The best beaches in India and Goa
India can rightly be considered the country of a thousand beaches, and it is here that the best beaches in the world are located.
India – a country of wonders. There are so many historical sites that sometimes the eyes are confused by the variety. But that’s not all. India is famous for its many beaches, which are considered the best in the world. Take a look at some of them.
The beach stretches for many 7 kilometers of coastline filled with hotels, restaurants and stores. The color is added by the many Hindus who often come here to pass the time and take a vacation. Kalangut Beach and the surrounding area stand out a lot with its unusual landscape. On one side is the church of St. Alex, and on the other side of the view huge fields, covered with green plants.
The most important attraction of the beach was the Kerkar Art Museum, where the works of local painters are constantly on display. Every week, there are national dance and song evenings, which are definitely worth a visit.
For lovers of outdoor activities, a vacation in Calangute will seem boring and uninteresting.
Among all the public establishments, only three will come to the partygoers’ liking. That is why the beach is designed for a quiet, family vacation in the lap of nature. If you fit these parameters, then pack your bags and come to India.
This is the farthest place in the state of Goa, located at the mouth of the Terecol River. The beach is recognized as the best place for tourism away from the hustle and bustle and other people. Tourists often come here to enjoy the unusual sunsets and privacy from prying eyes.
The beach is located in the south of Goa. Whole 2 kilometers of pure white sand stretch from the north to the south of the state.
Kerim is distinguished by an unusual silence. Surprisingly, not a single sound comes from the nearest station.
The flora of the beach is also unusual, because in addition to the banal palm trees on the coast, you can find conifers. Hidden in the thicket of such a forest is a tempel, which the local population considers a national house of culture. Tourists can easily stay in a hotel, but for full involvement in the environment, it is best to rent a bungalow right on the coast or a room in a hostel, located also on the beach. You can eat at a restaurant nearby. Come to Kerim is worthwhile in February. At this time there is no intense heat, and the rest promises to be comfortable and rich.
The beach is located a few kilometers from Panaji. Most of it is covered with soft light sand. Kandolim is a cluster of almost all kinds of water sports. Anyone can go scuba diving, snorkeling and so on.
On the territory of Donna Florina Beach Resort you can always see representatives of different religious teachings and religions. Right by the shore are numerous restaurants, cafes and bars open around the clock, where vacationers not only eat, but also often celebrate memorable dates together with live music and singing. At some distance from the bathing area are stores and hotel complexes.
To get to the beach you can take public transport, which regularly runs within walking distance of the bathing area.
Beach in Anjuna
Anjuna Beach is not so much a bathing area as a strip of cafes, nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Almost all of its territory is constantly playing music, and walking around very unusual characters.
The beach is famous all over the world for the grand “full moon parties” and clubs, such as the Dolce Vita. Anjune is the capital of trance festivals. There is always a special atmosphere, energy and freedom.
In addition to the night parties, the beach is famous for its bazaar, where in the middle of the week is organized by a real colorful carnival. Craftsmen from all over India come here to sell numerous handmade items: trinkets, jewelry, festival tapes, clothes. We could talk about the bazaar for a long time, it would be easier to point out what the traders can not offer, on even that would be problematic to do. And finally, it is advised to stop by the Shore bar, from where tourists love to meet the beautiful sunsets.
This is the most popular place in Goa, located in the south. It arouses special interest among holidaymakers. And understandably, because Palolem is a paradise among the tropics. If you can not imagine it, then remember the postcards of the beaches with white sand and clear sea. That’s exactly what this beach looks like.
There are no hotels and other infrastructure here at all, it is just not needed. Palolem is a secluded, pristine clean place with a warm atmosphere. If you like peace and quiet, then you should definitely come here. You can stay in a small bungalow near the coast.
Despite its popularity, Palolem is quite small, it stretches only a couple of kilometers of coastline and is completely devoid of people. Such an environment could not pass without a trace to the environment here, even the sea is quiet and unusually clean. Sometimes, lying on the beach, you will see dolphins. Do not be surprised, because they are frequent guests of the beach and not afraid of people.
If you get tired of tanning all day, you can go scuba diving or go on a boat trip.
To summarize, Palolem is suitable for a quiet, lazy holiday, and the nature and warm sea make it even better.
