Candolim

Candolim

What comes to mind when I say Goa? It is always about the beautiful beaches, Portuguese architecture, scenic beauty by the beach side watching sun setting and sun rising. Candolim is one such beauty. It is a small beach town in North Goa. It is famous for its peaceful beaches and fancy resorts. The main part of the town is surrounded by the majestic Arabian Sea on one side and by the Nerul river on the other side. Nerul River is a place for those who love to explore adventurous water rides. Candolim is known for its extravagant nightlife, boasting an assortment of scenic night clubs and restaurants.

How to Reach Candolim
Candolim is quite close to all the major places in Goa and also offers decent connectivity.
Thivim and Vasco da Gama Railway stations are just 30−40mins away by taxi, providing connecting trains to major cities.
The Thivim station is an excellent stop for those of you arriving from Mumbai and Cochin.
While for those travel from Karnataka mainly from Bangalore, the Vasco da Gama station is a better option. Other railheads are MarGoa that is 44km away and Karmali that is approximately 21km away from Candolim beach.
Candolim is a half an hour drive (approximately 12km) from Panjim. The road takes you along the coast line of Arabian sea it meets Mandovi river. Furthermore, Candolim is well connected to the Panjim bus stand. Buses are run by the Kadamba Transport Corporation and also by the private operators. Candolim can also be reached in about 15mins from Mapsua by bus. Buses are also available from Calangute

Airport - The nearest airport to Candolim is Dabolim, which is 46km away and is accessible by taxi, or car, or by bus. The airport is located at 29km Southwest of Panjim and 4km from Vasco de Gama. This is the only entrance to all the tourists who visit Goa. In terms of passenger traffic, the Dabolim airport is the 9th biggest airport in India. From March 2014, a new domestic terminal is being used and the International terminal is not in use.

Main Attractions
The Candolim beach stretches from Aguada Fort to Chapora Beach. It is a great place for people who love water sports. Some of the main places to visit are the following:
Aguada Fort: It was built by the Portuguese in 1912. You can also visit lighthouse, church, and premises of the Aguada Jail. It is located on the top of the Sinquerim plateau, Agauda fort enables the tourists to see the scenic beauty of Candolim and Calangute beaches on the Northern side, and Panjim on the Southern side.
Candolim Church: It appears like a frosted icing cake. The church is famous for its artistic work. The church was built in 1560 by Fr. Pedro de Belem. It is also known as Our Lady of Hope Parish. It is one of the famous churches situated in Goa, speaking loud about the foreign traveler influence in India.
Basilica of Bom Jesus: It was built in 1605, and it is one of the oldest churches in India. It is located at a distance of 20km from Candolim beach. It has the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. The saint’s body is displayed to public once in every 10 years.
Chapel of St. Lawrence: The chapel is located 5kms away from Candolim beach on the Fort Aguada road. The chapel stands dedicated to a patron saint of sailors, St. Lawrence. The chapel celebrates the feast day on 10th August every year.
There are some other tourist attractions include old Goa complex, Anjuna beach, Agonda beach, Baga beach, Colva beach, Dona Paula beach, and some famous temples.
The famous Dudh Sagar falls is a must-visit, which is located at a distance of 81km from Candolim. Wildlife sanctuaries such as Bondla wildlife sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary, and CotiGoa wildlife sanctuary are located within 100kms from Candolim.

Places to stay
There are parts of Goa which are made for tourists. In North Goa, there are numerous options for hotels and resort to enjoy scenic beauty. Most of the hotels and resorts are located nearby beaches. Some of the famous places to stay in Candolim are Arpora, Bardez, Baga, Calangute. There are apartments available apart from luxurious hotels, where tourists tend to stay for a longer period.

Eateries in Candolim
Candolim is a place famous for sea food with hundreds of restaurants in all ranges offering you an amazing variety of lip smacking delicacies. A few places worth mention include:
Arthur's Theme - One of the dine out places in Goa serving European food. This place is located at Accacia Hotel with indoor and outdoor seating options available. Alexia is one of the famous dishes served here, with prawns wrapped in grilled chicken as a must try dishes.
Cerveja e mais - It is one of the places in Candolim serving Portuguese food. It is a small cosy place serving burger and beer as a wonderful combination for dine-out with friends.
Saraya Art Café- It is one of the most romantic places in Goa. Clay houses and tree houses would make you crave to stay a bit longer at this place.
There are other places serving Goan cuisine and other cuisines such as Adelaide, Mahek-E-Punjab, Earthen Oven, Piccola Roma and more.