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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. Fifteen kilometers from Panjim, the Goan capital, is Candolim beach in north Goa. Beginning at Fort Aguada and merging with Calangute beach towards the end, it is one of the longest beaches in the state and is located in the Bardez taluka. The beach in itself is very calm and peaceful, at times tourists come here from Rajneesh Ashram in Pune to take a break. What adds to the scenic beauty of the sand and sea are the scrub covered dunes at the back of the beach quite popular with tourists.

Candolim Village

Candolim Goa

Ask a Goan where he (or she!) is from and the name of the person's ancestral village will automatically be mentioned. Goan's have strong ties to their villages and continue to maintain their links with them. Because Goa is such a small place, Goans are never far away from their ancestral villages. Goan villages often have their own peculiar festivals and traditions that continue to be zealously preserved even today..

The Candolim Beach is one tourist destination that is far from the madding crowds of the other beaches in the Beach Capital of India Goa. The quiet resort is charming with the bountiful beauty of nature. The white sandy beach is a major draw now though earlier it used to be the hangout of the few travelers. The scrub-covered dunes enhance the beauty of the straight and sandy Candolim beach.

While at the Candolim beach do not miss out the Aguada Fort. The fort was built by the Portuguese way back in 1912 for defense against the Dutch and the Maratha invaders. Along with the fort the church, lighthouse and the barracks of the Aguada Jail have become tourist attractions.

Take a plunge into swimming or just sun bathe. For the more adventurous amongst you there is option of indulging in water sports like parasailing and jet skiing.

Candolim is the place to be in to spend the evenings in the best possible manner. You must check out the makeshift bars and restaurants made from wood and palm leaves on the beachside.

Besides the fun for food there are several restaurants that offer excellent seafood though the continental dishes are also available. There are many eating joints in the hotels. Many accommodation facilities are also available at the Candolim beach. A variety of hotels and boarding houses dot the beach.

The main road that is the Candolim Calangute road is packed with shops and restaurants, but the beach front is rather free of any commercial activity apart from some water activities. Though the beach is close to bustling Calangute beach, life is rather laid back at Candolim. Even the village isn't very clustered, its quite spread out so there isn't any centre to it as such. The area around the beach can be termed as resort free as there aren't any resorts there. However, the beach has quite a number of inns at reasonable prices with good facilities.

Even though swimming is considered safe you must check out with the lifeguards for the strength of the undercurrents.

Get ready to get charmed by the beauty of the Candolim beach!