Anjuna Beach is Goa's hottest and most celebrated beach. The rave culture of Anjuna has made it most popular among the western tourist. Goa trans music, the acid house parties, the red hued shore, the white sandy beach with rocky terrain
connecting the beach and sea, the sawing palm groves all these have made Anjuna Beach a world class holiday destination for the tourist from all over the world. The beach was discovered by the hippies some time in the 60’s. The beach has three part, the North Anjuna where most of the beach shacks are located, the road from Mapusa takes a left turn here to take you to the Middle Anjuna where the famous flea market is and then to the South Anjuna where the beach is located. The beach is outlined by the red cliffs and white sand while the north and middle part just behind the restaurants is full of natural rocks. You can sit in a shore bar facing the sea with drinks in your hand and enjoy the rolling of the waves splashing the rocks and the bar wall. The cool breeze will give you the chilling effect and the dipping sun will give you the romantic mood. In the south you can have beach sports like beach volley ball or Frisbee; you can swim or take a sun bath lying on the white sand. Water sports are not present much in Anjuna because of the rocky terrain which keeps the sea calm with less under current and it is safe to swim in South Anjuna Beach. If the sea is calm you can enjoy snorkeling too. The main attraction of Anjuna Beach is the evening beach parties and Wednesday flea market. People come here to enjoy the sensation of these parties where they dance and drink. The sound of the surfs and beat of
guitars give the beach a vibe atmosphere which will tempt you to visit Anjuna again and again to explore the treasures of the beach. During the Christmas and New Year Anjuna takes a festive look. Huge tourists come here and celebrate the festivals. If you are looking for solitude then Anjuna Beach is not your destination, you may try the small secluded beaches of northern end of Goa which lacks much of the facilities required for you. Originally the flea market was a place where the hippies used to sell their possessions when they ran out of money or some of them who were broker used to sell their goods. Here you can purchase a range of products starting from used items to handicrafts from different part of India. Try trinket shopping in the flea market. This market is very much popular among the tourist and without visiting the flea market your travel to Goa will be incomplete! You can collect some souvenir and take to your home along with some memories of Goa. Remember to have a good bargain before you purchase any item from the flea market. Some items are very common and are found in many shops so don’t hurry. The market runs from noon to till sunset. Tourist Office: Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. GTDCLwww.goa-tourism.comState Tourism OfficeTrionora Apt.Dr. Alvares Costa RoadPanaji.0832 2427972, 0832 2436666 Safety Note: Avoid swimming at north Anjuna and middle Anjuna because of
rocks spreaded over the sea and shore. Swimming is fairly safe at south Anjuna. Watering activities are very limited. Where it is: Anjuna is located in Northern Goa. It is 16 km from state capital Panaji. Journey Route: If you start from Panaji then it is 20 minutes drive. If you are coming from Mumbai then stop at Mapusa from where it will take 15 minutes by bus to arrive Baga. Thivim is the nearest railhead. Dabolim is the nearest airport. Tourist Season: From November to February. Huge crowd during Christmas and New Year. Accommodations: Anjuna Beach Resort, Don Joao Resort, Laguna Resort, Florinda Guest Resort, Sun Village Resort, Maizons Lake View Hotel. Eatery: Ariana Resturent, Casa Nostra, Crab Key, Olive’s Garden, Ollie’s Pub, Orgasmic, Sea Food & Sizzlers, Curly's Bar, Paraiso de Goa, Primrose Cafe. Beach Activities: Limited swimming, Sunbath, Lazing, Evening Beach Parties. Attractions and Sight Seeing : Anjuna Wednesday
flea market, Cross country Baga.
Baga Beach is north to the famous Calangute Beach and it is so close that someone may consider it as the northern part of the Calangute Beach. In fact tourist stays in Calangute city and from there they drive to Baga and Candolim. Baga Beach is famous for it's unspoiled natural beauty and The Baga River flowing one side of the beach. If you want to get relief from the crowd of the
Calangute Beach, then visit Baga Beach. Baga is a small soft white sandy beach with shady palm grove on a headland and the sea here is safer for swimming and other watering activities. Night life in Baga is not live as like as Calangute but if you visit Tito’s – you will admire that here the night life could be charming also. Restaurant like Brittos and Fiesta are very good option for your dine and refreshment. If you are in Baga don’t forget to catch the Saturday night flea market along the beach road. Visit the Retreat House on the Baga hill adjacent to the beach. It was built in 1953 and dedicated to St. Francis Xavier.
