Goa is easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Goa has much to offer the holiday makers and this includes heritage Churches, incredible cultural experiences, adventure activities, and exotic cuisines. But one reason the world heads to Goa is because of its gorgeous and happening beaches. If you are in India getting to Goa is quite easy. All the better if you happen to be in Mumbai which is the financial Capital of the country you can easily book Mumbai to Goa flights at affordable price. Goa with a coastline of more than a hundred kilometres has a huge number of beaches, many of them unexplored and secluded. Goa seems to have a beach for every mood. A beach to party in, a beach to just laze and sunbathe, a beach to indulge in water sports, and so on. Here we take a look at some of the top beaches of Goa.
The Calangute beach is located in the northern part of Goa and is one of the more popular beaches. It is visited by thousands of international and national tourists. The beach resonates with the celebration of revellers especially during Christmas and New Year. Many water sports activities and parasailing is available at the Calangute beach.
The Anjuna beach is one of the most happening beaches in Goa and has been a hub of activity since the 1960’s when hippies made a beeline to this beach. It is the favourite beach that backpackers head to. Every week on wednesdays the famous Goan flea market takes place in the vicinity. If you want to party till you drop in the wee hours of the night then Anjuna beach is where you need to head to.
Not very far from the Anjuna beach lies the Vagator beach. If you are looking for a slightly less vibrant and calm beach, then head over to the Vagator beach. It is still a favourite spot for beach partying among backpackers,however the crowds will be relatively less here. One can enjoy a spectacular sunset from the rocks that dot the beach.
The Colva beach is one of the most popular beaches in South Goa. It offers many popular water sports activities. These include parasailing, paragliding, jet skiing, and banana boat rides. Dolphin spotting cruises are also available at the Colva beach. Shacks on the beach serve drinks and local delicacies and it is quite an experience to enjoy them while taking in the view of the beach and the sea. A morning walk on the beach enables one to see the fishermen placing and hauling in their nets with the catch of the day.
The Candolim beach is a quiet and relatively secluded beach. It lies about fifteen kilometres from Panjim which is the Capital of Goa. The beauty of this beach is the fact that it is relatively less commercialised and one can relax on the sands watching the waves of the Arabian Sea. One of the most attractive feature of the beach are scrub covered sand dunes which lie towards the back of the beach.
Agonda beach is a great place to unwind. One can sunbathe in leisure or swim in the sea at this beach. The Agonda beach sees lesser footfalls and hence is a great place if you want to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Agonda beach is located at a ninety minutes drive from the Goa airport.
The Butterfly beach is a hidden gem of Goa, not many people head out there and in fact not many are aware of it. One needs to reach the beach by a boat. It has a semicircular shape and looks like an island. Apart from the boat when can also get to it through a forested area by trekking, but the boat is always more convenient. The beach is surrounded by hillocks which are swarming with colorful butterflies and hence the name, Butterfly beach. The gorgeous and pristine beach and the crystal clear waters combined with its seclusion give the beach an enchanted aura.
These are only a few of the beaches that dot Goa and embellish it with their beautiful forms. Goa is a place where one needs to camp and spend time just exploring the beaches. The beauty of Goa is that if you get tired of the beaches, there are so many other avenues that will provide you with unforgettable experiences. If you love heritage buildings, then Goa with its architectural influence of the Portuguese and Italian styles blended with local art has some incredibly beautiful churches, convents, and residential houses to see. If you are interested in adventure, you can head out for a trek to explore waterfalls and forests in the hinterland of Goa. All in all Goa promises a whale of a time.