Arambol was once a simple fishing village. Actually, the boats are standing here now, ready at any moment to go for a new catch. In the mornings and evenings, fresh fish can always be bought from local fishermen and even bargained for the price. Compared to other resorts of Goa, it is not so crowded, but this does not reduce the level of tourist services.
Basically, Arambol is chosen by those who prefer to relax on their own, “savage.” There are sandy beaches, clear water and the gentle sun. Vacationers love to fly kites, ride kites, meditate, do yoga and blend in with nature.
At sunset, Arambol hosts the so-called sunset. Many people gather together on the coast and escort the sun. The ceremony is accompanied by dancing, songs and drum rhythms.
In Arambol there is a tree of love, around which it is customary to confess your feelings at dawn.
2. Morjim Beach
Morjim Beach is a three-kilometer-long sandy coast with aerial restaurants of palm leaves, a soft sea, a gentle wind, hot sun and absolutely crazy night parties in their scope and energy. Morjim beach is especially popular among Russian tourists – in practice, this is a “Russian” beach.
Morjim is an ideal place for outdoor activities. Windsurfing and kiting are popular here.
In the southern part, where Chapora flows into the sea, there is a very attractive place – the turtle beach, Turtle Beach. In Morjim, everyone claims that large olive turtles come here from October to March to lay their eggs. That is why Morjim is declared a state reserve and is strictly protected by the state. Morjim Beach is also known for locals catching fish with nets, drying it and selling it as fertilizer for palm trees.
3. Sal River
Sal River is one of the largest rivers flowing in the Indian state. It is the third largest after such famous rivers as Mandovi and Zouari. Sal is located in South Goa.
The Sal River has one geological and hydrological feature: it is the only river in the world flowing from north to south. Not far from the Sal river there is a small village, the locals of which are friendly inviting tourists to plunge into the life of successful fishermen and to participate in the process themselves. There are many islets on the Sal River with amazing landscapes that amaze with their unique beauty.
Off the banks of this river is picturesquely located one of the popular beaches of South Goa – Mobor. A strip of land separates it from the water from three sides at once, creating an atmosphere of solitude and tranquility. This territory is given the status of a protected reserve of national importance.
Dunes Beach is located next to this village, but there is no clear border between them, which is why it is often called Mandrem. Two bridges lead to the beach through the pond: one wooden, the other bamboo. Around almost white sand, greens and palm trees. During the day, you can see kites, do yoga or play with the ball.
Families with children often choose Mandrem, not surprisingly, this beach is very clean. The beach has all the necessary infrastructure and has not yet been converted into a commercial resort area. This former fishing village has maintained the laid-back atmosphere for which travelers come.
In the vicinity of the white beaches there is always a place for trade. For drinks, food and other necessary things you can go on foot, by taxi or by a rented scooter to the Madlamaz-Mandrem market. The choice of accommodation in this paradise is the most diverse. Wealthy tourists can afford to rent a separate villa, more economical options – rent a bungalow or hotel room. All options are in close proximity to the beach – from 50 to 200 meters.
Mandrem is a wonderful corner for meditation and social rest surrounded by lush freshness and coconut trees.
5. Dabolim Airport
Dabolim Airport (IATA: GOI, ICAO: VOGO) is an airport located in the village of Dabolim, Goa, India. It is the only state airport, consists of two terminals, one of which has international status. The main destination of the airport is currently serving numerous tourists visiting Goa.
The airport is part of the Indian Air Force Hansa Military Air Base. Built by the Portuguese colonial government in the 1950s.
6. Fish market
Goa Fish Market is located in the central part of the state, in the village of Siolim. This is perhaps one of the most popular fish markets in Goa, India. Siolim is located on the Chapora River, a bridge over it is built here. The fish market is located right next to the bridge, its schedule depends on the catch: in the morning from 6 to 10-11 hours, and in the evening after 17 hours and before sunset.
Here you can buy the freshest fish, shark or tuna, shellfish, octopus and squid, shrimp of different sizes and crabs, mackerel and shells caught in the Indian Ocean. The prices are quite affordable and even the poor can afford. Purchases are made on the market by both the local population and tourists. At the same time, sellers are free to name different prices one and the other. Of course, it is worth bargaining, it will be pleasant not only to you, but also to sellers. Some of them can, at your request and, most likely, for a fee, clean the fish from the scales and gut it, cut into portions or sell you a clean fillet.
7. Agonda Beach
Agonda Beach is located in the southern part of Goa. A three-kilometer sandy beach, stretching away from the main roads, is rightfully considered one of the most comfortable corners of the coast.
People who don’t need a noisy company, loud music and inviting cries of merchants seek here. There is pure white sand, and palm trees grow along its coastline. Bungalows are hiding in their shadows. There are no stalls and do not sell souvenirs, but you hear the sound of the surf and the rustle of palm branches. You can book a boat trip, and you will certainly see dolphins in the sea.
Romantics and adventure lovers can rent a tent, put it right on the beach, fall asleep under the starry sky and wake up to the sound of waves. The sea is warm, the bottom without stones. This beach is very suitable for a relaxing family holidays.