Some of the adventure liking tourist moves along the route to the other side of the Baga hill to reach Anjuna beach. People from other part of India visit medicinal springs at Mottant which is a good place for picnic and for bathing in
the water of the spring is considered medicinal. Baga is also popular for sea cure to the Indians. During Mid of May many Indian visit Baga Beach and take bath in the sea which they consider as natural treatment for Arthritis and Back
pain. Tourist Office: Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. GTDCL www.goa-tourism.com State Tourism Office Trionora Apt. Dr. Alvares Costa Road Panaji. 0832 2427972, 0832 2436666 Safety Note: Baga Beach is safe for swimming and all sort of watering activities. While you swim stay close to the shore. Where it is: Baga is located in Northern Goa. It is 16 km from state capital
Panaji. Journey Route: If you start from Panaji then it is 20 minutes drive. If you are coming from Mumbai then Stop at Mapusa from where it will take 15 minutes by bus to arrive Baga. Thivim is the nearest railhead. Dabolim is the nearest airport. Tourist Season: From November to February. Huge crowd during Christmas and New Year. Accommodations: Cavala Resort, Sea View Cottage, Aldeia Bello Holiday Homes, Baia do Sol, Alfran Beach Resort, Ronil Beach Resort, Sunshine Beach Resort, Colonia Santa Maria, La Baga Beach Resort, La Calypso Paradiso Getaway Resort, Lua Nova,Riverside Guest House. Eatery: St. Anthony's
Shack, Aquamarine, Casa Portuguesa, Britto's, Cafe Mambo, East Meets West, Fiesta, Little Italy, Club Tito, Domingo’s Restaurant, Jumla Beach Resort, Lila Café, Britto's. Beach Activities: Swimming, Sunbath, Water Sports. Attractions
and Sight Seeing : Arpora Village, Mackie's Saturday night market, Ingo's night market, Baga Retreat House,
Calangute is the second longest beach of Goa. It is 16 km away from the Goa’s capital Panaji. During peak season Calangute takes a Euro look because of huge foreign tourist in hotel, bar, market or in the beach. It happens only because
of the huge commercialization of the Calangute Beach. Indian people make fun that young guys can discover themselves in Europe if they go to Calangute at this time. Under Colorful beach umbrellas in rows the lazing beauty of the travelers give the young Indians a glimpse of the real European beach atmosphere. The scenic beauty of the beach and the facilities, together with the
friendly behavior of the Goans has made Calangute Beach one of the top destination to the tourist visiting Goa. Calangute beach is famous for sun bathing and water sports. Like Anjuna beach it was also discovered by the hippies in the 60’s.The semicircle fringe of Coconut palm trees and the golden color of the sand together with all cosmopolitan facilities of the coast have
made Calangute the “Queen of Beaches” of Goa. You will find all sort water sports in Calangute beach. If you are adventurous then go for any of the sea sports like para sailing, water surfing, water skiing or banana and bump rides and enjoy great thrilling. There are some boat operators who offer dolphin spotting trips, island trips. If you are not adventurous than spreading on sandy beach tan yourself or go swimming. Calangute is a safe place to swim though one should be aware of the under current during low tide. Watch the sun dip as you laze on the beach chair or on the swinging net. If you don’t like much crowd then go away from the beach front area to the north or to south where you can enjoy loneliness. You may find the local fisherman hauling nets during high tide or the rows of idle fishing boats in the end areas. There are hundreds of sea food stall in the beach side serving variety of sea fish dishes. Try the sizzling prawns or the giant lobsters. If you are a vegetarian then you have
option also. Nightlife of Calangute is not vibrant like that of Anjuna. Very few bars remain open after 10 pm. Beach parties are occasional and bar services are limited in hotels. If you want to enjoy the night life then move to Anjuna. You can visit St. Alex Church. It is of four hundred years old and famous for its magnificent dome and towers. If you love art then visit the Kerkar Art Gallery which displays art works of the Indian artists. It also arranges Indian music night for the tourist. Tourist Office: Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. GTDCL www.goa-tourism.com State Tourism Office Trionora Apt. Dr. Alvares Costa
