1 Review
  •  34 readers

"Goa tour" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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  • Eshwarchandra kolkundha
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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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Rajeev gosain Gosain

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  • Rajeev gosain Gosain
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Calangute Beach"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Not worth visiting with family. It was a very horrifying experience. You don't find any space to enjoy with family. This beach is very crowdy and thus dirty too. Shack owners are an added torture. I went there with family and stayed there for three hours. I do not take alcohol. My total bill of food and drinks was around Rs. 2000/-. The waiter abused us with reason that our bill was too little and his owner is shouting on him. They expect bill of around 5000 from every client. We were 4 persons and I thing we spent considerable amount on food. I advise all to visit beaches of South Goa like benulim Colva and Varca et instead where due to less crowd beaches are very neat and clean and behaviour of Shack owners is also very Good. Never visit Calangute and Baga beach with family in peak season ( From September to April)
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Rakesh mehta

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  • Rakesh mehta
  • 5 Reviews
  •  845 readers

"Overcrowded beach of north Goa"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Calangute beach is one of the most crowded beach of North Goa. Will suggest to walk a little ahead and explore Baga beach which is comparatively less crowded. Calangute has many shacks to sip liquor and dine. Souza Lobo is a very nice restaurant to dine in Calangute.
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Pranjal shekhawat n chh

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  • Pranjal shekhawat n chh
  • 3 Reviews
  •  267 readers

"Good place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Over crowded. Girls may feel a bit awkward. All type of crowd is there.

Only good thing is water sports and sea waves.

Nearby you will get veg restaurants, food is edible. Navtara will be a good option. Market is good, with little bargain you can get what you want.
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Irfan pasha

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  • Irfan pasha
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"Must Visit Place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Loads of water activities and wide range of hotels to stay in ... Its the centre place for north Goa and you can access all the tourist locations easily if you stay here ... Must take an early morning walk and relax on the beach ... You can also try button Idly from road side vendor on the beach entrance.
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