Calangute is a town in North Goa, famous for its beach. The beach is the largest in North Goa and visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists alike.
Calangute beach known as the Queen of Goan Beaches is a large sandy beach located 10 kms. from Mapusa and 16 kms. from Panaji. Thousands of tourists visit the beach everyday. However due to its large size, the beach never appears to be overcrowded. The area around the beach is well developed and once can easily find good hotels, accommodation nearby.
Mostly Indian tourists visit this beach; foreign tourists preferring other less crowded beaches nearby. The right side of the beach has Casuarina trees offering shade to picnickers. The beach is also very well connected with the cites of Mapusa and Panaji by bus. The road leading to the beach is full of colorful shops selling hats, beach shirts, beachwear, souvenirs and handicrafts.
Calangute has always been known for its ‘Happening’ culture. Nightlife at Calangute is a major attraction for the tourists. The beach is a hotspot for organizing parties. Party culture in Goa is supposed to be started by the Hippies during their visit to Goa in 1960s. They found the beaches of Goa perfect for resting in solitude. Nights on these beaches under the moon along with water on one side prompted them to party during night time. Since then, Goa has come a long way in terms of the manner of the party. Tourists and locals need no excuse for a party and music & dance go on for whole night. The local music bands of Goa have developed a unique style of music, which is referred to as ‘Goa Trance’