Happening, secluded and vibrant 6 best North Goa beaches…

  1. Baga Beach
  2. Calangute Beach
  3. Candolim Beach
  4. Sinquerim Beach
  5. Arambol Beach
  6. Vagator Beach

1. Baga Beach

Baga Beach is one of the most popular beaches in north Goa

Baga beach is just 2 km north of Calangute Beach and Baga comes in the jurisdiction of Calangute Panchayat. Baga Beach is one of the most popular Beaches in north Goa and has been the center of attraction for many years among Goa lovers and party goers. Baga Beach is named after the Baga Creek which gets emptied in Arabian Sea at the north end of the beach.

Due to its exposure to domestic as well as overseas tourists, the beach remains very busy from mid of October till April every year. Near to this Beach we have the famous Night Club Tito’s. The shacks are spread throughout the stretch of Goa coastline barring some inaccessible places and few passages to the beach. They remain open till late in the night in the season especially from mid of October till April every year. The Beach Shacks cater to the food, beverage and entertainment needs of large number tourists. We can find some of the highly rated restaurants in this stretch for our food and beverage needs of whatsoever world cuisine. We have some of the most preferred Nightclubs and Discos in this area of Baga. We can also enjoy the casino gaming facility in Baga.

2. Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach is one of the largest North Goa Beaches.

Calangute Beach is one of the largest north Goa Beaches. The name of the beach got synonymous with a town in north Goa called Calangute. Calangute is almost 43 km from Goa International Airport and 20 km from Thivim Railway Station. Its equidistant from Vasco and Madgaon Railway Station. The distance to Calangute from these two railway station is almost 45 km. This beach is visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists as well. Calangute is considered to be a ocean paradize among repeated tourists to Goa. Calangute beach holds spectacular beauty with all the frantic nightlife for the tourists from across the Globe. The beauty of Calangute Beach goes manifold with the palm and coconut trees spread off the beach area. To its north is famous Baga Beach and Candolim connects with its extended stretch towards south. This area of Calangute and Baga adds a real meaning to Goa Tourism.

This beach becomes a perfect tourist retreat with the stalls in both sides of the road leading to the beach. There are stalls for souvenir, tattoo making, street food, beach wears, fancy clothes, sunglass and wrist watch and some of the great bar and restaurants to cater to tourists food and beverage needs.

We have some of the greatest restaurants specialized in local goan cuisine in Calangute Beach area. The area of Calangute gives a glimpse of Goan Culture.

3. Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach is favourite to many high end tourists

Candolim Beach is a tourist destination in North Goa and is 15 km from state capital of Panaji. Candolim Beach is not as crowded as Calangute Beach. It’s very near to Sinquerim Beach. Candolim Beach is favourite to many high end tourists especially the western tourists who are in their late 50’s and 60’s. This beach is not very congested and better planned to witness a great sense of serenity. Candolim Beach is a preferred by those who comes Goa to really enjoy Sunbath and relax. Candolim became the first village to be entirely converted to Christianity in Bardez sub-district by Franciscans.

Candolim has most number of highly rated restaurants and discos which is preferred by many overseas tourists. The famous Newton’s Supermarket is a key shopping place for any food, beverage or other requirements

4. Sinquerim Beach and Fort Aguada

Sinquerim Beach is north of Baga, Calangute and Candolim Beach.

Please read about Fort Aguada in the below post

Happening, secluded and vibrant 6 best North Goa beaches…

Baga Beach Calangute Beach Candolim Beach Sinquerim Beach Arambol Beach Vagator Beach 2. Calangute Beach Calangute Beach is one of the largest north Goa Beaches. The name of the beach got synonymous with a town in north Goa called Calangute. Calangute is almost 43 km from Goa International Airport and 20 km from Thivim RailwayContinue reading “Happening, secluded and vibrant 6 best North Goa beaches…”

Sinquerim Beach is North of Baga, Calangute and Candolim Beach. This beautiful beach boasts of a amazing shoreline and home to many breathtaking water sports activities.

Another key historic attraction in the proximity of Sinquerim Beach is Aguada Fort, which is on the southern point of Sinquerim beach. This fort is of 16th century, standing proudly on the shoreline offers stunning views of the scenic Indian Ocean and the coast.

5. Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach is in Pernem sub-district of North Goa and is a village of traditional fisherman

Arambol Beach borders Kerry Beach in The North and Mandrem Beach in the south and considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. Arambol Beach is in Pernem sub-district of North Goa and is a village of traditional fisherman. It’s approximately 70 km from Goa International Airport and 25 km from Calangute. The beach is spread on a stretch of approximately 5 km. This beach is favourite for many tourists and locals for jogging in the morning and evening. Many local residents and tourists come here to practice yoga facing the sun in the mornings and evenings. During the weekends there is hippy market here which is an amazing place to explore and buy some souveneir for our loved ones.

This is an ultimate location to holiday and relax with it’s beautiful beach, excellent food and many popular places to learn and practice yoga.

6. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is enclosed with white sand and speckled by huge black rocks.

Vagator Beach is enclosed with white sand and speckled by huge black rocks. It’s very much secluded beach among all the beaches in North Goa. We have two parts of this beach named Big Vagator and Small Vagator. These two parts are created by a split of Vagator Beach by a seaside headland which holds the car park and lots of stalls which are used to sell indian snacks, souvenirs and clothes.

Tourists visit here to see the sunset through rocks. There are various ranges of farmhouses and cottages where tourists stay for partying and hanging out with friends especially in the night in the season time.

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Tourist places in Goa, India other than beaches

Goa is not only about beaches..it’s much more than that !!

Goa, a real paradise in India comprises of everything i.e. Beaches, Casinos, well known churches, forts, flea markets, waterfalls and much more to say

Goa, a real paradise in India comprises of everything i.e. Beaches, Casinos, well known churches, Forts, Flea markets, Waterfalls and much more to say.

The sun kissed beaches, crazy night parties and relaxed way of living life keep Goa vibrant and always lively. This is one reason why tourists from across the world keep traveling to Goa time and again.

In this post I will not write anything about so called beaches of Goa. First time travelers to Goa might sometimes get perplexed that Goa has nothing to explore other than sun, sand and sea.

Let me make it clear today in this post that Goa has any number of options for the tourists to go around and explore. Here are the full list of never miss out tourist spots of Goa other than beaches –

Saturday Night Market at Arpora, North Goa

Saturday Night Market at Arpora, North Goa

This market has got many food stalls with a right mix of Indian as well as continental cuisine. They also display wares for different ethnicity. It turns out to be a fun weekend activity as the market offers an interesting shopping options ranging from food and cloths to herbs and spices, handicrafts, bags, accessories and so much more.

Virtually there are three parts of the market without a clear demarcation. Lower field offers variety of clothes, bags, shoes and other accessories. Central field offers category of Indian snacks including chaat, popcorn some oriental snacks and variety of other snacks. It also has stalls which offers Tex-Mex, Indian, Oriental, Greek, Portuguese and delicacies from other parts of the world. It serves Sushi and Dim-sum for traveler who like to relish these unique food stuff. Upper field features some of the popular designs from international market along with some of the local merchants. At the top of the hillock you get a boutique bar to hang around with your friends and chill out for sometime with a mix of classical and trendy cocktails and mocktails. So don’t miss out Saturday Night Market – Arpora, Goa

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Flea Market at Anjuna, North Goa

Anjuna Flea Market at Anjuna, North Goa

Anjuna Flea Market is one of the sought after market in Goa by tourists from across the globe. It holds from 9 am to 6 pm every Wednesday near Anjuna Beach. It is believed by many people that this market was started by father hippi called ‘Eight Finger Eddie’ in 1975. The hippis came together and traded their belongings to fund their stay in Goa further. This daytime market have Goan, Kashmiri and Tibetan shops which mostly sells souvenirs, Clothes, bags and jewelries. It also has wide range of food outlets among other things. It is one of the most important shopping destinations of North Goa.

Doodhsagar Waterfall – Sonaulim

Friday Market at Mapusa, North Goa

Mapusa Friday market is a traditional weekly market in Bardez sub-district of North Goa.

Mapusa Friday market is a traditional weekly market in Bardez sub-district of North Goa. It is in Mapusa city inside Mapusa Municipal Corporation. Many vendors from Bardez and neighboring sub-districts put stalls and display their local produce brought in by the local residents, farmer and small entrepreneurs.

