Calangute Beach – one of the most popular beaches of Goa lies in Calangute town. It is also the biggest beach of North Goa. Visited by thousands of tourists from the world over especially in the months of November – December; its filled with sports activities, night life and tourist destinations.
Calangute, in India’s western state of Goa, sits in an idyllic setting, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The resort is best known for its long, sandy beach which now has flagship status as the country’s prime beach holiday destination. Calangute has long attracted the local well-to-doers from centres such as Bangalore and Mumbai. Word spread though and Calangute’s status as a prime holiday destination is now secured. Known as the Queen of Beaches, India’s enthusiastic holiday makers now mix with the super-rich, backpackers and holidaying couples and families from around the world. Combined, they sing the praises of Calangute. Feel free to join in the chorus.
- Relax at the beach. The beach reaches from Candolim to Baga. Known also as the Queen of Beaches, although is rather crowded nowadays. Unfortunately it has also been reported to be a place where women risk to be harrassed. The sand is quite full of beds for sunbathing. These are free at least if you buy something from the beach shack, but expect a lot of salesmen.
No tears; but crocodile smiles in the Calangute climate
You can visit Calangute in the certain knowledge that the fairly constant, year-round temperature will range from extremely warm, to very hot. It is, though, considered to be less oppressive here than in other areas of Goa. It’s not all perfect and there are other aspects to consider in this monsoon-like region. The June to September period is the rainy season and the intensity is such that beach swimming and water sports are prohibited during these months. During the remaining months, the rain disappears and the relentless sunshine is tempered by a gentle and cooling breeze. May is usually the hottest month. It is during the October to May period that the full gamut of beach activities and excursions swings into action. There are river cruises and island trips that are designed to enthrall you; plus, there’s immersion in sports such as parasailing, water skiing and surfing. Your Calangute hotel will carry detail on all activities and attractions. These even include dolphin and crocodile watching. Better make it snappy, though; if the prospect of a Calangute holiday floats your own particular pleasure boat.
Things to Do in Calangute Beach
The best thing to do around is to indulge in water sport activities like jet skiing, catamaran sailing, banana rides, surfing, banana rides, bump rides, parasailing and paragliding. All these activities begin early with first sunlight and can be carried out till 4 p.m.. Except for rainy and windy days; these are generally carried out throughout the year.
The second best thing here is to join Indian Yoga centers which teach how to keep body and mind fit. Daily base classes, weekly and monthly classes are the options one can choose from. But before attending these classes beware of touts or non – recognized centers.
- One can also go for Ayurvedic messages which replinish skin and help in rejuvenation of body and mind. These messages are also done to treat ailments like migraine and backaches n also some diseases. The effect of these differ from person to person.
- In winters around December SUNBURN FESTIVAL is celebrated on Candolim beach. for 3 days. This festival is filled with dance, music, shopping, food and other entertainment.
- Nightlife is one thing which almost every visitor to Candolim beach loves to do. One can go for places like Shiro Nightclub; Club LPK, Pharos and enjoy things like live music, cocktail, mocktail, karakoe or Over the Flames entertainment.
Calangute is full of festivals and fun
Throughout Goa, religious Hindu festivals are entered into with enthusiastic gusto. Calangute is no exception. Cal, in fact, is derived from Kali , the name of the Hindu goddess. In the world of festivals, Ganesha is dedicated to the Elephant God and is celebrated during August and September. Janamashtami takes place during the same period. The colourful Holi festival marks the beginning of Spring and other festivals include Dusshera and Diwali . Locally, the Church of St. Alex on the road into Calangute has architecture that thrills the visiting tourist. Also in the town, Kerkar Art Gallery has exhibitions of paintings and sculptures from local artists, plus regularly staged evenings of Indian music and dance. Western-style entertainment often takes the form of meals, with added live entertainment in Calangute’s local restaurants. You’ll love it here if you fancy an early night. Most, but not all, bars close well before midnight. If you have a craving to rave; take a cab five miles up the road, just beyond Baga, to Anjuna. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
How to Reach Calangute Beach
If you are reaching Calangute beach by Train then drop down at Thivim railway station and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the town of Calangute. Pre paid taxis or the ones arranged by your tour operators are good ones. Buses too operate on regular basis but you will be required to change 3 buses to reach calangute which can be cumbersome. Cabs generally take INR 1000/- for one direction.
Nearby Attractions in Calangute Beach
Candolim, Baga and Anjuna Beach
All three beaches are near to Calangute beach. One can see these beaches side - be – side. One can easily cover these beaches by bike especially if there are only few members or group of youngsters is there.
Nightlife on Calangute Beach
The Calangute Beach seems more vibrant and lively, when the sun goes down and the city awakes up in the sky. The nightlife scene of the beach simply lightens the city with cultural, music and dance shows. Parties and wines are the main attractions of beach that draws a large number of traveler junkies from all across the world.