This amazing place is located 12 kilometers from the city of Margao. The beach is famous for its white sand, numerous palm trees scattered throughout the area and the boats of local fishermen. Of infrastructure worth mentioning are a few small stores. However, despite the lack of civilization, the beach has all the conditions for a good and quality holiday.
In the south of Arrosim is located world-famous luxury hotel Park Hyatt. The largest swimming pool in India is in its ownership. It also has its own children’s camp and a huge spa.
The Heritage Village Club Hotel is on the opposite side, but it doesn’t have the same scale and luxury, but it’s also popular with vacationers. If funds are tight, you can rent a bungalow or a room in a gesthouse.
Galjibaga Beach is considered the most remote resort in Goa. It gets its name from the river of the same name flowing near the beach. Galjibagha is a paradise that is not easy to find, but once you get here, tourists fall in love and just can not spend vacations in another place.
The beach stretches for only 1 kilometer, bordering the Arabian Sea.
Because of its location between two rivers, Galjibaga is hard to reach and thus almost devoid of tourists.
Arambol is located in the town of the same name in North Goa. The coast of the Arabian Sea has for many years been a favorite holiday destination for many tourists. The wide beach covered with clean sand and clear water is a favorite place of all the vacationers.
Freshwater lake with a hot spring adds color to this place.
During the day tourists usually relax by the water, and in the evening go to the night parties. In addition to these, there are often mass meditations on the shore.
In the south of Goa there is an amazingly beautiful beach. It is an ideal place to relax as there is no wind or waves here at all. In all Goa, there is no beach more secluded and sheltered than Putnam. Therefore, it is famous for its desolation and almost absence of people. It is safe to say that this place is absolutely suitable for a vacation for the whole family. Right on the shore are installed bungalows, covered with thatch. Any tourist can stay in them, because they are rented for free.
On the beach there are many small comfortable restaurants, where for not much money you can eat good food.
Entertainment in Putnam is not at all, so this place is suitable for people of a mature age.
In any case, if you like comfort and coziness, the beach of Putnam will definitely impress you.
If you choose by cleanliness, Kavelossim beach will take the first place in the ranking. It is located near Benaulim in South Goa. The purest white sand surrounded by black mountains attracts thousands of vacationers every year. The beach is developed all kinds of water sports and numerous entertainment options.
At the nearby market, located near Kavelossim, you can buy national figures and souvenirs. People come to the beach just for aesthetic pleasure and a nice flat tan.
This small sandy beach in southern Goa. It is distinguished from all the others by its really tiny size and lack of people. Even during the tourist season there are very few holidaymakers.
Kolomb is shaped very much like a horseshoe, surrounded by rocks and huge stones. Such a rocky landscape gives the beach an unusual character. Separately, it is worth noting the mountain Baraban Pandava. If you throw small pebbles into it, then during the knocking sound appears, strongly reminiscent of the clatter of sticks on a drum.
This is where all the uniqueness of Kolomb ends. As well as everywhere else on the beach, there are restaurants of national Indian cuisine and bungalows, where you can sit for a minimal fee.
This is a small beach located in the south of Goa. Despite its proximity to the highway, it is considered one of the coziest in all of India. Tourists who want to find themselves in a quiet place where nothing interferes with the relaxation come here.
All along the beach are palm trees, among which are small bungalows. There are absolutely no stores in this place, but it’s for the best. Romantic natures can set up a tent right on the beach and sleep under the open sky surrounded by stars.
This is one of the oldest tourist spots in Goa. The beach is located 10 kilometers away from Margao. Colva is very popular among fishermen. That is why there are so many fishermen’s huts here. During the festivities, all the people of Margao gather on the beach to hide from the summer heat.
Colva Beach is not only the best place for a beach holiday, but also an area of partying.
The beach is located in the district of Kankon in Goa. Because of its remoteness, it is often referred to as paradise. The sand here has an unusual reddish hue, which creates a strange combination with verdant palm trees. Compared with other beaches, Cola is much cleaner. This is due to the complete lack of people.
Kola beach can be considered as a wild place. It is absolutely not suitable for recreation with children, as the descent into the sea is very steep. And adults should be careful, as among the sand you can stumble on sharp rocks. Come here is best in October, when India’s dry season begins.
It is easy to find Kola, as it is located midway between the beaches of Agonda and Palolem.
