Calangute Tourism

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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Calangute Traveller Reviews

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Prashant thorat

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  • Prashant thorat
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  254 readers

"Enjoying Goa"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Arvind Kumar

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  • Arvind Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 25 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  66 helpful votes
  •  577 readers

"Calangute : most popular beach in Goa."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Calangute beach is just next to the Calangute market and it is the most popular beach in Goa and probably that's why it is always crowded. People from across India and of across age groups are enjoy facing the wave of the sea. You will find so. E decent eatery places and liquor shop close to this beach. Life saving guards are always keeping a close eyes on the people trying to get deep in side the sea and suggesting not to go beyond a define line. The best part of this beach is it's cleanliness as it make you comfortable to enjoy the water with out any hassle.
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Burrp Search

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  • Burrp Search
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 17 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1546 readers

"Nice but crowded"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This place is very busy compared to other places in North Goa. The calangute market is very famous. You get good cashewnuts and Bibinca here. The beach is very crowded and if you are looking for relaxation or want to spend some quality time with your wife or girlfriend, skip this beach. Having said that, if you are here with your family, then kids will surely enjoy. There are quite a few water sports which you can do. But you will have to do some very good bargaining. There are a few very good seafood restaurants in and around Calangute.
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Tushar sheladia

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  • Tushar sheladia
  • 3 Reviews
  •  932 readers

"A beach well known among Indian tourists"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted May 14, 2016
Calangute Beach is well known among the Indian tourists. The beach is a bit crowded compared to other beaches. Water sports facility is available here and I enjoyed parasailing at the beach. Be aware of the unauthorised agents who will surround you as soon as you enter the beach. This unauthorised agents charge more than the actual amount. Instead move directly to the cabins where the authorised people provide the tickets directly for water sports. You can enjoy the seafood at the restaurants located on the beach. Police patrolling is round the clock so you do not have to worry about your security even if you roam near Calangute beach till late night. You can relax, take a stroll and enjoy the evening.
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Jaison Netto

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  • Jaison Netto
  • Lives in Kochi
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  • 63 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  21079 readers

"Best beaches in Goa lies here"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 12, 2016
Calangute is a town in North Goa, famous for its beach. The beach is the largest in North Goa and visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists. Water sport activities like parasailing and water skiing are available in most of the beaches of this town.

For me this town means a strip of some beautiful and clean beaches with lot of activities and big crowd on all of them.

So this town is for thrill seekers or people who wants to make a lot of noise. If you are looking for a peaceful beach, then you have to move towards north again.
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  • Pavan
  • 2 Reviews
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"Too crowded"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted May 7, 2016
One time visit with family is fine and I also noticed the beach is dirty. You find every one drinking on the beach and not recommended for a family visit for sure. You find lot of North and south people spoiling the nature around and they are meant for it.
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Varun Kulkarni

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  • Varun Kulkarni
  • Lives in Pune
  • 26 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
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
  • 6 Reviews
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"Perfect place for enjoyment and relaxation"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
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
  •  92 helpful votes
  •  22595 readers

"Best beach in Goa"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 14, 2016
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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