Calangute is the longest and most popular beach in North Goa. The 7 km long beach merges with Candolim beach. In 1960’s it was a hippies resort. Today it is a popular package holiday destination among European tourists and Indian families. The beach gets crowded during the peak season. Calangute has basic tourism infrastructure like internet cafes, post office, banks, foreign exchange offices, dinnaries and eateries, medical facilities, etc. A number of water sports activities are available on the beach. In close proximities there is a Baga Beach, a famous place for partying and dancing. The Southern Calangute and the Northern Beach of Baga are more quiet.
When to visit: best time to visit October to March. March to May is hot and humid. June to September is monsoon season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Thivim railway station is about 20 km away. Karmali railway station is about 24 km away. Vasco De Gama train station is about 44 km away. Madgaon Junction railway station in Margo is about 49 km away. Margao station is the terminus station for several Konkan Railway trains and almost all trains passing through Goa stop here. There are direct trains from most parts of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Mangalore, Bangalore, Gujarat, Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Nearest airport: Goa International Airport or Dabolim Airport is about 39 km away.
Buses: The Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) is the state government’s bus service. Buses go from Mapusa. If you travel long distances you need to change buses. Biggest bus stations in Goa are – Mapusa, Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Margao and Canacona.
By road: The distance from Goa International Airport (Dabolim Airport) to Calangute is 39 km via NH 66. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Thivim railway station to Calangute is 20 km via Mapusa - Bicholim Rd and Calangute - Mapusa Rd. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Vasco De Gama train station to Calangute is about 44km via NH 66. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Madgaon Junction railway station in Margo to Calangute is about 49 km via NH 66. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Old Goa to Calangute is about 23 km via NH748 and Chogm Rd. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Panaji to Calangute is about 15 km via NH 66 and Chogm Rd. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Mumbai to Calangute is about 570 km via NH4828 km via NH 66 and NH748. It takes around 10-11 hours.
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