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  • 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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Vrajesh Vyas

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  • Vrajesh Vyas
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  6 readers

"Calangute beach, tourist's favorite" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
This place attracts the best tourists from Goa and is located at the centre of North Goa. There are great shopping destinations outside the beach and also the beach has a number of famous shacks for sea food. The is a must visit place if you are in Goa among others like Anjuna, Baga and Candolim.
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Sandeep Patel

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  • Sandeep Patel
  • Lives in Bihar Sharif
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  • 15 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Beautiful beach destination!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A beautiful beach crowded by foreigners and Indian as well. It avails all the water sport activities like para sailing, jet sky, bumper, etc. You can also enjoy candle light dinner here beside the beach. The feeling will be so romantic. And it has the option of variety of seafood.
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Vinod asware

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  • Vinod asware
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"Calangute is very crowded and lovely beach" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Calangute and Baga beach is very nice and lovely beach for late night party as well as for drinking veer at see side. Also these beach are very clean and water sports are also available there. We enjoyed water sports also but it is not worthy. It is awesome experience. I enjoyed a lot.
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Pratik Gala

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  • Pratik Gala
  • Lives in Thane
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"Worth a visit!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Calangute beach is the largest in North Goa. Peak time to visit is Christmas and new year. From June to September, the sea is rough, so avoid going. Nice place to relax, have fun & enjoy the beach. Party all night. To add to it, some water sports like para sailing and many more.
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Shikha Dixit

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  • Shikha Dixit
  • Lives in Noida
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"Calangute a less crowded place!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice, clean water and lots of water sports available. Must visit to watch sunset at beach. Only problem in Goa is net connection. 4G and 3G doesn't work. Else on beach you can have drinks and food. Don't forget to carry swim costumes. Lot of bike and car rental shops are available from where you can rent self driven vehicles and go for sightseeing. Church are also there but most famous are the ones in old Goa.
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Sumer singh Saran

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"All about fun and relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you do not hesitate to go at a crowded beach, then come to Calangute where life is a fun and joy. Total masti, in seasons 9 am to 12 midnight you can enjoy here, a total relax. Really total enjoyment, bath in sea, relax at shores, drink and dine at beach shacks or just wander. All are enjoying and only enjoying.
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Rahul

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  • Rahul
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Nice place, worth a visit, Calangute"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a chilling and relaxing evening in December last week at Calangute beach, north Goa. Dinner in front of the sea shore was just mesmerizing. The sound of tides, the moon light and the delicious food made it even more interesting. I will definitely recommend the place to visit once at least.
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Gaganjot Singh

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  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Nice option to spend time"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good place to spend time. Good restaurant options available. Good place to spend time with family, friends. Lot of entertainment options, beach front dining options. The environment, people are friendly. Visited in June, weather was pleasant, raining season had started by then.
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Channabasveshwarayya Kalmath

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"Its a nice beach to spend time"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This beach is located in southern part of Goa. This beach is vastly spread with great atmosphere. There are many hotels and beer parlours along the beach. Its the most visited beach by people all across the world. The Christmas party and new year party is arranged beautifully every year. Many activities like boating, paragliding etc are available. There is small beautiful market before the beach. Its nice place to relax and enjoy.
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Vipul

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"Must attend if you are trance lover"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited Goa 3 times and to make the most of it, one should visit Goa in Nov-Dec. Party to be attended. 1) Silent Noise : venue Palolem beach entry fees approx Rs. 500-700. 2) Hilltop : venue Vagator, must attend if you are trance lover.
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