This market takes place every Friday from 10 am up till 8 pm. This market symbolizes Goan culture and reflects the true essence of Goa. Local Goan vendors assemble here to sell locally grown fruits and vegetables mostly organically grown. They also sell local handicraft, pottery, spices of diverse categories, brown rice, dried fish etc.

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is on the island of Chorao along the Mandovi River, Goa

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is on the Island of Chorao along the Mandovi River, Goa. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a mangrove habitat in an estuary. It is spread over an area of 440 acres. It is been established in 1988. This popular sanctuary is named after Dr. Salim Ali, the eminent indian ornithologist. A ferry service connects the Island of Chorao with Raibander situated just 5 Kilometers from state capital Panaji.

Millions of tourists and party goers from across the world throng Goa with an increasing count year after year. However most tourists miss out on Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary which is a symbol of Goa’s strong culture and heritage.

Common species of birds recorded here are striated heron and western reef heron, red knot, jack snipe, black bittern and little bittern just to name few. The island also host fiddler crabs and mudskippers.

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada is a 17th century preserved Fort with Lighthouse in Goa

Fort Aguada is a 17th century preserved Fort with Lighthouse in Goa. It is in Sinquerim overlooking the Arabian Sea. This fort was constructed by Portuguese in 1612 to guard them against Dutch and Marathas. It worked as a reference point for any vessels coming to Sinquerim. It was initially defending ships.

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Doodhsagar Falls, A 3- streamed waterfall in Goa

Doodhsagar Waterfall

Doodhsagar Waterfall in Sonaulim, Goa

Doodhsagar Waterfall (Lake of Milk) is located in Sonaulim which is 75 km from Calangute, 60 km from state capital city Panaji and 40 km from Ponda. It is 80 km south of Belagavi. We can go to Collem by whichever means of transport e.g. train, bus, hired cab. We can even rent taxi, bike or scooter in Goa to go Collem. Two wheeler is the better option as one can get off the traffic areas in a much quicker and easier way.

The most safest and advisable way to go to the base of the waterfall is from Collem. Collem is the starting point to embark on your jeep journey to Doodhsagar. No private vehicles are allowed beyond this point to go to Colllem. So park your vehicle in paid parking as that is considered to be the safest for the safety of your belongings left behind in the vehicle or for the safety of the vehicle itself. Inquire with local people for the shared jeep service which will take you to waterfall. I cost you some money for the shared jeep service with a guide, life jacket and entry fee. The distance the jeep covers is 10-12 km.

Doodhsagar has a height of approx 310 meter (1017 feet) making it one of the tallest waterfalls in the state of Goa.

If someone is wondering why to choose a falls trip over other options e.g. Night Clubs or famous happening beaches, it remains a choice then to take a call on but it’s really breathtaking, captivating and full of adventure.

The last jeep from Collem leaves at 4 pm and the visit timings are till 5:30 in the evening. The jeep ride is though Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary so they charge us Rs 50/- per person as an entry fee. It is advisable to go on Tuesday or Thursday as foreign tourists are lesser in numbers. Numbers of Jeep rides per day is somewhere near 200. Carrying 7 tourists in one round.

It takes 45 minutes to reach to the entry point of Dudhsagar by jeep. It is quite bumpy as the jeep goes through two patches of river. Yes, astonishing right ! two river crossing. There are high chances of the jeep getting submerge in water if proper care is not taken. After reaching the entry point, its a 10 minutes rocky walk to the bottom of the waterfalls. Monkeys dwell in this area in abundance, so be extra cautious of anything being snatched away from the hand or other part of the body to be more precise. To conclude, the 45 minutes ride from Collem to the waterfall is thrilling and full of adventure. Especially this becomes a fun as you get to see animals like Deer, Monkeys, Beautiful Birds and some special species of animals. Upon arrival, you would witness a much awaited mesmerizing view of the waterfalls. It’s quite captivating and enthralling. The place is little crowded but never mind the scenic beauty will make everything enjoyable. One can make the trip chilling and indelible by spending good quality time enjoying the view.

Please carry eatables as no eating or drinking option is there near the falls. Washroom facilities are there. Falls trips are closed during monsoon so one can plan a trip just after the monsoon or somewhere near mid October or so on till the start of the monsoon. Still if somebody feels adventurous, trekking from Castlerock railway station is the only option. This is not advisable and on someone’s own peril.

Wish everybody a happy and safe Trip to Dudhsagar !

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