Goa beyond the north of River Mandovi with a long stretch of Beaches
namely Betim, Reis Magos, Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga,
Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora, Siolim, Chopdem, Morgim, Mandarem, Asvem,
Arambol, Querim, and Terekol.
the Mandovi River linking Panaji with the north goa beaches Betim
is the fishing and boat-building village.There is a ferry that shuttles
to Panaji's old steamer jetty. The village is inundated with traffic
during day. Here you will find a small Sikh temple or Gurudwara,
whose gleaming white Mogul domes and saffron pennant are visible
from opposite shore.
coastal road veers inland to a small market crossroad.A Hindu tree
shrine, 20 mts., before this marks the turning to Reis Magos, 3
K.M., west of Betim Bazaar. Reis Magos Church was built in 1555.
Historians believe the original church was constructed on the ruins
of an old Hindu temple and the bas-relief lion figures flanking
the steps at the ends of the balustrades lend credence to the this
theory, being a typical feature of Vijayanagar temple architecture
in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Two viceroys of Portuguese
are buried inside the church. The centrepiece of the church's elaborately
carved and painted recedes, behind the high alter is a multicoloured
wood relief showing the Three Wise Men - or Reis Magos, after whom
the village is named . Each year this scene is re-enacted in the
Festa dos Reis Magos held in the first week of January during Epiphany.
Crowning the sheer-sided headland immediately above the church,
Reis Magos fort was erected in 1551 to protect the narrowest point
at the mouth of Mandovi estuary. These days the bastion surrounded
by sturdy laterite wall studded with typically Portuguese turrets
is used as a prison and not open to the public but you can climb
up the steep slope to the ramparts for the view over the river.
first tourist beach of North Goa is also the site of Aguada Fort,
one of the best preserved Portuguese coastal forts. West of Reis
Magos, a long laterite Peninsula extends into the sea bringing the
seven kilometers long Calangute beach to an abrupt end. Fort Aguada
which crowns the rocky flattened top of the green headland is the
largest and best preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa. Built in 1962
to guard the northern shores of the Mandovi estuary from the attack
by Dutch and Maratha raiders, its name derives from the presence
inside of freshwater springs-the first source of clear drinking
water available to the ships arriving in Goa after long sea voyage
from Lisbon. Now is the Goa's largest prison.
fort can be reached by heading south past the Taj village towards
Nerul and turn 1 K.M when you see a right lane striking uphill towards
the woods. In 1970 this picturesque spot known as Sinquerim Beach
was the first place in Goa to be singled out for upmarket tourism
and to some extent that has continued even until today. Fort Aguada
Beach Resort, one of the cluster of three Taj Group hotels, is also
here. The other unusual feature of the fort is the four story Portuguese
lighthouse erected in mid 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia.
A New lighthouse outside the complex replaced the function of the
original. Superseded by a modern lighthouse only erected in 1976,
it is used to house the colossal bell salvaged from the ruins of
the monastery of St.Augustus in Old Goa which now hangs in Panaji's
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. This beach is well known for
water sports, as there are two or three water sports companies which
operate from this beach.
at the far southern end of Calangute beach is a surprisingly sedated
resort. Now with the increase in tourism the beach has been slightly
transformed, to some for the best, to others for the detriment.
To the south of Candolim, along peninsula extends into the sea,
bring the seven kilometre white sandy beach to an abrupt end, Aguada
Fort, which crowns the rocky flattened top of the headland is the
best preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa. On the north side of the
fort, a rampart of red-brown laterite juts into the bay to from
a jetty between two small sandy coves. This picturesque spot is
45 mints. bus ride from the state capital, Calangute is Goa's busiest
and most commercialised resort of the state. The Charter boom, combined
with a huge increase in the number of Indian visitors, is burden
on Calangut's infrastructure. Buses from Mapusa and Panaji pull
in the market at the centre of Calangute. The beach is walkable
distance from here. The road from the town to the beach is lined
with Kashmiri -run handicraft, boutiques and Tibetian stalls selling
Himalayan curios and jewelry. The quality is high and so are the
prices. The beach itself is nothing special - its sand shelves steeply
but is more than large enough to accommodate the large number of
high season visitors. To escape the muddle, head fifteen minutes
or so south of the main beachfront towards the row of old wooden
boats moored below the dunes. This is virtually hawker- free zone,
you will only come across team of villagers hauling in hand- nets
at high tide or fishermen fixing their bamboo sunshades. Night life
here is mostly restricted to Tito's which is in Baga Beach, open
until 11 p.m., other popular hangouts are Pete's bar and Bob's Inn.
