Why Goa is Famous?
Goa is a small state on the southwestern side of the Indian Peninsula. This state is known for its sun Kissed famous Goa Beach and its unique lifestyle. The state was made famous by the hippies who started a love affair with this panoramic coastal state in the ’60s, Many Indian movies were based on the theme of Goa culture and lifestyle. The state was part of the Portuguese Empire it was amalgamated into the Indian Union in 1961. Goa is known for its Cashew Plantation and tourism. Today lots of new Industries are also coming up and Goa is fast becoming a developed industrial state.
What is the best time to visit the Beaches of Goa?
The north and south Goa are very well connected by a four-lane National highway. Goa is a coastal state so winter season is not there, the best time to enjoy Goa is from November to March. The world-famous Goa carnival is held in the month of February. The Goan ethos is to eat, drink and make merry. The Goa can be divided into two parts the South Goa and North Goa. We will discuss over here the best 9 famous beaches of Goa.
1. MiraMar Beach- One of the most famous beaches of Goa
Location– Miramar beach is the nearest to the Goa capital city of Panaji. It is around 3 km from Panaji city.
How to Reach MiraMar Beach?
The Panaji city is just around the corner from this beach (approximately 3 km). You can comfortably walk or hire a taxi for this small distance. The airport is around 30 km (Dabolim airport) and the nearest railway station is around 12 km (Karmali Carambolim). This beach is the nearest to the city of Panaji so if you are staying in Panaji then a short walk will take you to this beach, because of its proximity to the Goa capital perhaps this is the most popular beach of Goa with lots of visitors, street food, so if you are not too wary of crowds then this is the beach for you.
What makes MiraMar Beach famous?
The river Mandovi culminates with the Arabian Sea near to this beach you can savor the local street food at Miramar. The Palm trees and the Golden sand are the characteristics of this beach. If you are too apprehensive of the crowd and do not like the huge crowds then you might not like Miramar.
What are the popular Activities in Mira Mar Beach?
Though water sporting activities are not available at this beach if you want to learn water sports then you can learn the same at the National Institute of water sports in Panaji. If you are interested in Casino then you can avail the same at this beach. The river Mandovi river cruise with lots of music dance and enjoyment also operates near to this beach every day.
2. Vagator Beach
Location of Vagator Beach
This beach is in the northern part of the state of Goa. This is located very near to the confluence point of the river Chapora with the Arabian Sea. This beach is north to the famous Anjuna Beach the hippie haunt of Goa, the nearest Railway station is Tivim. Vagator is 22 km from Panaji and almost 45 km from Dabolim airport. Mapusa is the nearest town from Vagator.
How to Reach Vagator Beach?
You can easily hire a cab from the International airport or from Panaji city. The access from other cities of Goa is also smooth, local rickshaws and taxis are also easily available. This beach offers you a unique mix of rocks, sand and the small hillside. The Vagator is divided into two parts by the highland. The north part is called Big Vagator while the southern part is called the little Vagator.
What makes Vagator Beach Famous?
Unlike the busy beaches of Goa, Vagator is known for its peace and solitude, the sunset across the rocky shore is panoramic, you sure can spend hours gazing at the horizon. The sea is usually rough and only skilled swimmers are advised to venture into the sea. If you are interested in hiking then on looking nearby Chapora fort is a good option, the view from the Chapora fort is scintillating. The Chapora fort hill extends right up to the seashore while the south side is all rock. There are some very well known shacks serving the Goan food on the beach itself. You can enjoy the fresh coconut drink sitting on the sands of the Vagator. Read the more related blog:- Unique Tips for Planning Golden Triangle Tours
Activities at the Vagator Beach
While on the way to the beach you can shop around for souvenirs, handicrafts items, clothes, etc. Enjoy a beach party on the beach. You can involve yourself in the live music and food at the Nine bar, Hilltop and Primrose food haunts and café. Be a part of the water sports on the beach, water scooter, parasailing, Jetski, etc.
