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Minesh  Shah

Minesh Shah4.3/5

2 reviews

"It was good, but the" All was very good. Room, lo

"It was good, but the". All was very good. Room, location and facilities was very good. The breakfast serve was also good. Parking was good. The room service was also good, as we ordered for any stuff they were very timely and responded very well
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All was very good. Room, lo

Sameer valia

Sameer valia5.0/5

2 reviews

A central location for all must-see places

Calangute is right in the centre of North Goa wherefrom all other beaches are pretty close-by. Goa as such is best enjoyed on a bike and which better place to connect all other then it's central place. This place has some of the best food-joints thronged by tourists from all over the world. Great music is big plus point at these food-joints. I loved the raw energy that this place oozed. I visited it in the end of March when the tourists are few. I visited Tibetan market which had pretty good collection of handicrafts. Baga beach which is very close-by (2 is one lively place as it is open 24 hours and it's a sight to see in the night. Travelling on rented bike and feeling the fresh air and beauty around is what I liked the most about this place. Food joints and eateries and even beaches are packed with interesting people during night time. All in all a Goa is a place to leave all your worries behind and enjoy.

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Calangute Overview

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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