Goa and its beaches do not need an introduction. The state is well-known for its spectacular beaches that is a major reason behind its successful tourism. Replete with swaying palms, food shacks, flea markets, water sports and nightlife the beaches of Goa make for a perfect holiday. Covering almost 83% of the total coastline area of Goa, the beaches offer everything that makes for a memorable vacation.
The captivating beaches of Goa attract millions of locals and foreign tourists throughout the year. It is home to both commercial and quiet beaches. The beaches in North are the commercialised beaches that are known specifically for their nightlife. The South Goa beaches are ideal for relaxing and just lazing around on the sun kissed shores. Here is a look at ten of the lesser known beaches in Goa.
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Located in North Goa, Arambol Beach is an immaculate and secluded beach that can be reached by roads through a channel of cashew trees. The primary attraction of Arambol Beach is the hot spring that drains into the fresh water lake causing silt deposition on the lake shore that is said to do wonders to the skin of tourists applying it on their body. Adventure lovers would get an opportunity to do paragliding from the cliffs near the beaches. Dolphin watching boat trips is another exciting activity enjoyed by elders and kids. Tourists can also go swimming in idle water inlets and fresh water pools here.
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Benaulim Beach, located in South Goa, is a fishing beach that is an ideal location for tourists seeking tranquillity since it is one of the undiscovered beaches of Goa. Tourists can just relax and enjoy a sun bath here. It is mainly crowded during evenings and weekends. Tourists can enjoy the thrilling bull fighting event held on the beach from early October to May-end.
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Cavelossim Beach is one of the most appealing beaches in South Goa. Located between the River Sal and the Arabian Sea, it is an elegant stretch of coastline covered with soft white sand and black lava rocks. The beauty of this beach lies in the fact that it is very clean and calm. It is the perfect place for relaxation with its crystal-clear blue water, white soft sand and greenery. You can also enjoy delicious sea food and a variety of Goan dishes available at reasonable prices from numerous beach shacks here. Water sports are a major attraction of this beach and you can enjoy speed boats, diving, racing, swimming and other fun water games. This beach is also famous for its dolphin-watching activities.
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Chapora Beach, also a fishing village, is a perfect beach for those who love serenity and tranquillity. It is a mesmerising beach covered with white sand and surrounded by coconut palms. The blossomy green landscapes and black magma rocks adds to the diversity of the terrain. Food stalls near the shore of the beach provides tourists with a variety of Goan food that you cannot stop yourself from indulging. Shopaholics can buy shell ornaments and home decoratives from local hawkers as well. Interesting water activities like paragliding, wind surfing, and para-sailing are also very common here.
Chapora Fort, which was built 500 years ago displaying a Portuguese style of architecture is a very famous tourist attraction here. From the top of the fort you can see the stunning natural beauty of the hills and the sea.
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Colva Beach, located in southern Goa is the oldest beach of Goa. It is usually less crowded as compared to Anjuna or Calangute Beach and has gained popularity only recently. You can see a large number of fishermen's motor trawlers anchored offshore. A large number of food stalls and drink stalls at the Colva Beach provide you with delicious sea food cuisine and you can also enjoy the famous drink named feni made of cashew or coconut. Water sports activities including jet skiing, swimming, boat rides are offered to tourists visiting here. The night-life here is more bustling than any other beach in the whole of the South Goa. It is a famous destination for rave parties and is made more marvellous along with music, late night bars and discos that are crowded.
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Majorda Beach is located about 4 km from Margao and 5 km from Colva Beach. The natural beauty, water sports and cleanliness gives tourists an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate themselves. A wide range of good quality food including fresh sea food and steaks are offered at stalls on Majorda Beach. A large number of shops selling silks, Kashmiri handicrafts, jewellery and wood carving offers shopaholics a variety of products to choose from. Water sports include water skiing, para-sailing and jet skiing. You can also opt for swimming at the beach without any danger since there are many lifeguards to ensure safety and security.
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Mandrem beach is located about 25 km from Panaji between Ashwem Beach and Arambol Beach. Located in Pernem Taluka, the northern-most taluka of Goa, this beach is quite deserted. It provides the perfect environment for newly-weds to spend some romantic and private time together. They can enjoy candle light dinners, lie star-gazing or can go for long walks along the beach. During your stay in Mandrem beach, you can also visit the Organic Farm of Suhas Parsekar in Mandera Village from where you can even buy fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Traditional fishing boats also arrange excursions for dolphin watching. You can also go swimming but be cautious while doing so, since there are no lifeguards at the beach.
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Situated in North Goa, Mobor Beach is one of the most visited beaches of Goa. Covered with soft white sands, facing the Arabian Sea on one side and backed by palm trees, it provides a relaxing environment for those looking to recline in the lap of nature. It is fairly isolated and is covered with plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas for utmost comfort of the tourists visiting here. It is mostly famous for its water sports that take place behind the Betty Palace. Biking on the sands of the beach is another popular activity amongst the tourists. Dolphin watching and deep sea fishing trips are another popular excursion on Mobor beach.
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Nestled at a distance of 13 km from Panaji, Sinquerim beach is the first tourist beach of Goa. It is located adjacent to Aguada Beach. Since it is quieter compared to other beaches of Goa, tourist love to relax and get tanned by the sun on the this beach. It is a long beach with glistening and soft sands encouraging tourists to take long leisurely walks. The cool breeze and the greenish blue sea alongside gives immense peace to both body and mind. Tempting food and drinks are served at a large number of restaurants nearby. For people loving water sports it is a perfect place offering adventurous activities like fishing, water-skiing, scuba diving, para-sailing and wind-surfing with international-class facilities. Beach volleyball and swimming are activities that people visiting Sinquerim Beach can also enjoy.
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The calm and peaceful Varca Beach is located just 2 km away from Benaulim Beach in the south of Goa. It is not as popular as other commercial beaches of Goa and due to this reason the environment at Varca is clean, serene and rejuvenating. Tourists visit here to relax and they love to soak in the sun. The palm-thatched houses of fisherman on the beach give it a completely different look. The coastline of the beach is covered with a large number of wooden boats belonging to the local fisherman. One can enjoy the mouthwatering Goan cuisines including sea food and local drinks in the beach shacks.Dolphin-watching boat trips along the River Sal is popular among the tourists and the best time to experience dolphin watching is early in the morning.
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