Best Beaches In Goa

List Of Best Beaches In Goa For All Kinds Of Travellers

One of the most visited states of India, Goa has many beaches along its beautiful coastline, catering to millions of visitors every year. Goa beaches are famous across the country and it is the state associated most with beautiful beaches and with so many of these out there, we help you get down to the 34 best beaches in Goa, all very characteristically different. A tiny state on the western coast of India along the Arabian Sea, Goa is also famous for its laidback beaches, night long parties, beach shacks, water sports and many other adventure activities.

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Here is the list of 38 Best Beaches In Goa

1. Baga Beach - For the party goers

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The most popular beach of Goa, Baga is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panaji. Along with Calangute, Baga Beach is also popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs right there such as Brittos, Titos and Mambo. There is also a range of water sports that you can try your hands at. Most popular beach of Goa for Indian tourists, it offers something for everyone. It is a picturesque beach with parties, music, beach shacks, karaoke, good food, water sports, good accommodation facilities, and is easily the most happening place in Goa. Baga beach is located 19 km north of Panaji.

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2. Palolem Beach - Swaying palms and white sand

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Palolem Beach, located in the South Goa is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Union Territory has to offer. Mostly unspoiled, the beach is often flocked with foreign tourists. One of the most stunning and beautiful beaches of India, it boasts of white sand, long stretch of serene beach, palm groves, shacks and a lot more. There are nightlife opportunities around like the Silent Noise Parties which do not hamper the tranquillity of the shore, Palolem is located 38 km south of Margao. Palolem definitely ranks among the best beach in Goa.

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3. Calangute Beach - Most popular among families

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Calangute is the largest beach in North Goa and thus is known as 'Queen of beaches'. Situated 15 km from the capital city of Panaji, this expansive stretch of water attracts tourist from all around the globe owing to its festive and entrancing environment. Just adjacent to Baga beach, the Calangute beach has Water Sports, markets, restaurants, good food, lots of accommodation options. It is a crowded yet beautiful sea beach. Calangute is famous for its nightlife and the famous pubs of Goa including the Tito's and others on Tito's lane are located close by.

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4. Vagator Beach - The cliff beach

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Quiet and calm beach, Vagator is one of the best beaches of Goa. It is beautifully set amidst the cliffs with soft and white sand and is perfect for relaxing. It has vast stretches of coconut trees and the Chapora fort as a nearby attraction. Vagator beach is located 21 km north of Panaji.

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5. Anjuna Beach - The hippie paradise

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Anjuna is situated 21 km north of Panaji and 7 km from Baga. Known for its unparalleled natural beauty, glowing soft white sand and swaying palms, Anjuna Beach is a hot spot for tourists both domestic and foreign. The full moon beach parties are what attracts the crowd the most. One of the most popular sea beaches among foreigners in Goa because of its night parties, Curlies and other good eating joints, peaceful seashore, western seafood with chilled beer and good music in nearby restaurants and flea markets.

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6. Colva Beach - Beach shacks and casinos

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One of the most happening beaches in Goa, Colva beach is mainly renowned for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa. Among other things to enjoy are the beach shacks, water sports in the peak seasons, sandy beach and amazing sunsets. Another major attraction nearby is Our Lady of Mercy Church Colva beach is located 6 km north of Margao.

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7. Arambol Beach - The happening beach in the north

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Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is counted among the best beaches of North Goa unexploited by the tourist and thus offering solitude to those who are seeking. A 16 km long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a Fresh Water Lake and chirpy markets nearby, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa. A short walk to the north takes you to several attractive bays, the most famous among which is the sweet water lake at Paliem Beach (also referred to as Kalacha). This lake is fed by hot springs and lined with sulphurous mud which is believed to be have healing properties and is a favourite among the hippie crowd who take mud baths here. The beach also hosts night parties, has a rich music scene and is also good for water sports.

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8. Chapora Beach, North Goa - A Paradise For Surfers

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Calm Shore, beautiful sea beach, water sports, good food in the Beach shacks along the coast make it one of the most loved beaches of Goa. The white sand along with black lava rocks and the Chapora fort overlooking the sea make for an endearing sight. One can also explore the Chapora village nearby Chapora Beach is 24km north of Panaji

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9. Candolim Beach - Long stretch of sand yet unexplored

This laid-back beach hosts the Sunburn Festival in December. It has the Aguada fort overlooking the sea and the beach and is one of the best and longest beaches in Goa. Candolim Beach lies around 15 kms ahead of Panjim towards North Goa. The beach is very popular among the tourists owing to the scrub dunes present on the shore. Another highlight of the beach is the ship River Princess which got stuck at the shore since 2000 and now has turned into a tourist attraction.

