Holidays in Candolim
Down in southwest India is Goa, the country’s easy-going beach capital. One of the region’s prettiest resorts, full of hippie-chic charm, Candolim has the best of the golden coast surrounded by Goa’s tropical scenery. The sun-drenched beaches and lazy days are balanced by the promise of jungle adventure in a jeep or day-long sailing trips on a yacht. After dark, the balmy nights are made for spending on the beach or eating dinner overlooking towering Fort Aguada.
Travel between October and March for milder temperatures.
Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport.
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With a stay at Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village, Goa in Candolim (Candolim Beach - Fort Aguada), you'll be minutes from Sinquerim Beach and Fort Ag...
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With a stay at Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa in Candolim (Candolim Beach - Fort Aguada), you'll be minutes from Fort Aguada and Sinquerim Beach...
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Head off on an adventure in the mountains or in the thick of Goa’s steamy tropical jungle and spend the day monkey-spotting or swimming in a waterfall. Next, spend a well-deserved day on the beach recharging your batteries, and stretch out on a shady lounger with the warm ocean lapping at your feet. If you’re still up for some excitement, hire a jet ski on the beach or go further on a cruise across the coast. In the evenings, grab a cold beer from the local beach shack and watch the sun set from the sand, or wander into town for a tasty Goan curry.
At Candolim’s heart is its beach, an eight kilometre sweep of fine, golden sand. Behind is a tropical backdrop of clustered palms and rolling dunes, and before it the warm waters of the Arabian Sea stir in the breeze. The beach is dotted with bamboo-thatched loungers and beach shacks stocked with cold drinks, snacks and everything else you need for a day on the beach. Dolphin watching is one of the biggest attractions in Candolim, as the region is known for its humpback dolphins, often seen leaping out of the water on Goa’s coast.
Set back from the beach is the centre of the resort, Fort Aguada Road. After a day on the sand, come here for a great choice of restaurants, bars and live music nights. If you prefer to stay right where you are, the beach shacks serving drinks stay active even after the sun goes down. If you fancy seeing a few sights, one of the oldest of Candolim’s attractions is Fort Aguada, an emblem of 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.
Adventurers: Explore the Goan jungle by 4x4 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 classically beautiful white sand beaches, all located in tropical, palm-strewn scenery.
Families: The beaches are always a hit with kids, and if they get bored, there’s no end of day trip opportunities with a jungle full of wildlife to see.
Language: The language spoken in Candolim is Konkani, although India’s official languages, Hindi and English, are widely understood
Currency: The currency used in Candolim is the Rupee
Local time: Candolim is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport
Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours 30 minutes direct
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.
Temperature: Low 30s in summer (°C).
Best time to visit: Between October and March for milder temperatures.
Candolim is located in the state of Goa close to the Arabian Sea, with a typically tropical climate featuring hot summers tempered by a monsoon season. The monsoons arrive to relieve the heat from June to September, leaving behind fantastic mid to high 20s (°C) beach weather.
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.
Summer music festival: VH1 Supersonic takes place right on Candolim’s gorgeous beach in December, and consists of 5 full days of dance music and DJs across multiple stages. Expect top local Indian DJs as well as international acts.
The biggest party of the year: Goa is a fantastic place to celebrate Carnival. Bringing in 40 days of Lent, Carnival is a world favourite for its crazy costumes, parades and a lot of dancing in the streets. If you’re in Candolim, it’s well worth a day trip.