The beach became world famous for its turquoise waters. Because of the natural breakwater it is completely devoid of waves. Covering Vainguinim is yellow sand. So with all the features, this place is ideal for recreation with young children. There are always a lot of tourists, but the huge length more than compensates for this nuance. This is why Vainguinim is appreciated not only by the older generation, but also by young people.
Any tourist can play volleyball or water sports on the beach, thanks to the many instructors here. Among other things, Vainguinim is famous for its cuisine. There are several cafes on the beach that serve national seafood specialties.
This is a place where it is almost impossible to find vacationers and street vendors. And all because it is considered one of the most deserted places in Goa, and in the whole country. Tirakol is covered with small shells, and not far is the fort of the same name, converted into a hotel.
If you are bored with the city and just want to relax, the beach Tirakol fulfill all your desires.
The 17 Best Beaches in South and North Goa
The beaches of Goa are famous for their golden sand, vibrant nightlife and scenic nature. People often come here for spiritual practices, to talk to interesting people and just a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
If in the 70’s and 80’s on the beaches of Goa were mostly locals, but now it’s a popular place, which annually receives more than 500 thousand Russian-speaking tourists. In our article – a list of the best beaches in Goa, as well as their main characteristics and location.
The village of Mandrem, famous for its beach, is located 25 km from Panaji (the largest city in North Goa). It is one of the quietest places in the region – there are few people, no noisy parties and there is always the possibility of privacy on the beach.
The entrance to the sea is gentle, the bottom is well visible. There are no stones and debris. The sand is soft and golden. The only danger that can await tourists – the undercurrents, which are quite strong here.
On the shore of Mandrem Beach in North Goa there are a lot of sunbeds and there are places to change clothes, open cheeks and bars.
For more information about Mandrem Beach, see this article.
Morjim is a famous Goan resort located 27 km from Panaji. Despite the fact that it is not easy to get to the village, there are always many tourists (especially Russian speakers) here. Explain it by the fact that the beaches are very clean, have everything you need for a comfortable stay: there are sun beds with awnings, toilets, showers. On the coast there are the best cafes and sheks, in the evening – the entertainment program.
The entrance to the water is not sharp, the sand is fine. There are no strong undercurrents and rocks. There are lifeguards on the beach in North Goa.
Sinkerim beach is famous for its picturesque sunsets, wide shoreline (over 110 meters) and its length of 1.5 km. The sand here is soft and yellow, the entrance to the Arabian Sea is not sharp, but in a few places it is difficult to enter the water because of erosion.
The beach has all the necessary infrastructure: beds, toilets and changing areas. But with the cafes and bars the situation is worse – there are very few. There are no night bars at all. The stores, the souvenir shops and the big hotels are situated in the central part of the village. Due to the fact that the beach is usually visited by wealthy tourists, there are not many travelers, and prices are quite high.
Sinkerim Beach in North Goa is well suited for lovers of outdoor activities. Here you can go scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing and boating bananas. Also in this area will be interesting to relax for those who love hiking, fishing and water activities.
Staying near Sinkerim Beach is also better for those who want to see historical sites. Among the closest are the Portuguese port of Aguada (built in the 17th century), which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
- a wide choice of hotels;
- developed transport system in North Goa.
- The cost of accommodation is higher than the neighboring beaches of North Goa;
- a lot of homeless people;
- In the off-season, there are big waves.
Location: North Goa, from Dabolim airport (south direction) – 34 km.
Arambol is a fishing village known for one of the longest beaches in North Goa (4 km) and a vibrant nightlife. It is also a very colorful place: there are virtually no luxurious villas and hotels, but you can feel like a local, renting a small shack or bungalow.
The sand on the beach is gray, the entrance to the sea is flat, without rocks and stones. The line of shallow water is very wide, making this area ideal for recreation for the whole family. The infrastructure of the northern part of the beach is well developed: there are a lot of beach houses.
The resort is described in more detail here.
Candolim is located a few kilometers from Calangute (North Goa), so there are always a lot of people here. There are no problems with infrastructure – everywhere working food outlets, standing sunbeds. On the main street of the resort are travel agents.
The covering on the beach is shallow, yellow. The entrance to the sea is not sharp, there are no rocks and stones. Often dogs and cows walk along the beach.