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10. Sinquerim Beach, North Goa

Small yet popular and clean beach with dolphin spotting trips, shacks with good food and chilled beer and the Sinquerim Fort overlooking the sea. It also has a lot of resorts like Taj Vivanta and Taj Holiday village resorts nearby. Sinquerim beach is located 13 km north of Panaji Located almost 13 km from Panaji, the capital city of Goa is the Sinquerim Beach. Not very famous and that is why I have chosen it as one of the places where you can just run away from the crowd and just be yourself. Near this beach is the most famous Aguada a Portuguese Fort that was built in the earlier days to defend an attack from the sea route. If you love water sports this is the one beach where you should be and not miss it for the world on your trip to Goa. Although it does get a little crowded during season time due to tourists visiting the Aguada Fort, it is quieter and peaceful on the other days of the year and should be visited.

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11. Morjim Beach - The beach for Olive Ridley Turtles

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Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. It is a great place to spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food. Morjim is also known as mini-Russia due to a large concentration of Russian immigrants and considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in Goa. It is located on the northern bank of the Chapora River estuary and is a fairly quiet place owing to the nesting ground of the endangered species. Late night parties and loud music is banned and relaxation, alternative therapies, kite-surfing etc. is promoted Morjim is located 29 km north of Panaji.

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12. Cavelossim Beach, South Goa - A Perfect Black (Lava Rocks) & White (Sand) Picture

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Cavelossim is an aesthetic beach, with white sand and black lava rocks, beach shacks, Goan dishes and Seafood, Water-sports, Local markets, Dolphin spotting trips etc. There are lots of accommodation options near the beach as well. Cavelossim beach is located 15 km south of Margao and is considered to be among the better beaches of South Goa

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13. Agonda Beach - Dolphin Spotting Starts Here

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One of the best beaches in South Goa, It is a quiet beach ideal for chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing. Agonda Beach is situated 37 km from Margao. Agonda is another quiet beach located just 15 minutes from Palolem. The beautiful stretch of the sand and the sea is just an awe moment, the beauty the beach displays is just breathtaking. This is also one of the beaches that are home to the olive ridley turtles to lay eggs. There is no signal so don't bother making calls. Just forget about everything and relax and enjoy your holiday to the fullest. It is advisable for swimming provided you stay off limits. The setting of the Agonda Beach is just perfect. So, if you are looking for a romantic stroll with your special person while the sun is setting it couldn't get any better. There are not many stalls available at the beach just a few locals but close to the beach area there are guest houses and restaurant so don't worry you can enjoy your social life and when you feel like having some alone time just take a stroll on the beach.

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14. Butterfly Beach - The most unexplored beach

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One of the best and most beautiful beaches in Goa, it is the most secluded and unexplored beach. It is a good place to spot fishes, crabs and even dolphins. It's dotted with Palm trees, lots of greenery and of course butterflies. Butterfly Beach is situated 39 km south of Margao North of Palolem Beach. The name butterfly is because the beach sustains the life of many different varieties of butterflies found here. The most convenient way to travel here is by taking a boat ride to Palolem beach and walk towards the butterfly beach. Due to its location and problems faced to arrive here, not many people do and those who make it have the place all to themselves. The water here is clear and not very deep, so if you're lucky early morning you can witness the sea urchins, sea cucumbers and crabs and the best sunrise and sunset ever.

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15. Dona Paula, near Panaji - Beautiful Shores With An Eerie History

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Dona Paula is a former village, and tourist destination, in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa, India. Today it is home to the National Institute of Oceanography beside which lies, the Goa University and the International Centre of Goa. It is also home to a number of hotels and the luxury Cidade de Goa also resides in here. One of the best spots in Goa which makes it slightly crowded. It has Water Sports, Harbour, Rocky shores and much more. Dona Paula is located just 6 km south-west of Panaji.

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16. Cabo de Rama Beach - A Perfect Picnic Spot For Families

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Cabo de Rama Beach is a beautiful beach located in Margao and is not yet been discovered by tourists. The beach is secluded owning to its distance from major towns and cities and is least visited by tourists. Overlooking the beach is the Portuguese Fort called Cabo de Rama. From the fort, one can see the beautiful view of the beach

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17. Mandrem Beach, North Goa - Spend Perfect Evening On This White Sand Haven

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Mandrem is of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa. The white sand is dotted by Beach Shacks and one can also go on Dolphin spotting trips or explore the Mandrem Village. Junas and Ashvem are the two main beaches with shallow and calm waters which make it a great place to swim. During high tide, water rushes up the Mandrem creek which runs parallel to the shoreline. A lot of bamboo bridges are spawned across this creek and are a great place to spend romantic evenings with your feet dipped in the water. One can also spot some animal life like the white-bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarina trees and the occasional Olive Ridley turtles that nest here. Good places to eat include End of the World Cafe for fish & Oasis for north Indian fare. Mandrem is located 32 km north of Panaji.