Road Panaji. 0832 2427972, 0832 2436666 Safety Note: Calangute is fairly safe for all kind of watering activities. If you are not a good swimmer don't venture more than waist-deep into the sea. Where it is: Calangute is located in Northern Goa. It is 16 km from state capital Panaji. Journey Route: If you start from Panaji then it is 20 minutes drive. If you are coming from Mumbai then Stop at Mapusa from where it will take 15 minutes by bus to arrive Calangte. Thivim is the nearest railhead. Dabolim is the nearest airport. Tourist Season: From November to February Accommodations: Calangute Residency, Colonia Santa Maria,
Kerkar Retreat, Hotel Goan Heritage, Hotel Golden Eye, Calangute Annexe, Dona Cristaline Guest House, Park Avenue Hotel, Paradise Village Resort, Kamat Holiday Homes, Pedro Martina Resorts, Hotel Sonnesta Inns, Casa De Goa, Villa Goesa Beach Resort, Ticlo Resort, Sunkissed Resort, Silent Retreat, Silent Resort, Senhor Angelo, Santo Antonio Resort, Santiago Resort, Resorte Santa
Monica, Resort Do Tio Carmino, Osborne Holiday Resort, Ondas Do Mar, Nizmar Resort, Kamat Holiday Homes, Hotel Linda, Highland Beach Resort, Goan Heritage, Falcon Guest House, Diyana Holiday resort, Carys Hotel, Beira Mar Resort, Avantika Resort, Alor Resort, Aldeia Bello Resort, Jonny’s Hotel, Esterla Do Mar Guest House, Villa Goesa Guest House, Maple Viva Goa. Eatery: Souza Lobo, Kerkar Retreat, Infantaria, Kitchen Emma, After Eight, Lloyd’s, Tibetan Kitchen, Maya Indian Grill & Bar, Midas Touch, Sublime, The Hindu, Hotel Linda, Bemard’s Place,Casa Portuguesa, Cool Cat, El Gino Discotheque, Greens Bar & Restaurant,
Lafremich, Le Restaurant Francais, Milk Way, Plaintain Leaf, The Indian Kitchen, The Red Line Pub. Beach Activities: Swimming, Sunbath, Water Sports. Attractions and Sight Seeing : Kerkar Art Gallery, Church of St. Alex.
Dona Paula Beach
Dona Paula is 7 km away from Goan capital Panaji and it is better to call it as view point of the estuaries of the river Mandovi and the Zuari then to tell as sea beach. The picturescue view of the Murmagao Harbour and the Dona Paula bay is really beautiful to remember for ever. The view point is on a rocky small head land in the water dividing the estuaries of the Zuari and the Mandovi and this view point is connected with the main land by bridge. The view of the Vainguinim beach, Cidade de goa one of the renowned hotel and Panaji University on the north side of the Dona Paula bay is really charming. From the view point
one can view the Raj Bhaban, the Institute of Oceanography, the Mormugao port and the harbour.The main attraction here is watching the sun set at the Arabian sea. Dona Paula Bay is known as lovers paradise to the young couple. Some young
lover are seen to throw coins in the bay for their love or remembering the memory of Dona Paula de Menezes who was the daughter of then portuguese vice roy and committed suicide here jumping from the hill to the Mormugao bay after her
father denied to approve her love to a young local fishing boy named Gaser Dias. There are water sports facility in Dona Paula. There are variety of choices in water sports here like speed boating, windsurfing, parasailig, snorkelling,
yatching etc..In the evening open air concerts are arranged occasionally. Dance and Drinks are well enjoyed here in the open air concerts and dance parties. During the Janmashtami and the St. Lawrence feast Dona Paula takes a festive
look. Peoples from different part of the india enjoy these two festival much here. Tourist Office: Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. GTDCL www.goa-tourism.com State Tourism Office Trionora Apt. Dr. Alvares Costa Road Panaji. 0832 2427972, 0832 2436666 Safety Note: Vainguinim Beach and Hawaii Beach of Dona Paula are safe for swimming and all kind of water sports. Where it is: Dona Paula is 7 km south west of Panaji city centre. Journey Route: If you drive from Mumbai, it is 12 hrs drive. Margao and Karmali are the nearby railheads. Dabolim is the nearest airport. Tourist Season: From November to
February. Accommodations: Cida de Goa, Villa Sol, O Pescador Dona Paula Beach Resort, Prainha, Goa Marriott Resort, Panaji Residency, Miramar Residency, Panjim Inn, Hotel Park Plaza, Mandovi Hotel, The Panaji Pousada, Hotel Manvins,
Hotel Seema, Hotel Nova Goa, Hotel Park Plaza. Eatery: Sea View, Sea Pebble, Goan Delicacies, Horseshoe, Mam's Kitchen, Venite, Viva Panaji, Star Restaurant. Beach Activities: Swimming, Sunbath, Lazing. Attractions and Sight Seeing : Goa
State Museum, Aguada Fort, Shri Manguesh Temple, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga Temple, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Se Cathedral, Siridao Beach, Bambolim Beach.
