Calangute is a beach that is
around 16 kms from Panjim, North Goa. The most basic
attraction is Baga Beach. The best time to visit this place
is from December To February.
Calangute derives its name from the local vernacular word—‘Koli-gutti’,
meaning land of fishermen. It is the most popular holiday
resort in Goa popularly known as the queen of Goan beaches.
The rainbow hued canvas of Calangute has welcomed everyone.
Seemingly not all that long ago, Calangute was the beach all
self-respecting hippies headed for, especially around
Christmas when psychedelic hell broke loose.
There are hardly any palms, the sand is contaminated with
red soil and the beach drops rapidly into the sea. But wait,
there’s more… On the shores of the Arabian Sea, under the
shade of palm trees, bathes the Queen of Beaches—Calangute.
Some call it Kalyangutti (village of art) or Konvallo-ghott
(strong pit of the coconut tree) because the village is full
of coconut trees. There are picturesque agors (saltpans) at
Agarvaddo, and Maddavaddo is full of madd (coconut trees).
While Dongorpur skirts a bottle-green hillock, Tivaivaddo
laces the beach. In Gauravaddo lived the gaudds or milkmen
ran dairies. Calangute's heyday as the Mecca of all
expatriate hippies has passed. It has undergone a
metamorphosis to become the centre of Goa's rapidly
expanding package-tourist market. Though it isn't one of the
best Goanese beaches, there is however, plenty going on,
especially if you don't mind playing a minor role in this
stage-managed parody of what travelling is meant to be
Calangute is one of the best beaches in Goa. It takes just
45 minutes by road to reach to this busy beach and its
resorts. Things have become very commercial at this place as
of now. There is a drastic change in the outlook of this
place which was once more of a fishing village. But today
this place has transformed itself to one of the best tourist
spots when it comes to beaches.
The Main Town
There are a lot of shops as well as stalls where one can see
good quality Indian Handicraft Items. There is a lot of
scope for the visitors who come over here to stop and shop
various items largely those from Kashmir, Kerala, Rajasthan,
Gujrat etc... etc...
Over all this beach is the perfect place to spend a holiday.
There are places where one can see huge crowd and also there
are places which are more cool and silent. Fishing is still
prevelant in areas which are a bit far away form the main