3. Calangute Beach-one among most famous Beaches of Goa
Location of Calangute Beach
The Calangute beach is just around 15 km from the Goa capital city Panaji, very well connected by the road and national highway. You can arrive at the beach in your hired car. The parking is not very far from the beach. The international airport at Dabolim is another 45 km from the Calangute beach.
How to reach Calangute Beach?
the Calangute beach is in close proximity to the Calangute town, you can hire a taxi from Dabolim Panaji to reach Calangute. The state transport buses are also available from the Calangute town. The taxi and other means are readily available in Calangute.
What makes Calangute Beach Famous?
The Calangute is known as the queen of beaches in Goa. The silver sand extends long. The Calangute is a busy beach with lots of visitors, local tourist and international both love Calangute beach. The road to the beach is lined up with lively shops selling lots of various wares, handicrafts, and trinkets, even you can join a workshop and go on for a designer tattoo, clothes, etc. You can shop for a lot of things on the Calangute beach.
What other things you can do?
The beach has some very famous eating joints and pubs. If you are looking for solitude then perhaps Calangute won’t be high in your choice but if you love the crowds then this is the beach for you. Because of the crowds take good care of your belongings while you are in a crowded place. The Calangute beach is a lively place and remains so for the entire day. The beach has a sort of ongoing Mela in the busy tourist season. Enjoy the crowds and the music of Calangute. Suggested program:- Golden Triangle With Goa Tour
Activities at the Calangute Beach
You can choose lots of water sport activities the most famous is the Parasailing you can also enjoy surfing and water skilling. Jetski, banana ride, bumper ride are also other popular water sports options. Enjoy shopping in the local Market at Calangute near the beach. Enjoy a drink at many popular pubs on the beach. Go for a tattoo.
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4. Anjuna Beach
Location of Anjuna Beach
Anjuna Beach is located south to the Vagator beach on the northern side of Goa state, the beach is just 18 km from Panaji and around 45 km from the International airport at Dabolim.
How To Reach Anjuna Beach?
The beach is well connected with roads, you can hire a taxi to reach Anjuna. The Anjuna was once the favorite haunt of hippies. During the seventies, the hippie monument was very famous and it denoted a distinct culture of enjoyment which was very similar to the Goan ethos of eat drink and make merry. Suggested Tours:- Goa Tour Packages
What makes Anjuna Beach famous?
The beach is a wonderful straight shore with golden sand. The way to the beach is lined up with scores of shops selling cheap clothes, souvenirs, etc. In India, you can find a cow on the beach. The Sea at Anjuna is not very rough so you can enjoy swimming at this beach. The beach is lined up with recliners, you can cool your heels and enjoy the sun while soaking in your favorite beer. The pool has restaurants belching out psychedelic music and Indian and western delicacies. Anjuna was famous for the beach parties and foreigners. The beach is not very crowded as not many locals come over here.
Activities at the Anjuna Beach
Trance parties at the beach Sunset Flea market shopping from the local markets every Wednesday and Saturday these markets sell clothes, Jewelry, Souvenirs, etc.
Goa unlike the large states of India is not very populated but an amazing aspect of Goa is the variance in its beaches while the north Goa beaches are favorite haunts of Indian tourist and a festive spirit exists at the north Goa beaches, the beaches of south Goa are poles apart in comparison to the north Goa beaches, the south Goa beaches are mostly a seamless long track of sand along the coastline where you can enjoy the sea or enjoy a sunset in solitude. Because of these reasons south Goa beaches are favorites of foreign tourists. We will discuss some very famous beaches of south Goa known for tranquility, Sea kissed the sand.
5. Agonda Beach
Location – The Agonda beach lies in the southern part of Goa and it takes 1.5 hours drive from the international airport to Agonda beach. The airport lies at a distance of 62 km from this famous beach, the nearest junction of the Indian Railway is the Madgaon junction while it is a major railway station and is some 25 km, the beach lies around 73kms from the capital city Panjim.
