Attractions Around Calangute

Calangute Beach

Considered by Indians and International tourists as the Queen of all the beaches of Goa, the beautiful golden sands of Calangute beach is just at a distance of 2 kms from Resorte Village Royale which is situated in the heart of Calangute near Saint Alex Church, Calangute. One of the busiest and most visited beach of North Goa. Millions of Indians visit this beach at least once in their lifetime. Those who know about Goa, know about Calangute. The village was originally named Kolongutt, and currently its name has deviated to Calangute. Calangute probably gets its name from, Kalyan-Gutti, which means a village of art, a beautiful village.  Around 1.6 Million tourists visiting Goa every year make it an annual affair to pay a visit to this world famous beach. The Calangute beach is mainly famous because it’s Main Street leading from the main Hindu Calangute Temple from the Fish Market towards the beach which is full of shopping opportunities. From home products to handicrafts, from antiques to duplicates, from ethnic to foreign from traditional wear to modern outfits, from Indian food to International delights, for gifts from Kanyakumari to Kashmir or Rings n Things. The holiday street of Goa is heading out from the entrance of Calangute beach is a shopper’s delight. Lots of water sports opportunities on Calangute beach. Such as para sailing, banana boat rides, dugout canoe boat rides, dolphin sightseeing, deep sea fishing and Jet Boat rides.

Kerkar art gallery.

Kerkar Art Gallery is one of the most celebrated art galleries around Calangute beach. This art gallery showcases the sculptures and paintings of upcoming artist of Goa, Subodh Kerkar.  Weekly the gallery hosts a night of Indian dance and music. Kerkar Art Gallery is to be found within Kerkar Art Complex. This Calangute art gallery also features the sculptures and paintings of some of the distinguished artists of Goa. Mainly this art gallery features and exhibits the paintings and sculptures of Subodh Kerkar, an artist who gave up his career in medicine so that he could contemplate on art. This is located at a short distance from Resorte Village Royale.

Church of Saint Alex. 

Church of St Alex is an architectural marvel. There are two towers, beautiful altars and a outstanding dome with the church’s premises. Calangute church in white dome cannot be missed on your entrance at Calangute. The Church of St Alex holds a pulpit that originally belonged to the church 400 years ago. In the churchyard, there is a cavern of our Lady of Lourdes. The Church of St. Alex was first built by the villagers in 1595 and is one of the oldest in existence churches in Goa. This church is worth photographing and is at a walking distance from Resorte Village Royale.

Mottant medicinal springs.

The thin road leading past the Bom Viagem Convent along the cashew-covered foothills, leads to the springs at Mottant. This is an idyllic spot for picnics and bathing, as the water is supposed to be therapeutic. It is one of the popular picnic spots in Calangute, Goa. Mottant Springs is a local area of Calangute and not very far from Resorte Village Royale.

Baga retreat house.

Baga Retreat House is to be found at Baga hilltop. Overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Baga village, the retreat house is dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier. It was known as the Casa de Retiros. Resorte Village Royale is in Calangute and Baga Retreat House is in neighboring Baga village.

Baga river.

Baga River has its source at the dense mixed jungles of Assagao and Bardez. This 10 km long river system, rich in marine class, is a haunt for the fishermen. At Baga, there is a brand new bridge that crosses over the river. This river separates the lush paddy fields on the south from the settlements on the north. The river flows along the sides of Baga Beach and finally falls into the Arabian Sea at Baga. At the convergence of the river and the sea, there is a group of black rocks making an captivating view of the nature. From the entrance of Resorte Village Royale take the first right on the main road till you straight to Baga River.

Club Tito

Tito’s, the discotheque and Night Club along the coast of Baga in the beautiful state of Goa, India was established in 1971. Tito's, today offers one of the best equipped, acoustically designed discotheque and caters to the tourist, both; international and domestic, flocking Goa. The Entertainment is offered all round the year. So much is the name Titos, synchronous in tourist minds visiting Goa, that it is often said "A trip to Goa without a visit to Tito's is incomplete". Club Tito is located in Baga, which is a stone’s throw away from Resorte Village Royale. You can party hard and late in the night and come back and rest in clean and decent rooms at the Resorte Village Royale in Calangute.

Cafe Mambo

The famous Mambos gives an authentic feeling of Goan Culture with a Coffee and Bakery counter, a bar and open dancing making you tap your feet and enjoy dancing in a unique atmosphere. CAFÉ MAMBO is open from 8 p.m. (IST) onwards. In House and renowned International DJ’s rock the house with all sorts of music. Party code word… “Let’s MAMBO!” Café Mambo is located at a short driving distance from Resorte Village Royale. 

Clive’s Saturday Night Market 

There is more diversity in the shops, good superior items, food stands but also frequently more packed. Many foreigners are running business in this market (didgeridoo player selling didgeridoos, to travellers doing some business to travel more, Tibetan cooking Tibetan food to raise money for Tibetan refugees, etc.). It's on the way to Arpora from Anjuna. 