K.M west of Mapusa is basically an extension of Calangute, you
can't find out where Calangute ends and Baga begins. Lying in
the lee of a rocky, wooded headland, the only real difference
between the two is that the scenery here is marginally more varied
and picturesque. A small river flows in the sea at the top of
the village. Most of the action revolves around the sandy square
and the bus park close to the river mouth, below a broad spur
of white sand. Baga has developed more rapidly than anywhere else
in the state and now the main road running across the village
is lined with gaudily lit bars, tandoori terrace and handicraft
shops. One of the few developments of Baga's burgeoning tourist
scene has been the emergence of the flea market, held here on
Saturday on the headland beyond the box bridge, it kicks around
4 p.m and lasts till the cool hours till 11 pm. All the usual
handicrafts, jewellery and snacks stalls are represented and there's
temporary stage for the visiting local musician. Baga's nightlife
is the liveliest in Goa. Here you will find the perfect blend
of Western and Goan culture.
its fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full-moon parties,
Anjuna 8 K.M west of Mapusa is Goa's most alternative". Designer
leather and Lycra may have superseded cotton kaftans but most people's
reason for coming here are same as they were in 1970: drugs, dancing
and lying on the beach. One of the main reason of Anjuna enduring
popularity as a hippy hangout is the beach. Bathing is generally
safer than at most of the nearby resort especially at the southern
end. The season in Anjuna starts in early November when most of
the long staying regulars show up. Anjuna's Wednesday flea market
is the hub of Goa's alternative scene and the place to indulge in
souvenir shopping. Buses from Panaji & Mapusa drop passengers
at various point s along the tarmac road across the top of the village.
The cross roads have couple of small stores and a taxi stand.
a couple of Kilometers of cliff tops and parched grassland separate
Anjuna from the southern fringes of its nearest neighbour, Vagator.
Dominated by the red ramparts of Chapora fort, Vagator's broad white
sandy beach known as Big Vagator is undeniably beautiful. Far better
to head down to the next cove south. Backed by a steep wall is Little
Vagator beach is more secluded and much less accessible than either
of its neighbourAt the southern end of the beach, a row of makeshift
cafes provides shade and sustenance for the predominantly Israeli
crowd. Nearby, a sculpted Shiva face stares contemplatively out
of a rock, and a fresh water spring trickles through a lush tangle
of vegetation into a shady pool at the foot of the cliff which is
ideal for washing off the salt after swimming. Like Anjuna, Vagator
is relaxed, undeveloped resort that appeals to the travellers on
tight budget. Buses from Panaji and Mapusa, 9 K.M east pull in here
every fifteen minutes near the main road near Chapora. From here
one kilometre walk over the hill and down the side of the beach
you'll find most of the villages accommodation and restaurants.
