The best and biggest beach of North Goa, Calangute is world apart. We were told at the resort helpdesk that- though many water sports activities were available in this beach, they were avoidable as it was monsoon. I had a feeling that the ambience of Calangute would be enough to make me forget the water sports.
When we reached at the destination, it was already 1.00 pm. Located 15 KMs from Panaji, the journey to Calangute was memorable with soothing sceneries on both sides. When we arrived, it was already crowded with both domestic as well as foreign tourists. The beach was thick with many trinket shops and Goan shacks. The handmade jewellery items, hand-painted t-shirts and other small decorative items made for great bargains and we loaded our shopping bags with stuffs; as back home, each of us was expected to shell out gifts to near and dear ones.
Once shopping was done, we had some of the best Goan prawn curry and rice in an obscure shack on Calangute beach. The meal made us so full that- we did nothing else for next 1-2 hours and just lazed around the beach. Once we had enough rest, we headed towards the nearby Kerker art complex that is also a famous destination in Calangute beach. The art complex was open and a wonderful art exhibition on the history and culture of Goa; was running there. We checked each art pieces minutely and it was an hour well spent.
Once the sun started to set down, suddenly the Calangute beach came to life all at once. Live music started playing and so were the dances. The whole place lit up and it looked something straight out of a bollywood movie. We danced at our heart’s content and had a blast all over. Another point I would like to add is that – the crowd was really cool and sober and we never felt unsafe even for more a moment.
We left the beach around 7.30 pm with loads of memories, happiness and stuffs. If someone wants to feel the pulse of Goa, then I will promptly recommend Calangute beach to him/her.