Rakesh Anand |
New Delhi |
12:45 goa beaches
boasts of a long coast line and rightfully so, a vast number of serene
white sand beaches dot the coasts of Goa making the life line of tourism
in Goa. Except for the Monsoons Goa beaches are quiet and smooth, not
rough as at some other coasts in South India. During Season October to
March these beaches get dotted by various shacks selling all kinds of
stuff from beer to sea food to traditional costumes etc. Some beaches
are more popular with the tourists depending on the attractions they
offer while some Goa beaches may still be quiet and lonesome even at
height of tourist activity, so you may take your pick depending on what
kind of holiday you are looking at.
Beaches in North Goa
Undoubetedly the most popular of
the beaches, is also called the Queen of the beaches. Situated in North
Goa, Calangute beach is about 30 minutes drive from Panaji, the state
capital. Having a wonderful green cover and lots of palm trees the beach
was made popular in the 60s by the Hippies and the tradition still
carries on among the European traveller. Water sports are also availble
at the Beach. Can become quiet crowded during the peak season.
Situated in between the more
known Colva and Calangute beahces, it is more quieter and more of a
fishing beach but a lot of shacks have come up each blaring their own
dance tapping music. Also there is the Baga river which meets the sea over
here adding to it's beauty. A Saturday night flea market is held here
selling all kinds of stuff.
is one of the more beautiful white sand Goa beaches. To reach the beach,
you have to walk down a steep cliff. The beach is decked by black lava
rocks leading upto the 500 old Portuguese fort of Chapora. The view of
the sea, rice fields and palm trees from the fort is mind blowing and so
is the breeze at the top.
beach in North Goa is dominated by the Aguada, a Portuguese fort and the
Taj Aguada Resort. The Fort of Aguada was built by the Portuguese
to control the entry into River Mandovi and to protect old Goa from
enemy attack. The fortification skirts the seashore. At the center is a
circular lighthouse tower. The Fort presently houses the central jail.
South Goa Beaches
These beaches are
more quieter and do not have too many markets or activities surrounding
them, more suited for the honeymooners and some body looking for some
close to the Airport, Bogmalo beach is not too crowded still offering
good facilities and dominated by the Bogmalo Beach Resort situated right
on the beach.
in South Goa,Majorda is again quiet and place to relax. Some of the best
bakeries are present is this area and it is also famous for the Palm
situated in South Goa and has recently gained popularity, it is a
fishing beach and the place to be especially on weekends. It also has
the famous 17th century church of Nossa Senhora de Merces. The
golden sands of Colva are a treat to lie down and enjoy the beach. Close
by at Benaulim one can watch the Bull fights from October onwards.
in South Goa about 45 km from the Dabolim Airport, these two beaches are
much cleaner and quieter than most other Goa beaches. Some of the famous
resorts like Dona Sylvia are situated on them. A disadvantage is the
long distance from the Airport.
view if you are looking for some activities and action go for North Goa
beaches which are more visited by tourists regularly, while the South
Goa beaches are more quieter and places to relax. Also you have more
beautiful and expensive resorts in South Goa while North Goa offers a
mix of middle and higher range resorts.