in the shadow of a Portuguese fort on the opposite, northern side
of the headland from Vagator, Chapora, 10 K.M from Mapusa, is
busier than most north coast villages. Dependent on fishing and
boat-building, it has retained independent of tourism. Tucked
away under a dense canopy of trees on the muddy southern shore
of the river Chapora's estuary, it lacks both the space and the
white sand. Vagator is on the doorstep, Anjuna is a short ride
to the south and the ferry crossing at Siolim-gateway to the remote
north of the state is barely 15 minutes away by road which leads
to Chopdem, Morgim, Mandarem & Terekol. Chapora's chief landmark
is its Old fort, easily reached from Vagator. The red-laterite
bastion, crowning the rocky bluff was built by the Portuguese
in 1617. Now the fortress lies in ruins, still one can see the
heads of two tunnels that formerly provided supply routes for
defenders of Muslim tombstone. From the fort are the superb views
from the bastion's weed infested ramparts, which took not to Morgim
and Mandarem beaches and south towards Anjuna. Direct buses from
Panaji arrives three times daily and every fifteen minutes from
Mapusa with departures until 7 p.m.
the banks of river Chapora barely fifteen minutes away by from Chapora
is Siolim. There are limited social bars and cafes to hang out.
Accommodation is tin apart from guesthouses along the main road,
most of the places to stay are little houses in the woods, most
of them are rented out for the whole winter to long-stayers. Ferry
crossing at Siolim is the gateway to the remote north Goa which
operates every 15 mints.
the banks of river Chapora to the north is Chopdem. There are limited
social bars and cafes to hang out. Accommodation is thin apart from
guesthouses along the main road, most of the places to stay are
little houses in the woods, most of them are rented out for the
whole winter to long-stayers. Ferry crossing at Siolim is the gateway
to the remote north Goa which operates every 15 mints.
seemingly endless expanse of soft white sand stretches north from,
rounding a rocky headland where the local fishing fleet is beached,
after which it widens and empties completely. The car ferries to
cross the river Chapora from Siolim will get you here.
K.M from Morgim is Mandarem, with its palm-fringed dunes and acres
of space is perfect. Apart from the odd fisherman or tourist buzzing
along the hard sand at low tide, the only sign of life are a couple
of makeshift cafes serving tea, soft drinks and rice. The accommodation
here about lies a couple of K.M north of Mandarem, in the scattered
village of Asvem.
K.Mt., from Mandarem lies Asvem sheltered in the shaded of a palm
grove. There are limited social bars and cafes to hang out. Accommodation
is thin apart from guesthouses along the main road.
the fishing settlements dotted along the north coast is Arambol,
32 K.M Northwest of Mapusa is remotely geared for tourism. If you
are happy with basic amenities this is the most appealing village
in this area. Beyond an idyllic, rocky bottomed cove the trail emerges
to "Paradise Beach" a broad strip of white sand hemmed in on both
sides by steep cliffs. Behind it a small freshwater lake extends
along the bottom of the valley into the thick jungle. Fed by the
boiling hot springs the lake is lined with sulphurous mud. Buses
to and from Panaji pull into Arambol every half hour until noon,
and every ninety minutes thereafter.
is at least three miles long and half a mile wide. Every evening
fishermen emerged in the estuary in their dugout canoes. The incredible
thing about the estuary is the bird life that can be seen like kingfisher,
brown eagles and an endless list of wading birds. This is a bird
very northern part of Goa Terekol is wild, beautiful, unspoiled
and totally uncommercialised and is one of the last idyllically
peaceful spots in Goa. North of Arambol, the sinuous cost read climbs
to the top of a rock, undulating plateau, then winds down through
a swathe of thick woodland to join the River Arondem, which is then
follows for 4 K.M through a landscape of vivid paddy fields and
coconut plantations dotted with scruffy red-brick Villages. The
fort, which was captured by the Portuguese in 1776 with St.Anthony's
church in the middle, is set spectacularly on the hilltop. From
the battlements one can look across to Querim Beach. To cross the
Terekol River takes twenty minutes on an ancient Goan ferry operates
every 30 mints.,
Goa is predominantly virgin countryside. The beaches of South Goa
are fantastic. Most of the beaches are isolated from anything that
might disturb the peace, all you have to do here is enjoy the beaches,
wonderful food and hospitality of the locals. The long stretch of
beaches are Miramar, Dona Paula, Vainguinim, Bambolim, Vasco da
Gama, Bogmalo, Velsao, Cansaulim, Arrosim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim,
Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor, Betul, Cabo DA ram, Agonda,
Palolem, Galjibag and Polem.
beach is located south of Panaji with a 2 K.M of dark sand stretch
overlooking Aguada Bay. Though the beach is noisy and less attractive
than other places in Goa, if you want a quick escape from Panaji,
this is an ideal place. The best time to be there is in the afternoon
when you will only find the fishermen fixing their nets and few
odd cafes serving the tourist. It would be a waste spending your
holiday near this beach. Buses to Miramar ply from the Kadamba bus
stand every fifteen minutes.
