Though these three alphabets ‘GOA’ represent one of the smallest state of India, this belittled state is a host to almost 2.5 million tourists every year and rates itself as the top most for drawing in around 0.4 million foreign visitors annually. An amalgamation of the Hindu and Catholic cultures, this region can cater to different spoken languages like English, Konkani, Hindi, Marathi and even Portuguese. While visiting Goa, one visits an entire state and not a city. Though Goa has a number of beaches, but is not an island! It is a coast line to the Arabian Sea and apart from its beaches is also famous for its art, culture, churches, temples and forts. But beaches are the glory of this state and a deeper insight of the hand-picked ones is cited below:
1. Calangute Beach
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Known as the Queen of Beaches, Calangute beach is a must visit for the first timers in Goa. Calangute is a small town in North Goa and the entire beach can be traversed over a seven kilometre stretch. Being the most commercialized and largely occupied beach in Goa, this beach promises to exhibit a throbbing nightlife. Water sports are at spotlight here with activities like skiing, water surfing and parasailing to supplement your appetite for adventure. One could take some pleasure basking in the sun on the sand treasure of this beach or could enjoy the coconut groves along the shore.
2. Baga Beach
Wanting to be lost in a crowd! This beach is full of enthusiasts from around the globe hounding for a variety of water sports. The Baga beach is the most popular beach of North Goa that has a plenty of shacks and fishing boats. This beach offers you a plethora of eateries, where one could relish the versatile options of sea food and coastal cuisine. The shops along this beach present a range of tourist souvenirs, colourful fabrics and leather wares to opt from.
3. Palolem Beach
The imposing heights of the coconut palms bordered around the Palolem beach in South Goa speaks of its calm and peacefulness. A full moon night beach walk enriches your experience and the running away of the small creepy crawlies that you spot around your feet, add a tickling experience. At the onset of sunrise or at sunset, one should not miss to take a boat ride to encounter dolphins. Palolem beach also thrills its adventure seekers with scuba diving sport facility.
4. Anjuna Beach
Anjuna beach finds its place in the list of every young traveller. It is a home to the most sought for night club in Goa. This beach is famous for being a happening place, ideal for outdoor parties, festivals and ravishing night life. The ease of availability of almost everything around; markets, restaurants, ATM’s, motor bikes, hotels makes this beach the most visited and one of the crowded places to move around, specifically in the evenings. A party hub and a trance for the night lifers.
5. Agonda Beach
A retreat from the hustle bustle of the crowd, an ideal place for solace, Agonda beach is the perfect destination for relaxing and swimming. This beach is a widely known as a turtle nesting site and is a host to the Ridley turtles for nesting during nights. Halfway on the beach, one would come across the Agonda Church which is known for its magnificent architecture and its picturesque frontage.
One does not treasure the memories of Goa but makes it through again to visit this beautiful place and refresh and relive the moments. This place not only energizes you but instils its influence on your mind forever.