BEACHES IN GOA
BEACHES IN GOA Goa is the perfect place where you will find a blend of traditional and modern aspects of life. On one hand you have plush beaches and on the other hand you have the most natural landscapes that make you wonder if time ever touched this place. Goa is the perfect place to go on a sightseeing tour. These tours will truly show you an entirely new side of Goa that is sure to take you by surprise. The waterfalls, the forests, the spice farms, all are unique in their own way and are a must visit on your tour to Goa in India. Check our related sections for further information.
BEACHES IN GOA
This beach may not be amongst the ideal spots for swimming, but certainly, an ideal one for lazing around, sunbathing and strolling – a paradise for those seeking to unwind. One of the prominent beaches in South Goa, Agonda beach is home to a turtle centre looking after the precious Olive Ridley eggs. If you are looking for that perfect beach that offers space and solitude, Agonda beach is certainly your safe haven.
One of the hot favourite beaches in Goa, Anjuna beach is laden with striking natural beauty and sprinkles of white sands. The moonlight rave parties by the beach, especially during the time of New Year and Christmas, are quite familiar cross Goa and worldwide – one of the magnetic factors for foreign and domestic tourists like. If this doesn’t sound happening enough, then there’s Bungee Jumping from an 80 feet tower, Para Gliding and Wind Surfing to up the ante for your visit to Anjuna.
An extended stretch of over 16 kms, this one is an amalgamation of two beaches – Arambol Beach and Harmal Beach . The latter, which is more popular, is a long-curved stretch offering that perfect spot for peace seeking tourists. The former, lies behind a rocky stretch and is accessible only on foot. On its either side are the outlines of steep cliffs. A fresh water lagoon, which trails down to the bottom of the valley into a dense jungle is just picture perfect. Popular for paragliding, dolphin watching boat rides, wind & kite surfing, body boarding and sailing.
Amongst the top happening places in Goa is the Baga Beach, well known for its beach shacks and the enjoyable sea food. The beach boasts of a buzzing nightlife, and houses some of the rocking night clubs like Mambos and Tito’s, that always hosts hordes of party lovers. You can visit Mackie’s Saturday night market for some amazing shopping offers. As far as Goa tourism is concerned, Baga is always on a traveller’s itinerary, for its perfect blend of happening nightlife and fun beaches. You may partake in activities like para sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. This is truly one of the places to visit in Goa.
This tiny, clean and almost uncharted beach rests in utmost calm. You will find some beautiful shells by the shore – especially a lot of oyster shells. The shacks by the beach offer some tasty Goan cuisine that will tickle your taste buds. Bambolim beach is a great spot for tourists who love boat rides in rough seas to satiate their desire for water adventures. Tourists can surf, sail and go scuba diving at the beach.
Benaulim Beach is famous for fishing, yet uncharted amongst the domestic tourists. It’s a perfect spot for picnic and to just lean back and relax. There’s bull fighting at the beach from October to March. However, the main attraction at Benaulim beach are the dolphin cruises with a reasonably high chance of spotting dolphins. What makes Benaulim more interesting is its knot with mythology as the place where the Lord Parashuram’s arrow landed, which ultimately created Goa. Tourist may go parasailing, jet skiing and wind surfing at Benaulim beach. Wind surfing is available too however, seems a daunting activity at this location.
One of the most popular beaches in Goa and also the largest beach in North Goa, Calangute beach is among the most recommended tourist places in Goa and popular with both domestic and international tourists. It is also the busiest and commercialized beaches in Goa and during peak seasons, this beach is swamped with people from all over the world. It offers a long coastline with an amazing view of the sea and the beach front is dotted shacks, restaurants, clubs and shopping outlets. Once can also enjoy a plethora of water sports at Calangute beach.
Anybody and everybody who has been to Goa would have visited Calangute beach, popularly known as the ‘queen of beaches’. It easily tops the list of top places to visit in North Goa.
The most isolated beach down south of Betul beach is Canaguinim. Three is a low wall and there lie some sandy rocks and a river Sal cove towards the tail of the beach. As a result, the beach is generally deserted. Due to the beach being isolated, it is advisable not to go there at night – for tourists’ safety.
Candolim is a soft sandy beach, and a host of Sunburn, India’s biggest electronic music festival. It is one of the popular places to visit in Goa. Spanned over 3 days, the festival offers multiple stages with music artists performing simultaneously. Thousands of patrons, domestic and international come forth to attend this event.
Stuffed with clean white sands and lines of palm trees, Cansaulim Beach has desert-like look. Even this one stands among the most secluded beaches in Goa. You can partake in many water sporting activities like water surfing, speed boat rides, water skiing, and parasailing. A good spot for sunbathing and swimming.
There are beautiful and tall lam trees outlining the Coco beach. Major tourist attraction here is dolphin spotting.
