India is blessed with different types of terrain and there is the lot to explore. The first destination that comes to the mind of an adolescent who thinks of the holiday is Goa. Goa is a dual destination. Want wild parties, choose Goa. Want serenity and solace? Yes, Goa again. Listed below are some of the most unique, popular and beautiful beaches of Goa.
Harbouring innumerable beaches, North Goa alone has a lot to offer. If you are out on exploration, then people you have landed on the perfect ground. Ahaan! Keep some time in your pocket. There is a lot of beauty to take in and many unique things that you can find specifically here. We have sorted for you, The Pearl amongst The Pebbles. Listed below are some of the best beaches of North Goa that MUST be included in your list.
In the list of popularity, “Baga Beach” bags the first position. It is the “Most Popular spot for Indian Tourists”.
Baga Beach has something for everyone. Name a thing you want, you get it here. Baga Beach has the best spot for enjoying saltwater bath because of its high waves and even landed beaches. It houses great food and beach snacking opportunities. Late night parties, Loud music, Karaoke; night is alive every single day in Baga. There are parties which are organized every night; those can help you in loosening up a bit for some time from your hard fixed schedule. This beach has good accommodation facilities and provides the really varied range of rates to choose from.
~How to reach -19 km from Panaji (Capital City of Goa). You can drive to Baga. It’s a half an hour journey , If you want to enjoy the local transport. All-time local bus facility is available from Panjim to Baga.
Heaven for the wildlife enthusiasts, Morjim Beach is not just sand and water in a picturesque background. It has much more to offer and a lot of sights to experience for a lifetime. Morjim Beach is one of the secluded beaches of north Goa. The beach is sometimes also referred as ‘Mini Russia’. This is because of the settlement of a large number of Russian immigrants in this beach. It is a silent place where you can chill and have a great time, sharing your space with some of the most endangered species of wildlife. It is a nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles. The Olives lay an egg on this beach in their breeding seasons. Large varieties of rare bird species can also be found here. Some of the species those are spotted here are Cuckoo, Sand Plover, sand Piper, and Kingfishers. Due to its rich wildlife, activities such as late-night Parties and Loud Music is banned here. If you are into partying, then Uh Huh! This place is not good for you. Things like Serenity, Relaxation, Alternative Therapies and sports such as Kite Surfing are the favorite of the people who visit this place.
~Accommodation – Available
~How to reach – Morjim beach is 29 km from Panaji. If you are opting for railway routes, from Thivim or Prernam Railway stations ( Railway stations of north Goa) Morjim can be reached through an auto or taxi.
With the widespread white sand always to your visibility and the dotted patches of Beach Shacks, Manderm Beach are a Hideout for the one who are seeking Privacy. Mandrem Beach offers privacy, yes, but there are a lot of activities too; which won’t let your brain to be bored. There are many things to try out, such as Dolphin spotting trips and Exploring Mandrem Village.
The Junas and Ashvem beaches (the subpart of Mandrem Beach) provide great swimming destinations due to its shallow waters and wide layout. There is one setting in Mandrem Beach that is unique. There are bamboo bridges spread alongside the water creeks. These creeks fill with the seawater during high tides. It thus makes a perfect romantic place for the couples to spend time together with their feet dipped in the water.The food in Mandrem won’t ever disappoint you. Food Joints like World cafe for fish, Oasis for north Indian foodie; totally delights your tongue.
~How to reach- Mandrem is 32 km from Panaji. You can take a taxi from the Panaji City, but that will cost you some more. There are bus services also available to Mandrem.
Also called Keri and Kerim beach, this is the northernmost beach of Goa. This beach will soothe your eyes, at any time of the day. This is an unexplored beach and show-offs a calm shore. The best scene that should not be missed is when the fishing boats line up on the beach. Every day, the boat line-up the beach at 6 pm and the way it mingles with the background are breathtaking. Quorum Beach is not safe for swimming as this beach has unstable waters.The current in the water has no direction because, this beach is formed by The Tiracoi River, meeting the Arabian Sea. Due to deep waters, Watersports and Paragliding options are available.
~How to Reach- this beach is 58 km north of Panaji. This beach can be best reached through Arambol Beach.
Capital of the Hippie Culture in India, Arambol Beach is a 16 km long beach in the north of Goa. This is not a crowded beach and can be your destination if you are planning a budget vacation. It is a safe beach too because the water here is shallow and there are lot of coast guards those guard the beach. Amarillo offers a Traditional fisherman feel too to its tourists. This Bohemian kind of environment offers one of the best beach experiences in India. The main attraction in Arambol is the Sweetwater lake i.e. Kalacha. It is a lake fed by hot springs and lined by sulfurous mud. Taking a mud bath into it is also preferred by people as it is good for the skin. A famous artist here created his masterpiece i.e. A Banyan tree with a Stone sculpture which is a tourist attraction too. The Glastonbury Street that is near the Arambol is a street full of boutiques selling bizarre and wonderful knick-knacks to the buyers. The products available here are unique. It also provides good paragliding and kite surfing facilities.
~How to Reach – It is 50 kms north to Panaji. From the diabolic airport, Arambol is approximately a 2 hours’ drive. Taking buses can be a good option too as many buses from Mapusa is available to Arambol. The nearest bus stand is 2 kms from the main beach.
