World famous beaches of Goa :
Goa with its 131 km long line of mesmerizing beaches, historical churches and temples, feasts and festivals and above all hospitable people with a rich cultural milieu thrills you beyond expectations.
Miramar is an urban beach where the River Mandovi flows into the Arabian Sea. With soft golden sands and surrounded by palm and casuarinas trees, Miramar lies on the outskirts of Goa’s capital city Panjim. Originally known as the Gaspar Dias Beach, it offers a long marvelous stretch for jogging or relaxing strolls.
Calangute Beach :
The Calangute Beach is a spotless 7 km stretch known as ‘The Queen of Beaches’ and was the first beach to be discovered by the Flower Children. The most popular beach in Goa, it has a host of facilities for its visitors, including beach and watersports. Calangute is the perfect tourist haven complete with shacks and stalls under the palm trees selling everything from fried prawns and beer to trinkets made of sea-shells.
Baga Beach :
An extension of the Calangute beach line, Baga Beach is a perfect getaway for those looking for peace and quiet. Baga’s night life is the liveliest in Goa and the perfect synthesis of the Goan and Western culture. Baga is a fishing Beach and ideal for sunbathing in its golden sun.
Anjuna Beach :
Anjuna is a large beach divided into three parts, North Anjuna, Middle Anjuna and South Anjuna Beach.A favourite haunt of the younger generation, the scenic Anjuna Beach attained popularity with its trance parties and hippies who tried to infuse Eastern traditions with Western ideas, music and arts. Famous all over the world, its party life is a major attraction for all tourists. The traditional Wednesday Flea Market of Anjuna too is famous for the staggering variety of items that are on sale form trinkets, to guitars, to chess sets, to motorbikes to yak cheese.
Morjim Beach :
The VIPs on this beach are the Olive Ridley turtles that come to nest here helped by a group of volunteers who guard the nests and help the hatchlings get into the sea.
Vagator Beach :
The most photographed beach of Goa, Vagator Beach forms a bay that curves from the headland to the hillock crowned by the Chapora Fort. The villages of Vagator have lush green landscapes, soft white sands, black lava rocks and a beautiful sea that turns from aquamarine to emerald green with the movement of the sun. Vagator Beach is an ideal place for people looking for smaller destinations yet desiring limitless avenues for fun and frolic.
Arambol or Harmal Beach :
This has become the foreigners’ haunt with a large number of Tai Chi, non permanent mehndi ‘tattooing’, yoga and meditation. Harmal Beach is the one place you cannot drive on to, but there are narrow lanes that lead to the higher reaches of the coast. You have to walk down a slope to the beach itself. The black rocks on a silvery beach make for some pretty dramatic scenery at sunset. Further up near the hill is a pool with soft yellow clay, which is said to have healing properties. Beauticians buy the clay as do the innumerable massage parlours in the area.
Bogmalo Beach :
With hills on three sides, Bogmalo beach with its golden sand is a great place to stay at if you are flying out of Goa, since it is just ten minutes away from the airport.
Colva Beach :
Blessed with white powdery sands, Goa’s longest beach, Colva, is fringed with palms and drenched with the sun. A walk on the beach is full of small delights, where fishermen’s motor trawlers lie in a line offshore, and tourists in colourful dress throng the beach. Colva at night with its silvery grey sands glittering in the moonlight make moonlit evenings incredibly romantic.
Betalbatim Beach etc :
North of Colva is Betalbatim Beach which begins a long string of beaches with Majorda, Utorda, Arossim and Velsao at the north. It is a ten kilometre stretch of white sand which is not very crowded.
Palolem Beach :
Palolem is one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa. Further south is the cove of Colomb where you can enjoy peace and quiet. Two kilometres away from Palolem is the Rajbag Beach which is isolated and stretches all the way to the mouth of the Talpona River. And then on to Galgibaga Beach which is the second nesting site in Goa for turtles. Further south is the Agonda Beach.