It is also called Kanda Halli (onion village) though chillies and sweet potatoes are also grown here. Candolim and its friendly folk spread here, there and everywhere.

Candolim Village

Candolim  taps  lightly  on the shoulder of  its  tourism-twin  - Calangute   in the North. Hill-clad Pilerne lies to  its  North-East,  and a meandering stream of the Mandovi river separates  it at  Saipem  from neighbouring Nerul on the West.  Saipem   is  the gateway  to Candolim from the Betim side. "Saipem, is an idyllic place,  where you can forget the din and dust of big cities.

Fishing craft and dolphins cresting the waves make up  a  pretty sight on the horizon. Candolim's bewitching sights begin atop the scenic Sinquerim plateau

The feast of St Lawrence is celebrated on August 10. According to Bosquejo das Possessoes Portuguesas, "Before the day of St Lawrence nobody expects to see a sail on the horizon, because  it is  monsoon; but with the break of dawn one sees on passi ng by  a miracle, or there appears at the sandbar by his favour the vessel of the high seas, and the coastal vessels or the ships which have been  lying anchored during the monsoon get themselves ready  to leave.  It is because of this that the church faces the sea,  the churchyard is packed with curious people, the sailors make  their calculations  by scanning the horizon, and the pious  and  devout souls fulfill and make their vows on this occasion."

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.

Candolim's  feast  of  Nossa  Senhora  de  Esperance  is  being celebrated  on December 19. People from the surrounding  villages gather  in  large numbers for the feast with hope and  pleas for intercession. Of course, being a part of the coastal milieu  with a penchant for celebrations, it's a day of great rejoicing in the village. They also  have a  rare monsoon festivity called Sangodd  on June 29 every year, coinciding with the  feast of  St  Peter. The Sangodd is an aquatic tableau ma de by tying together five canoes to form a platform and decorated  like a chapel. The floating stage is rowed gently along the river and the large crowds gathered along the banks move along watching the lively  musical  programme enacted aboard the platfo rm. Until  a decade  ago, there used to be three such floats but only the one at Orda Santa Cruz continues till date.