One of the laid back beaches of north Goa, Candolim has a long seashore and serene environment. The scrub-covered sand dunes of Candolim are very calm. There is ‘Dive Goa’ activity organized in Candolim, which will entertain you and keep you busy. The best attraction of Candolin during Decembers is SUNBURN FESTIVAL which is hosted every December.
~How to Reach – This beach is not that far from the city. It is just 13 kms North of Panaji. Thus transportation is not an issue.
If money is not a thing that matters, then this beach is a must for you. Sinquerim is host of grand hotels such as, Taj Vivanta and Taj Hotel Village. It provides you luxury accommodation and nearly private beach facilities during off seasons. It also boasts the Aguada Fort, which is a monument of historical interest. Crazy for water sports? Sinquerim Beach is not the one which you should miss. It has the best water sports facilities in the whole Goa.
~Accommodation- Available and costly
~How to Reach – 13km North to Panaji. Sinquerim beach is very easily accessible. If you are saying in the Luxury Hotels then you will be sent pickups for free too.
The beaches in Central Goa are very soothing and one thing very common to them is that they harbor many Churches nearby. Some of the best beaches of Central Goa includes
Yes, this beach is not popular. It is a calm and mostly unexplored beach in the central Goa which presents the epitome of beauty that any eye could behold. The lush green courtyards add to the scenery. The specialties that would not let you miss this destination when you visit Goa is-
* Martin’s Corner- Best Restaurant that offers Goan Dishes, delicacies, liquor and a typical Goan ambiance.
*GOA CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL – Visit majored during December, and experience the Goa Christmas Carnival. This local festival is beautiful, raw and a sight to enjoy. Absolutely not an opportunity to miss.
~Accommodation- Available but not near the beach. Beach is accessible by walking.
~How to Reach – Margao is one of the good cities of Goa which is connected to Panjim through Road. This beach is only 11 km from Margao.
DONA PAULA BEACH
This beautiful tourist attraction is always brimming with tourists. Tourists are attracted to Dona Paula Beach because is one of the best beaches donned by Goa. This beach flaunts a beautiful harbor, beautiful rocky ends and is also preferred for water sports. The beach is named as such due to its proximity to Dona Paula. Dona Paula is only 6 km from the beach.
~How to reach -Dona Paula Beach is only 6kms south-west to Panaji and thus can be reached conveniently through roadways transportation.
A Shell Collector’s Paradise, Siridao beach is located in such a way that all the pretty shoes get deposited in its shores. Innumerable shells attract the shell collectors. Siridao Beach offers a beautiful view of The Arabian Sea. Chapel of Jesus Nazareth is a tourist attraction of Siridao Beach.
~Accommodation- Available but scarce.
~How to reach – Siridao is only 12 kms south to Panaji.
One of the offbeat beaches of Central Goa, Betalbatim beach offers nature at its best. The Golden Sand, Cold pine trees, unexplored serene stretches of the sea; purifies your mind, body, and soul. Their art Trips to spot dolphins are also organized in Betalbatim. Add this beach to your list, if you want to enjoy a relaxing and laid-back evening along with good seafood.
~Accommodation- Available but scarce.
~How to reach – 10 km north to Margao, Betalbatim is easily accessed from Margao thorough road.
As we move to the south Goa. The beaches start becoming more and more secluded and thus, guaranteeing a pure experience to its seekers. Listed below are some of the beaches that you would love to look at when you visit here. Don’t forget thanking me in the end for suggesting you these beautiful places.
A quiet and serene beach, with a small Lagoon on its side. A river separating the beach from the village and creating a beautiful view. A 17th Century fort standing with all its glory. The Boradi Cross church, blessing the environment. Betul beach has everything that you name. Nature has blessed this place. With only around 60 houses and not a home of many people Betul beach is very clean and it’s beauty unadulterated by human intervention.
~How to reach- This beach lies 24 km from the Margao city and can be reached through hired taxi or personal car
Yes! This beach is the home to many different families of a butterfly. Butterfly beach is one of the most serene, pure and unexplored beaches of Goa. The fact that makes it more unreachable is its bad connectivity to the main routes. It can trek but, the path is very difficult. So the only option left is to take a boat from Agonda Beach. This beach has its own charm. You can spot fishes, crabs, and dolphins in the shallow waters of butterfly beach. The best times of the day at this place are the early mornings. You can watch Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers and Crabs on the shore; peaceful in their own niche. Things to experience once in a lifetime are the sunrise and sunset of Butterfly Beach. Yes, you will absolutely love to come back here again.
~How to Reach- It is 39 km from Margao. Can be reached only by boat from Agonda beach.
Hosting the most pristine beach of Goa, Agonda is a quiet hideout for those who seek silence. Agonda beach cuts you off the world. No signals and thus No calls. Keep your devices aside and just get lost in the beauty of this place. Agonda Beach is also home to Olive Ridley to lay eggs. There are not many stalls because it is not that popular.
~Accommodation- Guest houses are available, that offer comfortable stay.
~How to reach – Agonda is 37 kms from Margao and about 15 kms from Palolem. It has a great connectivity through roads.
NO!!!! The unending list of Beaches in Goa absolutely doesn’t stop here. As promised, we listed the best ones for you. Some other beaches which deserve to be mentioned are Kakolem Beach, Velsao Beach, Holland Beach and Ashwem Beach .Planning to visit Goa? Yes. You know what to look out for.