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Goa beaches make for that perfect picture postcard setting that enchants tourists. Fringed by coastal trees and lapped by waters of Arabian sea, options are in plenty : tourist can soak up the sun for that perfect tan, leisurely sip the famous fenny, go for a brisk surin or take part in adventure sports.

The tropical climate that prevails for most part of the year is a pleasant experience for visitors.

Most beaches have derived their names from adjoining villages or villages where they fall in. covering 131 km of the coastline, Goa has many beaches to choose from. In fact, one can have the pick of the best.


 

Anjuna Beach

Location

Anjuna is a small village in north Goa, on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It lies 18 km away from Panaji, the capital of Goa.

Climate

Goa has a consistent climate throughout the year with just meager fluctuations in the temperature. December and January might require light woolens, but April and May are warm. The period from June to October brings heavy rain, almost up to 320 cm. The temperature during the summers ranges from 24C to 32.7C and during the winters it ranges from 21.3C to 32.2C.

The Beach

Anjuna Beach is popularly known as the freak capital of the world, for its claimed popularity of Trance Parties and the Hippies who tried to synthesize the spiritual traditions of the East and the art, ideas and the music of the West. The area was discovered by a group of travelers, sometime in the late 1950s to mid-1960s, including Eight Finger Eddie. Since then a small international psychedelic scene began to meet there to party during the dry season. As the calm water of the Arabian sea fondles the Indian shore, Anjuna comes alive with its ever-famous full-moon pungent parties and the Wednesday flea market to take one on to a trance trip.



The main attractions of Anjuna Beach

Albuquerque Mansion

Anjuna Beach The magnificent Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920 (flanked by octagonal towers and an attractive Mangalore tile-roof).

Mascarenhas Mansion

With riches and classic 'balcoes' (balconies) at Anjuna stands the monumental Mascarenhas Mansion. The L-shaped seat along the length of the porch is of expensive wood. It has some of the finest stained glass floral etchings

Wednesday Flea Market

Every Wednesday, at around 11 a.m., Anjuna breaks into a flood of colours. Huge number of tourists vehicles start raising clouds of dust in its surroundings. Whatever one needs, from a used paperback to a haircut, one would find it here. The flea market is a heaven for hardcore shoppers and good bargainers, to bid on wonderful blends of Tibetan, Kashmiri and Gujarati trinkets and handicrafts, European snacks, cassettes of a noisy brand of music called 'Goa Trance', artificial ornaments carvings and T-shirts.

The Acid House Party

Anjuna is also known for its full-moon acid parties. Held for and by young tourists, these parties have attracted thousands of tourists. The trance party with fun & frolic goes all night besides the fire.

Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort lies in the vicinity of the Anjuna. The Fort gives a splendid view of the nearby Anjuna and Vagator beaches. Once, it was a domain of the Muslim rulers before the Portuguese annexed it.

Colva Beach

Location

Colva is a small village in south Goa on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It lies 39 km away from Panaji, capital of the Indian state of Goa.

Climate

Goa has a consistent climate through the year with just meager fluctuations in the temperature. December and January might require light woolens. April and May are warm. The period from June to October brings heavy rain, almost up to 400 cm. The temperature during the summers ranges from 24C to 32.7C and during the winters it ranges from 21.3C to 32.2C.

About Colva Beach Goa

With 20 km of virgin white sands, palm fringed, and sun drenched beaches, Colva beach Goa is the most loved beach for Goans. Goa Colva beach is pride of Salcette and the only rival to Calangute by its scenic splendour. The natural & unique blend of sand, sea and sky is harmonious and enchanting. Colva beach is given the title of 'Queen of Beaches in India', as this beach has no equal in India. It's like a paradise, with 40 Km of unstopped white sand fringed with coconut palms along the whole of its length and a warm, calm sea. The silver-gray, powder-fine sand of the beach has been the inspiration for many folk tales and songs. The Main Attraction of Colva Beach Goa

Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church

The church is famous for its annual religious event-Fama of Menino Jesuse (Child Jesus)-since the 17th century. The predominantly Catholic community celebrates it on the third Monday of October every year. It is one of Goa's most popular feasts and a big fair is held on this occasion.

Tourist Activities At Colva Beach Goa

The seen on the beach is colourful, with tourists both - Indian and foreigners, as well as locals -can be seen strolling in colourful dresses. Many of them can be seen having a sunbath on the golden sands. The novelty stalls and the drink stands on the golden sands under the moonlight makes the evening on the Colva Beach simply romantic.

Colva - Excursions

About 2 km away from Colva is the Benaulim, which is more peaceful and serene than Colva. The Church of St John the Baptist is situated on a hill beyond the village Benaulim and worth a visit.

Colva Beach Resort

Enjoy comfortable stay at Colva beach resort during your visit to Colva beach Goa. The resort provide top class facilities and amenities to its guests. Colva beach resort is a popular staying option for tourists at Colva beach.

Location : Colva, South Goa

Number of Rooms: 50

Amenities : Attached bathrooms, modern bath accessories, tea / coffee maker, mini bar

Facilities : Help desk, travel assistance, doctor on call, STD / ISD, car rental, currency exchange, airport transfers, safe deposit

Miramar Beach

Location of Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach is the nearest beach from the capital of the Goa, Panaji. The Miramar beach Goa is just a km away from Dona Paula. Miramar lies adjoining the estuary of the river Mandovi as it opens into the Arabian sea.

