Goa is one of the most popular and sought after tourist places in India. Apart from the beautiful beaches, sea, sand and surf, Goa is famous for it’s exquisite Colonial architecture and heritage. Whether you are an adventure junkie,a honeymoon couple, group of friends and family, a photographer, or simply a traveler, Goa is the place to be. No matter how many times you been to Goa, you just cannot get bored of it. My husband and I went to Goa in August. Oh, let me confess that I have always been under this impression that Goa shuts down during monsoon season. Oh how wrong I was. Ok, true but only to some extent.Wink Wink. So, do you want to know what it’s like going to Goa during monsoon, then read Trip to Goa in Monsoon

The first place we explored in Goa was Calangute. Calangute is a town in North Goa and has all basic facilities like hotels, resorts, eateries, ATM’s, internet cafes, post office, banks and foreign exchange offices. Calangute is at a distance of 42 Kms from Dabolim Airport and it will take you around one hour to reach there. From Thivim railway station, Calangute is 19.4 kms away and it will take you half an hour to reach there.

neha bhatt bhagat goa CALANGUTE BEACH IN GOA

The first beach we explored upon reaching Goa was Calangute beach as it is an immensely popular 4-mile long beach in Bardez Taluka in North Goa which is frequented by tourists from India and abroad. This is the largest and the most commercialized beach in North Goa. 

After our lunch, we went to Calangute beach around 2 pm and stayed there till midnight. See, you can now imagine how much I like beaches. One thing which took me by surprise was that even in off-season, Calangute beach was very crowded. We rented a sun lounger and relaxed, took photos, and enjoyed a lot. The whole aura was a laidback one. Some kids were busy making sand castles, while young people were playing in the water and others were just lazying around.

CALANGUTE BEACH IN GOA Calangute beach goa

There are numerous small and cute shacks in Calangute Beach which serves sumptuous sea food, alcohol and other cocktails. We tried lip smacking snacks like Stuffed Masala crab, Goan fried kingfish, Crab Xacuti, mix seafood platter and drinks at Souza Lobo restaurant on the Calangute beach. This restaurant is a beach facing restaurant which is simple in look and has both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements and serves Indian,Goan seafood,European and Chinese food. Since we liked the food, so I would definitely recommend you to try this one.

Calangute beach Goa (2)

Food at Souza Lobo Beach

Food we had in Souza Lobo Restaurant

Since it was monsoon season, so the sea was rough and people were not allowed to swim. But we noticed that there were still so many people who despite the announcements by the life guards were getting deep into water.

Calangute Beach Goa TIJ

It was off season, so there was nothing much to do. But during peak seasons, you can enjoy water sports activities like parasailing, wind surfing, water skiing, snorkeling. water scooter, jet skiing, banana ride, speed boat ridedolphin and crocodile spotting trips on Calangute beach. 

I must say evening time at Calangute beach is perfect for glimpse of the sunset and clicking amazing photos. 

Calangute beach

We then checked out the flea market near the beach area. The main road from the town towards the beach has numerous shops lined up which sells exquisite handicrafts from Kashmir, Tibet, and Rajasthan. You can also find vibrant clothes, scarfs, hats, beach clothing, jewelry, handbags, trinkets, accessories like sunglasses, belts, key chains, articrafts from there. Calangute has a lively market to shop around.

In case, if you are confused about where to stay in Calangute, then let me tell you that there are plethora of accommodations available in this area ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels like Hard Rock Hotel, Casa De Goa, Citrus Goa, The Park, Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort, Fahrenheit Hotels and Resorts,Casa Severina, Azzure by Spree Hotels as well as beach huts

Ok, let me tell you where we stayed in Goa. We spent 7 days in Goa and chose to stay at two different resorts. First three days, we stayed at Resort Rio, in case you missed that post, you can read it here – Our Stay at Resort Rio in GoaAnd next four days, we stayed at North 16 which is now re branded as Hard Rock Hotel. In case, you want to know about my experience of staying at North 16 then read it here- Our Stay at North 16 | Hard Rock Hotel.

One thing I noticed that there is a hotel right in front of the beach named as Hotel Calangute Residency of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). This hotel is really at a prime location, though I can’t comment on the rooms and the facilities inside the hotel, but one thing is for sure that you can sit in the balcony and enjoy beautiful sunset in the Arabian Sea.

calungate residency beach resort

As you can see in the pic, changing rooms are also available on Calangute beach.

Most of the time we took a stroll on the beach because I love walking barefoot on sand and the sound of waves. 

Neha Bhatt Bhagat

After some shopping, around 9’o clock, we decided to have our dinner. We dined at a good shack on the beach. 

Calangute beach night

Calangute Beach boasts of some very good shacks on the beach like Chelsea Beach Shack which is at the Southern end of the beach, Aggie’s Shack, Dommat Beach Shack.We ordered lots of sea food, fried prawns and fish and yes my favorite chicken biryani. Remember, I told you before that I’m obsessed with Chicken Biryani. 


