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For those looking for a quiet time away from the hustle of crowded Goa beaches

Candolim Beach, Candolim, Goa - 403515
Goa is most famous for its local Goan cuisine and Seafood. Most restaurants and beach shacks offer Goan, Thai, Seafood, and similar dishes. But, if you are a vegetarian, you must try Earthen Oven (Fort Aguada Road, Candolim). They have some of the best vegetarian dishes and desserts which are mostly complimented by folk performances by professional artists.

One of the many beaches in North Goa, Candolim is highly popular with tourists who like to enjoy a nice beach time away from the common hustle and bustle of other beaches of North Goa. Candolim beach stretches as far as Calangute in the north and Sinquerim in the south, and is packed with several beach shacks swarming the coastline. Most beach shacks offer sunbeds for visitors to lounge after a relaxing bath in the sea.


The main road of Candolim offers some very good hotels for accommodation such as Le Seasons Beach Resorts, Novotel Shrem Resort, and Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort.


One of the most popular attractions around Candolim is Fort Aguada, which is a 17th-century fort built by the Portuguese as a guard against the Marathas and the Dutch. Fort Aguada is also famous for its lighthouse which was made popular by an award-winning Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai.Beneath the fort is the Fort Aguada Jail which is reportedly the largest jail in Goa. Entry to the fort is free, however, the Jail is off limits for tourists. The lighthouse is open for tourists normally, however, you should check beforehand.


Traveling to and from Candolim is made easy by the numerous bike/scooter/car rentals that you can visit if you wish to explore the town on your own. Also, the main bus stand of Candolim has buses incoming and outgoing from other popular regions of Goa all day till 9 or 10 in the evening.


Lastly, if you are a party-goer then Candolim has a lot in store for you as every weekend the restaurants and beach shacks light up with karaoke and live band performances while guests from all over the world enjoy their cocktails and shake a leg to the latest musical numbers.


Opening hours

The beach can be accessed anytime, however, it is preferred to avoid late nights as the way to and fro is not well-lit. Restaurants - Early morning (breakfast time) till 23:00 hours. Some stay open till the wee hours.

How to get there

Air: Dabolim Airport is Goa's only airport Train: Goa is connected by rail to most of the big cities in India. There are two main station - Madgao, and Thivim Bus: Ac buses and Volvo coaches operate between Goa and nearby metropolitan cities such as Mumbai and Bangalore

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