Calangute

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Calangute
—  town  —
Calangute
Location of Calangute
in Goa and India
Coordinates15°32′42″N 73°45′47″E / 15.545°N 73.763°E / 15.545; 73.763Coordinates: 15°32′42″N 73°45′47″E / 15.545°N 73.763°E / 15.545; 73.763
CountryIndia
StateGoa
District(s)North Goa
Population15,776 (2001)
Time zoneIST (UTC+05:30)
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Calangute
—  town  —
Calangute
Location of Calangute
in Goa and India
Coordinates15°32′42″N 73°45′47″E / 15.545°N 73.763°E / 15.545; 73.763Coordinates: 15°32′42″N 73°45′47″E / 15.545°N 73.763°E / 15.545; 73.763
CountryIndia
StateGoa
District(s)North Goa
Population15,776 (2001)
Time zoneIST (UTC+05:30)
Area

Elevation


0 metres (0 ft)

Calangute (Konkani: Calangute, pronounced [kɔɭoŋɡuʈ]) is a census town with a permanent population of approximately 16,000 (2001) in North Goa, in the state of Goa, India. It is famous for its beach, the largest in north Goa, visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists alike. The peak tourist season is during Christmas and New Year, and during the summer in May. During the monsoon season, from June through September, the sea can be rough and swimming is prohibited.

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Etymology

The village was originally named Kolongutt, though with the invasion of the Portuguese, the word probably got distorted to Calangute, and has stuck until today.[citation needed] The name Cal is probably connected with the Hindu Goddess Kali, worshipped by the fisher folk.[citation needed] There was a temple in the area of Motth. Another possibility is that it comes from Kalyan-Gutti, which means a village of art, a beautiful village. this is quite a plausible derivation.[citation needed] A third possibility is from konvallo-ghott, meaning a coconut with a strong pith, since coconut trees are believed to possess strong pith as the "marrow" or soft substance in the center of the plant.[citation needed]

Divisions

Calangute is divided by a ward (vaddo) system which breaks it up into:[citation needed]

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[1] Calangute had a population of 15,776. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Calangute has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 78% and female literacy of 67%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

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