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North Goa

Goa has possibly the longest coastline of sea and sand. Not only that, the topography makes it possible to use most of Goa’s coastline for tourism. Amongst the 125 kilometers of coastline, are a few gems that are a must-see. From Morjim to Baga, Velsao to Cabo de Rama, the beauty that is the Goan coast is sight to behold for even the most discerning. While the sunrises and sunsets are almost the same anywhere in the world, it’s what happens around them that matters and that’s what makes Goa so special.

 

Note: Please do not litter on the beach or swim during the monsoons. The currents in this part of the world are very strong and many experienced swimmers have lost their lives by taking a chance during the monsoon season. If there are lifeguards at hand, kindly do ask them whether it’s safe to go for a swim.

 

 

North Goa

 

Arambol:

 

Located in the northern most taluka of Goa – Pernem, this place is famous for its tiny but attractive Paliem Lake at the foot of Waghcolomb hill. The lake can be witnessed more pleasantly when the shadow of the hill shades it. Lined with shacks and small stalls, one van view the blue sea and the surf the hard hitting waves by climbing the Waghcolomb hill. If you move a little further, you can pay a visit to Keri beach and Tiracol Fort.

 

Morjim: The long and lovely stretch of sand just near Arambol, is what makes Morjim so special. The beach leads into beautiful lagoon of sorts that emphasizes its calm serenity.

 

 

Vagator:

 

The Bardez taluka houses some of the most famous beaches of Northern Goa and Vagator is one of them. This beach is split into two main beaches - Vagator and Ozran. This beach shelters the famous Chapora Fort where scenes from a popular Bollywood movie - Dil Chahta Hai - were filmed.

 

Anjuna:

 

Just South off Vagator lies the vibrant village and famous beach of Anjuna. Picture terraced coconut plantations and laterite boulders alternating with spaces of white sand. Anjuna was made famous during the 60s for being the foundation of the hippie culture and the popular Wednesday Flea Market is held from October to April. This is one beach that has to be on the list of things to do and places to visit.

 

Baga:

 

Baga is a place that needs no introduction, with its numerous collection of shops and restaurants, this beach has carved out a format and lifestyle setting that many emulate today. But, it just doesn’t stop there. Baga is the party capital of Goa, with Club Tito and Café Mambo, famous the world over for Saturday nights that end with breakfast on Sunday morning.

 

Calangute:

 

Smack dab next to Baga is Calangute, lined with colourful clothes shops and Tibetan silver markets. The beaches blend into each other here and the stretch from Baga to Sinquerim can be construed as one. But, nevertheless, they all have their own little aura.

 

Candolim:

 

Just like Baga, albeit with wider roads and lesser crowds, is Candolim beach. The Holiday street, with jewellery shops and cosy places that serve amazing breakfasts offers a delightful walking experience. Onward from Candolim, one can travel to Fort Aguada, a location which houses Goa’s first five-star hotel, the Taj Aguada. The lighthouse on top of Aguada fort is an amazing place to visit especially in the early evening. The view from the top of Aguada hill is breathtaking.

 

Miramar:

 

The only stretch of beach just off the capital city of Panjim, Miramar, although crowded most of the time, especially on Sundays, is a veritable smorgasbord of street food. From Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Cutlet Pav and Pork Chops, to a few establishments for branded coffee, Miramar has it all. The Goa Science Centre is also located nearby.

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South Goa

Goa has possibly the longest coastline of sea and sand. Not only that, the topography makes it possible to use most of Goa’s coastline for tourism. Amongst the 125 kilometers of coastline, are a few gems that are a must-see. From Morjim to Baga, Velsao to Cabo de Rama, the beauty that is the Goan coast is sight to behold for even the most discerning. While the sunrises and sunsets are almost the same anywhere in the world, it’s what happens around them that matters and that’s what makes Goa so special.

 

Note: Please do not litter on the beach or swim during the monsoons. The currents in this part of the world are very strong and many experienced swimmers have lost their lives by taking a chance during the monsoon season. If there are lifeguards at hand, kindly do ask them whether it’s safe to go for a swim.

 

 

Bogmalo:

 

Guarded by green hills and covered with golden sand this beach is one of the most attractive places to be. With just a few shacks and shops and one big resort, Bogmalo is safe for a dip or swim and the waters beckon you to stay longer, pull out a mat and have a picnic.

 

Utorda/Majorda

 

This stretch of beach between the villages of Utorda and Majorda is quite serene and quiet. If you’re looking for a place to read a book or enjoy the sound of the waves, then these are the best places to go.

 

Colva:

 

Colva is to South Goa, what Baga and Calangute are to the North. The biggest attraction in terms of beaches is right here. Quite a few restaurants and shacks to tantalize your taste buds, shopping and just a good view, Colva is the place to be on a lazy evening.

 

Benaulim:

 

Set a little further away from the bustling beach of Colva, Benaulim is famous for its sloping sand, a drizzle of shops and the soothing breeze that wafts through the open spaces.

 

Varca:

 

Apart from being located near the home of one of Goa’s biggest football clubs – Churchill Brothers, Varca boasts the longest stretch of beach found in the south of Goa. Lined with pine trees and full of white sand, Varca is the thinking man’s beach.

 

 

Mobor/Cavelossim:

 

Mobor is where river Sal empties into the Arabian Sea. At the end of the sand bank, one can see the magnificent Betul hillock. But before Mobor, at Cavelossim, is where you will find a cluster of hotels, ranging from three stars to five. Along with establishments full of curios, handicrafts and more, this section of Goa is a veritable paradise of comfort and shopping.

 

 

Palolem:

 

Palolem is one of the furthermost beaches in the South of Goa, almost a two hour drive from Panjim, Palolem is a quieter yet colourful version of Anjuna. With its, bamboo huts and open bars, this beach is a lovely weekend getaway within Goa.

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