You will find some of the best beaches in Asia in Goa. The 100 kilometer coastline is dotted with as many as 35 beaches, many of them unique in various ways. Some of the beaches are very quiet and serene with swaying palm trees. They are great for a relaxing holiday, while others are busier stretches of sand. The beaches are the main attraction of Goa. 7,785,693 tourists visited the state in 2017, including 890,459 foreign visitors, most of them from Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Map Of Goa Beaches
There are shacks with loungers and umbrellas in almost all the beaches. You can see both Indian and foreign tourists relaxing. The shacks serve Indian, continental, and Konkani food, and drinks. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, cars/bike rentals, shops are close. There are massage and tattoo parlors as well. Arambol, Ashwem, Vagator, Benaulim, Palolem, and Anjuna are the most popular beaches with overseas tourists.
There are water sport activities on many beaches – You can choose from speed boat and banana boat rides, jet skiing, paragliding, waterskiing, water scooters, boogie boarding, windsurfing, and more. Most Goa beaches are safe for swimming. There are lifeguards in many of them. Head to Grande Island and you can do snorkeling and scuba diving too.
Many beaches in Goa have red hills of the Western Ghats in the backdrop, which makes the landscape look beautiful. There are 5 forts on top of these mountains – Aguada Fort, Terekhol Fort, Chapora Fort, Cabo Fort, and the Betul Fort where you can see the rich history of Goa. You will also get panoramic views of the sea and the shore. There are 6 rivers too – Terekhol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal, and Talpona that empties into the Arabian Sea. There are cruise trips on many of them.
Best Goa Beaches: Agonda
Characteristics of Goa beaches:
- They are all free to visit. There is no entry fee.
- In the south you can expect golden white sand, while it is slightly grayish in the north.
- Most Goa beaches are flat, so swimming is easy. It slopes down gently into the sea.
- The sea water is warm and comfortable in the main tourist season (October to March).
- You will find many beach shacks with loungers and umbrellas. The shacks offer food, drinks, information and sports equipment. Some beach shacks even offer accommodation at the backside. Many shacks host parties in the late evening.
- Restaurants, bars, pubs, shops, and hotels are close to the beach.
- There are lifeguards in many beaches.
Goa Beaches (From The South To The North):
- Polem is the southernmost beach in Goa. It is near the Karnataka border and is deserted and clean. There is a backwater at the northern end of the beach. You can visit some islands from here.
- Xendrem is wild and secluded. This is a good beach for a day-trip.
- Galgibaga is frequented by eco-tourists who come here to see olive ridley turtles. There is a turtle nesting site at the southern end of the beach. The Galgibag River empties into the sea here.
- Talpona is a clean and deserted beach. The Arabian Sea is transparent and pure here. There are rocky outcrops at the northern and southern side of the beach. The Talpon River meets the Arabian Sea at the northern end.
- Rajbag beach has rocky outcrops in the north. Almost the entire beach is occupied by the 5-star Lalit Golf and Spa Resort. Talpon River meets the sea at the southern end.
- Patnem is the quiet and peaceful twin of Palolem.
- Colomb is a cozy small beach where you can try organic food and hear “the Pandavas drum”. The Silent Noise Club is just north of Colomb.
- Palolem is the most popular beach in South Goa. This is a long crescent shaped beach with palm trees bending over the sand, small guest houses and lodges, and popular “silent discos”. The Canacona Island is close. There are backwaters at the northern end of the beach.
- Butterfly beach is a secluded and small beach. You will see plenty of butterflies here. There is a chance to see dolphins. It is one of the most photogenic Goa beaches. But you will have to trek through forest to reach the beach or take a boat. There are cycle tours from Palolem to the Butterfly beach.
- Agonda has been ranked as Asia’s #1 beach for 2018 by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards. This is an isolated beach, a good choice for those who want solitude. There are rock formations at the southern end and a small bay in the north.
- Cola consists of two neighboring tiny bays of the Arabian Sea. There is a beautiful blue lagoon.
- Kakolem, also called Tiger Beach, is a small and isolated cove with hills. Easier to access by sea. There are no shacks, restaurants or hotels here. According to a legend, tigers used to visit this beach.
