Goa, a tiny emerald land with its natural scenic beauty, abundant greenery, attractive beaches and temples and churches with distinctive style of architecture, feast and festivals and above all hospitable people with rich culture attracts tourist. Goa is best known as a tourist paradise, both in India and abroad. Lavishly gifted by nature for its scenic beauty, virgin beaches girdling its 105-km long palm-fringed coast interspersed with enchanting coves, bays and estuaries.
Anjuna beach is famous for its parties and flew market. It is also known for its swaying palms, soft sands and natural beauty. These parties have attracted thousands of tourists. It is believed that Yertward Mazamanian, a hippie had discovered Anjuna beach for the rest of the world in mid -1960’s, he was popularly known as Eight – finger Eddie , he stayed here in Anjuna for the rest of his life till he breathed his last on October 18 2010. Eddie was also the brain behind setting up of Anjuna’s famed flew market in 1975. It is situated 20kms from the capital city Panaji.
Arambol (Harmal) Beach:
Arambol beach is a unique beach in north Goa, It is both rocky and sandy terrain. The scenery is spectacular; a fresh water pond nestles at the base of the hillside. It is situated 48kms from the Panaji city. Arambol beach is also known as Harmal beach. The main beach is good for swimming, there are many appealing bays and a walk through these tranquil bays can be quite refreshing. Boat trips, dolphin shows and paragliding are added attractions here.
Baga beach is a small fishing beach with grove of shady palm close to the water’s edge. This beach is extension of the Calangute beach. In the north, it is bordered by a river and small hillocks. It is flat, safe for swimming and has clean; white sand is a sun- bather’s paradise. Water sports and fishing are the other favourite pastimes here.
Benaulim beach is situated 9kms southwest of Margao and Just 2 km south of Colva is the first of the beautiful, secluded beaches of south Goa – completely unlike the action-packed beaches of the north. Benaulim village has a small supermarket, and is centered on a crossroads called Maria Hall. The beach is less than a kilometer from the village.
Bogmalo beach is the silvery beach is just 4kms from Dabolim airport and 8kms from Vasco Da Gama. The beach has water sports facilities like wind surfing, water skiing and there are number of sailing regattas. Santra beach is also located further south of Bogmalo and offers boat trips to the two nearby islands. It is quite scenic, especially during high tide.
Calangute beach is known as the queen of Goa’s beaches. Calangute beach was first discovered by hippies in 1960.It became heaven for them and exquisite beauty of the Calangute beach soon spread around, bringing hordes of international and national tourists. Calangute beach is situated 15kms from the capital city Panaji. Calangute beach is considered a reasonably safe place to swim, tough a large waves have been known to drag swimmers out into the sea. The streets of Calangute beach are filled with exquisite handicrafts, metal crafts, leather items, clothes and jewellery, not just from Goa but from other parts of the country.
Candolim beach is a much quiet peaceful one compared to other beaches. It offers a variety of sports activities, right from parasailing to water-sking. Candolim is the native village of Fr Abbe Faria, founder of the science of hypnotism. It’s also the place where one of the first revolts against Portuguese rule was launched by Goan’s that was known as Pinto revolt. It is situated in Bardez taluka and 13kms from the capital city Panaji.
Colva beach is popular beach of southern Goa is 39kms from Panaji and just 6kms from Margao city. It is pride of Salcette taluka. Which has a string of silvery beaches lined by coconut palms starting from Majorda in the north to Mobor beach in the South, just walk a couple of kilometers in either direction along the beach and you will be in the lap of mother nature, where sand, sea, and sky blend in enchanting natural harmony.
Dona Paula Beach:
Dona Paula beach is just 7kms from Panaji. It is named after Dona Paula de Menezes, and also known as the Lovers Paradise. A myth has been attached to this place and according one legend Dona Paula, a daughter of the Viceroy, who threw herself off the nearby cliff, when she was not allowed to get married to a local fisherman named Gasper Dias.
Mandrem beach is a quite relaxing beach, it is in south of Arambol beach. Sun bathing is recommended on this beach. It has a creek that runs parallel to the waterline usually stands neck – deep at high tide. Hoteliers build bamboo bridges to cross the creek during seasons.
Miramar beach is very close to the capital, it is just 3kms to the west of Panaji. It is lovely golden beach beyond a small forest. Miramar beach is also known as Gaspar Dias beach. It attracts large number of locals and tourists,
Morjim beach is known as Goa’s turtle nesting beach because every year up to a dozen or more Olive Ridley turtles nest here from September to February.
Querim beach is in the northernmost of Goa. It is situated in Pernem taluka and 52kms from the capital city Panaji. River Terekhol meets Arabian Sea at the north end of Querim beach. It is relatively deserted beach but is good for Swimming. By crossing ferry tourist can visit Terekhol fort.
Scenic Sinquerim is the first beach in the series of north Goa’s beaches starting from Fort Aguada. It is 12kms from Panaji and has wide stretch of clean, white sand as viewed from the ramparts of the nearby Fort Aguada.
Vagator beach is 25kms from Panaji is one of the most alluring white sand beaches dotted with black rocks, coconut and palm trees. Tough swimming is not very safe here. It has an active night life during tourist season. It has an impressive stone face of Lord Shiva, carved into a seaside boulder by an unknown sculptor from the hippie era. It has two freshwater springs one is located on the North of Vagator Beach.