Prime attraction of Goa vacation and real charm of Goa lies in its beaches which are a fine blend of serene beauty, excellent Goan cuisines and beautifully lined palm trees. Goa different beaches are an abode of sensuality and adventure. Goa is an endearing destination of holiday makers in India. It is an important stop for foreign tourists visiting India. And most of them are interested in enjoying beach vacation at Goa. Goa is blessed by pretty 125 km of marvelous coastline, from which the Goa sand beaches cover about 83 km. The exclusive tour packages to Goa facilitate the exploration of the popular beaches along with comfortable stay at the Goa beach resorts. The beaches in Goa are the real delight for honeymooners and adventure tourists. Enjoy your vacations the way you want, and make your stay in Goa beaches memorable. Some of the most popular beaches in South Goa are
Dona Paula Beach, Panaji
Also known as the Lovers' Paradise, Seven kilometers west of the Indian state of Goa's capital Panaji (Panaji), Dona Paula Beach is nestled on the southern side of the rocky hammer-shaped headlands that divide the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries. Providing a good view of the Mormugao harbour, this beach is fringed by palm trees and casuarina groves. The proximity of the beach to the capital city makes it a popular tourist sight. a picturesque spot with a fine view of the Zuari River and Mormugao Harbour. The Dona Paula beach is named after Dona Paula de Menezes, daughter of a viceroy (in colonial India). She threw herself off the cliff, when refused permission to marry a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. This beach is most popular for its water sport facilities. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers water-scooter, cycle, and motorboat rides. Other water sports include windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing, snorkeling, harpoon fishing, kayaking, and yachting.
Miramar Beach, Panaji
It is situated near the capital city of Panaji at the mouth of the River Mandovi. It is a frequent destination for the city folk to come and unwind in the evenings and on weekends. Though not very clean, it does offer a welcome escape to the people of the city. The Miramar beach is a beautiful expanse of fine golden sands that is dotted with tall coconut trees. The vast blue sea in front of the beach is just mesmerizing and during sunset, looks absolutely marvelous. The beach is lined with thick covering of palm trees that provide an exotic look to the beach. Tourists can always take a long walk under the shady trees and relax on the beach. The Miramar beach looks magical on a moonlit night when the silver moonlight makes the sand glow in a whitish silver shade. The best time to visit the Miramar Beach is from November to March. One can find over 500 species of birds like gulls, plovers, etc. coming to the Miramar beach every winter in order to escape the harsh winters of the north. The beach provides the ideal site for them to stop and nourish themselves. Food is available in plenty in the form of small fish, crabs and other small aquatic creatures.
Calangute Beach, Mapusa
Is known to be the busiest and the most commercialized beach. This beach is a favorite among tourists who come to India to visit this paradise called Goa. The beach is lined with local shops and stalls that sell everything like trinkets, souvenirs, beach wear, exotic beach stuff, handicrafts, etc. Don't be afraid to bargain with the shopkeepers. The quality of the items is usually good and if you can bargain well, you can buy most of the things that catch your eye. Water sports such as 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.
Sinquerim Beach, Mapusa
It is located about thirteen kms from Panaji. Taj Hotel group has set up the Heritage Complex here which dominates the place around the historic Fort Aguada. There is an uninterrupted stretch of firm sand from here all the way north to Baga Beach and if you love to have a long beach walk, there cannot be a better place.
Baga Beach, Mapusa
Baga beach of Goa is considered to be an extension of the Calangute beach. Though the starting point of the Baga beach and the ending point of Calangute beach is not known, the Baga beach can be reached easily from the Calangute beach. 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. Where the river and the sea meet, and on the far right bank, there is a group of black rocks against which the sea crashes in dramatic explosions of spray.
Anjuna Beach, Mapusa
Anjuna Beach is one of Goa's most popular beaches. It is located north of Baga and Calangute beaches, and close to the South of Vagator and Chapora. The Anjuna beach is famous for its trance parties that take place almost everyday. The exotic Anjuna beach of Goa is the ideal beach to go swimming in the placid blue sea. Anjuna is just the right place for lazing holiday goers. Besides the calm waters of the Arabian Sea lapping softly on the Indian shore, Anjuna comes live with its ever-famous full-moon parties and the Wednesday flea market to take one on to a trance trip. The main attractions of Anjuna Beach are the magnificent Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920 (flanked by octagonal towers and an attractive Mangalore tile-roof), the Mascarenhas Mansion, and the Chapora Fort.
Arambol Beach, Pernem
Arambol beach of Goa is one of those beaches that is less frequented by visitors as compared to other popular beaches. Its secluded location in the north of Goa makes it untouched and unspoilt. Though it is not thronged by crowds, the Arambol beach is visited often by tourists who look for tranquility and peace and a dreamy place such as the beach to relax. The Arambol beach of India also has sulphur springs that have medicinal properties and freshwater lakes where one can swim.
Beaches in South Goa
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Bogmalo last southern beach before you get to Panaji is the first southern beach to be discovered by visitors. Bogmalo beach of Goa is small fishing village located at a distance of four kilometers from the Dabolim airport of Goa. Bogmalo beach is dotted with tall palm trees which makes the Colva bay even more beautiful. The green hills on its three sides, golden sand and gentle surf make Bogmalo nothing short of paradise. Out at sea is the Grande Island around which many diving sites are located. The water is safe and shallow till quite some distance which makes it ideal for going on a diving expedition. The concerned authorities at the beach provide all necessary facilities for diving at the Bogmalo beach.
The Palolem beach is the most beautiful and popular beach in South Goa. This beach is the most photogenic beach in Goa since it has a crescent shaped coastline and fine white sand. It is also surrounded by hills on both sides, resulting in a calm, idyllic sea in which you can walk into up to 100 meters. One can try to persuade one of the fishermen to ferry you across to spot dolphins.
Colva Beach is the most loved beach of Goans. Many tourists can be seen having a sunbath on the golden sands of Colva. The entire stretch of the Colva beach to nearly 20 kms is beautiful and marvelous to look at. The beach is a delight for shell collectors and one will find beautiful patterned shells out here. As the current is not that strong here, beach is considered quite safe to swim. The Beach Bonanza fair is a vibrant event held on Sundays in mid April, and involves music, dance and a lot of fanfare. Tourists can indulge in a host of beach activities like kayaking, speed boating and sailing
It is also similar to Colva beach. However, it is more serene and peaceful. Though this beach is just 2 kms away from Colva, this team is relatively undiscovered by domestic tourists. This beach is generally crowded during weekends and evenings to eat fresh sea food which is cooked in the exotic Goan style. The bullfights held near the Benaulim beach from October to May are very popular among the locals. The fights are cheered on by the onlookers who constantly run around as there are no barricades
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