Calangute Tourism
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Calangute Tourism

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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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Manjunath Gowda
  • Manjunath Gowda
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"A superb holiday place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
This beach is in Goa where it attracts tourists all over India. The pace is wonder full for those who are planning for holiday trip. The facilities provided here is excellent. The restaurant here are better than any thing. The bikers can come with group to enjoy the beach. The family members are also encouraged to have fun in beach. It is superb to swim in sunny than in morning or evening.
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Karan Sibal
  • Karan Sibal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A place to explore" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We spent 7 nights in Calangute and it was a good experience. We explored most parts of goa. If you are planning to visit Goa, then don't forget to visit Morjim beach. Its very quiet and peaceful. No commercialization is present. You can hire a car or do a taxi and then visit Morjim beach. Its almost 1.5 hr far from Calangute beach.
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Govind Menon
  • Govind Menon
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Good to explore the beautiful beaches" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Truly an amazing place to. Enjoy the pristine beaches of Goa. Was there for a few days in end of November with friends and we had such a good time that we are planning a trip soon. The food and ambience is truly superb. Try the fish thats served authentic style on the small shacks on the beach.
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Archana J
  • Archana J
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews

"Nice shopping destination and good food"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Peaceful area of Goa. The beach had pretty less people and has much lesser activity as compared to Baga Beach. Nice shopping destination .The pure veg. hotels available served really nice food. Really liked the taste and ambience. October was a perfect season for visiting Goa, appropriate time and weather for adventure, sightseeing and tourist attractions.
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Niteen Patel
  • Niteen Patel
  • 1 Review

"The best beach destination ever found"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The best place where you can find the best alcohol and everything here is good still the best in my mind. The salty wind and bright sun will make your holidays so awesome. You can also shop at various shops from the outside market and there are various categories for shop.
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Arun Kumar
  • Arun Kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews

"The best place to enjoy the beaches"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a wonderful experience at goa, with the ambience being so great and weather was fine too. It was lit up well at all the places and people were so warm and welcoming. Truly a great experience. Go with family and stay there to enjoy if not with family then you many enjoy a bit more. Bathing in clear water of the beach is refreshing. The sandy beach looks very beautiful.
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Abhishek Singh
  • Abhishek Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A place worth visiting"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a wonderful experience at goa, with the ambience being so great and weather so fine. It was lit up well at all d places and people were so warm and welcoming. Truly a great experience. Went there in July and enjoyed every bit of it. Went to the casinos and explored beaches like Arambol and vagator. Overall the place is worth going.
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Anand Srivastava
  • Anand Srivastava
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 3 Reviews

"A beach destination"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is the longest beach in Goa, go with family and stay there to enjoy. Not only family, you can also enjoy with your friends. Bathing in the clear water of the beach is refreshing. And the sand of the beach looks beautiful in the morning at the time of sunrise. Good to enjoy and have a nice break from work.
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Nashikh
  • Nashikh
  • Lives in Afzalpura
  • 4 Reviews

"Wonderful destination with good facilities"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We had a very good time with wonderful memories, it was a very good experience. The destination was very cool our first visit to Goa was superb. Who ever goes must visit the beaches, the temple, the Aguada Fort, the beautiful Church and the sanctuaries it possesses. My idea of holiday at Goa was an excellent experience. We did many beach activities such as boating jetsky, etc. I would advise that everyone should visit Goa once in there life time.
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Purab Shah
  • Purab Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 11 Reviews

"Fully satisfied with the destination experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Overall, enjoying a lot. Happy wants to go again if possible. In this summer we are going to Goa with my family and also more three families to Goa on this summer. We are going Goa from travel company and there name is Friend Group Travel. My experience is how nice, we are enjoying each and every place of Goa. We are stay in this hotel five days not move any other hotel. This hotel is so good, in the sense nice swimming pool, awesome food, good service and facilities in room to good. So I suggest to stay in this hotel and plus point is to stay in this hotel is it is very near to Calangute Beach. So we also enjoying beach every day. So we are so satisfied with this hotel.
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