Calangute Beach

Calangute was among the first few beaches to be visited by the hippies in the 60’s. Travelers from all over the western world found their way to Calangute at a time when it was little more than a fishing village with a few local bars. Sadly, Calangute beach has succumbed to the pressures of unregulated tourist inflow and poor planning and is now a dusty town of too many.

Attractions in Calangute

Although the idyllic era is long gone, there is still some charm to be found the multitude of pubs, local bars and eateries. If you move away from the main roads and into the village streets, there are a few charming Portuguese  era houses and several little chapels.

Calangute Fish Market

The fish market in Calangute is among the best in Goa. It’s unlikely that raw fish will make it’s way into your bag of souvenirs to take back home but a morning in the Calangute fish market should definitely be experienced. Wander around, try and bargain with a fisher-woman, inquire about the day’s catch and try not to take in the smells.

St. Alex Church

One of Goa’s oldest churches and rumoured to be constructed above an ancient Hindu shrine, St. Alex Church stands at the end of a palm lined road and could be mistaken for the gateway to Calangute. Walk in when it’s open and take a look around.

Casino Palms

One of the biggest and most spacious onshore Casino’s, located within Hotel La Calypso. A famous attraction for those daring gamblers.

Calangute Tips and Secrets

Sadly, there are none left.

Calangute, Goa – How to get there

Calangute is a beautiful beach located in the Bardez sub district of North Goa. Situated approximately 48 kms from Dabolim Airport and 15 kms from Panaji, Calangute is an easy and convenient beach to get to.

There is no location in Goa as well known as Calangute beach. Asking for directions in any part of Goa should be a piece of cake, however just for your convenience –

Follow the National Highway all the way to Panjim and keep heading North, once at the Porvorim junction remember to turn left and get on the Chogm Road. Follow this road until you reach the Dolphin Circle. At the circle, take a left and then the next right. Following this road you should find another circle, here take another left and keep following this road until you reach the beach.

Average Transit Fares to Calangute

Taxi Fares to Calangute

Auto Rickshaw Fares to Calangute

Motorcycle Taxi Fares to Calangute

Approx Transit Time to Calangute

Dabolim Airport, Mormugao

 900

60 minutes

Panaji

40 minutes

Margao Railway Station

Tivim Railway Station

 300

20 minutes

Suggested Plans for a Day in Calangute

You could begin your morning by going sightseeing or taking in the beach. Next, scout out a place that would be ideal for lunch then have a hearty meal there. After lunch it would be advisable to stay indoors as the sun gets really hot and it would be too uncomfortable. In the evening you can stay on the beach and watch the sun set. Now you’ll have difficult choices to make, go gambling to the casino or head to a club.

Activity

Venue

Morning

Sightseeing

St. Alex Church,

Hangout

Pande Bar and Restaurant,

Afternoon

Lunch

Simon’s Place Beach Shack

Dessert

Cafe La Musica, Club Cavala

Evening

Water Sports

Calangute Beach

Hangout

Casino Palms

Night

Dinner

A Reverie

Party

Moon Nightclub

Suggested Plans for a Weekend in Calangute

Activity

Venue

Cost

Day 1

Hangout

Party

Day 2

Sightseeing

Activity

Dinner

Party

Day 3

Hangout

Lunch

Shopping

Hotels in Calangute

Lodging is never a problem in or around Calangute, with the Government and Private parties offering a wide range of places to choose – right from renting your own room to having your own villa. This affords you the opportunity to choose whether to stay close to the hustle and bustle of the Calangute shores or away from it where you can enjoy your privacy. The well known Calangute Residency made its way to the shores of this beach, being run by the Government it is usually a much preferred choice.

Hotel

Rating

Distance from Beach (walk )

Contact

Lime Holidays

***

4 mins

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2 BR Homestay

30 mins

Hotel Seagull

***

5 mins

Restaurants in Calangute

There are many restaurants all over Calangute serving different foods. Some of them begging the tourists to enter and try out their meals.

Restaurant

Type

Pricing

Contact

Abracadabra

Barbecue, Seafood, Grill, Halal

300 – 500

+ 91 982 336 4842

Cafe f Zone

Chinese, Russian, Seafood, Continental

60 – 1200

+ 91 750 705 4396

Cafes and Beach Shacks in Calangute

The entire Calangute seashore is lined with shacks that provide a wide range of exotic mouth watering meals. The line of shacks begin in Baga and end all the way at Candolim.

Beach Shacks

Type

Pricing

Contact

Tamarin

Café, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, International

200 – 1500

+ 91 954 547 7670

Cafe Celina Joe Mar

Hello Brothers Beach Shack

Clubs and Bars in Calangute

Calangute does have a few nightclubs of its own but the area is not particularly known for these as much as for its beach. The nightclubs in this area include Fcube, Club Cavala, Fahrenheit among many others. After a tiring day, grooving at a nightclub will probably be all you need before you hit the hay. The best months to visit Goa would be December to February.

Venue

Type

Entry Fee (Rs per head)

Contact

Tito’s Retro Club

Nightclub

6th Sense

Nightclub

Utopian Retreats

Nightclub