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18. Mobor Beach, South Goa - A Party Hub In The Quaint South Goa

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One of the rare party beaches of South Goa, Mobor Beach is considered an extension of the adjoining Cavelossim Beach, located towards the southern side by the confluence of the delightful river Sal with the Arabian Sea. This beach is a prime destination for the active tourists of Goa, offering a whole range of watersports like jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, as well as biking on the beach, a rather popular activity on this lively beach. One of the best beaches in Goa, it has a long stretch of clean sandy beach, water sports, handicraft shops, good food, resorts and budget accommodation options. Mobor Beach is situated 17km south of Margao.

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19. Bambolim Beach - Get Active With Water And Beach Sports

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Bambolim Beach, which is located 7 km from Panaji is considered one of the unexplored beaches of Goa. Since there are no major hotels or shacks, not many tourist visit this secret beach and is deserted all the year

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20. Bogmalo beach

Perfect mix of natural beauty and commercial space, this beach has a lot of shops selling local handicrafts. It has clean water ideal for swimming with the Goa Institute of diving located there. It is also famous among BITS Pilani Goa Campus students Bogmalo Beach is located 14 km south of Panaji.

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21. Varca Beach

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An idyllic beach in South Goa, the landscape and tranquillity of Varca beach are its most attractive features. With its golden sands seamlessly transitioning into a reddish magenta shade as it meets the turquoise blue water of the Arabian Sea, this beach finds itself home to many famous and luxurious resorts, perfect for those travellers looking for the ideal beach vacation to spend with their loved ones. The palm and casuarina trees against the deep blue sky increase the beach's picturesque feature.

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22. Majorda Beach - The beach loved by locals

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This one is a calm unexplored sea beach with long stretches of clean sand, clean water ideal for swimming, lush green countryside, lovely bakeries. It also houses Martin’s Corner: a restaurant famous for its Goan dishes, drinks and nice music. Don’t miss the Goa Christmas Carnival if you happen to be here in December. Majorda is located 11 km north of Margao.

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23. Miramar Beach - Popular among locals

What to Expect: Popular and crowded beach, frequented by locals from Panaji and nearby towns, local street shops, local restaurants. The main churches of Goa are located in Panjim. Where: Miramar beach is located 3 km south-west of Panaji.

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24. Ashwem Beach, North Goa

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Situated in the south of the famous Arambol Beach, Ashwem Beach is another example of an isolated beach in Goa. I have personally been here and it is beautiful. Mostly, there are rocks and the stretch of the coast is quite long. There are hardly any people around. At the time I had visited there were just a handful of foreigners just enjoying the water and the beautiful beach. This beach is mainly famous because it is the place where Olive Ridley Turtles come to shore to lay their eggs. So, the people you would find here will either be Animal right people or foreigners. The place requires a lot of travel and the best means is to hire or have a bike. Just be sure not to graze your leg against the rocks, other than that have fun and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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25. Patnem Beach - Spend A Day In Serenity

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A quieter alternate to Palolem beach, this is among the most beautiful and serene beaches in South Goa. Patnem Beach is located 39 km south of Margao. Situated in South Goa, Patnem beach is fascinatingly soothing with its calm vibe and alluring demeanour. Its old-school atmosphere is complemented by the idyllic and quiet nature. Being one of the most tranquil beaches in South Goa, Patnem Beach is calmer than its counterparts and serves as the perfect getaway from the high spirited side of North Goa beaches such as Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach and Vagator Beach.

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26. Benaulim Beach, South Goa

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Just 2 km away from the tourist hub Colva of South Goa lies the serene Benaulim beach. With its long stretch of empty sands dotted with inviting beach chairs, this scenic beach is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation in the tourist trap of Goa. Rather unexplored beach, it offers tranquil evenings, good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events and the Church of St John the Baptist Benaulim is located 6 km south-west of Margao

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27. Betalbatim Beach - An Offbeat Swimming Spot

Head to one of the offbeat beaches in South Goa which has Golden Sand, Cold Pine trees, unexplored serene stretches, trips to spot dolphins, good seafood and laid-back evenings. Betalbatim is located 10 km north of Margao.

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28. Cola Beach

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Cola beach, also known as 'Khola' beach, is one of the rare beaches of Goa that offers travellers the most tranquil of surroundings, with a location hidden from the mainstream view, showcasing the natural beauty of Goa at its finest. Unspoilt, clean and quiet, this beach hosts a hidden gem of a surreal and pure blue lagoon, created by the flowing of the river into the Arabian Sea, separated by a narrow strip of glimmering sand Fringed by swaying coconut palm trees, one can't help but get lost in the mesmerising blue waves of the Arabian Sea as they meet the shores of golden sands.

