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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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Rao Ramesh

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"Good experience and enjoyed the Goan life" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to Goa last year. I went there first time that also with my friends. This place is party place I must say. Night in Goa is awful. You feel all freedom here. Just you need to take one bike that also you can take on rent and go wherever you want.

We first went to Calangute beach, booked nearby hotel of Calangute so we can enjoy night at beach. At night it's full of lights, full of people. Every restro have their own DJ. They do all sitting arrangement over the sand just near the beach. You can rest there, dance, play with sip of drinks you like. I really loved the sea food. It's bit expensive over there but tastes good and fresh.

Another day we went on cruise, it was not that good as I heard from others. Goan people perform some traditional dance and then cruise people joins them for dance. But yes their is one cruise where you have all food and play games. I think next time whenever I'll go will experience that for sure.

For couples it's the best place. Those who don't want to go out and for pocket friendly place you can choose Goa. Goa is just awesome. You can have candle light dinner and enjoy water rides as much as you want.
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Sachin Kumar

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"Awesome place to have fun"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
In india goa is a best city where you can enjoy your life in your dream. The goa city have beaches and a good envirenment to feel happy and peacefully life. In goa city you can watch the real coconut tree and drink or eat the fresh coconut and there water.
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Vikas Monga

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  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  1514 readers

"One of the most neat and clean beaches of India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Calangute beach is one of the most neat and clean beaches of India. It is a peaceful place to visit. Since it is not much crowed so one can really spent some good time on this beach. Sitting on the beach and enjoying the sunrise or watching the sunset is a wonderful experience. Cool breeze make it even better to stay on the beach for hours. Nice beach to relax and rejuvenate.
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Bikramjit Singh

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  •  7 helpful votes
  •  1421 readers

"A place for crowd lovers"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
As every tourist does, I went ahead visiting Calangute beach. Preferably not my kind of place as it was way crowded but the beach gave a response which an actual tourist beach would give. Full of life, people, shacks, water sports and many more. Overall, I would give 3 out of 5 to this place but a place for crowd lovers.
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Mahesh Raisinghani

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"Clean and excellent spot to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is the best and most famous beach in Goa. You can reach there by medium of bus or personal taxi. The beauty of beach is so good and at the time of sunset the whole crowd take snaps with siblings. It is clean and excellent spot to visit. If you want to visit Goa then I am sure that it is the best place to visit. It is in the heart of the city. The right time to visit is from Nov to Jan.
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Vivek Budhiraja

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"Good Beach to have fun"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Excellent beach, it was clean & calm. Good Sunrise & sunset Scene. Good Food Stalls. Nariyal pani & tea stalls was there. Paragliding was awesome. If I remember that still I feel good Because I was at 35 ft height. Bike boat was again very very good. Things were bit high rates but not a problem we were getting every thing. Good cloths of Goa culture.
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Rajesh Bahl

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"A perfect exotic holiday for sea lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This beach is the best beach in Goa. Spread to about 2-3 km, you can have a long morning walk up to Baga beach which is near to Royal Goan Beach Club, Monterio. One can enjoy drinks and seafood in restaurants along the side of the beach. For adventure loving, there are sports like speed boats, scooters, para sailing, etc.

Sea side lovers can stay in the shacks overnight for experience of sea at night. All in all, a perfect exotic holiday for sea lovers.
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Siva V

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"A place to have good fun with friends"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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

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"One the best beaches in India"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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

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  • Ayush Paul
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Better than Baga!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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