Baga is in the state of Goa, on the west coast of India. To many people Baga is an extension of the adjoining town of Calangute and nobody seems to be sure where one ends and the other begins. Calangute (and the area around it, Sinquerim, Baga, Candolim) in the northern section of central Goa is where tourism all started for Goa. From the late Sixties, this was the spot where the flower-children descended.
For international travellers Goa's airport is siuated to the south, at Vasco da Gama, approximately one hour's drive away by taxi. The closest railway station is at Margao.
Getting around Baga is very easy on foot but be careful of the chaotic traffic and wandering cows though. There is a wide range of taxis and rickshaws easily available. Buses to/from Calungute are Rs. 5.
Baga's attraction is in it's world famous beach. Interesting sights to visit close by include Portuguese forts at Aguada and Chapora. The world famous Anjuna beach flea market is great for a spot of haggling.
Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. Can get busy at weekends and holidays.
- Great Live Music 2014 (International Music Festival), Elliot Resorts, Baga Bridge , Goa, . This is a 2 day music festival featuring best of bands from Russia and India from Rock and Jazz Genre, performing Live on 31st January and 1st February 2014. From 5pm to 10 pm . A well known festival for cross-cultural music event . Witness breath-taking live performances by bands. The line-up features Brainstorm (Latvia-Russia), The Matrixx (Russia) , Indian Ocean (the pioneers of the fusion rock genre in India), Parikrama (the legendary Indian rock band) , Junkyard Groove ( India) , Dolphin ( Russia) , Shiva ( Young band from Russia), Heretic (India) . edit
As well as the usual range of tourist souvenirs, there are many shops selling made to measure suits and clothing at a fraction of western prices. Many leatherware shops offering made to measure jackets and luggage also available. Glasses also very cheap at the opticians in the centre of the adjoing town of Calangute. Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar is a great place for bargain hunting and music, whilst nearby Anjuna's world famous flea market is ceratinly worth a visit.
Rama's Bookshop at the Calangute junction on the road leading off to Baga offers second-hand books in a dozen European languages. You even get fifty percent back on returning the read book.
A wide range from budget options to a full multi-course feast. Many interesting and cheap places along the Baga Road leading to Calangute, together with some better quality establishments. Many shacks situated on the beach offering a good choice of reasonably priced food all day from breakfast to evening meals. Some also offer occaisonal barbeque nights with freshly caught seafood.
- The Cavala Seaside Resort, Baga Road hosts a superb barbeque night with entertainment which is always popular.
- J & A's Little Italy, across the Baga River along Baga Creek Road. Serving superb Italian food in a relaxing atmosphere.
- Lario's Beach Shack, situated at the top end of the beach.
- Fiesta is a classy, expensive Italian restaurant that is well worth a splurge. Good food, good ambience and attentive service make it a good bet for a special occasion. Shame the cocktails are so small though!
- Brito's - Known for its mix meat platter, this place serves Continental cuisine. The desserts offered are quite good.
- Casa Portuguese
- La Resturaunt, Baga Road - French cuisine at its best.
- Mooncrest - on the road to the beach.
- Christie's Cafe La Musica - is a place to relax on Bean Bags & Futons drinking beer after a swim at the beach. The Thai Food and the late night barbeque for veggie and seafood lovers is its speciality.
- Redonda, Baga Junction. Mind blowing food. A must visit if you fancy non-vegetarian fare. edit
- Cafe Lazydays, CSM Road. Excellent food and accomodation at great prices edit
- Danny's Grill Kebabs and Curries, Hotel Riverside, Baga (Adjacent to Baga Bridge, on the Baga Creek), ☎ +919767591368. On the banks of the Baga Creek, Danny's Restaurant has a menu ranging from breakfast classics to creative innovations. For breakfast, there are fresh fruit juices and a special breakfast. For lunch and dinner, there are savory pork chops, lobster tandoori, steak amorita with apricot sauce and for dessert, bebinca with ice cream. Open from 7:30 am until 11:00 pm, seven days a week. edit
All the restaurants and beach shacks above offer a range of locally produced spirits and beers at reasonable cost. Popular local brands include Kings and Kingfisher lager.
- Tito's Nightclub adjacent to the beach is an infamous nightspot. Established in 1971 by an expat, Titos has attracted the likes of the Beatles, Dire Straits, Pete Townsend, Matt Damon, Richard Gere, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Dutt, Kate Moss and a host of celebs.
- Club Cubana is inland from Baga beach in the Arpora Hills about 15-minute taxi ride from Baga. Swimming pools and dance music until the wee hours.
Accommodation ranges from budget priced backpacker style rooms to hire. There is a range of mid range hotels around town together with larger establishments catering for the package tourist in outlying areas of Arpora and Calangute.
In recent trend many tourists are preferring to stay in service apartments since these service apartments are spacious in compared to hotels and comes with kitchen. It gives a feel of a home away from home. These are very suitable for families and couples and also comes within budget. In nearby peaceful villages like oxel and siolim (within 5-7 km distance) one can get a really good deal in gated communities with different facilities.
- Hostel Joseph's Haven, 373/1 Tambudki Vaddo, Near Arpora Junction, Arpora (Oppsite Starlight Restaurant on main Calangute - Anjuna road), ☎ +917038333753. It's a small cozy hostel with nice garden and surrounded by lots of greenery, coconut trees etc. Air-con in dormitories. Breakfast not included. Kitchen for self cooking.Free Wi-Fi in hostel premises. Huge garden with hammocks and BBQ. Laundry facilities with nominal charges. You stay six nights, then the seventh night is free. Free parking facilities for two wheelers. Not suitable for kids and disabled persons as dorms are on upstairs and no elevator. Pets are not allowed. INR 200.00 per person/per bed in mixed dormitory. edit
- Lime Holidays, Calangute-Baga circle., ☎ 9604973575 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Serviced apartments in Goa, for safe and convenient stay, only a 4 minute walk from Calangute beach, in a 3 star resort with access to 2 swimming pools, restaurant & bar. Fully a/c non ac flexible check-in & check-out timings, extra mattress & kitchen facilities provided. Prices starting as low as Rs,8000/-. edit
Baga is a great place for visiting Goa's many attractions. There are numerous agents around town offering visits to Panaji (the capital city of the state); the second largest waterfalls in India; or to spend the night in a mud hut in the jungle and wash an elephant. Trips are available to secluded beaches (ask any taxi driver). Excursions lasting several days can also be arranged to out of state attractions such as Mumbai - the home of Bollywood; the Taj Mahal and Delhi.