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29. Querim Beach - The Pitstop For Peace Lovers

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Also known as Keri Beach or Kerim Beach, it is the northern-most beach of Goa and located close to Tiracol fort. It has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th-century church overlooking a peaceful unexplored beach with a calm shore. The fort, now converted to a hotel, can be reached by a ferry which plies every half an hour. A picturesque scene not to be missed are the fishing boats which line up on the beach at 6 every day to go out in the sea and come back the next morning at 5 AM. The beach has paragliding and other water sports. However, it is not safe for swimming especially near the Tiracol estuary (formed by the Tiracol river meeting the Arabian Sea). Kerim is located 58 km north of Panaji and can be reached from the Arambol Beach.

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30. Utorda Beach

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Just north of the famous Majorda lies the quiet Utorda beach, home to soft white sands and fantastic palm vegetation that fringe its sides. The strip of the coast comes equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas for travellers looking to laze by the beach as they admire the sight while sipping a refreshing beverage as the day goes by.

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31. Coco Beach

Coco Beach is a scenic shoreline located on the Mandovi estuary lined with tall palm and coconut trees and offers an exciting escape for beach lovers. The beach falls on the mouth of River Nerul and is perfect for boating, water sports and spotting dolphins. It is quite a commercialised attraction and is often explored on River Cruises. It has a number of restaurants and a bustling marketplace to promote tourism.

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32. Betul Beach - A Happy Little Village

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This quiet beach is ideal for people looking for solitude and some alone time. A small lagoon, a river flowing nearby, a 17th-century fort and a Baradi Cross church make it a picturesque venue. It is close to Mayfair Resort Betul Beach is located 18 km south of Margao. Located in South Goa, about 24 km from Margao, Betul Beach is also secluded because of its far location and not many people know about this village. There are only about a total of 60 houses which is not much. The place is very interesting as there is a river right across separating the beach from the village. There are not many restaurants or shacks and the place is clean. So, if you're a nature lover or just looking for a quiet place to just relax and watch the sun setting in the sky, then let me tell you, this is the place for you. Anyone who comes here once can never say he's never going to come again, this place is so beautiful it'll get you hooked and trust you will be visiting again soon.

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33. Galgibaga Beach - Home To The Olive Ridley Turtles

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One of the offbeat beaches of Goa, this 1.5 km long sandy beach has a calm and serene environment. The swaying Palms and Casuarinas make it a philosopher's retreat. Galgibaga Beach is located 52 km south of Margao. Considered to be one of India's cleanest beaches and silver sands. Galjibag Beach is located in South Goa. One important thing you'll notice is that as you move toward the south of Goa, the maintenance and crowd of the usual beaches decrease and this is a reason why this beach is very convenient. There are no shacks and huts, one of the nearest local places is called Dipshika from where you can buy food and enjoy on the beach. Love just relaxing in the sun, a short swim? Some time alone from the crowd? Meditation? This is the perfect beach to be. Highly recommended by all tourists, this beach is also a home to Olive Ridley sea turtles to lay their eggs in the month of December- February. How amazing is that?

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34. Talpona Beach - Home To Crystal Clear Waters And Solitude

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An isolated beach with a calm and serene coastline, golden sand, fishermen village and a couple of beach shacks, Talpona is located 44 km south of Margao. Off the beaten path in the Canacona region of Goa lies the small fishing village of Talpona. Those looking for quiet and relaxing beach vacation need look no further than the Talpona Beach. With a kilometre long shoreline, pure golden sands populate the beach, framed by swaying palm and pine trees.

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35. Polem Beach - Swim In Clear, Warm Waters

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Southernmost beach in Goa, this is a secluded beach with stretches of white sands and rocks, unspoilt and clean water -ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Migratory birds and dolphins could also be spotted sometimes. Where: Polem is around 60 km south of Margao ?Sunkissed beaches Nightime peaches Hipster clan The perfect tan Balmy shores Birds galore Sparkling water Pint or quarter Deep blue skies The lasting highs

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36. Siridao Beach

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This one is a shell collector's paradise. It is a rocky and sandy beach and its most famous attraction is the Chapel of Jesus Nazareth Siridao Beach is situated around 12 km south of Panaji.

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37. Kakolem Beach

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One of the most isolated beaches of Goa also known as the ‘Tiger Beach’ and is located south of Cabo de Rama beach. It is difficult to reach this beach by foot as it will require to climb up many steps and pass through narrow paths. It is easier to get here by boat or a motorboat. This is a place where you can just relax that’s when you finally reach it. Due to the complexity of reaching the place the people who go here are really less mostly it is either nature lovers or adventurers. There is even a small spring that flows into the sea. The view of the Beach from the hills is just breathtaking.

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38. Rajbagh Beach

Rajbagh Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Goa. The golden stretch of sand extends for about a kilometre. The pristine waters are apt for beach lovers and swimmers. The beach is famous for a luxury resort, Lalit Resort, which is located on the coast and offers 5-star accommodation for tourists.

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