Guide To The Beaches In Goa

Take Me Directly To Goa's Beaches!

The beaches in Goa have drawn tourists to India for decades, they are what Goa is famous for. If you have never been to Goa before, it is difficult to know what to expect... you will probably have heard stories, some good, some bad, about this small state on the west Indian coast.

This guide gives you comprehensive advice about the beaches that make up Goa's stunning coastline. If you have never been to Goa before, we hope you will get a feel for what Goa is really like. If you are a returning visitor, we hope you will find new beaches in Goa to explore amongst these pages.

Each beach guide provides an overview of what the beach is like, some of our favourite photos taken whilst we have been exploring Goa's coast, and some useful tips on how to reach the destination, and what to look out for once you are there.

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This part of the guide begins in the far north of Goa, where the Tiracol river divides Goa from Maharashtra, and the quiet beaches of Goa's Pernem district are situated.

Once over the Chapora river, the names of some of the beaches may begin to sound familiar. In the Bardez district of Goa are situated the world famous Anjuna, Calangute and Baga beaches which have been popular with tourists for decades.

The next part of this guide focuses on the south Goa beaches, which are divided from the north by the Mandovi river, running through the state's capital city of Panjim
North Goa Beaches


Keri beach - The northern most tip of Goa, this beach is largely undiscovered by the tourist crowds.

Paliem beach - Tiny Paliem sits between Keri and Arambol, and is famous for its sweet water lake which is fed by a stream that winds through the jungle.

Arambol beach - The capital of Hippie culture in Goa, this beach attracts a variety of travellers from all around the world.

Mandrem and Ashvem beaches - Arguably two of Goa's most beautiful beaches, the white sand is worked by a warm and gentle sea.

Morjim beach - The calm, shallow sea washes onto firm sand often scattered with driftwood and detritus from the river. Large numbers of gulls flock around the river mouth, and in November, Olive Ridley marine turtles lay their eggs on the beach.

Vagator beach - Scenic coves and rocky headlands make this one of north Goa's most picturesque beaches.

Anjuna beach - Iconic Anjuna beach offers a suprising array of excellent restaurants and the famous weekly Anjuna Flea Market.

Baga beach - Beginning at the mouth of Baga Creek, Baga beach sprawls south, a mass of sunbeds, sellers, shacks and holiday makers until at some inperceptible point it becomes Calangute, the adjoined beach to the south.

Calangute beach - One of the busiest beaches in Goa, Calangute beach attracts thousands of foreign visitors to its shores every year, and is the prime beach holiday destination for domestic tourists in India.


Palolem beach - The green Sahyadri Hills rising behind the trees, a rocky island just off the shore and the clear, gentle sea combine to make Palolem every inch the archetypal 'tropical paradise'.

Patnem beach - Patnem beach offers beautiful scenery and an intimate feel. The shacks serve excellent food, and it is tempting to stay far longer than planned.

As well as the obvious draw of its beaches, there are some incredible inland Goa attractions, and is a good base from which to explore areas around Goa.


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Visit Goa's attractions inland

Back in time at Old Goa

Old Goa

The old capital of Portuguese Goa with its stunning 16th and 17th Century architecture is a great day trip away from the beach.

Market town of Mapusa

Mapusa Carnival

Catch the carnival or visit the colourful market in the busy north Indian town of Mapusa.


Magical Redi Fort

Redi Fort

Redi Fort is just over the Goan border in Maharashtra. The remains of this crumbling Fort, reclaimed by the jungle are well off the tourist route.