After having our dinner and spending some awesome time on the beach we left for our hotel since it was already quite late and there was so much to explore in Goa the next day.

 Much Love, Neha

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  • Vasundhara Agarwal 26/07/2016 at 4:08 pm

    looks like a fun trip! love the food pics

  • Pankaj Gosain 26/07/2016 at 12:34 pm

    Nicely captured.

  • Heather Noire 29/06/2016 at 9:50 pm

    What a great travel and style post 🙂 Love your photos!

  • Akanksha 22/06/2016 at 9:06 am

    So much fun you had there. Really nice pics and post 🙂

  • CM 22/06/2016 at 1:13 am

    Amazing photos, hope you had a great time!
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog

  • Shveta 17/06/2016 at 12:23 pm

    Beautiful photos! <3

  • Parul 16/06/2016 at 9:05 pm

    Wonderful pictures. Goa has something for each person.

  • wambui 16/06/2016 at 5:36 pm

    dream destination

  • Sonali 15/06/2016 at 3:01 pm

    I have never visited Goa, will plan a trip soon 🙂

  • Krista 15/06/2016 at 4:45 am

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  • DO MI 13/06/2016 at 4:59 pm

    great pleace
    good pictures

  • Stella Asteria 13/06/2016 at 2:17 pm

    Great place and photos dear! Goa is one of the places I really want to visit! The food there looks delicious 🙂
    Have a great day!

  • crazyforcosmetics 13/06/2016 at 12:41 pm

    The pics are super colorful and I love your outfit.

  • bags 12/06/2016 at 6:40 pm

    Great pics and post

  • Chanel 11/06/2016 at 8:52 pm

    Looks like you had a fun time! Ugh that food looks so good!


  • Soumya Midhun 11/06/2016 at 4:12 pm

    Always and always wanted to visit Goa. The biriyani oh Goddd! You look so pretty babes <3

  • Sneha Sen 11/06/2016 at 11:02 am

    Love the pictures Neha.All those food items look so tempting

  • aditi 10/06/2016 at 11:07 pm

    wow…..stunning pictures xoxo 🙂

  • Meghan 07/06/2016 at 10:16 pm

    Looked like such a fun time! Have a great week lovely!

  • Mónica Sors 07/06/2016 at 3:26 pm

    Nice place 🙂
    xx Mónica Sors

  • Hayley 07/06/2016 at 2:37 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time! I would love to go to Goa

  • The Ocean's Dock 07/06/2016 at 2:32 pm

    Amazing place! Lovely photos.

  • Dora 07/06/2016 at 2:07 pm

    I love the photos!

  • Shaira 07/06/2016 at 7:04 am

    I really love the beach and this beach in Goa is a must visit! I want to try indian foods too! I’m sure your 7 days stay in Goa is memorable! 🙂


  • Sangeeta 07/06/2016 at 5:40 am

    Calangute beach is definitely the most happening spot in Goa. I know I ams saying this again but I see how much you love this city 🙂

  • Dakota D. 07/06/2016 at 1:05 am

    That food looks delicious! Great post darling.

    Dakota D.

  • Jalisa 06/06/2016 at 11:21 pm

    This beach looks amazing and so does the food, OMG! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having the best start to your week so far!



  • Perkymegs 06/06/2016 at 10:23 pm

    I was here last year. Ooh my memories are back. Love it!! Love the pictures Neha. Goa is so amazing.

  • Vanessa 06/06/2016 at 9:11 pm

    Neha, GOA looks amazing! I always wanted to visit India — these pics are just amazing!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • The Fashion Folks 06/06/2016 at 8:24 pm

    Sounds like you had fun! XX

  • kamar 06/06/2016 at 8:09 pm

    food looks super yummy

  • Mariyam 06/06/2016 at 7:44 pm

    Goa is always an amazing place regardless of what season it is. Lovely sneak peek 🙂

  • Dresscape 06/06/2016 at 7:11 pm

    This place must be great! The beach really looks cool!

    Claire from Dresscape

  • Prudence 06/06/2016 at 4:13 pm

    The food looks super yummy and sounds like you have an amazing time at the beach!


  • Khushi@NotOnlyMakeup 06/06/2016 at 1:31 pm

    What fond memories have been revisited. Thanks for the post, loved it.

  • Trang Do 06/06/2016 at 1:01 pm

    You looks gorgeous, sooo colorful!! Food looks so delicious!

  • Claire 06/06/2016 at 11:10 am

    So much fun!
    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  • Bernadette 06/06/2016 at 10:56 am

    I have never heard of Goa before but it seems like a great place to relax. 🙂


  • Marina 06/06/2016 at 6:20 am

    I’ve heard so much about Goa, but never had a chance to visit. This post is great, definitely will pin it for future references. Thank you for sharing!


  • Shauna 06/06/2016 at 5:54 am

    That food looks so amazing!!


  • Emily 05/06/2016 at 10:56 pm

    What a beautiful place! Is it bad all I could look at was the food!?