Chapora beach is located on the outskirts of the village of the same name, which is 42 km from Dabolim airport. It can be very busy and because of the big number of fishermen, surfers and traders, it’s hard to call this place a suitable place for a quiet holiday. Still, the nature here is really beautiful (tall palm trees with coconuts, soft warm sand and bright sunsets), and it often belongs to the best beaches in Northern Goa.
With the infrastructure no questions: a huge number of cafes, the best bars and restaurants right on the beach. Here are the same chairs and tables with umbrellas, toilets. Interestingly, the beach often gathers groups of fishermen, who like to cook dinner here and discuss the latest news.
The characteristics of Chapora in North Goa are as follows: yellow and soft sand, gentle bottom, the absence of stones. However, there is one significant disadvantage – it is very strong undercurrents, which can be dangerous even for experienced swimmers.
The best attraction of the beach is the Fort Chapora, towering on the mountain. It is worth climbing up here to see the amazing beauty of the landscape and take a couple of beautiful photos of the beach in Goa.
- beautiful nature;
- Low prices (some of the best in North Goa);
- there are attractions close by.
- Very noisy;
- strong undercurrents.
Distance from Dabolim airport (south direction) – 42 km.
The list of the best beaches in Goa would not be complete without Vagator. This is a very lively beach that is “sandwiched” between the cliffs. There are always a lot of people, cows and dogs here, so if the purpose of your trip is to meditate, it is better not to come here.
There are sun loungers on the beach and a few cafes and stores. Changing rooms and restrooms are also available. The entrance to the sea is gentle, there are no sharp stones and shells. The sand is yellow.
Be careful! There are strong undercurrents in this place, so those who are not confident in the water, it is advisable not to swim.
If you still do not know which beach to choose in Goa, pay attention to Baga, a resort town 15 km from Panaji. In fact, it is a fishing village, which over time has been “overgrown” with hotels and cafes, but has not lost its flavor. There are many foreign visitors here, but the local beach is very large and there is always the possibility of privacy.
On this beach in North Goa are sunbeds, but to use them for free, you must order a dish or drink from one of the cafes.
The bottom of the Arabian Sea in this place is gentle and sandy, there is no algae. There is trash, but it is removed twice a day. The sand is fine, has a characteristic sound, similar to the crunch of snow.
More information about rest on the beach Baga collected on this page.
Our list includes the top 9 places to vacation in South Goa. We will tell you which beach in Goa is the best to rest on and where to stay overnight.
Agonda is a small resort town 60 km from Dabolim airport. People come here to meditate, contemplate nature and a break from everyday life. Many tourists from Europe.
On the beach are both the best luxury hotels and small gesthouses. There are plenty of bars and shops with fast food, there are sunbeds and thatched gazebos for relaxing.
The sand on the beach is very fine, the seabed is well visible, there is no trash and stones. People, as a rule, not a lot.
Mobor is an elite vacation spot in South Goa, where Europeans and Americans prefer to rest. For example, Bill Clinton and Paul McCartney were seen here. Since prices are high enough, there are not too many people here, and the town itself and the beach are well maintained.
The sand is white (a rarity in Goa), the entrance to the sea is smooth. The seabed is well visible. There are barnacles and stones, garbage is removed regularly. It is better to stay in the southern part of the beach – the north side has stronger undercurrents.
Pay attention to the local fauna and flora. For example, in the lagoons at the southern end of the beach, you can see real lilies and rare species of birds. If you take binoculars and go to the sea on a rented boat, you can even meet dolphins.
Near the beach is a few luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes. Noisy nightclubs can be found here. There are also no big stores and a huge number of shops.
- One of the best beaches in Goa with white sand;
- few people;
- rich flora and fauna.
- No cheap accommodation;
- no nightlife.
From the airport Dabolim (south direction) – 35 km.
Utorda is probably the quietest and most relaxed beach in South Goa. There is absolutely no nightlife here and a few cafes and bars are open. There are no luxury hotels either – gest houses are popular here.
Despite the fact that very few people come to rest in Utorda, the beach here is no worse than in neighboring resorts. There are straw umbrellas and sun loungers, recently installed changing cabins and toilets. However, it is possible to use all this only under the condition that you order something in cafe (for example, a drink).
The sand on the beach is yellowish tinge. The entrance to the sea is not abrupt, there are no stones and shells. The coast is long and wide, so you can quickly get to other beaches and resorts.
