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candolim beach, Goa

Candolim is a village in North Goa, India. It is situated just south of the famous Calangute beach, and is a popular tourist destination.


Candolim beautiful section of beach in the continuum of Calangute has been largely overrun by tourist shops, restaurants and hotels. Nice area to stay for people interested in shopping and dining close to beach front accommodation. A bit too expensive for the backpacker crowd though.

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By train[edit]

The nearest railway station is at Thivim - if you are arriving from north or south (Mumbai or Kochi), and taxi from there takes about 30 minutes and costs around Rs.520 (9 usd as of 2014). Other railway stations are at Margao which is one hour drive and Vasco da Gama which is 40 minutes away - this stations widely for people travelling from Bangalore side .

By bus[edit]

Candolim is a popular tourist destination and it's connected to major cities as Mumbai and Bangalore. Buses arrive or departure from Panaji which is 20 minutes drive from Candolim or Mapusa. Reaching Mumbai or Bangalore takes somewhere around 9 to 14 hours and cost from 600 to 1500 rupees depending on quality of the vehicle.

There are plenty of buses that run between Panaji or Mapusa to Candolim.

By taxi[edit]

Prepaid taxi from the the airport costs Rs.1200 for non ac and 1300 for ac car.

Get around[edit]

The best way to travel in Goa is a two-wheeler. Rent-a-bike is widely available all around the area and price of one day rent would be somewhere 250-300 rupees for a scooter and 500-700 rs for a motorcycle (prices grow dramatically in Christmas and New Year holidays). Remember that if you are not an experienced driver or not used for driving in Asia it might be not the best idea. Helmet is compulsory only on highways but valid driving license is a must.

Candolim itself is a small (but populated) village and it can be covered by brief walk in 20 mins. Walking or bicycling along roads is not a great pleasure as its crowded with cars, extremely noisy and dusty. Proper walking passes yet to come.

Two, three and four wheeler taxis are widely available but make sure to discuss the price before taking the service as no one uses meter so be ready to bargain hard. Drop to airport is around 1200 rupees and Panaji 600 rs for a car.

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Apart from sunbathing, shopping for trinkets and eating there is not much else to do in Candolim, which makes for a relaxing holiday.


Candolim beach is another relatively busy soft sandy beach that due to erosion can be narrow in some places. Hawkers selling mostly cheap clothes and along with masseurs offering massages makes the beach a lively spot. A polite but firm no always works ~ though these people can be very interesting to talk to. There are a variety of beach shacks providing plenty of food and cold drink choices along with rickety sun beds and the odd rustic "loo". Towards the Sinquerim end of the beach you can get most forms of water sport activities including para sailing and "See the dolphin boat trips". This is a tour operator tourism place, though it gets very busy with locals at weekends and holidays.

The bulk ore carrier River Princess ended up being grounded some 100 meters from the beach during the 2001 monsoon. Despite numerous pledges by both local and central government, she still lays rusting. Various attempts have been made to salvage or re-float the ship. As of March 2009 the boat is still there. Over the years it has managed to accelerate coastal erosion which has resulted in the changed shape of the shoreline and makes swimming nearby very dangerous due to the strong undercurrents that are caused by the presence of the ship. Promising efforts to remove her started in 2005/2006 but due to the severe rusting the work stopped as the 2007 monsoon arrived. Recently a number of protests by locals and tourists has led to a High Court action calling for the River Princess to be declared a State Disaster. In the last 6 months work has begun on the break up of the River Princess. This is to be completed in early 2012.


Lots of places offering tours.

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Hands down, the best restaurant in Candolim is After 7. Great selection of food and wine (mainly European) served in a beautiful garden. Great service, very romantic. The chap that owns the place ‘Leo’, super friendly, and very passionate about his restaurant. Opp Pedro Martina Resort, 1/274b, Gaura Vaddo.

Just opened, sister restaurant to After 7, also run by Leo called Posh. Do a great American style brunch. Eggs Benedict, 10/10, best cup of coffee I had in India. Can’t comment on the dinner menu, but it looked great. Opp Nerul Panchayat.

You should try this lovely restaurant called BOM SUCESSO in Candolim. A multicusine the food is great.You should try their seafood and meat platters and their Tiger Prawns. Good entertainment- live music, karaoke, magic show, big screen etc. With a sound proof music room now the music goes on even after 10 pm.

For good North Indian food and succulent kebabs in pleasant surroundings try Floyd's on the main road just south of the junction to Mapusa. It's a small place with a warm and friendly atmosphere and is very popular.

Coconut Inn, a bit further south and just off the main road (signposted from the junction) is housed in the garden of an old Goan house and serves good food in a relaxing environment at very reasonable prices. Service is friendly and attentive and there is live Portuguese / Goan music on Tuesday evenings.

