Calangute Beach – Goa
The Calangute beach is considered to be the largest, and is also an extremely popular beach in North Goa. Such is the popularity of this beach that thousands of tourists (domestic and international) flock to this beach annually especially during Christmas and New Year. This picturesque beach located in a town called Calangute is popular for a number of shacks/restaurants that serve typical Goan cuisine, water sports activities, and a vibrant nightlife.
How to Reach Calangute Beach?
- By train:
The nearest station to this beach is located in Karmali at a distance of 25 km. The Karmali Railway Station is well connected to major cities such as Ernakulum, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmadabad and Bengaluru.
- By Road:
If you intend to drive to Calangutethen ideal place to start would be from either Panjim or Mapusa.
- Via Panjim:
There are two routes from Panjim. They are as follows:
2. Via Chogm Road:
This route includes DB Marg, Rua De Ourem, Chogm Road, Saligao, and finally the Calangute Beach.
3. Via NH-66:
This route includes DB Marg, Guirim, Calangute-Mapusa Road, Saligao, and finally the Calangute Beach.
4. Via Mapusa:
There are three routes from Mapusa to this beach. They are as follows:
- Via Calangute-Mapusa Road:
This route includes Duler-Marna-Siolim Road, AnjunaMapusa Road, Mapusa-Anjuna-Chapora, Calangute-Mapusa Road, Saligao, Aguada-Siolim Road, Calangute-Anjuna Road, and finally the beach.
- Via NH-66 and Calangute-Mapusa Road
This route includes Duler Ground Road, XellBastora Road, Calangute-Mapusa Road, Saligao, Aguada-Siolim Road, Calangute-Anjuna Road, and finally the beach.
- Via AnjunaMapusa Road/Mapusa-Anjuna-Chapora
This route includes Duler-Marna-Siolim Road, Ghateshwar Nagar, Anjuna-Mapusa Road, Mapusa-Anjuna-Chapora, Saligao, Siolim Road, Calangute-Anjuna Road, and finally to the beach.
- Via Air:
The closest airport to this beach is located in Dabolim. The Dabolim or the Goa International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
Climate and the best time to visit Calangute Beach
The best time to visit this beach is during the “pleasant” winter season which begins in December and ends in February with temperature ranging from a minimum of 21 degree Celsius to a maximum of 28 degree Celsius. The summer season which begins in March and ends in May is “hot and humid” with the mercury rising to about 35 degree Celsius. During the monsoons which begin in June and ends in September the rainfall received is “heavy”.
Things/Activities to do
There are a number of things/activities found around this beach worth trying. They are as follows:
1. Adventure and water Sports:
This beach provides for thrilling adventure and water sports such as Kayaking, sailing, wind-surfing, water snorkeling, water-skiing, banana boat rides etc
2. Parasailing and other water activities:
This beach also provides for parasailing and other water activities such as fishing, angling, dolphin and crocodile spotting etc.
This beach consists of a number of shops that sell handicraft items, jewellery shops etc. In addition, shops selling fabrics belonging to states such as Rajasthan, Karnataka etc are also sold at this beach. Furthermore, an art gallery called Dev’s Art Gallery located in close proximity to this beach makes for an ideal shopping hotspot for genuine art lovers.
There are a number shacks/restaurants that are available at this beach that provide for authentic Goan Seafood and wide array in alcoholic beverages. One extremely popular restaurant located at this beach is Souza Lobo. A shack known as “Bubbles Cafe” is also situated at the midsection of this beach, and is popular for providing not only great seafood but also for variety in drinks.
5. Vibrant Nightlife:
If you believe in the adage “Work hard but party harder” then the Calangute beach is an ideal destination. There are number of nightclubs, pub, bars that provide for night long parties. A few nightclubs/bar/pubs popular for wild parties located in and around this beach are as follows
- Cool Cat
- Delseys Bar
- Chris Greve
- The Red Lion
- The Log Cabin
- Sportsman’s Bar