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Neatly tucked into the Western coast of India, Goa is the state associated most with touristy beaches, a happening nightlife and over 300-year old Portuguese architecture. Surface - Goa has several bus routes from various cities, but traffic is mainly from Mumbai and Pune. But with increasing demand from the south, there has been a rise in buses from Bangalore. Overnight buses from Mumbai to Goa are another alternative over trains and flights. Note that many of the coaches are newer Volvo models, in which two passengers share a sleeper bunk. Neatly tucked into the Western coast of India, Goa beaches are famous across the country and it is the place associated most with beautiful beaches and with so many of these out there, we help you get down to the 35 best beaches in Goa, all very characteristically different. Order: North to South Referred to as the city of churches by many, the culture of Goa has the lingering effect of being a Portugal colony. Visibly different from the rest of the country, Goa has characteristic colourful houses, lush green fields and a soothing languidness in the atmosphere. The charming villages of Goa are ideal for a laidback morning walk or an aimless evening stroll. North and South regions of the place are strikingly different - the former is a cultural hub with traditional eateries and markets, while the latter makes for an idyllic vacation with its 5-star hotels, private beaches and a mix of white sand and clear blue water. Under the star-laden skies, each festivity becomes more alive. Goa greens and wildlife makes for a nature lover's ideal hotspot. If you are a food adventurer, you may want to visit the gorgeous spice gardens and try a glassful of cashew feni. Goa provides a respite, not just for the tourists on an appointment with nature, it is also the place for crazy parties and a vivacious night-life. The ultimate tourist destination of India, Goa promises to be something special for all types of travellers. Goa has good and many places to stay for all categories of travellers. Whether you're on a shoestring budget and want a cheap shack or you're on the splurging spree and want to have the luxurious 5 star stay, you will find options.

North Goa has a lot of options to stay around Baga, Calangute and Anjuna beaches. For someone looking to enjoy nightlife, water sports and don't mind the crowd, this is a good area to stay. South Goa is good if you are looking for more luxury and serenity. Beautiful beaches and scenery. Get a first hand taste of Portuguese culture and architecture. Amazing nightlife. Frequent music concerts. Goa has lots to offer in terms of shopping, from wines to cashew nuts, Goan trance music, books, to handicraft, the array is diverse. Goan handicrafts are somehow underrated and under-appreciated evenwhile being reasonably priced. Of local handicraft, you can shop from a range of carved furniture, china, pottery, brassware, crochet, shell artifacts and antique silver jewelry. Indian - Indian Dhum Biryani in Anjuna, Nirvana Hermitage in Anjuna, Oasis Restaurant & Bar in Arambol, Brittos in Baga Beach, Caf Mambos in Baga, East Meets West in Baga-Calangute, Copper Bowl in Calangute, Flying Dolphin Beach Bar in Calangute, Indian Spice in Calangute, Oceanic in Calangute, Plantain Leaf in Calangute, The Indian Kitchen on Calangute-Baga Road, Cactus Shepherds Pie in Candolim, Indiana Bar & Restaurant on Candolim Beach Road, Ruffles on Fort Aguada Road, Prainha Restaurant near Dona Paula jetty, Dunes Holiday Village in Mandrem Beach, Delhi Darbar on M.G Road in Panaji, Primrose Bar & Restaurant in Vagator, Joets on Bogmalo Beach, Pepper Valley in Canacona.

Querim Beach, North Goa : Also known as Keri Beach or Kerim Beach, it is the northern-most beach of Goa and located close to Tiracol fort. It has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church overlooking a peaceful unexplored beach with calm shore. The fort, now converted to a hotel, can be reached by a ferry which plies every half an hour. A picturesque scene not to be missed are the fishing boats which line up on the beach at 6pm everyday to go out in the sea and come back the next morning at 5am. The beach has paragliding and other water sports.

Arambol Beach, North Goa : This cove like beach is a traditional fisherman village with a distinctly bohemian feel which attracts many international tourists and alternative travellers. A short walk to the north takes you to several attractive bays, the most famous among which is the sweet water lake at Paliem Beach (also referred to as Kalacha). This lake is fed by hot springs and lined with sulphurous mud which is believed to be have healing properties and is a favourite among the hippie crowd who take mud baths here. Beyond the lake, is a spectacular Banyan Tree with a stone sculpture at its base created by a famous artist which has become an attraction in its own right.

