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Candolim is located in Goa
Location in Goa, India
Candolim is located in India
Candolim (India)
Coordinates: 15°31′N 73°45′E / 15.52°N 73.75°E / 15.52; 73.75Coordinates: 15°31′N 73°45′E / 15.52°N 73.75°E / 15.52; 73.75
Country India
DistrictNorth Goa
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total8,500
 • OfficialKonkani
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code0832248
Vehicle registrationGA-01

Candolim is a census town in North Goa and is located in the Bardez taluka in the state of Goa, India. It is situated just south of Calangute Beach, and is a tourist destination. It is less congested and has better planned than the other beaches of Goa.[citation needed]


During the late 16th century, Candolim became the first village to be entirely converted to Christianity in Bardez by the Franciscans.[1][2] The present Christian identity of its villagers dates back to the conversion of Santu Sinay (Shenoy), a ganvkar (Konkani: freeholder) who belonged to the nobility of his people.[2]

Santu Sinay (1577–1640), was the son of Naru Sinay; who had earlier migrated from Loutolim, Salcette, and established himself in Candolim, where he purchased the fifth vangodd (clan) of the comunidade on 13 August 1604.[3] Naru Sinay died after 1624, and was survived by his wife, and three sons—Jeronimo de Souza, Santu Sinay, and Christovão d'Andrade.[3] Santu Sinay was converted along with the rest of his family at the age of 8, and subsequently took the name of Salvador Pinto.[3] His godfather was Fr. Manoel Pinto, a Franciscan rector of the Church of Our Lady of Hope of Candolim and the seminary of Reis Magos.[3] He was brought up in the seminary of Reis Magos, where he developed a great devotion to St. Francis Xavier.[4] Salvador Pinto was tutored by two Franciscan priests, Fr. Pinto and Fr. Simão de Nazareth; who succeeded the former as rector of Candolim parish.[3] Salvador Pinto worked zealously to spread Christianity in the village.[2] Fr. de Nazareth held great influence with the Viceroys and in recognition of Salvador Pinto's tremendous work in converting the village, obtained for him many life grants and concessions which are still held by his descendants.[4] Fr. de Nazareth, as representative of Fr. Miguel de S. Bonaventura—Custodian and General Commissioner of East Indies and Diogo Dias, syndic of St. Francis and procurator of His Holiness—granted two perpetual graves in the Candolim Church, to Salvador Pinto and his father-in-law António Pereira in the transept, in front of the altar of Bom Jesus, and also to his wife and mother-in-law, Maria and Catharina Pereira in the transept; her grave located between those of two parishioners, Pedro Sequeira and Francisco de Souza.[4]

Candolim was the focal point of the anti-Portuguese revolt of 1787, also called the "Conspiracy of the Pintos", because it was spearheaded by priests belonging to the village's Pinto (Shenoy) clan.[5]


As of 2011 India census,[6] Candolim had a population of 8500. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Candolim has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 81% and female literacy of 70%. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Candolim Beach[edit]

A normal day in Candolim Beach, Goa

Candolim lies 15 kilometres from Panjim, the Goan capital, in northern Goa. Beginning at Fort Aguada and merging with Calangute Beach towards the end, it is one of the longest beaches in the state. The beach in itself is very calm,[citation needed] at times tourists come here from Rajneesh Ashram in Pune to take a break.[citation needed]

A panoramic view of sunset at Candolim Beach in 2018.

The main Candolim-Calangute Road is packed with shops and restaurants, but the beach front is free of any commercial activity apart from some water activities.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

A feature about the Candolim Beach was the ship River Princess, which had been stuck at the shores of the beach since 2000 but has since been removed.[citation needed]

Aguada Fort[edit]

The fort was built by the Portuguese way back in 1612 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.[citation needed]



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