Candolim Beach Goa
Location of Beach
lies in Bardez Taluka, south of Calangute Beach, the southernmost beach of
Bardez, near Reis Magos and Porvorim. Mapusa is the closest big town at a
distance of 10 kms, while Panaji, Goa's capital city is only 13 kms away.
If you dream to enjoy an exciting boat trip alongwith spotting mystic sea
creatures or to pass some calm and peaceful moments, then Candolim is the
place which offer exactly what you want. Here the charming sea and its
magical environs will force you to embark on boat trips either on your own
or with the help of villagers while they go fishing. Not only the boating
trips, but also the clean white sands, deep blue sea and scrub covered dunes
will fascinate your imagination.
Once a fishing village, Candolim is now one of the longest beaches of Goa.
It starts at Fort Aguada and merges with Calangute beach at its other end.
Candolim Beach extends from the Taj Hotels to Escrivao Vaddo, on the main
Candolim-Calangute road. The main road and its bylanes are dotted with
plenty of shops, restaurants, but the Candolim beachfront is less crowded
and much peaceful than the nearby Calangute Beach.
Apart from a place of tourist interest, Candolim has historic significance
as well. Candolim is the birthplace of Fr. Abbe Faria, the founder of the
science of hypnotism. In addition to this, Candolim is also the place where
the first revolt against Portuguese was launched by the Goans and the revolt
of the Pintos was led by Goan Catholic priests.
Water Sports :
Candolim Beach is the perfect place for
you, if water sports feature in your holiday itinerary. In fact water sports
are the prime attraction of the Candolim beach. Here you can indulge into a
range of water sports that include parasailing, water-skiing, jet-skiing,
bump rides, banana rides, catamaran sailing, wind surfing, knee and wake
boarding, speedboat rides. There are several water sports operators on
Candolim beach which provide the essential equipments and trained guides as
Remember, Candolim is not safe for swimming as there can be an
unpredictable undertow at different phases of the tide.
Boat Trips :
Boat trips are an exciting way to spot the
mighty creatures of the sea. A large number of boat operators in Candolim
offer boat trips. Among the popular boat trips are dolphin spotting trips,
crocodile spotting trips, island trips, fishing expeditions and river
cruises. All the boats in Candolim are certified by the Mercantile Marine
Department and have safety equipment on board and insurance for passengers.
Leisure Activities :
If you are worn out after taking up
the water sports, go for some leisure activities to rejuvenate yourself.
Shopping is the best leisure activity in Candolim, you must visit Rust, a
lifestyle store where you can buy almost everything, right from studio
pottery to furniture to conversation items. Regal Arcade, a two- storeyed
shopping complex houses several shops which sell leather items, jewellery
like earrings, rings, necklaces, branded sunglasses, goggles and spectacles.
Apart from these, there are several other shopping arcades and stores where
you can shop for a wide range of products.
After shopping, head towards the beachside shacks to enjoy some Goan
delicacies. These shacks offer fabulous seafood, especially tiger prawns and
lobsters at reasonable prices.
Nightlife at Candolim beach is not
exhilarating rather peaceful. Visit the 10 Downing Street, next to Taj
Holiday Village which has a pub and a club. If you want to enjoy some
pleasant moment, then head towarsd the Geoffrey's which plays music of
eighties at low volumes.
Fort Aguada :
A must visit palace, Fort Aguada defines the
Goa's Portuguse past. To visit this fort, you have to take a drive on the
Candolim's Chogm road. Fort Aguada was erected in 1612 to defend Goa from
the Dutch. Initially Fort Aguada was surrounded by a moat, which cut the
fort off from the Bardez mainland for protection. Today, the moat is not
there, but what you see is only the remains in the form of a ditch. Climb up
to the fort, which stands at the top of the Sinquerim Plateau. The climb
will provide you a fantastic view of colourful life in Goa. While you are
atop the fort, a breathtaking panaroma welcomes you, get the spectacular
sight of the Mandovi river meeting the sea, the beautiful city of Panjim on
the south bank, the cliff-top Cabo Raj Bhawan and the cargo ships on their
way to the Mormugao Port. In the fort you will also see a citadel, a
lighthouse, a big clock and a bell.
