A Complete List Of The Beaches In Goa

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The state of Goa is bless with an abundance of beaches dotting its coastline, some having large stretches of white sands and others rocky shorelines. Since the 1980's Goa has been attracting tourists who come to enjoy the beauty its beaches have to offer. Goa today boasts of some of the most famous beaches in India namely Baga Beach, Vagator Beach, Calangute Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Colva Beach, Arambol Beach, Majorda Beach and Palolem Beach.

Vagator Beach, Goa

The hippes arriving in Goa during the 1970's and 1980's popularized Goan beaches as laid back, serene and beautiful places where one could peacefully relax. This led to an influx of tourists visiting Goa since the 1990's which put Goa on the tourist map of the world.

With more than 2.5 millon tourists visiting Goa every year, the recent years has seen a proliferation of shacks and hotels leading to beaches being overcrowded and dirty, especially during the tourist season during the months of December to May. Goa however still has many unspoilt beaches which not many tourists know. At these virgin beaches in Goa one can still enjoy the sun, sand and sea.

Broadly, the beaches of Goa can be geographically categorized as beaches in North Goa and beaches in South Goa. The beaches of north Goa are generally more happening and crowded compared to the beaches of the south which are peaceful and less crowded. Below are listed the beaches of Goa starting with the northernmost Querim Beach and moving south to the sothernmost Polem Beach.

Beaches in North Goa

Querim, also known locally as Keri is the northernmost beach of Goa. It is located at a distance of about 38 kms. from Mapusa and 50 kms. from Panaji. It lies at the mouth of the Terekhol river on the southern bank.
Kalacha beach is a small beach located to the south of Querim beach at a distance of 30 kms. from Mapusa and 42 kms. from Panaji. It is known for its sweet water lagoon. The beach has few shacks and houses.
Arambol beach is one of the most famous of the northern beaches of Goa. It is 27 kms. from Mapusa and 39 kms. from Panaji. The beach has both a long sandy stretch and a rocky outcropping on the northern side.
Mandrem beach is located to the south of Arambol beach. A rocky cliff jutting out into the sea is all that separates it from Arambol beach. It is located at a distance of 24 kms. from Mapusa and 36 kms. from Panaji.
Ashvem beach is a small flat sandy beach located to the north of Morjim and has a small lagoon at its northern end. The beach is located 21 kms. from Mapusa and 33 kms. from Panaji. Most tourists can be found on the southern part of the beach.
Morjim beach is located to the south of Ashvem beach on the northern side of the mouth of the Chopdem river with the Chapora fort on the other bank. It is located at a distance of 18 kms. from Mapusa and 30 kms. from Panaji.
The Chapora beach is located 8 kms. from Mapusa and 22 kms. from Panaji. Chapora beach is a rocky beach with stretches of clean sands in between. The beach is located at the mouth of the Chopdem river on its southern bank.
Vagator beach is one of the most scenic beaches in north Goa and is located 8 kms. from Mapusa and 22 kms. from Panaji. The beach has a few sand dunes with shrubs and palm trees. To reach the beach one must climb down a flight of stairs.
Ozran beach, also known as little Vagator is an extension of the Vagator beach. The beach lies 8 kms. from Mapusa and 22 kms. from Panaji. It lies to the south of Vagator beach to the left of the road leading to the beach.
Anjuna beach is a small rocky beach with coarse sand and steep cliffs. It is located 8 kms. from Mapusa and 21 kms. from Panaji. The beach is known for hosting rave parties and a colorful market. Located close by is the Anjuna flea market.
Baga beach is a beautiful beach that is located at the northern end of Calangute beach. Baga beach is located 9 kms. from Mapusa and 20 kms. from Panaji. To the north of the beach, the Baga river drains itself into the Arabian sea.
Calangute beach known as the Queen of Goan Beaches is a large 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.
Candolim beach is located to the south of Calangute Beach. It is located at a distance of 12 kms. from Mapusa and 14 kms. from Panaji. The beach has a lot of shrub vegetation along the shoreline with many paths leading to the beach.
Sinquerim beach is a small beach located at the southern most point of the Calangute Candolim beach stretch. towards the right side of the beach lies the famous Taj Holiday Village. To the left is the lower Aguada fort jutting out into the sea.
Coco beach is located at the mouth of the Mandovi river opposite to the Panaji bank. The beach is located at a distance of 5 kms. from Panaji and 14 kms. from Mapusa. The beach is home to a local fishing community.
Kegdole beach is located at the mouth of the Mandovi river opposite to the Panaji bank. The beach is located at a distance of 5 kms. from Panaji and 14 kms. from Mapusa. Towering just behind the beach is the famous Reis Magos fort.
Miramar beach is located 15 kms. from Mapusa and 3 kms. from Panaji. Located at the mouth of the river Mandovi, it is the closest beach to Panaji. The beach has dense brush vegetation covering the northern towards side of the beach.
Caranzalem beach is located to the west of Miramar beach along the mouth of the Mandovi river. It is located at a distance of about 5 kms. from Panaji. This 3.5 kms. of beach stretch is considered a safe beach for swimming.
Dona Paula is a small beach located about 5 kms. from Panaji. The beach is famous for the spectacular view that it offers and the water sports facilities it has. The beach offers a great view of the Marmagoa harbor that is located across.
Vaiguinim beach is a clean quite beach located close to Dona Paula beach. It is located at a distance of 9 kms. from Panaji. A row of beach umbrellas erected by the Vaiguinim beach Valley resort can be seen along the beach.
Bambolim beach is a quite beach located 7 kms. from Panaji. It is lined up with trees and shrub vegetation with many paths leading to the beach. Besides the Bambolim Beach resort, there are no major hotels in the area.
Siridao beach is a beach with coarse sand that lies at the mouth of the river Zuari. It is located at a distance of 7 kms. from Panaji. Along the beach one can also find boats that are used by the local fishing community.