Paula beach Goa
Paula, is 9 K.M south west of Panaji on the south side of the rocky
hammer shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries.
The views from the top of the peninsula over the Miramar beach and
the Mormugao harbor are quite pleasant enough. Another attraction
is the old fishing jetty which shuttles across the bay to the Mormugao
harbor four times a day, this twenty minute ride is a great fun
There are regular buses from Panaji till 9 p.m dropping the passengers
at Institute of Oceanography, where you can usually pick up an auto-rickshaws
into the town. There are lot of water sport activities in this beach.
beach runs around in a bay from Dona Paula is Vainguinim beach where
hotels stretches along much of it. The beach is totally safe from
beach traders. The Jesuits had occupied this area towards the end
of the 16 th century. It was an orchard, watered by two springs,
that were surrounded by an acre grove.
beach is five kilometers from Panaji, towards South Goa, via the
village of Santa Crux, It is very popular among early morning swimmers
and is also considered a lovely spot for a picnic.
flying into Goa land at Dabolim airport, 4K.M Southeast of unappealing
Vasco DA Gama, the south's first and largest Port. Vasco is laid
out in a grid, bordered by Mormugao Bay to the north, and by the
train line on its southern side.
is only 4K.M from the airport. Mormugao peninsula's sun-parched
central plateau tumbles to a flat-bottomed valley lined with coconut
trees and red-brick huts. The sandy beach at the end of the cove
is known as none other than Bogmalo Bay. Bogmalo is still to this
day a small fishing village, with the beach being hemmed in by a
pair of palm-fringed badlands. Due to its size and location there
are some excellent about this beach. It is generally very clean,
safe and free of persistent beach sellers. Bogmalo is very well
known for its scuba diving as the boat sails out from this beach
brings the guests back for a relaxing drink on the beach.
/ Cansaulim / Arrosim
between Utorda Beach and Bogmalo are these loveliest beaches in
South Goa. The best way to explore is to hire a bicycle which you
can cycle along the whole stretch of South Goa beaches at your leisure.
kilometers from north of Colva is Utorda, idyllic strip of palm-ringed
shore. Towards the north is Arrosim and towards the south is Majorda
Beach. The entire long stretch of beach is lovely and peaceful.
the north of Colva, the beach stretches 5K.M towards the headland
of Bogmalo and Mormugao. Further to the south is Betalbatim and
Colva. Towards the north is the most peaceful beach Velsao. Majorda
beach is idyllic thing in our minds about these beaches is the total
solitude that you will find, as you can walk for hours on end and
only pass a handful of people. There are also a few excellent shacks
that sell exquisite sea food, after you have worked up a good appetite
with the walking.
the north of Colva, the sand stretches for 12K.M to meet the Mormugao
peninsula. To the south of Betalbatim beach is Colva which is 3K.M
along the cost, towards the north is Majorda.
Beach is approximately eight kilometers from Margao, the commercial
centre of South Goa. It is the most popular beach of South Goa and
hence the most crowded. Colva beach has good number of beach shacks.
On weekends and festivals the beach gets fairly crowded with the
city crowd of Margao.
beach is another secluded beach, along the southern coast of Goa.
Here the fishermen of the village may be seen wearing their traditional
red loin clothes, held up by a silver waistband. Water sports facilities
are available on this beautiful white sand beach though developers
are moving in quickly, but comparatively empty stretches lies between
a two-mile wide on either side.