Climate of Miramar Beach

The climate at Miramar beach Goa is equable and moist throughout the year. Miramar enjoys pleasant and temperate climate from October to May and rainy from June to September. Temperature variations throughout the year are mild. May is the warmest month with a temperature of around 30C and January is coolest with a mean daily temperature of 25C. Due to its proximity of the sea, the territory is generally humid and even during the summer months humidity is generally above 60 percent.

The Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach also known as Gaspar Dias is a lovely golden beach of soft sand griddled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea, where River Mandovi meets the Arabian Sea and a thick grove of shady palms form a dense canopy over the area. The word 'Miramar' in Portuguese stands for viewing the sea. On account of its good location, the Miramar Beach Goa is ideal for evening walks. The tourists can spend a nice time in the Palm shaded area that is quite captivating for the tourists visiting the Miramar beach Goa.

Miramar Beach The 2 km long coast boasts of fine, soft silvery sand bed that sparkle in the moonlight. From Miramar beach one can have a panoramic view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River. Miramar also offers a captivating view of the well-preserved Portuguese fort across the river, known as Aguada Fort. Not much crowded, it offers peaceful surroundings and the much-desired solitude for those who want few moments of life away from the crazy crowd of the city.

The Main Attraction of Miramar Beach

The importance of these coastal wintering grounds has been universally acknowledged all over the world. At least three-fourths (500 plus species) of migratory birds incorporate the coastline or the coastal plain into their migration routes. The migratory birds, like Plovers and Gulls return to Miramar beach in Goa each winter, as it gives them a brief respite from the harsh winter back home. Here, at Miramar beach Goa they find food in plenty in the form of aquatic invertebrates, seeds and insects.

Baga Beach

Location

Calangute and Baga lie on the shores of the Arabian Sea of North Goa in India. It is encircled by Arpora-Nagoa, Saligao and Candolim, in the Bardez taluka, and is just 15 km from Panajim, the capital of the state of Goa.

Climate

Goa has a consistent climate through the year with only meager fluctuations in the temperature. December and January might require light woolens. April and May are warm. The period from June to October brings heavy rain, almost up to 320 cm. The temperature during summers ranges from 24C to 32.7C and during winters, from 21.3C to 32.2C.

The Beach

Baga is a small but perfect beach located between its two more famous cousins, Colva on one side and Calangute on the other. It is a far better place to enjoy some restful moments if you don't like the hustle and bustle of Colva or Calangute. It is a fishing beach with international touriststs marinating in the sun and domestic visitors paddling. The fact is that the sand here is neither white nor gold but brown. There is the grove of palms that comes fairly close to the water's edge. The Baga River flows down one side of it offering a pleasant diversion for children and those who love the water but can't risk the rip currents that swirl round the mouth.

The main Attractions of Baga Beach :

Baga Beach Baga--Excursions

Medicinal Springs

The narrow road leading past the Bom Viagem Convent along the cashew-covered foothills, leads to the springs at Mottant. This is an ideal spot for picnics and bathing, as the water of the spring is believed to be medicinal.

Baga Retreat House

Overlooking the village and the Arabian Sea, at the Baga hilltop is the Baga Retreat House dedicated to St Francis Xavier. It was known as the Casa de Retiros.

Other Activities



Water Sports

Parasailing, water skiing and wind surfing at the beach starts in the afternoon when the wind is blowing just in the right direction and it goes on till sunset.

Crocodile And Dolphin Spotting Tours

Backwater crocodile and dolphin spotting down the Mandovi River to the Zuari River is a favourite pastime for the tourists. The banks of these rivers are thickly forested with mangrove trees. Crocodiles inhabit the wetland in this area. Dolphin can be spotted at the open sea at the mouth of the Mandovi River.

Bogmalo Beach

Location

Vasco da Gama which is 8km from Bogmalo. Goa Bogmalo beach is also situated very close to the airport, the beach is about 18 km from Dabolim Airport

Climate

Goa has an equable climate with little variation in the average minimum and maximum temperatures. During the summer (April to June) the minimum temperature is 26C and the maximum is 34C. The monsoon (July to October) brings temperatures down marginally to 24C and the maximum temperature down to 31C. In winter from November to March the minimum is 21C, while the maximum is 32C.

The Beach

Bogmalo beach is broad, flat and open. It is among the least heavily used beaches. Cluster of small beach shack restaurants and occasional fishing villages, scattered under the coconut palm gives Bogmalo a unique look. Initially Bogmalo beach in Goa was a very quiet fishing village until tourists started pouring in and tourism started infecting this small Indian state of Goa. Unlike other beaches of Goa, Bogmalo beach in Goa is clean and not very crowded. And if you are in urge of swimming, you can definitely do that, as the beach is safe for swimming. After the swim, you can try out those numerous eating joints offering delicious Goan cuisine.

This beach in Goa is very pleasant and the air is very tranquil. The Bogmalo beach resort is an appropriate place to stay during a tourist's beach holiday to Bogmalo but it may come as expensive to many. Cheap hotels or guesthouses are also available for the people who come here in shoestring budget.

Other Activities

Fishing : You can try your hand at fishing.
Swimming : The water is safe for swimming at Bogmalo beach in Goa.
This Goa beach has a complete array of eating joints and restaurants, that offer delicious Goan food accompanied by the ever-famous Goan drink Feni.
 
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