Keri (Querim) Beach

Keri or Querim is the first beach or starting beach of Goa. The northernmost tip of the state of Goa presents a solitary beach. The Keri beach is positioned at a distance of around 30 kms from Resorte Village Royale and is one of the steepest slope beaches in Goa. This is not a very packed out beach and always is best to take advice of locals before going in for a swim as the sand on this beach slopes steeply into the sea. The Tiracol fort lies to the north of the beach and a walk to the fort from the beach is an unforgettable one. It is also promising to take a ferry and cross the river for a nice joy ride. Having your fill of Calangute beach, residents of Resorte Village Royale, Calangute will love this quietest beach of Goa.

Arambol Beach

Guests staying at Resorte Village Royale, if they like peace and serenity then Arambol beach is an ideal choice. Arambol is a fishing village of north Goa having long stretches of uninterrupted clean and clear beach with well-made tracks running around. Goa's northernmost beach, also known as Harmal, is ruggedly lovely. You enter through a hippie colony where young foreigners live in small beach huts of Goa. The sea is rougher here than at other beaches of Goa but still good for swimming but a bit more fun for surf-seekers.

Arambol Sweet Water Lake

Nature’s blessing and a natural revelation to see a sweet water lake so close to the salty sea water of the Arabian Sea. Resorte Village Royale guests can have a swim in the sea and then just walk towards a natural fresh water lake of Arambol located bank on the Arambol beach. Here, the landscape is wonderful; a fresh water pond rests at the base of the hillside 50 yards from the crashing surf below, and the ocean froths around dark rocks rising offshore. Walk past the pond and you'll find quieter tide-dependent inlets and rock ledges to find out on your own.

Ashvem Beach

Tourists staying at, Resorte Village Royale longing to have a picnic on a beach should then head to the prolonged stretches of silver sand, uninterrupted by a few huts and shacks which cater for some amazing Goan as well as continental food. Ashvem beach lies south of Arambol.  The extended shoreline of Ashvem beach is full with palm groves which make available a green sunshade all along the shore. This beach is perfect for picnics because of the obtainable shade close to the beach. Numerous huts and even tree houses can be seen near the beach which are used as beach lodging by many holidaymakers.

Mandrem Beach

Mandrem beach is another long beach of north Goa that Resorte Village Royale guests staying at Mac Groups Hotels in Goa can visit. Mandrem beach in north Goa is sited to the north of Ashvem beach on the way to the Arambol beach. It is a lonely beach with huge sections of empty sand that has little shade.  Being a silent beach one can even see white-bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarinas trees at this Mandrem beach of north Goa. Deserted beach yet beautiful with a few huts offering some basic food.

Morjim Beach

For animal and nature lovers of Resorte Village Royale, this is the best beach of north Goa to visit. Morjim Beach is one of the exceptional beaches of North Goa. A few years earlier this beach was accessible only by the romantic ferry over the Goan Chapora River, but with the Siolim Bridge open, this breathtaking beach is now easily easy to get to by bike, taxi or any private vehicle. Morjim Beach also known as Turtle Beach because the Olive Ridley turtles come here every October to lay eggs. Morjim village and beach is a place to unwind and to relax body, heart and mind. Nature lovers will be delighted to spot a variety of birds here like the Sand Plover, Bay-backed Shrike, Quill, Turnstones, Cuckoo, Kingfisher, Sandpipers, Gulls, Brown-headed, Black-headed and Slender-billed Gulls along with Crested Terns, Sea Eagle, Osprey and many more. One can also go for Dolphin sighting with local fishermen of Morjim fishing village. Morjim beach can be viewed from the Chapora fort as a beach that has stretches of empty sand with a lot of palms and casuarinas trees in the background. 

Boat Rides over Nerul River

Located just at a short biking distance from Resorte Village Royale in Calangute of around 3 kms is situated Nerul Beach also popularly known among locals as Coco Beach. The beach position is close to the Mandovi River’s estuary and because of this the water is highly saline and filled with sand. There are boating facilities near the estuary as well as at the restaurants exactly below the Nerul Bridge. Adventure activities are in plenty at Nerul such as crocodile spotting, dolphin spotting, angling, boat fishing, backwater cruising and bird watching.

Aguada Fort & Lighthouse

Very close to Sinquerim beach lies the world famous Aguada fort and Aguada Lighthouse. Constructed by the Portuguese way back in 1612 to guard against the naval forces of the foreign Dutch and the local Marathas. Initially the fort and lighthouse were used as a reference point for shipping vessels approaching from Europe at that time.  In Portuguese language Aguada means water and there was a freshwater spring that existed within the fort premises, thus providing ample supply of fresh water to passing by ships. Hence the place and fort got the name Aguada. Over here stands the highest lighthouse of Goa which stands proudly four storeys high built in 1864 and presently stands tall as the oldest lighthouse of Asia. Built at the mouth of River Mandovi, one gets panoramic views of the surroundings.