Beaches in South Goa

Grandmothers Hole beach beach is a small beautiful beach that is located at Vasco - Sada Headland area. It lies 3 kms. away from the city of Vasco. The beach is crescent shaped and gets its name from a small cave that is located close to the beach.
Baina beach is the closest beach to the city of Vasco. The beach is calm and safe for swimming. It lies about 1 km. from the city. Baina beach was once a famous red light area. However in 2004 the Goa government cleared all brothels in the area.
Hansa is a beautiful beach with pristine waters that lies about 3 kms. from Vasco city. However the beach is controlled by the Indian Navy wing INS Hansa. The navy regularly cleans up the beach to ensure it remains spotless clean.
Bogmalo beach is a small, beautiful beach located to the south of Vasco city at a distance of 5 kms. The beach which was originally was a small fishing hamlet, has a gentle crescent shaped curve and is safe for swimming.
Hollant beach is a tiny beach located to the south of Bogmalo beach. It is located at a distance of 7 kms. from Vasco city. The beach is located within a bay and has a gentle slope towards the sea.
Cansaulim beach is a in actuality an extension of Velsao beach at its northern end. The beach has clean white sands and lots of palm trees. The beach lies at a distance of 10 kms. from Vasco city and 16 kms. from the city of Margao.
Velsao is a large sandy beach located to the close to the village of Cansaulim. The beach is located about 26 kms. from Panaji and 14 kms. from Margao. Velsao is famous for its silver soft sand and picturesque sunsets.
Arossim beach lies to the north of Utorda beach. It is a large sandy beach with a small rivulet running parallel to the shoreline. The beach is located at a distance of 22 kms. from Vasco, 35 kms. from Panaji and 12 kms. from Margao.
Utorda beach lies to the north of the famous Majorda beach. The beach is located at a distance of about 10 kms. from Margao. the beach is palm lined beach with a wide strip of white sands sloping gently into the Arabian sea.
Majorda is a beautiful beach located close to the city of Margao at a distance of 8 kms. from it. Along the beach lies the village of Majorda which is famous for baking the best bread. It is one of the most happening beaches in south Goa.
Consua is a quite stretch of beach to the south of Majorda 7 kms. from Margao city. Besides a few shacks and a few tourists sunbathing along the beach, most of it is deserted. Tourists from Majorda can be seen here taking a leisurely walk.
Lovers beach is a clean stretch of beach that lies to the north of Betalbatim beach. The beach lies 6 kms. from Margao city and is an extension Betalbatim beach. Often couples can be seen on the beach spending a romantic evening.
Betalbatim beach is located to the north of the famous Colva beach. It is located at a distance of 5 kms. from Margao. Unlike most Goa beaches that are lined up with palm trees, this beach has a numerous pine trees along the shoreline.
Colva beach is a large beach located about 4 kms. from the city of Margao. Colva is to south Goa what Calangute is to the north. Colva used to be a very beautiful beach once upon a time but is today too crowded due to is proximity to the city.
Benaulim is one of the most beautiful beaches in south Goa. The beach has a crescent shaped shoreline dotted with swaying palm trees. Benaulim beach has remained a rather un spoilt even though it is a famous tourist destination.
Varca Beach lies to the south of Benaulim Beach. It is situated at a distance of 8 kms. from Margao city. Varca is a large beach known for its soft white sands. It is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of the day to day life.
