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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Calangute Traveller Reviews

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Shilpi
  • Shilpi
  • 4 Reviews

"A good place to have fun" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
The beach is very good. Our guesthouse was very near to it. You can see many Indians enjoying their holidays here. The watersports were just thrilling and amazing. You will love and cherish the quality time spent with your loved ones there. The food which we got in the shacks were yummy. I have craving for seafood. Enjoyed the Goan culinary there. You can get dishes from various cuisine here.
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Ajay Poddar
  • Ajay Poddar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Calangute is a sexy beach where you can have good time with your friends and families as it is very cool. You can take your time and have lots of fun if you are more in number as you can do many things in a group. Please do visit this beach whenever you visit Goa.
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Abhijeet Yadav
  • Abhijeet Yadav
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"'Awesome' is the word" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It was the best beach of Goa, people there were so cool and so party going. It was very near to club cabana, which is my favorite place in Goa, my first place where I visited on my first trip. I love the feeling of this beach. Its awesome and must visit place.
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Bernard Alvares
  • Bernard Alvares
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 30 Reviews

"A good destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a good beach. Many people come there to visit and have lots of fun. There are lots of shops around. Next to it there is a fort, people also come to see the fort. There are many local busses which fly from mapusa to calangute. There are also good hotels around the beach.
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Ajinkyaraj Kadampatil
  • Ajinkyaraj Kadampatil
  • Lives in Solapur
  • 1 Review

"Best Beach for couple" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is the best place for couples as they may get best pleasure at evening. You may have a walk there. The beaches are clean enough and they have many resorts where one can have a candle light dinner with your partner with a awesome view and the temperature is very cool and if your with your friends then at afternoon you may enjoy swimming. There are many coastal guards for safety.
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S B
  • S B
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Great place for whole family!!!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very good place to spend some time out of the city noise. Beautiful view on ocean. Very polite and kind crew at the bar and restaurant. Animators made a fantastic job with kids and adults as well. I would recommend that hotel to anyone, we are going back there in end of 2015.
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Sunil Melwani
  • Sunil Melwani
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  • Lives in Pune
  • 5 Reviews

"The place to party and have fun" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is where the world converges and is nature at its best. You can stop the world in goa and get off and truly surf life instead of surfing the net. Great aura with tasty sea food makes goa a friend for all seasons and any reason. Calangute is where life is a party and the world meets at goa and parties as one.
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Manjunath Gowda
  • Manjunath Gowda
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"A superb holiday place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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