enchanting state of Goa was a Portuguese colony till 1962, hence, it is well
known for its Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture. Goa's beaches
reflect its colourful picture of history from the time of the hippies. The
state of seven rivers and estuaries, coloured green with hills and lush
green vegetation stretches to a total coastline of 125 km beach land divided
in parts along the Arabian sea.
The beaches of Goa are fun filled and popular than the other beaches in
India. The sea foods, water sports, glittering sand in the sunlight, shadows
from the coconut and the palm trees, fishing extravaganza, music and
nightlife, dance and merry making around bon -fires - all give Goa a special
place in the heart of the tourists coming to view its haven of attractions.
From an unbroken crescent of sun heated sand, begins the twin beaches of
Candolim and Calangute north of Panaji. Calangute had been a tourist's
hotshot since the 60's and referred to as the Queen of Goa. Then comes the
refreshing and relaxed Baga beach while the southern side of Goa preserves
the innocent looking fresh Colva and the Benaulim beaches. In addition are
found the Vagator with the Chapora beaches which are worth visiting.
Beaches of Goa
» Anjuna Beach
The Anjuna Beach is one of the major beach attraction of Goa full of
the painted palm trees under which is held the long parties generally
covering the whole night. A very mesmerising view of the Chapora Fort and
the Vagator can be had from the banks of the Anjuna beach. The beach is
frequented from 1970 and till now has attracted millions of travellers
ranging from the honey mooners to the leisure lovers. Different water sports
are available that includes water skiing, wind surfing, yachting and rafting
along the beach waters of the Arabian sea.
» Vagator Beach -
The Vagator beach is covered with soft white coloured sands, black lava
rocks enticed by the swinging coconut trees and the palms in the lush green
landscape. It is the place where nature abounds in its own music and the sea
can be seen changing colours from aquamarine to emerald green. The beach
being close to the fishing village of Vagator is rich with its rural life
and. The sandy beach is a dream come true for the travellers who would like
to walk the banks of the beach bare footed watching the silvery shimmering
of the sea waves hitting the shores.
The Calangute Beach is the busiest beach in Goa commonly
known as the Queen of the beaches. It got its name from koli-guti meaning
land of the fisherman. The beach is today a wonder in terms of beach
pleasure and natural scenery around. It stretches about four miles all along
the coast and is filled with palm trees with pristine beauty coloured with
the golden sand. The sight of fisherman hauling their nets in the sea to
catch fishes for selling in the evening markets or little fishing hooks tack
under bamboo sun shakes are mesmerising.
» Baga Beach
Part of the 30km long coastline along the west coast of the Arabian
sea, the Baga beach is basically an extension of the Calangute beach. The
beach starts from the Fort Aguda till it reaches the Vagator beach ending at
the Chapora fort. Exotic locales surround the beach suitable for lying in
the rocky woodlands. The beach is suitable for fishing and various water
» Colva Beach
The longest beach in Goa stretches a distance of twelve miles covered
with white sand on the Arabian Sea. It has the reputation of being the most
romantic beach in Goa. The brightness of the moon draws the ocean to its
glowing fullness, while the winds beat the waves along the beach which turns
out to be the fisherman's feast during the full moon. Tourists coming to the
Colva beach can have the pleasure of watching the fisher man laying out the
mackerels out on the beach for drying. The small fishing boats on the shores
and in the sea hunting for the fishes are a sight to be remembered for ever.
Sundays are meant for merry making accompanied by dance.