Just 22 km (13.7mi) off Panaji, Vagator in Goa is a laid-back destination for tourists looking for a relaxed holiday. Often visited by the European backpackers, the place is well-known for its gorgeous sunset views. Located on the northernmost point of the Bardez Taluk of Goa, this tiny hamlet is close to Anjuna Beach.
The entire seashore of this small village is divided into two sections – North Vagator Beach and Ozran Beach - which are sometimes swarmed with tourists. Apart from that, here you will find spectacular stone cliffs, 17th century dilapidated Portuguese fortress, and laidback attitude. Home to some of the most stunning night clubs of the state, this small rural community is bustling with action.
Keynotes on Vagator, Goa
Famous for: golden beaches and gorgeous sunset
Visit Duration: a day or two
Ideal for: day or weekend trips
Ideal Time to Visit: October to March recommended – monsoons are also preferable
Best Visited with: solo, group, couple, or family
Accommodation: Luxury resorts and budget hotels available
Languages Spoken: Konnani, Hindi, and Marathi are widely spoken – English and Hindi is understood by most
Attractions of Vagator in Goa Awaiting You
1. Ozaran Beach
Address: Behind the Hillocks, Vagator, Goa – 403519
Also known as the Little Vagator Beach, Ozaran Beach is a beautiful beach surrounded by excellent eateries and pubs. Interestingly, you can find a rock-cut figure human face – also known as the Shiva rock – carved by an unknown artist during the 60s era just south of the beach. This sculpture, carved on a rock facing the ocean, goes under the sea during the high tide. So, remember to take a note of the tides before you on visiting the place.
P.S: To reach the Ozaran beach you have to climb down a steep footpath. Wear comfortable shoes for the descent.
2. Chapora Fort
Address: Chapora Fort Rd, Chapora, Goa 403509
An old fort constructed in the 17th century offers a great view of the ocean and the beach. Although in ruins, the place is often visited by tourists due to its picturesque surroundings. A thriving chapel dedicated to St. Anthony (the patron saint of the sailors) was built at the Chapora Fort. However, with time the small shrine has gone into ruins and now only a few barracks remain.
3. North Vagator Beach
One of the hippest beaches of the region, the beach was once the favorite hangout for hippies of the Flower Era. Adjoining Anjuna Beach, the place still radiates hippie vibes. The sun setting behind the rocky cliffs is a sight to behold and often attracts tourists. The Little Vagator Beach is lesser crowded and is ideal for pleasant walks in the evening.
P.S: The place is usually filled with tourists in the evening, who come here to enjoy the sunset. If you are more of a solo traveler who wants to enjoy some time alone, then try to avoid the evenings at Ozaran. Rest of the day the beach is usually secluded, and ideal for solitary musings.
4. Chapora Harbor
Just off the northwest of the Chapora village lays the Chapora Harbor. Enclosed by colorful fishing boats, the place is ideal for photography sessions. You can even buy the freshest catches from the sea directly from the fishermen or even better head over the sea with the locals to catch your fish. The entire experience is very thrilling and could lead to beautiful stories in the future.
Some Important Pointers for the Tourists
Every Wednesday, locals organize a flea market selling small trinkets and clothes. The market is a small one but houses great options for tourists looking for some out of the box choices. Apart from that, several street vendors sell locally made ware. Needless to say, haggling is important to get the right deal.
b. Eating and drinking
Vagator has several smaller shacks and restaurants where you can eat authentic Indian and Goan cuisines. Apart from these, there are fruit and juice joints, and Japanese, an Italian and Greek restaurant as well. Small pubs and open-air clubs are also to be found here.
There are a few luxury resorts and service apartments in Vagator suiting vacationers in every budget. Apart from that, several app-based homestays have also cropped up recently in this small fishing hamlet, offering the tourists a chance to absorb the local Goan culture and hospitality.
d. Getting around
Bargain and rent a two-wheeler from the local rental agency. These vehicles cost around INR 300 a day, you can roam around the nearby villages and explore some of the most stunning locations of this beautiful region.
e. Reaching Vagator
• Nearest airport – Dabolim Airport (45 km/28 miles)
Regular flights are available to Goa International Airport in Dabolim from major Indian cities. From the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach the destination. The fare would cost around INR 1200 to 1500. But the fare is subjected to change.
Bus, board the Calangute - Dabolim Airport bus and get down at Panaji. From Panaji, get on the Panaji – Badem bus to reach Vagator. The trip would cost around INR 100, and around 2.5 hours are required to complete the trip.
• Nearest Railway Station – Thivim Railway Station (18.7 km/ 11.1 miles)
From the station, vacationers can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Vagator. The entire trip would take around forty-five minutes, depending on the traffic and road conditions.
For bus, board the Panaji – Caranzol bus from the railway station. Get down at Mapusa, and board the Mapusa – Badem bus. Get down Badem Pipalakade. Walk till Vagator. The entire trip would take around two hours, and cost close to INR 100 to 120.
• Nearest Bust Station – Mapusa (9.6 km/ 5.9 miles)
It is the nearest interstate bus depot to the village. Also, there are several buses run from Panaji and Calangute stopping here. Board the following buses to reach Vagator, board the bus at Mapusa bus depot:
i. Mapusa – Badem
ii. Panaji - Badem