The Keri (Querim) Beach is situated to the North of Arambol Beach and South of the Tirekhol River. It’s a very quiet beach. One can see the Terakhol fort from here. One can see beach beds and shacks lined along the shore and in the shade of the Palm and Pine trees. There is not much accommodation available here. Here there is a ferry point where a ferry takes people from Keri across the river to Terakhol.
Dona Paula is situated around 6 kilometers from Miramar Beach. The place is named after the viceroy’s heartbroken daughter Dona Paula who hurled herself from the nearby cliff. Although, there are many variations to this story. One legend is that she was the lady in waiting of the Portuguese Governor general’s wife and in course of the time the Governor fell victim to her beauty and charms. When the Governor’s wife learned of this adulterous relation she went wild with rage. She had Dona Paula stand on the rocky cliff and pushed her into the sea. Her tombstone epigraph in the transept of the heritage Cabo chapel in Cabo Raj Niwas authenticates her, its inscribed Dona Paula died on December 21, 1682, and was buried in the Cabo Chapel. Dona Paula was the daughter of Amaral de Menezes. On January 31, 1656, she married Dom Antonio Souto Maior and came to be known as Dona Paula Menezes e Souto Maior. She performed many acts of charity. The village of oddavel came to be known as Dona Paula after her death in 1682. The twin sculptures of a man and a woman on the rocks at Dona Paula are not of Dona Paula. These sculptures are the creation of an artist, A german baroness named Yrsa Von Leistner in memory of Mr. and Ms. Robert Knox, a US senator whose will was posthumously honoured by his brother. They were installed as late as 1969. It is mostly mistaken as that of Dona Paula and her lover. It’s famous as a “lovers spot”. One can see young couples, teenagers and a large number of tourists frequenting this place.
It has a large number of resorts and complexes although it was basically a fishing village. Water sports are carried out here. They also organize boating trips etc. It is a very famous place and often shooting for movies are carried out here. On the westernmost point of the peninsula lies an old fortress Cabo Raj Niwas. The fort is equipped with several cannons. It houses a chapel in the fortress. The place has a large garden and a little beach. there is a grotto there too. On the southern side of the access road is the “British Cemetery”. Today Cabo Raj Niwas is the residence of the Governor of Goa. To the other side, below the Cabo Raj Niwas is the Aviao-Dona Paula Beach, it’s also a very beautiful beach.
Queg de Velim is a tiny beach situated between Betim and Nerul, just after Reis Magos. Queg de Velim Beach is a very popular beach for family picnics. It is mostly frequented by Goan families for picnics and by people who visit this beach to have their annual saltwater bath. It is situated among a large number of palm trees. This beach is rocky and one can find shells here. Coco beach is basically a fishing village.
There are a few guest houses, restaurants, and shacks located here. It’s an ideal place for relaxation.
Coco Beach is a very quiet beach. It is mostly frequented by Goan families for picnics as well as a lot of foreign tourists. It is situated among a large number of palm trees. Coco beach is basically a fishing village. Water sports and boating trips are Organised here.
Most of the beach shacks on Coco beach will offer you a boat trip around the bay. They will call this a ‘Dolphin spotting trip’. This is a nice trip to do if you are on Coco Beach all day. It breaks up the day of sunbathing.
There are a number of guesthouses and restaurants located here. It’s an ideal place for relaxation.
Calangute’s heyday as the Mecca of all expatriate hippies is a way of the past. On the shores of the Arabian Sea, under the shade of palm trees, bathes the Queen of Beaches. Calangute. Fun in the sun, sand, and sea along with great opportunities for feasting on fresh seafood and Feni is what a day on the Calangute beach. One can see children making sandcastles, colorful crowds surging towards the sea, hippies busy remembering the good old times, and the young and old alike lazing on the golden sands. This picture of perfect tourist heaven is completed with shacks under the shade of palm leaves selling everything right from fried prawns and beer to trinkets made of seashells. In a green semi-circle, the villages of Arpora-Nagoa, Saligao, and Candolim do their bit to enhance the divine beauty of Calangute. It is situated between Candolim Beach and Baga Beach.