For excellent food and service (but for some reason to an American rock soundtrack) walk a bit farther south on the main road towards Sinquerim to Flambee. The food is fabulous and the whole tandoori kingfish (huge, so only for groups) is a delicious work of art. The restaurant is open all year round, unlike most in Candolim, which close during the monsoon.

Stone House, again on the main road, has been going for so long that it is now a Candolim institution. It's a multi-cuisine restaurant - steaks are the house speciality - with good blues music and excellent cocktails.

Further south in Sinquerim proper is Allspice, a large and attractive garden restaurant near the Taj Holiday Village. Considering its location the prices are very reasonable and there is live entertainment most nights. They also have regular buffet evenings and are open all year round. It is popular with both tourists and middle class locals.

  • Top Corner, Top of Monte Villa - Candolim (Road on which Teamas on corner). New restaurant, food is excellent can recommend Pork Assadio, Pork Chops are also very good and really big, very reasonably priced. The bread and butter pudding is superb but not as we know it jim, a must try. Quality is amazing, a must try plus a good wine list  edit
  • Himalaya bar and restaurant, candolim. the service and food is awesome, run by a family... one of the best place to plunge yourself into mouthwatering dishes!! Try it out !! The best restaurant to be in Candolim.... its awesome...  edit
  • Victor's, Whispering Palms Road/Beach Road, Candolim. Exceptional seafood.  edit

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For a great night out try Bom Sucesso.

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Service apartments[edit]

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.

  • Siolim Serenity, Tropical Dreams,Oxel,Goa (200 meters from Chapora river beside Oxel Panchayet), +91-7730000595, [1]. checkout: 10:30AM. Fully furnished 2bdrm apartment within budget (TV, refrigerator, geyser, bed, cupboards, chairs, induction oven, utensils, etc.) with car/bike parking and swimming pool. 1550.  edit
  • Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa (Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa), Vadi, Candolim, Bardez, Goa 403515, [2]. checkin: 11; checkout: 11. Located just 250 meters from Candolim beach and is in close proximity to all hip and happening beaches like Calangute beach, Baga beach and Anjuna beach. Rs 5,000/day.  edit
  • Jessica Safforn Resort, [3]. checkin: 11; checkout: 11. One bedroom fully furnished apartment. Those staying for 1-2 weeks will be given 10% discount, 15-30 days 20% discount. Children below 7 yrs. will not be charged and above will be charges at Rs.500 per child with a maximum of 2 child. Rs 2363/day.  edit
  • Studio Apartment, Candolim, [4]. Fully furnished, budget studio apartment. Equipped with a basic kitchenette, attached bath (with geyser) and refrigerator. Access to common swimming pool. You can either use the restaurant in the resort or venture out to nearby eateries. 55 USD.  edit
  • Lime Holidays, Calangute-Baga circle., 9604937575. 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 / a/c flexible check-in & check-out timings, extra mattress & kitchen facilities provided. Prices starting as low as Rs,800/-. Contact number 9604937575/9970589799 email - [email protected]  edit
  • Villa Condolim, 09595100011, [5]. is a clean and comfortable place to stay for a family or a group. Very centrally located villas in Candolim in walking distance to the beach. Property run by professional team where you get all needed support and advice regarding best places to visit in Goa and around. Price range is approx 60 usd in monsoon and around 110 in season for entire 2 bedroom villa (may vary on holidays). Contact for availability and prices: Mari, email:[email protected] .  edit
  • SilverPalm Resort (Candolim, North Goa), Annavaddo, Candolim, Bardez-Goa, india - 403515, +91 7710947743 (), [6]. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 11.00am. Silverpalm Resort is the best luxury resort in Goa. It is located in Candolim, Goa india. It offers a range of accommodation like comfort rooms, Luxurious rooms and apartment rooms. (15.526591,73.767031) edit


Sea Pearl Guesthouse] is a family run guesthouse on the quiet part of the Candolim Beach.

Goanstay [8] 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of Candolim. Beautifully landscaped gardens,3 swimming pools and close to the beach.

  • Backpacker Panda - Goa, (A European themed hostel accommodation at just 100m from the Calangute Beach as well as the main road through Calangute/ Candolim.), #1116, Anna Vaddo, Ximer, Candolim, Goa 403515. (The hostel is a well connected by every means of transport and is in close proximity to The Thivim Railway Station (20km), Vasco Railway Station (39Km), Madgaon Railway station(47km), Panaji Bus Stand(12Km) and Mapusa Bus Stand (9km), the Dabolim airport, too is in close proximity (37km).), +91-72-313995 (), [7]. checkin: 02:00 PM; checkout: 02:00 PM noon. The accommodation is in the form of shared dormitories as well as private rooms. Being close to the beach as well as the famous Fort Aguada (4km), this is definitely the top pick for travellers..  edit

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