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Holidays in Candolim

Candolim is the perfect destination if you’re looking for sun, sea and swathes of sand, but without the post-midnight madness of livelier resorts such as Calangute. One of North Goa’s most picturesque resorts and full of bohemian charm, Candolim’s blessed with the best of the region’s beaches and surrounded by stunning tropical scenery. The sun-drenched beaches and lazy days are typical of the laid-back feel of Candolim holidays, with the promise of exciting jungle adventures in a jeep or day-long sailing trips on a yacht. After the sun has set, the balmy nights are made for spending on the beach or eating a leisurely dinner, overlooking the romantic, ruined ramparts of the imposing Fort Aguada. 

28-32 °C

Travel between October and March to make the most of the scorching sunshine.

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9.5 hours

Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport, is the nearest international airport and just over an hour’s drive from the resort

Whether you’d prefer to see Candolim’s exquisite scenery from a tuk-tuk or a sun lounger, find the adventure to suit you and book your holiday to Candolim with Thomas Cook today.

Recommended offers in Candolim

Highland Beach

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Short walk to local bars and restaurants
  • Seven swimming pools

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Based on 602 reviews

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Based on 24 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Phoenix Park Inn Resort

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Short walk to the beach
  • Close to local shops and restaurants
  • A welcoming atmosphere

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1489 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Riva Gold Coast

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Central location
  • Close to the beach
  • Comfortable rooms

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Sonesta Inns

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Short walk to the beach
  • Boutique hotel
  • Poolside bar and restaurant

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 694 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Sea Mist Resort

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusive to us
  • Short walk to the beach
  • Central location

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 219 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Although Goa might be one of the smaller states in India, it’s packed with things to do. Your Candolim holidays could see you heading off on an adventure, climbing or hiking in the mountains or taking a tour of Goa’s steamy, tropical jungle and spending the day spotting monkeys and observing tigers in their native habitat, before taking a refreshing plunge under a waterfall. If all that excitement has left you a little worn out, recharge your batteries by spending a well-deserved day on the beach, stretching out on a sun lounger with the warm ocean lapping at your feet. If you’re still up for some excitement, try the water sports or cruise across the coast, watching pods of dolphins playing in front of your boat. Goan evenings are made for cold beers from the local beach shack and watching the sun set from the honey-coloured sands. If you’re in need of something to eat, wander into town for an aromatic Goan curry. 

Candolim holidays tend to attract couples and families who want to spend some quiet downtime together, rather than getting caught up in the party scene. The beach is Candolim’s centrepiece, offering 8km of fine, golden sand, set against a backdrop of palm trees and dunes. The shore shelves gently into the sapphire blue of the Arabian Sea, which is always temperate and can reach temperatures of around 20°C.  The beach is dotted with bamboo-thatched loungers and bustling beach shacks, stocked with cold drinks, snacks and everything else you could need for a day on the beach. Dolphin watching is one of the biggest attractions in Candolim, as the region is known for these playful creatures, often seen leaping out of the water on Goa’s coast. 

While the beach is undoubtedly Candolim’s main attraction, you won’t have to travel far to find interesting local attractions. Perhaps the most obvious is the abandoned hulk of the River Princess: a bulk carrier which ran aground about 100 metres from the coast. Ideal for divers, it provides a home for a huge variety of fascinating sea life.

One of the oldest of Candolim’s attractions is Fort Aguada, which has become something of an emblem for the town. Built in the 17th century, the fort juts out into the Mandovi River and has one of the oldest lighthouses on the continent at its centre. 

RESORTS NEAR CANDOLIM


Candolim is best for...

Adventurers: Unleash your inner Indiana Jones and explore the Goan jungle by jeep or head to the coast, where you can jump on a boat and sail off to look for dolphins. 

Beach fans: Enjoy the near-perfect weather on Goa’s beautiful white-sanded beaches, all swathed in tropical, palm-fringed scenery. 

Families: The beaches are always a hit with kids and, if you want an exciting, family day out, there’s no end of day trip opportunities with a jungle full of wildlife to see. 

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Candolim is Konkani, although India’s official languages, Hindi and English, are widely understood and spoken by many of the locals

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Rupees, before zipping off on your holidays to Candolim 

Local time: Candolim is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Dabolim Airport. It takes just over 1 hour to Candolim from the airport.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Candolim is 9.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Candolim tourist information can be found at www.goatourism.gov.in/ 

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Candolim.


Weather and climate

Temperature: The summer sees the mercury hovering in the low thirties (°C)

Best time to visit: Between October and March, the temperatures are high, but the humidity is pleasantly low. The monsoons arrive to relieve the heat from June to September, leaving behind fantastic mid to high 20s (°C) beach weather but, during these months the humidity levels can be high. Head for the beach, where the cool onshore breezes take the edge off the humidity. 

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Getting around

By bus: Candolim runs a regular local bus service, ideal if you need to hop on and get to the beach or back to your hotel.

By taxi: You’ll find taxi ranks located at the big hotels, airports and main beaches. The prices are often fixed, so check before you go.

By bike: If you’re not travelling far, hiring a bike is a popular way to get around Candolim. It gets you from A to B and travelling in the open air is a lot of fun.


Events

Beach festival: Beachfest was launched in 2017 and was the world’s first beach festival for people with disabilities. Complete with wheelchair ramps, Candolim’s beach becomes entirely accessible for those with special needs, and there’s a host of activities, from wheelchair dancing and beach bowls to kite-flying and water sports; ideal for families with disabled friends and relatives.

The biggest party of the year: Goa is a fantastic place to celebrate Carnival! During the last week in February, Carnival erupts in a fantastic fusion of colourful costumes, fabulous floats, live music and more dancing in the streets than you could shake a Martha and the Vandellas record at! If you’re on your holidays to Candolim at this time, it’s an absolute must. In fact, given the way the locals throw themselves into the festivities, it’s practically impossible not to get involved!


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