Mandrem Beach, North Goa : Mandrem is of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa. The white sand is dotted by Beach Shacks and one can also go on Dolphin spotting trips or explore the Mandrem Village. Junas and Ashvem are the two main beaches with shallow and calm waters which make it a great place to swim. During high tide, water rushes up the Mandrem creek which runs parallel to the shoreline.

Morjim Beach, North Goa : Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. It is a great place to spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food. Morjim is also known as mini-Russia due to a large concentration of Russian immigrants and considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in Goa. It is located on the northern bank of the Chapora River estuary and is a fairly quiet place owing to the nesting ground of the endangered species. Late night parties and loud music is banned and relaxation, alternate therapies, kite-surfing etc. is promoted Morjim is located 29 km north of Panaji.

Chapora Beach : Calm Shore, beautiful sea beach, water sports, good food in the Beach shacks along the coast make it one of the most loved beaches of Goa. The white sand along with black lava rocks and the Chapora fort overlooking the sea make for an endearing sight. One can also explore the Chapora village nearby Chapora Beach is 24km north of Panaji.

Anjuna Beach : Anjuna Beach was once home to the hippies. Most of them have now moved on but their legacy remains. The Wednesday Anjuna Beach flea market is bigger than ever, and after the day is over, the crowds descend on the shacks along Anjuna Beach to listen to psychedelic trance as the sun sets. Curlies, right at the southern end of the beach, is the most happening spot. This lively area has plentiful cheap accommodations and backpacker hostels.

Galjibag Beach : One of the most remote and prettiest beaches in Goa and Dabolim, Galgibag beach is 16 kilometres from Chaudi. Surrounded by fir trees, this beach is also popular because it is one of the few breeding grounds for Olive Ridley turtles (also known as Pacific turtle). While there aren’t much activities or shops around this beach, people come here to relax and soak in the peaceful environ of the beach.

Morjim Beach is definitely one of the best beaches of Goa. Its a poet's paradise which sky changing colors and sun setting in. Located south to Ashwem beach it is considered to be one of the most tranquil beaches of Goa, offering peace and serenity. Tourists come here for relaxing and dining out. This place is lined up with restaurants and cottages which offer some of the best relaxation things. Morjim Beach is also locally known as “Little Russia” because of huge inhabitation of Russians here who stay for more than a month in this beautiful heaven.

Beautiful Island Hotels

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  • Sea Mist Beach Resort
  • Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Goa
  • The Crown Goa Hotel
  • Fortune Select Regina Hotel
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  • Beleza By The Beach Resort
  • Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa
  • Santana Beach Resort
  • Regenta Resort Varca
  • Resort Rio
  • Riva Beach Resort
  • Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa, Goa
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  • Casa De Goa - Boutique Resort
  • Alila Diwa Hotel
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  • The Fern Beira Mar Resort
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  • Rococco@Ashvem Resort
  • La Cabana Beach and Spa Resort
  • The Kenilworth Resort & Spa Goa
  • The Ivy Anjuna
  • Golden Tulip Goa Hotel
  • Soul Vacation Resort
  • Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort
  • Resort Primo Bom Terra Verde
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  • Nazri Resort
  • Whispering Palms Beach Resort
  • The Tubki Resort
  • Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resort
  • La Grace Resort
  • Palm Grove Beach Resort
  • Prainha Resort By The Sea
  • Lazydays La quinta
  • Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach
  • Ondas Do Mar Beach Resort
  • Casa Vagator Hotel
  • Cidade De Goa Hotel
  • Casablanca Beach Resort
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  • Hyatt Place Goa Candolim
  • Laguna Anjuna Hotel
  • Park Regis Goa
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  • Marina Bay Beach Resort
  • Phoenix Park Inn Resort
  • Neelams The Grand Hotel
  • Resort Terra Paraiso
  • The Acacia Hotel and Spa Goa
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  • Keys Ronil Resort
  • Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort
  • Marbela Beach Resort
  • Hotel Radisson Goa Candolim
  • Kyriad Hotel Goa
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  • Varanda Do Mar Hotel
  • Pirache Art Hotel
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  • Ocean Palms Goa Hotel
  • Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Antares Beach Resort
  • Pride Sun Village Resort and Spa
  • Heritage Village Resort & Spa Goa
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  • Sun City Resort
  • Sol De Goa Hotel
  • The O Hotel Beach Resort And Spa Goa
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  • The Hawaii Comforts
  • Acron Waterfront Resort
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