Sunday, February 17, 2013

Calangute beach Goa; stay in style in the village by the beach.


Yes, Calangute beach is the most famous beach of India, it is huge and offers all the joys of the beach. It is clean and accessible to restaurants and bars.
Calangute Beach Goa
Calangute Beach Goa
Goa is beautiful. Most Indian travelers don’t know where to stay in Goa. Most of them end up in Panji because that is the major city of Goa and then they just take some sightseeing bus tour and that’s it. However you can live in style at the most famous beach of Goa and pay a lot less than mainstream hotels.
Calangute Beach Goa
Calangute Beach Goa
Here is the trick to find decent rooms on the beach but for very low prices. Assuming you took the bus to the beach. Here you are at the last stop where bus ends. Start walking towards beach; pass old football ground. Make first right after the ground and then again make first right. After walking about 100 yards; paved road turns right (away from the ocean) but you keep walking straight and enter in the village. This is a green village and indeed it is a village. You will see cows, buffalo and chickens roaming around. Many many homes are converted into hotels here and mostly foreigners stay here because they are well informed by their travel books unlike desis. Desi are equally welcome here too. Beach is about 200 yards in your west, take just any path leading in that general direction.
Calangute Beach Goa
Calangute Beach Goa
Excellent food is also available here in the many restaurants established in homes. Prices are also very genuine. We stayed in Vijay Hotel several times. I love it because it is under the coconut trees and in front there is a court yard under the huge banyan tree and in the back there are glimpse of village life in the shade of coconut trees. I prefer Ist floor room because it offers veranda in the front and balcony in the back. But anyway there are several better hotels and also rooms available in the homes too. In your east, if you take just any path in that direction that will lead you to the main road. I go to Vijay Hotel because owner is my friend. In the south direction, just any path will lead you to mainstream area where most of the hotels and restaurants are.
Sunset at Calangute Beach Goa
Sunset at Calangute Beach Goa
Since accommodation is cheap here so you can stay here for longer and enjoy your stay in Goa. It is one hour journey to Panaji on bus and route is very scenic anyway. You can get down at the free ferry 4 km before Panaji and take free ferry that will take you close to the town center. There you can walk in the fish market (a must see), go across it to the city center. Not much to do or see in Panaji except that ferry ride itself.
Sunset at Calangute Beach Goa
Sunset at Calangute Beach Goa
From Calungute, Mapusa is half hour by public bus. It is a market town with bustling market. Mostly foreigners who stay in Goa for long periods go to Mapusa to buy provisions otherwise things are expansive around the beach.
Mapusa Market
Mapusa Market
Day gets hot in Goa and people visit beaches either in the morning or after 3PM so staying in the village and around the trees offers better quality of life than staying in the mainstream hotels. When I am in Goa; I read some book under a shady tree at the noon time. Plenty of trees and plenty of places to hang around with a book if you don’t mind a goat or a cow hovering around you.
Calangute Beach Goa
Calangute Beach Goa
Most people go to Goa and take excursion bus tour to see several beaches in a day but that is not a way of life. To see and live Goa one must stay at the beach. I love two best beaches in the world. One is Calangute beach of Goa and the other is Copacabana beach in Rio (Brazil). Once you arrive here at Calangute beach and stay here for some days, in a day or two it becomes addictive. You form a way of life here. You discover where you find good tea, where you find good food etc. Best part are the mornings and evenings on the beach. You will be scared to watch the calendar because days are now slipping by and each moment is bringing the time to return even closer.
Morning at Calangute Beach Goa
Morning at Calangute Beach Goa
Of-course to enjoy night life you can come back to mainstream area that is barely one kilometer in your south direction (if you have no sense of direction; but you will know it once you get the feel and touch of this area).
We used to do that. Drinking beer in a bar facing the street is another fun. You enjoy your drinks and watch the world going by. Low price of liquor attracts many people to Goa. But not just the low price but it is fun to have a drink in the warm fresh air of Goa. I prefer open bars and restaurants where I can watch the scenes on the streets.
There are used book stores on the main street area. Where you can trade off just any book two for one. All famous restaurants are there too.
Morning at calangute Beach
Morning at Beach Goa
Village area where you are staying is mostly hidden from the mainstream. I have seen people struggling to find affordable room in the beach area and then giving it up and returning to Panaji because they have no idea that plenty of decent accommodation is available within their budget. On my evening walks here I caught many people returning back to Panji whereas they planned to stay in Calangute area and I brought them to this area and they were bewildered.
On the path from village to Calangute Beach
On the path from village to Calangute Beach
Since beach is in your backyard so you can spend your mornings and whole of evening there; view of sunset is breathtaking here. You can spread a cloth and sit here or take a bath, it is tons of fun. Time to time people come to sell tea, coffee, coconut water, fruits and what not. If you have kids, buy them a sand play kit and you will discover that it was worth the price. In India good sand play kits are not available but if you are coming from abroad you can bring one with you and your kids will be very happy here. Sea is safe here.
stay in this area because I love to stay here. I recommended this area to many of my friends and they all fell in love with it. They visited Goa again and then again because they discovered the joy this place and Calungute beach offer.
Calangute Beach Goa
Calangute Beach Goa

2 comments:

  1. Goa is the best certainly a fabulous place to relax your mind, body and provides you complete relax. Luxurious Goa resorts offering perfect destination flocked with millions of tourists. Most of the best Goa beaches resorts have beach where you can spend your time, holiday and vacation in complete palm trees, silver white sand and crystal blue waters. Beaches in Goa look serene and stunningly beautiful and make for great vacations.

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  2. Hi..I have been looking for hotels in Calangute and stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for sharing useful information. Calangute is famous for its beach, which is a major tourist attraction and is the largest beach in North Goa.

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