Candolim is a small town, in the state of Goa, in west India and is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Host to Calangute Beach, there are a number of restaurants and places to shop, in the area, to make your trip lively. The area is also famous for its adventure activities.
Let’s travel across this beautiful place to find the best things to do…
1. Fort Aguada
Fort Aguada is located on Aguada-Siolim Road, in Candolim, Goa. You have two ways you can reach the hilltop fort. If you are going by car, you can take the 4 kilometer (2.5 mile) long road, from Sinquerim Beach. Another way, if you want to enjoy the beauty in the area, is to take the shorter footpath. Keep in mind that this way is a steep climb. The Aguada Fort was built by the Portuguese, in 1612, to ward off attacks from the Dutch and the Marathas. It is named for the fresh water spring which gave the fort its supply of drinkable water. The word “agua” means water in Portuguese and “Aguada” is the place where water is collected.
Address: Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa
Website: Fort Aguada
2. Sinquerim Beach
Sinquerim Beach is quieter and less busy than popular Candolim Beach and is located 13 km (8.1 miles) from Panaji. One of the best beaches in goa, here, adventure loving people can enjoy parasailing, waterskiing, scuba diving, fishing, and windsurfing. This place is a very famous Goan destination and is known as the first tourist beach in Goa. It is also located near the famous beaches of Calangute and Baga.
From this beach, one can see the famous and historical Fort Aguada. You can find a vast number of tourist hotels and resorts, which provide rich food with good accommodation. There are plenty of motorbikes, taxis, and buses available to take you to this area.
Address: Sinquerium, Candolim, Goa 403515, India
3. Calangute Beach
Calangute Beach is a way to heaven, really. Akin to paradise because of its beauty and charm, the beach is also known for its frantic nightlife. It is 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) from Panaji and lies on the Arabian Sea, encircled by palm and coconut trees. Calangute Beach really typifies Goan tourism and is visited by thousands of tourists from around the world, especially around Christmas and New Years. It is also known as the ‘Queen of Beaches’ because of its incredible beauty and serenity. This place is crowded during the daytime with locals and tourists and you can also take part in some of the water activities here, like parasailing, waterskiing, scuba diving, fishing, and windsurfing.
Address: Calangute Beach, Goa
4. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
The Dudhsagar Waterfalls are located in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, in Sonaulim, Goa. and fall under the watch of the Goa Forest Department. To get here, you can go by road, or by train to Kulem Railway Station and then trek to the waterfall. You can also hire a jeep or motorbike to take you, although you’ll still need to walk a bit, to reach the base of the falls.
The four-tiered falls are a part of the Mandovi River, the main river in Goa and they culminate in a deep green pool at the base. The name Dudhsagar means “sea of milk” and describes the majestic cascade of the sparkling white water.
Address: Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Sonaulim, Goa
5. The Saturday Night Market
If you have a love of street shopping or flea markets, goa is a dream come true, for you. At the Saturday Night Market, in Arpora, you can find a wide variety of each and every item, including handcrafted art pieces, junk jewelry, tattoos, scarves, hammocks, and spices. You can also grab a cold beer and a warm chocolate waffle here, too.
The night market is roughly divided into three sections, the upper field, with its designer boutiques and clothing stalls, the middle section, which is the center point for all the food stalls, and the lower section where you can buy locally made items, such as carpets, pashmina shawls, handicrafts and much more.
Located just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from Candolim, and is open on Saturday nights from 6:30pm to midnight and is also famous for its Tibetan and Kashmiri sections. You will do great here if you have excellent bargaining skills.
The Saturday Night Market
Address: Aguada - Siolim Rd, Xim Waddo, Arpora, Goa 403518, India
6. Dolphin watching at Sinquerim Beach
On Sinquerim Beach, you can find some organized tours perfect for dolphin lovers. Local tour company, Clear Trip, arranges daily departures at 9:30 in the morning, which includes boat fee and hotel pickup/dropoff for INR 700 (10.89 USD). People can take the tour to admire the dolphin’s unique swimming patterns and their majestic sounds as they play in the water.
Watching dolphins will relax and calm your mind and soul.
Dolphin Watching at Sinquerim Beach
Address: Sinquerim Beach
7. Scuba diving and watersports
Scuba Diving is definitely on most people’s bucket list. Adventure lovers will not want to miss such the chance to take part in some of Goa’s amazing watersports. It is a treat for the nature lover to swim and snorkel in the clear waters of Goa.
Scuba Diving and Watersports
Address: SinQ Beach Club, Opposite Taj Holiday Village,, Candolim, Goa
8. Jet skiing and banana riding at Coco Beach
Indulge in some over the top fun on your next holiday with some jet skiing! Choose any known hotel in Goa and rent a jet ski for as long as you like. You just need to take a guide, to sit behind you. People go crazy on Coco Beach for its water activities and the various hotels offer a host of choices, depending on your interest. For ten or twenty minutes, jet skiing can be a lot of fun and after you’re done, you can try the banana ride. Activities are usually offered beteen 9am and 5pm.
Jet Skiing and Banana Riding at Coco Beach
Address: Reis Magos, Nerul, Bardez, Goa
Never ending tour...
You can also explore the stunning beauty of Goa by hiring a spacious and comfortable car. By car, you will have plenty of other places you can visit, including the Mangeshi Temple, Miramar Beach, and the Old Goa Church.
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