Kilometre stretch of pristine beach of south of Benaulim has for
several years been Goa's resort beach. There are many large four
and five star hotels scattered along this beach with little lies
in-between. At various intervals you will find an array of shacks,
some with their own sunbeds for hire and some without. One when
you find your own shade then Varca beach is excellent for peace
and quiet. On this beach is the fact that many of the hotels hire
bicycles which you can cycle along the whole 26 K.Ms at your leisure.
are near a number of deluxe hotels. This beach is famous for their
cleanliness and the white sand. The sea also provides a rich variety
of fish and it is at nearby Betul that is Goa's largest mussels
are brought ashore by divers. By walking southwards is Mobor Beach.
main road from Cavelossim continues south across a two kilometre
long tract of exposed rolling dunes, coming to an abrupt end at
Mobor, terminus for buses arriving from Colva Benaulim and Margao
In this tiny toddy-tapping and fishing village there are no less
than seven ritzy resort complexes amid the coconut plantations.
the narrow peninsula occupied by the Leela Palace is the fishing
village of Betul, reached either by boat or by bus from Margao via
Chinchinim or Cuncolim. North of the village is the harbor for fishing
de Rama, the long boney of land that juts into the sea at the south
end of Colva Bay, takes its name from the hero of the Hindu epic,
the Ramayana. Cabo DA Rama , however, is more grandiose than most,
commanding spectacular views north over the length of Colva beach
and down the sand-splashed coast of Canacona. The easily defensible
promontory was crowned by a fort centuries before the Portuguese
cruised in and wrested it from the local Hindu rulers in 1763. They
erected their own citadel soon after, but this now lies in ruins,
lending to the laterite headland a forlorn world's end feel. The
road to Cabo DA Rams, leading past Canaguinim's huge wind turbine,
ends abruptly in front of the fort's gatehouse. Here you can see
a crumbling turret still houses a couple of rusty old Portuguese
cannons and the chapel, swathed in colourful bougainvillaea bushes.
south from Cabo DA Rama, the coast road climbs through fragrant
cashew forest to pass over Karmali Ghat, from which it descends
against a stunning vista of wooded spurs and plains that sweep into
the sea. 14 K.M southeast of Cabo de Rama, or 7 K.M Northwest of
Chaudi lies a three kilometre spread of white sand beckons. Backed
by three tree-covered hills, the beach ranks among the most spectacular
in Canacona taluka
Beach is about 37 kilometers south of Margao. This 'C' shaped beach,
with a backdrop of the Western Ghats, is one of Goa's most beautiful
southern beaches. The hill at the north end is partly submerged
at high tide to give the impression of an island in the middle of
a calm lagoon. In this small village, accommodation is available
in the form of tents and simple cottages. This beach has become
one of the favourite site for overnight beach picnics among the
youth of Goa. At one end lies Canacona Island, linked to the land
by causeway. Palolem village lies a hundred meters from the soft
golden sands of the beach, to which it is connected by a short street.
of Goa's remote beach, Galjibag, 16K.M south of Chaudi, is reached
by turning left off NH17 after a large double-river bridge. The
approach to the beach, fringed by wispy fir trees, hugs the south
bank of the Talpona River, passing a string of Hindu hamlets and
a massive new railway bridge. You need your own transport to get
here and the village. Sandwiched between two estuaries, is devoid
of tourist facilities, but its tranquil beach is refreshingly unspoiled
and well worth a foray from Palolem if you feel like a change of
within a stone's throw of the state border, Polem, 30K.M south of
Chaudi, is Goa's southernmost beach and sufficiently secluded to
have been overlooked even by the sand-hopping hippies heading between
Goa and Gokarn in Karnataka. The hundred meter strip of smooth white
sand, enfolded by a pair of rocky headlands, is thus far immaculately
clean and unspoiled, visited regularly by dolphins and fish eagles.
This is a conservative village whose inhabitants are unused to Western