South Goa’s oldest and the largest beach is Colva. You will find powdery white sand at the shores here. The beach is dotted by some beautiful houses and villas. The beach is crowded usually on weekends, for it is the most happening spot in South Goa for its buzzing nightlife. You do jet skiing and speed boat rides here.
Dona Paula Beach
Dona Paula Beach is described by a romantic legend, which entails the story of Dona Paula De Menzes, who was a daughter of a viceroy. It is said that she jumped off a cliff for not being allowed to marry her lover who was a local fisherman. Some say she can still be seen wearing only a pearl necklace, while emerging from waves under the shimmering moonlight. The beach offers activities like water scooter rides, motor boat rides, boating, para sailing, yacht rides, swimming, wind surfing and fishing.
Hansa is a clean beach with unspoiled waters, thanks to no commercial activities in this part of Goa. Moreover, thanks to the Indian navy they ensure regular cleaning of the beach. The beach is a great spot for long walks.
This beautiful beach is sheltered with a good proportion of palm groves. You will find some of the most famous hotels and resorts of Goa here. Hence, it is quite a popular holiday spot. There a number of shacks and restaurants at majorda beach where you will find a variety of mouth-watering sea food.
At Miramar beach, you will find migratory birds like the gulls and plovers at especially during the time of November to March. It is said to be amongst the cleanest beaches of Goa, and there’s an amazing sunset to experience. Indulge yourself here in activities such as fishing, bird watching, shopping and strolls.
The Mobor Beach was practically unknown to tourists till the 80s. However, once discovered, this clean and pristine beach stated gaining popularity among tourists. This day, it currently stands amongst most happening and holiday destinations in Goa. Adventure tourists may see this beach as an ideal destination for Goa holiday packages. There is an array of water sports to enjoy at the Mobor beach, some of which are the speed boat rides, jet skiing, water skiing, wind surfing and para sailing.
The Morjim beach has been termed as ‘Little Russia’ in the recent times owing to the flocking of Russian tourists and residents in the vicinity. Morjim Beach is a quiet and secluded beach unspoilt by tourism. The beach is also known for the Olive Ridley as it is their nesting ground. It is an experience in itself to get a glimpse of these turtles and even crabs However, touching the eggs or hatchlings is a punishable offense. Morjim beach is closed to for the general public during the turtles’ nesting season.
The shoreline of Palolem Beach has a curve which offers a perfect surrounding for tourists seeking some solitude. It provides good accommodation for all kinds of tourists with varying prices depending on the season.
Sernabatim is a clean and peaceful beach in Goa, and an ideal spot for some swimming and finding solitude. There are several shacks, hotels, pubs and eateries that offer a panoramic view of the coastline during sunset.
The Sinquerim Beach is half circle shaped beach with a mesmerising stretch of sand. The beach gets quite crowded with flocks of tourists and vendors. You may indulge in activities like jet-skiing, boating, para sailing, fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, dolphin trips, crocodile Dundee and snorkelling.
Another popular beach destination in Goa, the Vagator beach is sprinkled with soft white sand and big black rocks. One interesting thing to notice at the beach is the change in the colour of the sea as the sun moves. There are any water adventure activities to enjoy at Vagator beach.
This scenic beach is very neat & clean, and is the perfect spot for a pleasant vacation. Also, there are some water sporting facilities for those adventure seeking souls such as the banana ride, wind surfing, para sailing, water skiing, water scooting and knee & wake boarding.
Varca is a clean and less crowded beach of Goa – a perfect spot for those seeking peace. Therefore, not too commercial as compared to the other beaches in Goa. There are Dolphin watching trips available here along with many water adventure sports. This beach also offers activities such as Yoga and meditation.
True to its name, the Sunset Beach will offer you a picturesque view of the sunset. Frequented by locals and tourists in large numbers, this beach stands amongst the many famous in Goa. People come to the beach for early morning walks and/or late evening strolls to enjoy the sunset view.
Best Time to Visit Goa
The winters are the best time to visit Goa but it is also when Goa is the most crowded. Summers in Goa are more popular with families with kids. Goa looks beautiful in monsoon as well and monsoon tourism is fast catching the traveller’s frenzy as well. Though you miss out on some water sports at the beach, which are closed monsoons, you can indulge in some white water rafting which runs only during monsoons.
How To Reach : Goa is easily accessible from all metros and major cities by flight, train and by road as well. The international airport is at Dabolim, at a distance of 29 kms from Panaji and the rail head is at Madgaon and Vasco da Gama are the 2 railway stations in Goa.
Goa continues to remain an eternal favourite with both domestic as well as international travellers because there is no place quite like it in the whole of India. Apart from being a top honeymoon destination, it is also an equally popular family holiday destination. If the sea and sun doesn’t lure you, you still have enough reasons, listed above, to visit this wonderful place.