Kon: कळंगुट kaḷaṅguṭ

‘Kali Temple’   Town, Goa

From Kali and Kan: guḍi, ‘house, temple’ [Tam: kuṭi].

There used to be a Kali temple here (many temples sought refuge inland under the Portuguese), built by fishermen seeking the goddess’s protection from the elements.

Calangute is rather more famous for its large beach and sun-worshippers and has been since the hippie heydays in the 1960s and 70s.

Calangute is rather more famous for its beach and sun-worshippers and has been since the hippie heydays in the 1960s and 70s: 

But alas for those who still seek the ‘revolution’, or the occasional naked group frolic, Calangute is no longer Hippy Central. The local people, who used to rent out rooms in their houses for a pittance, have moved on to more profitable things…’ [Bhatt (2005) Vol 7: p194].

For related place names see Indian Place names and Goa place names.

 

Calangute Beach, Goa   Saif