Zalor beach is a small beach lying just south of the beach stretch that is known as Varca. Just like Varca this beach too has large stretches of clean white sands and is mostly deserted. The beach lies at a distance of 14 kms. from Margao city.
Cavelossim is a quite beach with clean sands lying just north of Mobor beach. It is situated at a distance of 16 kms. from Margao city and is sandwiched between river Sal along the east and the Arabian sea to its west.
Mobor beach is located at the southernmost point of the Velsao - Cavelossim beach stretch at the mouth of the river Sal. It is located at a distance of 18 kms. from Margao city. Access to the beach is through the Mobor beach resort.
Betul beach is located to the south of the Sal river at a distance of 24 kms. from Margao city. From Mobor, one has to take the ferry at Assolna or a boat from Mobor to reach Betul. From Margao, one can take the road towards Cabo de Rama.
Canaiguinim beach is located to the south of Betul beach on the way to Cabo de Rama beach. It is situated at a distance of 26 kms. from the city of Margao. A small path at the base of the hill near the Canaiguinim church leads to the beach.
Cabo de Rama, also known as Cab de Ram by the locals is a beautiful beach located in south Goa. The beach is located at a distance of 28 kms. from Margao. The waters here are clear and have a pristine greenish blue hue.
Kakolem beach is a tiny beach cove situated to the south of Cabo de Rama beach. It is one of the most secluded yet one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. The beach is located at a distance of 31 kms. from the city of Margao.
Dharvalem is a small beach located to the north of Coco beach and to the south of Canaiguinim beach at a distance of 33 kms. from Margao. Tourists know this beach as Coco beach, Dharvalem being the nam referred to by locals.
Cola beach is a crescent shaped beautiful beach located to the north of Agonda beach. The beach is located at a distance of 33 kms. from Margao. A mud road from the main road leads to the beach followed by a flight of stairs down to the beach.
Agonda beach is a large beach located in Canacona at a distance of 35 kms. from Margao. The beach has palm trees and Casuarina pines along it's shores. The southern end of the beach is dominated by a hillock that offers a breathtaking view.
Butterfly beach is a tiny beach cove that lies just to the north of Palolem beach at a distance of about 37 kms. from Margao. There is no access to the beach by road since the area is heavily forested. One can take a 2 hour trek through the forest.
Palolem is a large famous beach located in south Goa just 3 kms. from the town of Canacona and 40 kms. from Margao.. Palolem was once a deserted beach but over time the beach became a hot tourist attraction.
Patnem beach lies to the south of Palolem beach. The beach lies at a distance of 42 kms. from the city of Margao. It is less crowded than it's northern neighbor, Palolem, but no less in splendor or beauty.
Rajbag beach is a beautiful beach that lies to the south of Patnem beach 45 kms. away from Margao. It is a small crescent shaped beautiful beach. Access to the beach is by means of a road that lies through The Intercontinental resort.
Galgibag beach lies to the south of Rajbag beach, at a distance of about 45 kms. from the city of Margao. From Rajbag, a road leads to the beach that only pedestrians and motorcyclist can use over a small distributary of the Galgibag river.
Polem beach is the southernmost beach of Goa located at a distance of about 50 kms. from Margao. The beach is very secluded and has large stretches of white sands. The beach has just a couple of shacks, but hardly any tourists.