16 kms from the capital city Panaji
and is the most popular holiday resort
in Goa. It is also known as "The
Queen of Beaches" and consists
of excellent accommodation facilities
at the tourist resorts and cottages.
It is on the shores of the Arabian Sea
of North Goa. The name of the beach
is a distortion of the local vernacular
word, 'Koli-gutti', which means the
'land of fishermen'. Some connect it
with 'Kalyan-gutti', the 'village of
art' or 'Konvallo-ghott', the 'strong
pit of the coconut tree' as the village
nearby is full of coconut trees. It
is believed that with the Portuguese
invasion, it got distorted to Calangute.
Once upon a time Calangute was the most
haunted beach all hippies during Christmas
celebration when psychedelic hell broke
loose. The best time of the year to
visit this beach is between the months
of September and March.
6 kms from Marmagoa. Colva is one of
the most popular beaches in South Goa.
This beach is the pride of 'Salcete'
and the only rival to Calangute by its
scenic splendour. In Colva sand, sea
and sky blend in enchanting natural
harmony. It consists of excellent accommodation
facilities at the tourist cottages.
It is evening and weekend days destination
for the natives. While driving to Colva
from Marmagoa you pass through the large
Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Nossa Senhora
das Merces, built in 1630 and re-built
in the 18th century. It is at heart
of the longest unbroken stretch of beach
in Goa from Marmagoa to Cabo de Rama.
Colva is pleasant and convenient place
to stay giving an opportunity to swim
DONA PAULA BEACH
7 km from the state capital Panaji.
Dona Paula Beach is an idyllic Zpicturesque
spot and gives a fine view of the Zuari
River and Marmagoa Harbour. This is
an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe
Water scootering facility is very popular
at this beach. The beach is near the
rocky point between the Mandovi and
the Zuari. At the Dona Paula Bay, two
of Goa's famous rivers meet the Arabian
Sea. The beach is named after Dona Paula
de Menezes and is also called the 'Lovers
Paradise' due to a myth attached to
the place. Cabo Raj Bhavan, the official
residence of the Governor of Goa is
situated on the westernmost tip of Dona
Bogmalo to down south, there is Majorda
beach bellying the Majorda Beach Resort.
Majorda is the village where the Jesuits,
fond as they were of the good things
of life, discovered the best Goan toddy
(sap from the coconut palm), which they
used to leaven the bread. Naturally,
then, Majorda is the place where the
Goans were first trained in the delicate
art of baking European breads. Therefore,
the Majordans are still Goa's best bakers.
As per the Goan version of Ramayana,
the Lord Rama was abducted as a child
and brought up at Majorda. Later, in
pursuit of Sita, he camped at Cabo de
Rama-a headland further south-where
the stretch of developed beaches ends.
is 3 kms from Panaji. Miramar is a
golden beach of soft sand girdled
with palm trees facing the Arabian
Sea and is nearest beach from Panaji.
It is one of the most popular beaches
in Goa. To watch the sunset from Panaji
this beach is the best location, only
fifteen minute' walk along the Dayanand
Bandodker Marg riverfront avenue.
The beach is an urban beach where
the Mandovi River meets the Arabian
Sea. It is not a safe beach to swim
because of the strong undercurrent.
also 37 kms from Marmagoa. The beach
is situated at west of Chaudi. It is
one of the most enchanting beaches,
but at the same time relatively deserted.
It is situated in the backdrop of Western
ghats. It has 1.5 km crescent shaped
beach and lies on the southern coastline
of Goa amidst outstanding natural beauty.
It is fast emerging as a popular spot
for day-trippers from Colva and Calangute
white sands, the black lava rocks, the
coconut palms, the lush green landscape,
nature playing its own tunes, and the
sea turning from aquamarine to emerald
green-Vagator overlooked by the 500-year-old
Portuguese fort, leaves each visitor
dumbstruck. Also, the world-famous Anjuna
Beach lies to the south of Vagator.
Vagator beach if still rich with rural
life. So a large number of fishermen
in their traditional attire can be observed
on the beach. Anyone patient enough
to listen to the numerous stories of
the sea can explore their stock of stories.