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Sai charan

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21 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Goa-Not only a place for pubs and bars but also for adventures

When we planned for Goa many people told me and friends its a place only for drinkers and they even asked me why you people are going when you are not drinkers. But I told them only one reason I am going for adventure and Goa has not let me down

Let me start with a detailed trip of what happened:

We are group of 5 members and we started from Bangalore on September 29, 2015 by sea bird travels and we reached there by September 30, 12 30 in the noon>although the journey was long we did not feel it as we are quite excited about our next few days in Goa. We took a car for rent at Panjim where the bus has its last point. As we already booked our hotel stay in Palm resorts we directly went there and refreshed ourself and started to roam outside. On that day we went to baga beach and enjoyed in the beach almost for about 3 hours and it was 4. 30 by then and we went to resort took bath and went to calangute beach. It was a good beach and we did enjoy with good food over there. After that we went to a restaurant and had nice food.

October 1-On the second day we went to Fort Agauda and while returning we stopped at a place where there several boats and we asked the people what is it about. They told this is the first day if season and they are taking the people to explore if there are dolphins. So we also took a boat and out boat driver has deviated from every one else and took us more farther and to our look we found many dolphins and we got quite excited about them and took some pictures as well and after that all the bots followed us. After that we went to Sinquerim beach and it has nice photo shot places. We visited Agonda beach and carried forward our places to explore and went to Anjuna and Vagator beaches.

I am extremely disappointing as Water sports has not started on October 1 and every one told it will be started tomorrow and then in the evening we were on our way to canodlim beach and there we saw the board of Coco trips and we went and asked them about water sports and they have informed me there is a place where we can enjoy all the water sports. So we told that it has to be finished by 7 in the evening as i have some other plans

October 2- we were given an Innova and we started our trip to a place called Mavlin and it is 120 kms from goa and we reached there around 11 and i was very excited as i am going first time for Scuba diving and the experience is awesome and they even gave a complementary video and photos. Next we went to Tsunami island by boat which is some 20 kms from mavlin and there we enjoyed with Paragliding and other water sports like Banana ride, Bumpy ride, Jetski. We enjoyed to the peak

Finally to conclude the places we have visited:

Baga beach, Candolim beach, Calangute beach, Vagator beach, Anjuna beach, Sinquerim beach, Agonda beach, Agauda fort, Mavlin Beach-Scuba diving, Tsunami Island-Water sports-365 days available.

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Oliver John

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4 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Fantastic place to relax-Calangute

Goa proved to be place which releases everyone of the hustle and bustle of the busy work life. This could be attributed to the our visit during the off season time. Goa is place that has the recreation for all regardless of their age and size. One true place which knows to welcome people in style. As long as you keep yourself everyone and everything around you is wonderful. This city never sleeps and you are able to get whatever you want at whatever time you want, this is just amazing.

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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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