Perhaps none of the other lovely beaches of Goa is so deserving of the epithet "Queen of Beaches" as Calangute. Endearingly referred to as the "Queen of Beaches" by its fond admirers, Calangute Beach is kissed by the sun and enjoys the pampering of palm trees too.
According to popular opinion, Calangute is actually a distortion of the word "Koli-gutti", meaning land of fishermen. There are some who maintain that it may have been derived either from "Kalyangutti" or from "Konvallo-ghott", the former meaning village of art and the latter strong pit of coconut trees. The second appears to be more plausible considering that it is indeed dotted with coconut trees. However ever since the coming of the Portuguese, it is known as Calangute.
Discovered in the late 1960's by the hippies, Calangute Beach is a haven for all those who love the sand and the surf. Laze in the sun kissed beach or else go for a bath in the sea. The cool sea breeze from the sea is sure to lull any tired soul to sleep.
The carnival never seems to end at Calangute Beach. It makes a very pretty picture with the presence of so many holiday makers right from old couples to newly wed honeymooners to small children busy building small sand castles crowding it. There are also many stalls in Calangute Beach, some selling lip smacking snacks and some small trinkets made of sea shells. They have a certain charm and frequenting them is a memorable experience.
Calangute Beach is well connected to Panaji, the state capital and to Mapusa. Buses ply frequently from both these places. The nearest rail head is Karmali and the nearest airport Dabolim.
Lovingly referred to as the Pearl of the Orient, this erstwhile Portuguese colony is an integral part of India since the year 1961. Goa is indeed a great place to head to for a blissful holiday. The golden beaches, the vast expanse of sea, the beautiful temples and the marvelous churches are great tourist attractions.
|Aguada Beach||Anjuna Beach|
|Baga Beach||Benaulim Beach|
|Bogmalo Beach||Calangute Beach|
|Candolim Beach||Chapora Beach|
|Clarion Beach||Colva Beach|
|Madgaon Beach||Miramar Beach|
|Palolem Beach||Sinquerim Beach|