- Cabo de Rama is just north of the Cabo de Rama fort. There is a dense grove at the base of the fort. This is a good beach for picnics.
- Canaguinim consists of two small and wild beaches. They are good for day-trips and long walks.
- Betul is a picturesque and romantic beach at the confluence of the Sal River. Betul Fort is on the other side of the river. There is also a lighthouse.
- Mobor is the southern part of the Cavelossim beach. You will find two big hotels here, Leela Palace Kempinski and the Holiday Inn. There are very few people on the beach. Good for relaxation.
- Cavelossim is a 10 kilometer long clean and sandy beach. Good for privacy and families. You will see many foreigners here. Sal River meets the sea close to the beach. There are Sal river cruises to see birds, bats, and village life. Developed infrastructure. There are many good restaurants.
- Fatrade and Carmona are two nice beaches just south of Varka. It is the same stretch of sand. The sand is whitish here. You will find a few expensive hotels.
- Varka is the continuation of the Cavelossim-Mobor strip, a place for romantic and family vacations. There are many high quality hotels.
- Benaulim is a long stretch of sand that runs all the way to Colva in the north. You will see many fishing boats and trawlers all along this tree-lined coast. There is water sport too. In the village you will see many old houses, temples, and churches. The 5-star hotel Taj Exotica is located here.
- Colva is close to Margao, the commercial capital of Goa. It is popular mostly with the locals and Indian tourists. There are a few foreigners too. Water sports on the beach. The tourist infrastructure is developed. Accommodation and restaurants of average price.
- Sernabatim is the southern part of Colva. It is quiet and pure.
- Betalbatim is a fast developing beach. It is one of the best places for watching sunset in Goa. There are many shacks, especially at the northern and southern ends.
- Utorda is a small, clean, and peaceful beach, 15.1 kilometers from Vasco da Gama. It remains serene throughout the year as there are very few tourists. There are many beach shacks and fishing boats.
- Arossim and Cansaulim are small and quiet beaches, part of the same stretch of sand. They are both close to Vasco da Gama. You will see palm trees and colorful fishing boats. Few tourists. There is water sport too, but do not disturb the colonies of birds on the water and the surrounding trees.
- Holland-Issorsim is a good beach for seeing marine life and corals. You can see them directly from the surface of water. This is also a good beach for kayaking.
- Velsao beach is close to the Goa international airport at Dabolim. This is a very serene beach with very few tourists. Good for long walks.
- Candolim is the first major beach in North Goa from Panaji. It is one of three most popular North Goa beaches. There are many shacks on the beach with sun beds and umbrellas. You will also find many shops and restaurants. There is water sport here.
- Calangute is just north of Candolim. This is another popular beach and part of the Calangute-Baga stretch. It is very commercial, but there are fewer shacks than Candolim. The tourist infrastructure is developed.
- Baga is the northernmost beach of the big 3 – Candolim, Calangute, and Baga. There are many good restaurants. It has one of the most happening nightlife in Goa. Baga River meets the sea at the northern end.
- Anjuna is north of Baga, across the hill. It was a favorite with the hippies in the 1960s and the 1970s. Now Anjuna is known for its liberal spirit, lively night life and the famous flea market.
- Vagator is at the foothills of the Chapora Fort. It is similar to Anjuna, but quieter. There are many foreigners. You can see the Chapora Fort on top of a hill. Chapora River meets the sea in the north. There are rocky outcrops both in the northern and southern end of the beach.
- Ashvem is a 1.5 kilometer long peaceful and serene beach. There are many beach shacks, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. You will also find yoga retreats and meditation centers. It is popular with foreign tourists.
- Mandrem is a small and picturesque beach. A small creek runs on the other side and meets the Arabian Sea here. Many bamboo bridges connect both the banks. There are shacks, restaurants, beach huts and ayurveda schools. This is a good beach for relaxation and camping holidays.
- Arambol is the northernmost developed beach in Goa. It is sandy and rocky. Arambol has a laid-back, bohemian, and liberal atmosphere. It is popular with foreigners.
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