Calangute Beaches Goa
"Queen of beaches"
'Queen of beaches' is 16 kms from Panaji (capital of Goa) is the 7 kms. long . Calangute
lie on the shores of the Arabian Sea of North Goa in India. It is encircled by Arpora-Nagoa, Saligao and Candolim, in the Bardez
and is just 15 km from
Panaji, the capital of the state of Goa. Being a popular holiday
resort, the small houses amidst the coconut groves behind the beach
are always in constant demand. Calangute seems to be a distortion of the local vernacular word—‘Koli-gutti’, which means land of fishermen. Some people connect it with Kalyangutti (village of art) or Konvallo-ghott (strong pit of the coconut tree) because the village is full of coconut trees. With the advent of the Portuguese, the word probably got distorted to Calangute, and has stuck till today.
Seemingly not all that long
ago, Calangute was the beach all self-respecting hippies headed for,
especially around Christmas when psychedelic hell broke loose. If you
enjoyed taking part in those mass pujas, with their endless half-baked
discussions about `when the revolution comes' and `the vibes, maaan',
then this was just the ticket. You could frolic around without a
stitch on, be ever so cool and liberated, get totally out of your head
on every conceivable variety of ganja from Timor to Tenochtitlan and
completely disregard the feelings of the local inhabitants. Naturally,
John Lennon or The Who were always about to turn up and give a free
Calangute's heyday as the Mecca of all expatriate hippies has passed.
The local people, who used to rent out rooms in their houses for a
pittance, have moved on to more profitable things, and Calangute has
undergone a metamorphosis to become the centre of Goa's rapidly
expanding package-tourist market. It isn't one of the best Goanese
beaches: there are hardly any palms, the sand is contaminated with red
soil and the beach drops rapidly into the sea. 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 about. Try
heading off the beaten track unless you need a bit of R 'n' R to
recover from life on the road, or want to mix it with the Simons and
Sandras of this world who are visiting India to pep up their winter
final note, please treat these lovely beaches as your backyard and
keep them clean. We have lost innumerable natural resources to our own
Best Time to
Calangute Beach can be visited at any time of the year, though the monsoon months, which bring heavy rains, are best avoided.
best time of the year to visit this area is between September and March.
Nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is
32 km away from Panaji.
Nearest railway station is at Karmali 11 km away from Panaji.
Nearest Town: Mapusa.