Wonderful and Sparkling Beaches in Goa
How to Reach Goa?
Goa is one of the 27 states in India. Goa was a Portuguese colony until the year 1962 and is known all over the world for its beaches.Beaches in Goa reflect the state's colourful history. Goa is also known for its Indo Portuguese culture namely, the free laid back style, famous night life and the leasant weather lures many tourists to the state particularly during the Christmas and New Year season. The soft, silvery sands of the beaches in Goa make you feel as if there is no other place in the world like Goa to make you feek at peace and at home.
You can travel to Goa and visit the beaches by air, by rail and by road as well. You can get connection flights and trains from almost all the major cities in india. Many if the villages are connected by Railway network, you just have to reach the nearby junction wherever you are.
If you are travelling from abroad you can directly reach the airport at Dabolim, Goa or take a connecion flight from other metros in India. You can get connection flights from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai as well as Kolkata. You can also reach Goa easily through the three airports in Kerala, that is Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.
You can also get in to train and travel for longer hours from Kozhkode, Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore and even Mumbai. If you are a first time traveller to India you will love the trip in train as it gives you time to get in touch with the locals and to know their traditions
You can also travel by road from the nearby cities and towns. You can avail taxis and private cabs, bus transport etc to reach Goa. The Beaches in Goa are located in two districts , south Goa and North Goa.
Beaches South Goa
South Goa Beaches
Madgaon / Margao as it was known in the earlier days is an important town, located very close to the popular beaches, in the district of South Goa. The beaches in South Goa are, Bogmalo Beach, Consaulim Beach, Majorda & Utorda Beach, Agonda Beach, Palolem Beach, Varca Beach, Betul Beach, Arossim Beach, Betalbatim Beach, Fatrade Beach, Colva Beach, Benaulim Beach, Canaguinim Beach, Velsao Beach, Mobor-Cavelossim Beach, Cola Beach, Galjibaga Beach, Patnem Beach, Rajbaga Beach and Colomb Beach.
Bogmalo Beach is located very close to the Dabolim airport and you can reach the beach easily as it is just about 4 kilometers only. You can also reach Bogmalo Beach from Vasco da Gama as it is also just aboutt 8 kilometers away. The Beach is a mixture of quiteness as well as commercialism. You can spend time happily in this once small fishing village. There are modern eating joints and handicrafts selling shops nearby . The beach is clean but not that crowded as an Anjuna would be. You can go for swims as the water is safe here and you can also try out the numerous eating joints / Beach shacks for the traditional goan dishes.
Colva Beach is unique in the sense that it is the most pristine and natural bech in Goa. The silvery sands of the beach stretches as long as 20 kilometers and makes it picturesque with coconut and the palm trees, wooden boats littered all along the shore makes it look more beautiful and natural.Colva is believed to be the oldest and the largest beach in the whole of Goa. Colva is safe beach to swim and for other watersports. The beach is dotted with colonial style buildings, hotels, resorts, restaurants and souvenir stalls etc.
Benaulim Beach is said to be the epitome of rural beauty gives you a serene place and a calm vacation to the leisure and family travellers. You can see the wooden boats which the fishermen use for their livelihood littered here and there. The beach is usually less populated and you can see many enjoying boat rides and enjoy playing in the water.
Palolem Beach stretches over about 100 meters of sands in the district of South Goa. The Beach is surrounded by hills on both sides and infested with huts restaurants, shacks, rooms and shops selling various things. All these makes this beach an ideal tourist destination. You can also see silvery white sands covered with little crabs crawling here and there.
Beaches of North Goa
North Goa Beaches
The beaches in North Goa are Arambol Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Ashwem Beach, Candolim Beach, Mandrem Beach, Keri Beach, Morjim Beach, Siridao Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Vainguinim Beach and Miramar Beach. In the North District of Goa, which is located beyond the Mandovi estuary, the coast stretches into a continuous string of beaches. This stretch gets divided only by the saltwater creeks, rocky headlands and the 3 tidal rivers. There is a colourful market at Mapusa which comes up on Fridays and there are historical interests also there to see near these beaches.
Candolim beach is less crowded and known to be very popular with the package tourists. Since you will not get much shelter on the beach it would be wise to hire an umbrella. Tasty and good food is available from the shacks at the beach and if you like you can order some food and then sun yourself in privacy.
Sinquerim beach has clean and white sand and is located very close to the historic monument of Goa, Fort Aguada, which was the 17th century Portuguese fort. The fort was built by the Portuguese to safeguard the Mandovi river and to protect Old Goa from enemy attack. You can walk straight down the sinquerim beach to the Candolim beach.
Baga beach is a small fishing village beach. There are shady palms very close to the water. After sunset it would be better not to stay back if you do not have your own transport. You may not get one to travel after sunset as buses don't come in after it gets dark. You can say that Baga is really an extension to the Calanghute beach but the difference is that Baga is a flat terrained and safe for swimming. The Baga Beach also has a flea market every saturday where in you can shop for colourful Kashmiri handlooms and other beautiful artefacts all along the road to the beach.
Bambolim Beach is a clean but an unexplored beach which is located in a shaded spot just before the mouth of the river Zuari. The entrance to the beach lies along the hill between Goa Medical College and the Goa University.