A not very broad road swirling around the Goan century side will bring you to this beach. Not many tourists throng this beach you can walk from the taxi stand and the white sands of Agonda beach greet you. Silence and serenity is how you can describe this beach. Silently sitting on the white sand beach you can listen to the music of the Arabian sea as the waves rush to the coastline. The small shacks at the beach increase the beauty of the beach unlike the crowded North Goa beaches this beach is very different no hawkers follow you. The small shacks on the beach serve various delicacies mostly local. The beach also has arrangements of water sports you can enjoy the same. The sun set at Agonda beach is also a wonderful experience you can try your hands on Kayaking, surfing, Parasailing, Motorboat ride, Jet sking while you are at Agonda beach.
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6. Benaulim Beach
Location – The Benaulim beach is situated at a distance of 24 kms from the International Airport a drive of approximately 45 minutes will leave you at Benaulim Beach. The capital city Panjim is 38 Kms and the nearest railway station Madgaon is just 6.5 kms via Margao. The nearest city is Margao
The Benaulim beach is a subtle silent crescent-shaped beach if you are a swimming freak then this is the beach for you. The sea is not very rough at Benaulim. The shacks at Benaulim serve local as well as continental delicacies. You can even stay at Benaulim beach at these small huts made especially for tourists. The beach is neat and clean and not many tourists populate the beach. If you are interested in adventure sports like Parasailing or windsurfing or jet skiing then you can pursue your pursuit at the Benaulim beach. More than a mile-long stretch of white golden sand of Benauliim offers the best experience to the tourists.
7. Palolem Beach
Location – Geographically the Palolem beach is situated on the coastline just south of the famous Agonda Beach. The beach is approximately 61kms from the Goa International airport and around 69kms from the capital city Panjim. The city of Margao is around 30 kms and the nearest railway station is cana cova while the Madagon junction is around 30 minutes away from Palolem beach.
If you love solitude sea and white sand then Palolem is the place for you. Palolem is a crescent-shaped beach where the sea is not very rough. Rather it’s on the gentle side and is very conducive for swimming. The beach has a row of sunbeds lined up at the beachfront. You can use shacks. There are beach huts and small hotels on the beach and are not very costly. You can hire kayaks or a boat to go on a trip to monkey island. The southern side of the beach ends up in rocks. You can also enjoy adventure sports like jet skiing, Parasailing, etc over here apart from snorkeling and kayaking. The shallow beach makes it an ideal place for those not very skilled in swimming. You can also have a massage on the beach. It’s an ideal beach not thronged by hawkers or street sellers. This beach is a favorite destination for foreign tourists coming to Goa.
8. Cavelossim Beach –
Location- The Cavelossim is roughly around 35 km from the Goa International airport this beach is near the famous Benaulim, Colva, and Bogmalo beaches.
The unique aspect of cavelossim beach is the straight-line seashore. The sea is not very severe but the rising waves present a beautiful picture. The white sand is pristine and non-polluted. This beach is also not very populated. There are shacks serving local and international delicacies. The sunbeds can be availed free of cost if you eat at these shacks. The beach has lifeguards as the sea can be rough during high tide.
9. Colva Beach –
Location – Colva beach is situated at a distance of just 25kms from the Goa International airport. The Colva beach lies just 5.6 km from the Madgaon junction. The beach is at a distance of 35 km from the state capital Panji.
The Colva beach is the most accessible beach of south Goa being at a very nominal distance from the city of Margao you will see more tourists at this beach in comparison with the other remote beaches of South Goa. A straight line beach with lots of shacks and sunbed it’s the favorite party haunt of south Goa. In terms of crowd, it resembles and appears like the typical north Goa beaches. The sand is white and the sea is not very rough and not very subtle either. There are multiple adventure activities like Parasailing, Jet Ski, boating, kayaking, etc available at this beach.