The beach Utorda is ideal for lovers of peace and quiet, but those who want to play sports or go on excursions, it is better to find a more noisy place.
- Few tourists;
- the beach is ideal for families with children and for the elderly;
- beautiful nature;
- a lot of inexpensive housing.
- few cafes and stores.
Distance from Dabolim airport (southbound) – 31 km.
The beach Varqa – one of the cleanest on the coast of the Arabian Sea. There are few tourists here because the prices of accommodation and food are higher than the national average. However, those who have been here once tend to come here again.
The town has dozens of cafes and bars. The main highlight of this resort – beauty salons for those who came to Goa in order to improve their health.
The sand is very fine, has a white-golden shade. Entrance to the sea is smooth, no stones and small shells. The beach is equipped with toilets and showers. More information about the beach and the resort can be found on this page.
Kavelossim is a fishing village located between the Sal River and the Arabian Sea. It attracts tourists with its color and lack of luxury hotels.
The local beach is divided into two parts – wild and tourist. There is nothing on the first part, but the second has a lot of sun beds, thatched pavilions, cafes and stores where you can buy drinks, desserts and freshly caught fish.
Coverage of the beach is yellow, sometimes you can meet the stones. There is not much trash, cows and dogs like to walk along the shore. The bottom is gentle, there is no algae.
Benaulim is a place for a leisurely holiday in nature. There are few tourists here, and they mostly come to this resort town to do yoga by the sea, or to admire the butterflies (in the southern part of Goa, they are especially abundant).
Daytime and nighttime entertainment in Benaulim is absent, there are only a couple of cafes. The beach has everything you need for a relaxing vacation.
The fine sand has a golden hue, sometimes there is a shell rock. Entrance to the sea is smooth and not abrupt, there are no strong underwater currents.
More details and photos of Benaulim village in Goa, see here.
Majorda Beach is one of the best beaches in South Goa, known since the days of ancient India. It is a unique place because it was here that the Jesuits discovered coconut juice and the Goans learned how to bake bread.
Now it is one of the most popular resorts, located 18 km from the airport Dabolim. There are always a lot of people here, so there is enough accommodation – there are both expensive 5 * hotels and gesthouses. Almost every step of the working shops and bars, and in the evenings there are many nightclubs. The beach is equipped with straw umbrellas and deck chairs.
The sand on the beach is soft and golden. The seabed is smooth, there are no stones or shells. It is difficult to find shade because the palm trees grow at a decent distance from the shore.
Tourists who have been to Majorda Beach recommend visiting the olive and coconut grove, which is located near the beach. If you walk a few kilometers deep into the rainforest, you can watch the Goans grow rice (this is one of the best places to visit).
- It is possible to find inexpensive accommodation;
- there are good conditions for families and the elderly;
- there are travel agencies where you can buy a tour;
- beautiful nature.
- A large number of tourists.
The distance from the airport Dabolim (south direction) – 15 km.
Palolem is one of the southernmost points of the state of Goa, lying 43 km from Margao (the largest city in South Goa). Here there is always a lively life: during the day travelers relax on the beach, and in the evening go to the discos, where they dance until dawn.
On the beach there are many bars, there are shops and small gesthouses. On the beach you can relax on a deck chair or use the toilet.
The sand is golden, the bottom is gentle. At the entrance to the sea sometimes fall rocks and shells. There is a lot of litter, but it is removed several times a day.
More information about Palolem can be found on this page.
Kansaulim is the coziest beach of South Goa, the length of which does not exceed 800 meters, and the width of the shore – 20. Since there are no strong undercurrents, high waves and gusty winds, this place is suitable for recreation with small children.
The sand is fine and yellow, the bottom is flat. There are no stones and debris, but sometimes float out on the shore of seaweed.
Sometimes, especially at the end or beginning of the season, Kansaulim beach looks deserted, because most of the tourists spend their holidays on the neighboring Arossim. Nevertheless, it is not a wild beach, and there are lifeguards and several cafes. On the shoreline of Kansaulim there are sun loungers and straw umbrellas, and changing areas are provided.
Booking a hotel or gesthouse is also not difficult – the choice is quite large for such a small village.
- Fewer tourists;
- A wide choice of hotels and hostels;
- picturesque sunsets.
Distance from the airport Dabolim (south direction) – 20 km.
The beaches of Goa – the perfect place for both lovers of active and passive recreation.
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