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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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Calangute Traveller Reviews

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Siva V
  • Siva V
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews

"A place to have good fun with friends" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Good Beach to hang out during sunset Paragliding, para sailing during sunset gives you a good experience. Tito's pub is nearby. Shacks are full of fun and loud. Totally, place to have a good fun with friends. Little tough with food if you are full vegetarian and a non-alcoholic.
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Saket Sahu
  • Saket Sahu
  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 Reviews

"One the best beaches in India" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I visited this beach and I must say this is one the best beaches in India. It's wonderful and I advice you guys to visit this place at least once in lifetime

The weather was so good that you would just want to roam around the beach.
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Ayush Paul
  • Ayush Paul
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 10 Reviews

"Better than Baga!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I think the title did it.

But anyway, since there words I have to write - I must tell you that there is nothing different between Baga and Calangute except that you don't see so many people on Calangute.

You would see less of Indian and more of white Russian (also now distinctly identified & segregated Ukrainian) or British retirees. It has all your usual water sports, beach shacks, random locals and even more random honeymooning type couples (or to be couples).

There is nothing much to write home about the less commercialised than Baga beach. But when you put into perspective the absence of concrete establishments and the line-up of home stays, cute resorts beyond the shacks - this becomes the choice of stay for people who love to be away from the "happening" places.
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Raw bin Bisht
  • Raw bin Bisht
  • 3 Reviews

"Calangute - The place with beaches" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The destination itself is very tempting if you go by the reviews which were written years ago. However, trust me, apart from the walk on the beaches, nothing is very extraordinary. The roads adjoining the beaches are littered with commercial ventures of all types and after a while one gets a feeling that everyone there is ready to pounce on you for making additional money quoting exorbitant prices for nearly everything under the sun. The real peace of the beaches can be enjoyed only in the mornings and late evenings.
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Gautam Undale
  • Gautam Undale
  • 1 Review

"Excellent beach to relax and enjoy" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I have visited Calangute beach in Goa many times and believe everytime I had a thrilling experience. We can enjoy drinks, sea foods, swimming in beach water tides, Goan music and many more interesting things. I hope thousands of tourists visit Goa every year especially on New Year Eve. Experience it to believe it. Lifetime experience.
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Tamanna Jain
  • Tamanna Jain
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"A great place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was overall a good trip. Nice Stay and hotel staff arranged one activa for us. We explored the places on our own and overall it was a nice break.:) We found 2-3 Veg places to eat so did not have any difficulties in Goa (known to be a sea food place).
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Nitesh Dubey
  • Nitesh Dubey
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"It is famous for its beach, the largest in north Goa" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The first thing I got to know as soon as I reached Goa was that one swimming costume, three shorts two t shirts and vest are enough for your stay at Goa.

The best way to reach there from Delhi is to go via Bombay. It will save your time as well as money. Travel by garib rath from Nizamuddin its a damn chaep fully ac train that helps u reach Mumbai in just 16hrs then enjoy your day in Mumbai and get any train from Mumbai to goa (preferably night train) . Jan shatabdi is the fastest n cheapest train to travel from Mumbai (Dadar) to Goa (Thivim). But dont go for thar as its a chair class train and seats are not comfortable at all. Secondly the time frame of this journey is too bad. Too hot to handle.

From thivin, grab a taxi. Not more than Rs 600 for Calangute. And @calangute enjoy yo stay book a bike or scooty or jeep. Avoid tripling. I have faced the consequences.

Locals are not at all friendly so beware. Best and cheap time to go is Feb-Mar.


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Vijay Ranade
  • Vijay Ranade
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful beaches in Goa" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The state of Goa is famous for its beaches and places of worship. Tourism is its primary industry. Best season to visit Goa is Jan to March. Goa beaches are divided into North and South Goa. It cover about 125 km. All beaches are clean and beautiful. While going to Goa go by train and while coming come by flight.
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Nayana Urs
  • Nayana Urs
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice place to have fun" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its was a nice trip to Goa. Stayed @ Calangute Towers for 4 nights. Got a decent deal almost 2800/- per night for deluxe room. Its close to Calangute Beach. Comparing it with similar 3 star hotels it is decently maintained. Rooms are clean and good. Staff is good. Only problem I had is Door lock was not functioning properly and couple of power plugs were not working. Food was great.

Apart from Hotel you definitely need your own vehicle to enjoy Goa to fullest. Car/ Bike can be hired from market. Even Hotel can help you arranging for it. It's better you book it from Hotel. Activa can cost you from 250 bugs to 400 bugs depending on season. Consider roaming around nearby places from your own vehicle only. Public transport here is not too good. You won't find autos and buses regularly.

Taxi's are very costly. It's better to hire a car on rent. If you are interested in water sports consider it doing at Candolim beach. Since Calungate and Baga is crowded chances are you might get cheated. Para-sailing @ Calangute is Rs 600 per person for about 45 sec ride without Dip and height (Dip and height cost you extra) and at Candolim it will cost you around 1100 per couple for about 3 minutes including Dip and Height. Apart Candolim is much cleaner than Calangute and Baga. Try Britos @Baga Beach. Food is excellent here. If you are here in weekends don't miss Saturday night market.
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Rani Shah
  • Rani Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 21 Reviews

"A nice place to hangout" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Calangute beach is really crowded with lots of people on the beach. Lots of restaurants are available here. It is right next to Baga beach. For more peaceful zone you need to go more up north or down south. Lot of water sport activities here like jet skiing, para sailing. There are lot of places to shop for clothes as well.
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