Chapel of Saint Lawrence :
When you are on the way to the
Fort Aguada, the magnificent Chapel of Saint Lawrence comes first. Dedicated
to St. Lawrence, the patron saint of sailors, this chapel is known for
enjoying the most advantageous locale of all Goan chapels. August 10 is the
feast day of this chapel, which usually conicides with the Narali Purnima.
Just outside the chapel gate, you can get a splendid view of Placio Aguda, a
massive structure constrcuted by Jimmy Gazdar.
First constructed in 1560 by Fr. Pedro de Belem, the Candolim
Church was repaired and remodelled in 1661. Dedicated to Our Lady of Hope,
this church got its present frosted icing-cake look by the efforts of
villagers and the contributions of Candolim parishioners. Exterior beauty of
this parochial church is enhanced by the rich emerald paddies, while its
interior has some superb stained glass panels.
Best Time to Visit
Candolim has an almost similar climate throughout the year, with little
variations in average maximum and minimum temperatures. June to October is
rainy season here, so it is advised to avoid this period. The best time to
visit the Candolim Beach is November to February.
Where to Stay
Accommodation is not at all a problem in Candolim as there are hundreds of
hotels in the village. Among the hundred hotels, only few are on the
beachfront. Finest hotels of this picturesque beach town are Taj Fort Aguada
Beach Resort, Taj Hermitage. Taj Holiday Village, Coqueral Holiday Home, Per
Avel Holiday Home, De Mello's Guest House, Sonesta Inn, Dona Florina Beach
Resort and Whispering Palms Beach Resort.
How to Reach
Goa's only airport, Dabolim is 45 kms away from the Candolim Beach. Dabolim
Airport is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other major Indian
cities. Pre-paid taxis and private taxis are available at Dabolim Airport,
which you have to hire to reach Candolim. Panaji (13 kms) and Thivim Station
(19 kms) are the nearest railway stations from Candolim. Regular buses leave
from Panaji and Mapusa to Candolim in every 15 minutes. Bus, motorcycle
taxis and auto-rickshaws are the preferred options for local transport.
Candolim Beach Tour Packages
Features : Apart from the
second day trip of Old Goa and Panaji you may also visit the Candolim
Beach (optional trip). Just 13 kms away from Panaji, Candolim was once a
fishing village, but now it is one of the longest beaches of Goa. Visit
the beach and enjoy the endless leisure options amidst the spectacular
surroundings. In addition Candolim has many other nearby attractions
like Fort Aguada, Chapel of Saint Lawrence and Candolim Church.
Features : 8th day of India
by Day and Night tour will take you to Mapusa. This trip also provides
an excellent opportunity to visit the picturesque Candolim Beach
(optional, not included in the package). Formerly a fishing village,
today Candolim is one of the longest beaches of Goa, stretching from
Fort Aguada to the Calangute beach. At Candolim Beach you may enjoy
exciting boat trips or a number of thrilling water sports.
Features : Formerly a fishing
village, Candolim Beach offers perfect ambience to relax or to indulge
in a variety of leisure activities. This tour package offers you a
wonderful opportunity to explore the serenity and fun of the candolim
beach on the 16th day of your trip. If you want to see more, the
Rajasthan Heritage and Goa takes you to other attractions like Fort
Aguada, Candolim Church and Chapel of Saint Lawrence.
Features : Bestowed with
sparkling white sun-kissed beaches, Goa is the most sought after
destination, drawing almost a million people every year. The tour gives
you two days to explore the spectacular beaches of Goa. Anjuna,
Calangute and Baga are the most frequented beaches while other popular
beaches are Vagator, Varca, Candolim, Benaulim, Majorda, Dona Paula,
Bogmalo and Colva, which you may explore on this tour. The beaches offer
you opportunities to relax as well as become adventurous by taking up