The word CALANGUTE which has become kolngutt or korgott, is derived from KOLI-GUTT, (or Gudi), which originally meant land inhabited by fisherfolk. It must have become Kolyiangutti, kalangutti, kolngutt, kongott With the advent of the Portuguese, the word probably got distorted to Calangute and has stuck till today. The name Koli may be connected with the goddess Kali, worshipped by the fisherfolk. there was a temple in the area of MOTTH. Another possibility is that it comes from KALYAN-GUTTI, which means a village of art, a beautiful village. this is quite a plausible derivation. a third derivation is from konvallo-ghott. which means the coconut was good (strong pith) since coconut trees are believed to possess a strong pith which is the “marrow” or soft substance in the center of the plant.
Bambolim Beach is a very peaceful and calm beach. Very beautiful shells are found on the shore of this beach. It’s famous for Oyster shells. It has a cover of palm trees which makes It an ideal place for family picnics. There are a few shacks along the Bambolim Beach
Baga once used to be a very quiet fishing village. It is situated to the north of the Calangute beach. But today with the boom in Tourism, It happens to be one of the most crowded and frequented beaches in Goa. All along the coast, Baga is lined with beach umbrellas and beach beds with foreign tourists sunbathing. You can find lots of water sports here. Compared to the Calangute beach, Baga beach has a more interesting landscape. Anjuna is the next beach after Baga. In Baga one can see the joining of the river and the sea. It has lots of beach shacks all along the beach. Baga is famous for its nightlife as the world-famous discotheque ” Tito’s” is situated here.
Ashwem beach is a very beautiful beach. Yet another name on the list of remote beaches of Goa is the “Ashwem Beach”. It’s also a little rocky beach. Goan families go to Ashwem beach for having their picnics. To the north of Ashwem beach lies Mandrem Beach and down south is the Morjim beach. This beach has a number of a beach shack. It also does have some good accommodation in the form of little resorts. But the most ideal accommodation here is the beach huts made of palm leaves.
Ashwem beach is also the nesting place for the olive ridley turtle which is a rare species. The nesting season is between September to February which also happens to be the peak tourist season of Goa. This beach happens to be my personal favorite, as it’s situated away from the hustle and bustle, and a great place to relax.
Anjuna is a beach famous world over. It is also famous for its “Wednesday Flea Market” which is held every Wednesday. It is closed during the off tourist season. It’s a place that gets tourists without marketing. The majority of the tourists comprise Israelis and European ravers and most of the tourists are those who have been visiting the year every year. Vagator and Chapora beaches are to the north of Anjuna and on the southern end is the beautiful Calangute Beach.
Beach parties still do take place over here. Anjuna also has some of the hottest discotheques in Goa. The tourist over here is spread out all along as they visit Anjuna not only for the beautiful quiet beach but also for the Wednesday flea market.
It happens to be a major attraction and a must-see for every person visiting Goa. Every Wednesday brings in tourists from all over Goa to Anjuna. One is greeted with a scene of hundreds of stalls, loud music as they enter. It’s always an amazing sight. Here you can find stalls selling small artifacts, clothes, beachwear, wood carvings, and outfits with intricate embroidery, glittering fabric, puppets, colourful clothes, Jewellery and gems, mirror work, Music cassettes, CDs, and DVDs. If it’s your day, you can walk away with a good deal from a foreign tourist selling second-hand goods. Artists doing henna tattoos, permanent body tattoos, and body piercing are also found here. This market has a mind-boggling cornucopia of goods from almost every part of India. As you proceed towards the end of the stalls towards the food stalls you can pick up some lip-smacking seafood accompanied by an icy cocktail, beer, or fresh lime soda.
The Anjuna beach has beach shacks along the beach. What could be more refreshing than to have a late evening swim on the beach and to track your muddy footprints to the dining shack at the beach and enjoy some of the exotic seafood served there along with a cocktail. An ideal way to end a day.
Arambol (Harmal/Hormola) is one of the few remote beaches of Goa. It’s a beautiful beach and a peaceful village. Most of the foreigners who visit this beach are because of its very quiet and peaceful. Arambol is basically a fishing village. There are a few guesthouses and many people give their houses or part of their houses on rent to the tourists. The main beach is a nice place to swim. If one moves further north along the beach coast there is a freshwater lake just below the hill. People usually have a sea bath, followed by a mud bath at the stream above the lake (it’s said to have a healing effect for the skin) and followed by a bath at the freshwater lake. There are quite a number of beach shacks and guest houses at Arambol. To the north of Arambol is the Keri/Querim beach. To the south, it’s the Mandrem beach.