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Goa Beaches

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There was a time when Goa had a number of ‘secret’ beaches. In other words the kind of beaches neither mentioned in the guidebooks nor marked in the maps. The scoop is shared by word of mouth among the seasoned backpackers. Not anymore. Though the intensity varies, all of the Goan beaches are now mobbed by both domestic and foreign tourists. Indians do it during their summer holidays and the western backpackers make a stampede during the winter months sandwiched by the New Year bang.

Nevertheless Goa still retains its old-world charm.
Let us explore the popular beaches of Goa.

From south to north the ‘beach list’ goes something like this.
Querim beach
Galgibaga beach
Talpona beach
Palolem beach
Agonda beach
Canaguinim beach
Betul beach
Mobor beach
Cavelossim beach
Varca beach
Benaulim beach
Colva beach
Betalbatim beach
Majorda beach
Cansaulim beach
Velsao beach
Bogmalo beach
Dona Paula beach
Miramar beach
Sinquerim beach
Calangute beach
Baga beach
Anjuna beach
Vagator beach
Chapora beach
Mandrem beach
Arambol beach
The 150 kilometer ( 93 miles) coastal belt is lined with two dozen plus beaches. And the discovery of ‘new’ beaches still continues!

By the way when you need to take a break from the hectic beach life at Goa , think of Hampi. There is nothing in common between Goa and Hampi worth a comparison. However backpackers have drawn a parallel between Goa and Hampi. There is even a place called the “Goan Corner” in Hampi . They marched from Goa to Hampi in search of a more laidback place than Goa. And they found it in the Virupapur Gadde of Hampi. Once you reach this area of Hampi, the bamboo hut filled Palolem beach appears as if a buzzing metro.

When you travel from Goa to Hampi , you are practically tracing the trade trail , through which Arabian horses were brought to Hampi from the ports of Goa, some 500 years ago.

Though not seen in a favorable light , there were (and still are ) attempts to replicate the Rave parties of Goa in Hampi. The Goa hangover still hangs in the air , especially the weeks following the new year eve. Though the nearest beach is a few hundred kilometers away , Virupapur Gadde is Hampi’s answer to Goa.

Of course you can catch that night sleeper bus to continue beach life at Goa!

South Goa Beaches Map & Itinerary Path

South Goa Beaches Map & Itinerary Path

South Goa map in detail with itinerary path to cover the beaches south of Margao. Colva Beach to Polem Beach distance is about 65km, if you follow the NH17 highway. And it would be about a 100km+ distance drive if you include many of the short detours on in this itinerary. Follow this path to plan your day's itinerary, keeping Margao as the start/end point and cover attractions south of Margao, along the coastline.

Hampi is located about 340km east of Goa coast.

Hampi is located about 340km east of Goa coast.

Hampi is located about 340km east of Goa coast.

Everything about Goa!How to reach Goa

How to reach Goa

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Everything about Goa!Calling Goa

Calling Goa

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Everything about Goa!Canacona


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Everything about Goa!South Goa Itinerary : Madgaon to the Western Ghats Region

South Goa Itinerary : Madgaon to the Western Ghats Region

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Everything about Goa!Pune to Goa by Train

Pune to Goa by Train

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Everything about Goa!Bangalore to Goa

Bangalore to Goa

Bangalore to Goa distance is about 560km. Depending on your final destination and the route you take to travel from Bangalore to Goa, the distance could vary a bit. Bangalore to Goa by Road: There are many routes to drive from Bangalore to Goa. The popular one by NH4 all... more ➜

Everything about Goa!The Incredible Story of Feni that Butler Didn't Tell You!

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