The rains have retreated, shacks are sprouting on the beaches and the first Russian charter flight has arrived – Goa is getting ready for the busiest time of the year! Between October and January a steady stream of domestic and international tourists make their way to soak in the sun, sea and sand. Having spent the monsoon season exploring the Goan coastline here’s a glimpse of beaches that we have visited and I hope to update this as and when we explore the rest.
The beaches of Goa fall into two broad categories – North and South ( a while back I had written about the lesser known beaches in South Goa). The Northernmost point of Goa is at (Fort Tiracol), from where the coastline begins and stretches down till the southern border close to Palolem.
All you have to do is pick a beach and plan your holiday!
A narrow road dotted with cafes and tourist shops leads you to the parking lot. From there, it’s a short walk to the beach. Arambol, the northernmost beach is dotted with beach huts and shacks. It’s quite popular among the tourist crowd, so expect to find a crowded beach during the season. Try the German Bakery for some baked treats.
Set amidst a lush green landscape, this serene beach is the nesting place for the Olive Ridley turtles and a favorite amongst bird watchers. Don’t be surprised if you see boards and menus in Russian – a majority of the Russian tourist’s head out to this beach.
The winding lanes of Anjuna leads you to the beach. It’s more of a sea front peppered with red laterite rocks. Anjuna is well known for its all night Flea Market and has plenty of cafes and restaurants.
In contrast to the main road which is packed with shops and restaurants, Candolim beach has a laid back feel to it with a variety of attractively designed shacks. As dusk approaches, people make their way to the shacks which are alight with a variety of lanterns.
The blackish sand makes the waters look a bit murky and isn’t particularly inviting for a swim. The beach is interspersed with laterite rocks. But, what was a good find on this beach was the abundance of Oyster shells that were washed ashore (I haven’t come across these on any other beach). Interestingly, Oyster shells have sometimes been used in place of glass on windows, in the old Goan houses.
This is one of the lesser visited beaches of South Goa near Bogmalo. It’s a good idea to visit in the early mornings or on weekdays,as it tends to get crowded on weekends. The local shack there will get your lunch ready by the time you take a walk or a swim.
A quiet beach popular amongst the locals and tourists. It’s a nice place to head out to for a laidback lunch, as it offers a number of beach shacks if you’re in need of variety. Rafaels is one of our favorite places to eat at.
A relatively quiet and empty beach stretch it’s lined with trees. If you drive it’s about 5 kms from Varca Beach to Fatrade. It’s a short walk through a sandy path to reach the beach from the parking area.
Carmona or Zalor