Splashdown Anjuna

Splashdown is Goa's number one Water Park.  The waterpark boasts of 5 pools, a variety of slides, flumes and other interesting features. There is a little to do for all ages, the mild and strong of heart. Experience again the child in you as you hurtle down the slides. Splashdown’s a great place to spend quality time with your family and friends. A unique way to celebrate an occasion, be it a birthday party, family get together or a festival. An awesome place to have a school outing, a college reunion or corporate meetings.  So see you there! At Splashdown in Anjuna at Goa.

Goa Go Karting

Sanvi s Holiday Home guests can take part in safe adventure sports such as Go Karting in Goa. There exists Go Karting track at Arpora in North Goa next to the Arpora Temple in Arpora village. The thrilling rides on Go Karts are on a basis of Ten Laps or Ten Rounds of the Go Karting Track. Helmets and safety gear is provided to the participants as well as brief training for people enjoying the sport of Go Karting for the very first time.

Anjuna Flea Market

This international flea market is a shopper’s wonder and delight. This is a sunrise to sunset open air market. Beauty of this traditional market is that it is located bang on the periphery of Anjuna Beach. Tourists can go for a swim first, then do some shopping in the swimming costumes and finally head to some cosy shack or restaurant to eat some food. Anjuna flea market has thousands of stalls selling products from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and from Gujarat to Gangtok. Not to be missed are the Goan handicrafts too. 

Mackie’s Saturday Night Market

This is a traditional tourist market located bang besides the small rivulet of Baga. On one side is the calm & serene stream or river of Baga flowing and on the other side are the hundreds of colourful stalls of vendors of the market. Mackie’s Market in Goa is essentially an evening to late night market. The market gets busy mostly a little after eight always with some live band playing in the centre of the market. This is a must see market on Saturday’s or Monday’s and only during the tourist season in Goa from November to April every year.

Friday Local Mapusa Market

The area around the Kadamba local bus stands normally on other week days also is an organized market, but come every Friday all the streets and lanes get covered with goods of all hues and shapes as local sellers from all parts of Goa mainly the tribal people come to sell their agricultural produce every week. This Friday market is famous for daily necessities, fish, meat products, vegetables and groceries.

Calangute Beach

The beach of Calangute is considered the Queen of Beaches in Goa. Every tourist Indian or International once in Goa, surely heads towards this Golden Sands beach.  Calangute is the most crowded and most visited beach of Goa. The village was originally named Kolongutt, and presently its name has deviated to Calangute. Calangute possibly gets its name from, Kalyan-Gutti, which means a village of art, a beautiful village.  Another possibility is from konvallo-ghott, meaning a coconut with strong pith, since coconut trees are believed to possess strong pith as the "marrow" or soft substance in the centre of the plant. On Calangute beach the sand is quite full of beds for sunbathing. These are free at least if you buy something from the beach shack, but expect a lot of salesmen. There are plenty of water sports activities to indulge in on Calangute beach such as Para sailing in Goa, Banana rides in Goa, Jet Skiing in Goa, Boat rides in Goa waters and also Dolphin sighting trips.

Candolim Beach

The Candolim beach of Goa is beautifully sandwiched between the Calangute Beach and the Sinquerim Beach. Actually Candolim beach is an extension of Calangute beach as well as of Sinquerim beach. This beach is quieter as compared to Calangute beach. On Candolim beach you will find more foreign tourists and on Calangute beach you will find more Indian tourists.  This beach is mostly packed with people on beds and beach umbrellas. But there are peaceful areas where the locals enjoy fishing.

Baga beach

This is the Goa beach at land’s end as you keep walking continuously on Calangute beach. Where Calangute beach ends and when Baga beach begins is difficult to say. If you love beach trekking that is walking and jogging continuously for miles & miles along the beach then this beach is the right starting point for this beach exercise. One can start beach walking from Baga beach entering into Calangute beach, then neighbouring Candolim beach and finally reaching at the opposite end of Baga that is Sinquerim beach. The natural scenic beauty, with the Baga River or Creek, the Retreat House perched on the hill and the colourful foreign tourists have contributed to the unique beauty of Baga beach.

Saturday Nite Market

Originally created, founded and started by a German National by the name of Ingo. Truly claimed to be as the mother of all night markets. This is a must see destination while in Goa. Not to be missed by our holiday makers living at Resorte Village Royale because this Saturday night market is located only at a distance of 05 kms from Resorte Village Royale Calangute accommodations. This market begins at sunset and picks up a decent crowd by Midnight. Lots of international food stalls to savour food from. Plenty of Beer Stalls all around. Lots of parking space facility.

Saligao Church

One of the most striking and stunning churches of north Goa and sited at a very close distance from Resorte Village Royale on the Calangute belt. The Saligao church is one of the few churches which showcases a Gothic Structure and Design and is also one of the oldest churches in north of Goa. This church of Goa – Saligao Church, boasts of Greek architectural style. The exterior structure looks outstanding with a gong in the centre at the top of the church, large protruding cones all around the building and a statuette of the Mother of God in the centre.