Goa Beach Tour
Gorgeous Goa, the tiny tropical paradise tucked away on the western coast of the Indian Peninsula, is endowed with exceptional scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. Goa has lured mankind since time immemorial. It was referred to as Goyem’ by the ‘Mundaris,’ one of the oldest tribes in the world. The Aryans named it the Garden of Shepherds’, while the enraptured European travelers called it the Goa Dourada’ or the Golden Goa,’ ‘Perola do Oriente’ or the ‘Pearl of the Orient, Roma do Oriente’ or ‘Rome of the East and several other names in praise of this beautiful land. This former Portuguese enclave presents a rare blend of occidental and oriental cultures. The western influence is quite evident in various facets of the Goan lifestyle that abounds with Indian mythology.
Goa spells sun, sea, sand, and socegado (feelings of peace and fun). Its pristine beauty is quite inebriating. Everything is so special and unique that no visitor can escape the magical charm of Goa. With the coastline extending for about 125 kms. and a stretch of about 83 kms. of silvery palm-fringed beaches, the State has emerged as a virtual paradise for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts.
The State is also dotted with ancient forts, ruins, mansions, churches, temples, tombs, etc. The numerous fairs and festivals and the weekly markets showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region. As one reaches this colorful State, what strikes you first is the easy-going, fun-loving, accessible, and tolerant Goan lifestyle. The impact of Portuguese rule is distinctly evident. Goans are very proud of their culture, and their love for music, dance, food, and festivities is legendary.
Explore North Goa Beaches
A 30 kms stretch of beautiful beaches starting northwards from Fort Aguada near Panaji has made Goa a popular tourist destination.
Sinquerim: It is 16 kms. from Panaji and the first among the string of beaches starting from Fort Aguada. Taj Group’s Fort Aguada Resorts are located here.
Candolim: The Sinquerim-Candolim beach stretch is dotted with excellent resorts.
Calangute: The ‘Queen of Goan Beaches’ is the most commercial and busy beach resort.
Baga: Beautiful Baga is a continuation of Calangute and is bounded by a wooded escarpment in the north and a fresh rivulet merges into the sea here. Baga is 18 kms. from Panaji and 10 kms. west of Mapusa.
Anjuna: The most interesting and exciting part of Goa’s coastline begins beyond the Baga river from Anjuna onwards. Cool waves washing the white sands of the shores, lined with palm trees present one of the most fascinating views.
Vagator: The beautiful beach is about 22 kms. from Panaji. Its northern half faces a bay, which curves from the headland to the hillock crowned by the Chapora Fort.
Chapora: The beach amidst dense coconut palms is dominated by the Chapora Fort.
Arambol (Harmal): This unique beach is rocky as well as a sandy beach. There is also a freshwater lagoon, extending right up to the shore. The banks of the lagoon are lined by hot springs.
Querim: Virgin white sand and the foamy beach is fringed with fir trees.
Explore South Goa Beaches
South Goa is also an endowed string of beautiful beaches. The beach journey can be commenced from Margao, which is a railway junction.
Majorda: The tranquil beach has some excellent resort complexes.
Betalbatim: It lies to the south of Majorda, near the famous Colva beach.
Colva: This beautiful beach is 6 kms. west of Margao. It is also known for the Church of Our lady of Mercy.
Benaulim: The tranquil beach is just 2 kms. south of Colva and 4 kms. from Margao. Benaulim village is also famous for exquisitely carved wooden furniture.
Varca & Cavelossim: The fine Coastline extends for about 10 kms. south of Benaulim beach is dotted with some charming beaches.
Mobor: The Sal estuary meets the sea over here.
Betul: It is 22 kms. from Margao.
Agonda: This picturesque beach flanked by lush hills is 7 kms. from Chaud and 14 kms. south of Cabo da Rama. Palolem: The secluded palm-fringed beach flanked by hills is one of the most enchanting spots in Goa. It is about 37 kms. from Margao.
Galjibaga Beach: It lies towards the south bank of the Talpona River.
Polem: It is the southernmost beach of Goa, about 30 kms. south of Chaudi. The solitary beach is a strip of smooth white sand and is very clean. lt is visited regularly by dolphins and fish eagles.