Miramar is the urban beach and is the closest to the Panaji city. The soft white sandy beach with palm fringe on the back side is the number one attraction of Panaji. This beach is also known as Gasper Diaz. The estuary of the Mandovi River is a fish eye view from here. Though there is no water sports facility but it is the beach where one can swim safely following the guidelines for swimming. The mobile beach shacks selling hot chats are one of the great attractions of this beach. There are few good hotels close the beach where privacy is provided for sun bath. During the summer huge people are seen to enjoy the cool breeze of the Arabian Sea after the dusk. Tourist Office: Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. GTDCL www.goa-tourism.com State Tourism Office Trionora Apt. Dr. Alvares Costa Road Panaji. 0832 2427972, 0832 2436666 Safety Note: Miramar Beach is safe for swimming and other watering activities except for the zone near the Mandovi River. Avoid going far from the shore while you swim. Where it is: Miramar is 3 km from the Panaji city center. Journey Route: You can go to the beach on foot. If you drive from Mumbai it is 12 hrs drive. Margao and Karmali are the nearby railheads. Dabolim is the nearest airport. Tourist Season: From November to February. Accommodations: Goa Marriott Resort, Panaji Residency, Miramar Residency, Panjim Inn, Hotel Park Plaza, Mandovi Hotel, The Panaji Pousada, Hotel Manvins, Hotel Seema, Hotel Nova Goa, Hotel Park Plaza. Eatery: Horseshoe, Foodland, Mam's Kitchen, Venite, Viva Panaji, Star Restaurant. Beach Activities: Swimming, Sunbath, Lazing. Attractions and Sight Seeing : Goa State Museum, Aguada Fort, Shri Manguesh Temple, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga Temple, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Se Cathedral, Dona Paula Beaches, Siridao Beach, Bambolim Beach.
For it’s picture like beauty, Vagator Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the world. It is called the “Brand Ambassador” of Goa. Situated at Twenty four kilometers from Panaji, this beach is the gateway if you want to spend your holidays in calm surroundings.
Vagator is undoubtedly a perfect romantic holiday destination. Here the red cliff surrounds the beach and the black lava rocks spreading in the sea and the white soft sand creates an amazing panorama. The lush green of the swaying palm trees and the sparkling aquamarine waves of the sea will give you a romantic feel. The beach is split into two crescent shape beaches by seaside headland, to the north is North Vagator Beach and towards the south is the Mini Vagator beach which is also called Ozrant beach. And in the center there is a tiny beach down the cliff called Middle Vagator beach which is also called the Tel Aviv Beach. Fresh water springs are another attraction of Vagator. You will find one fresh water spring at north end of the North Vagator and another in the Mini Vagator. Give extra effort to locate the second spring.
Take a bath in the spring water after you finish your sun bath or swim. You can have a panoramic view of the both north and mini Vagator from the top of the headland separating the two beaches. If five hundred years old Chapora fort attracts you then go to the north side hill and climb up using the route paved by black lava rocks. You will see the picturesque sea, coconut palm covered hills and the Chapora village of the fishing community. You can rent a cottage in the village and enjoy your stay in Vagator.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation GTDC
Dr. Alvares Costa Road
Telephone 0832 2427972, 0832 2436666
Safety Note: Swimming is fairly safe at North Vagator but it is not encouraged at Ozrant Beach for dangerous under current. Ask the life guard before you swim.
Where it is: It is 32 km north of the state capital Panaji and 10 km west of Mapusa.Journey Route: Dabolim is the nearest airport. Panaji or Mapusa is the bus stop. Thivim or Margaon is the nearest railhead.Tourist Season: From November to February. Huge crowd during Christmas and New Year.Accommodations: Diana Buildwell Resorts. Helinda’s Guest House, Dolrina Guest House, Mahalaxmi Guest House, Jolly Jolly Roma Guest House, Jolly Jolly Lester Guest House, Julie Jolly Guest House.Eatery: Alcove, Le Bluebird, Nine Bar, Kumar’s, Tin Tin, China Town, Boom Shankar, Mango Tree, Bean Me Up.Beach Activities: Swimming, Sunbath, Lazing.
Attractions and Sight Seeing : Shiva Carving, Chapora Fort, Springs, Chapora Village.>