History of Calangute

History of Calangute dates back to the early third century. Calangute history is very rich and glorious. During that time Calangute was part of the Mauryan Empire. Later on, it went under the rule of the Satavahanas of Kolhapur. The kingdom of Calangute was also under the rule of the Kadambas and Shilharas.

In the year 1312, Calangute came under the rule of the Mughals. In the year 1469, Bahami Sultans of Gulbarga took over the entire region of Goa. Adil Shah of Bijapur came into the scenario after the Sultans of Gulbarga. In the year 1510, the Portuguese invaders banished the entire kingdom of Adil Shah and set up their colony at Calangute. They ruled for a long time until the British annexed the entire coastal region of India. During the rule of the Portuguese and the Dutch in Calangute, large number of the local inhabitants converted their religion to Christianity. The native people of Calangute are highly influenced by the Portuguese culture and heritage.

Since India independence, Calangute is popularly known as the 'Queen of the Beaches'. It became one of the major places of hangout for the hippies. The "flower children" were the early inhabitants of this city after India was proclaimed independent. There are several historical museums in the city that have preserved ancient documents and scriptures, which tell the tale of Calangute's past.

Last Updated on 07 August 2012