  • himanshi 05/06/2016 at 9:41 pm

    Amazing pictures dear 😀

  • Winfred 05/06/2016 at 9:21 pm

    Woow I’ve never heard of Goa in India before and I never knew that India had beaches. You learn something new everyday isn’t it. Thanks for informing (some of) us and sharing your journey

  • Andreea 05/06/2016 at 6:58 pm

    Such a beautiful destination! Thanks for informing us! The food looks delish as well!


  • Yun7s Shaikh 05/06/2016 at 5:54 pm

    Exotic location
    Amazing narrative
    Yummy food
    Great pictures

  • Salomi 05/06/2016 at 12:41 pm

    Been there, loved it. Spcly, at night, Lovely 🙂

  • Dana Ivy 05/06/2016 at 8:10 am

    Wow!! Looks so beautiful!! It’s so obvious that you had the best time visiting!

    Xox Dana Ivy //

  • Karishma 05/06/2016 at 4:02 am

    Looks like you had lot of fun. You look lovely babe 🙂

  • Ela 05/06/2016 at 2:32 am

    I haven’t heard Goa before, it looks like a nice place! Even you couldn’t swim, I am sure it was nice to take a walk by the beach.

    Ela BellaWorld

  • swati 05/06/2016 at 1:43 am

    beautiful pictures!!!

  • ivana split 05/06/2016 at 12:21 am

    I have never been to Goa, but I hope to visit India some day…and this beach Goa as well! Such a lovely post, great photos and tips.

    you look pretty and chic.

  • Kelsey 04/06/2016 at 10:34 pm

    what an awesome beach to visit! looks like fun!

  • Funmi 04/06/2016 at 8:48 pm

    Wow! Trust you had a great time. The food looks yum!

    Funmi x

  • Angel 04/06/2016 at 8:08 pm

    the place looks lovely

  • Siffat Haider 04/06/2016 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve heard amazing things about Goa – I have to visit!

  • shwetali 04/06/2016 at 6:21 pm

    wow loved the pictures and post as well. Seem you enjoyed a lot 🙂

  • aiza 04/06/2016 at 6:17 pm

    wow ! goa has always been on my mind since a long time i would love to go there nice clicks 🙂

  • Mansi 04/06/2016 at 4:17 pm

    Hello darling,
    One of my favourite place in India since my childhood and looking at the pictures again it made me remember my trip. Your pictures are lovely and hope you also had the same fun in the Goa as much as i did or may be more. Lovely post…:)

  • Federica Di Nardo 04/06/2016 at 3:42 pm

    Very nice <3

    The Cutielicious

  • Nora Gouma 04/06/2016 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful colorful pictures, amazing post too, I love it, thank you for sharing!!!


  • Farrell Gerard 04/06/2016 at 3:10 pm

    Wah cool place!
    Keep Posting!!

    Kindly see and leave a comment at my blog Thankyou 🙂

  • Violette 04/06/2016 at 2:49 pm

    Such a great trip! I’m dreaming of the beach right now!

  • Jennifer 04/06/2016 at 12:21 pm

    Sounds like a great trip! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    xo, Jennifer

  • Jeanne 04/06/2016 at 1:16 am

    Stunning pictures! So much fun! And the food looks delicious! Thanks for sharing Neha!

  • Yamini 04/06/2016 at 12:47 am

    Neha I love Goa,I feel like its my home away from home. I was in Goa in feb for 15days and I enjoyed thoroughly.We visit Goa once a week and I love going there every time. Souza Lobo is one of my faves in Calangute.Love the food there, it is awesome. Great post Neha.This post makes me want to go to Goa yet again.

  • Face to Curls 04/06/2016 at 12:17 am

    The beach and food looks amazing! x

    Ann-Marie |

  • Tamara 03/06/2016 at 10:22 pm

    Lovely pictures!


    Tamara –

  • Amy 03/06/2016 at 10:21 pm

    Looks like a great beach! Food looks good too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • safi 03/06/2016 at 9:21 pm

    Loved reading your post 🙂

  • Christianne 03/06/2016 at 8:37 pm

    Such a nice beach. Great post!
    Xo, Christianne

  • Nada 03/06/2016 at 8:18 pm

    lovely post 🙂

  • Fads 03/06/2016 at 8:07 pm

    The beach looks amazing. I would visit this beach to relax for a bit. Love the food, btw.

    Love, Fads

  • Miss Sweet & Chic 03/06/2016 at 5:38 pm

    Makes me want to visit Goa during my next India trip!! Beautiful sunset pic! Xoxoxo

  • Meron Dymphana 03/06/2016 at 2:10 pm

    Chicken Biryani is on of my favorite foods!! I love how beautiful the beach is!! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Bash Harry 03/06/2016 at 10:19 am

    What a beautiful beach! Easy to just relax and chill and have such fun in the sun! I haven’t gone to the beach in ages haha <3

    xx Bash |

  • Yuliya 03/06/2016 at 12:21 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit GOA
    Yukova by Yuliya Oleynykova


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