Monday, 25 April 2016

A visit to North Goa - Day 2


With my feet forward on the foot rest, I sat down, buckled my seat belt, wore life support jacket, bent my back slightly and at full throttle me & my Jet Ski waded into the ocean to whizz around the Arabian Sea. I was about to turn my Jet in the midway but suddenly engine stopped and started trembling!! Wake up, wake up Ana. Get ready honey, we have to go as early as possible. Today is going to be our hectic day for sure, many places to cover no! Ugh. It was my hubby who gave me a pinch and broke my beautiful dream.

Nevertheless, I knew this dream would never come true as both of us are water phobic/height phobic and all kinds of rides phobic. So basically we always play safe. But you know, still now I can recall that adventurous dream!

So with my broken heart dream, Second day started at Goa. We got ourselves and mobile GPS ready to explore North Goan beaches ahead. We planned to cover long distance beaches first. So accordingly,we had our breakfast at Indiana and then headed straight towards Vagator beach.





Ready..Steady..Go :D 


Vagator Beach:

This is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. Vagator is split into two main beaches by a seaside headland. On the right side, is the North Vagator beach (Big Vagator) and on the left Ozran beach (Small Vagator).

Vagator Beach, North Goa
Vagator Beach, North Goa
We parked our Activa on the top of a hill and then climbed down few stairs to see the beach closely. There is a flea market in the cliff area selling clothes, hats, handicrafts, soft drinks etc.This is a beautiful hemispherical beach busted with crowds, hawkers, and whistles of life -guards.

Vagator Beach, North Goa
Vagator Beach, North Goa

Vagator Beach, North Goa
Vagator Beach, North Goa

The Portuguese Fort Chapora is located nearby this beach. We could see a portion of the fort while clicking pictures around the sea shore.

Vagator Beach, North Goa
Vagator Beach, North Goa

The heat intensity was so high, both of us had to gulp coconut water and fruit salads at a beachside stall to revive our energy.


Big Vagator Beach:

Big Vagator beach is a part of Vagator beach only. It is approx. at 8 minutes walking distance from Vagator beach.


Big Vagator Beach, North Goa
Big Vagator Beach, North Goa

Big Vagator Beach, North Goa
Big Vagator Beach, North Goa

The highlights of Big Vagator beach are red cliffs, black lava rocks, coconut palm trees and the black sand.


Big Vagator Beach, North Goa
Can you see the BIRD ?

Big Vagator Beach, North Goa
Big Vagator Beach, North Goa

We spotted fewer tourists on this beach as compared to main Vagator beach. It is worth to watch sunset sitting on these rocks in the late evening.


Big Vagator Beach, North Goa
Gazing at the mesmerizing view :)


We spent a  good amount of time relaxing on this beach.

Little Vagator or Ozran Beach:

Ozran beach is the smallest part of Vagator beach.  It is approx. 16 minutes walking distance from Big Vagator beach; still we preferred to go by our scooter only. Accordingly we moved out from Big Vagator beach, caught the main road guided by the Google map leading to Ozran beach. We parked our scooter on the hill top and then climbed down a little to get to the beach.


Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa

Oh My! This beach is just breathtakingly beautiful. You would not believe me until and unless you don’t visit this place. Far away from the crowded Vagator, this is totally a secluded beach set amidst nature.

Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
It is one of the scenic beaches in Goa, quite picturesque. Though the features are almost same as Vagator still it has some different appeal altogether. 

Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa

Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa

We heard about a crater on the rock called Prithvi Kund made by famous artist Subodh Kerkar, spotted that here ( Locals guided us).

Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
Prithvi Kund/ The Earth Bowl on the rock ( Behind Me)
There are tall palm trees, rocky coast, and few beach shacks which add more beauty to the serenity of this beach. Only one thing what I didn’t like is black water, absolutely not meant for swimming or getting drenched!

Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa

Ozran or Little Vagator Beach, North Goa
Entrance of Shiva Place shack

The hot & humid weather had made our body super dehydrated during the day-time; found our solace in fruit juices and water only.We took some rest in Shiva’s place, a sea facing beach shack.  After having a good lunch we moved towards Arambol beach.

Arambol Beach:

Arambol is a fisherman village located in the extreme north of Goa. It is approx. 40 minutes away from Ozran Beach.

Arambol Beach, North Goa
Arambol Beach, North Goa

Arambol Beach, North Goa
Arambol Beach, North Goa


                                                                     
Arambol beach is pristine, calm and is ideal for families. It is popular amongst the budget minded travellers who prefer long stay in north Goa. There are various things to do here like paragliding, kite surfing and joining Yoga and meditation courses.

Arambol Beach, North Goa
Arambol Beach, North Goa

Arambol Beach, North Goa
Arambol Beach, North Goa

   
There is a lake adjacent to this beach called as Sweet Lake or Paliem Lake. We didn’t visit there since you need to walk a lot to get to the lake, kept this for next time.


Arambol Beach, North Goa
Arambol Beach, North Goa

Arambol Beach, North Goa
I love this moment when water touches my feet:) 

Ashvem Beach:

Ashvem beach is located in the Pernem sub-district of North Goa and is situated south to the Arambol beach. It took around 16 minutes to reach this beach by our scooter from Arambol.
Ashvem Beach, North Goa
Ashvem Beach, North Goa

Ashvem beach is a beautiful, calm, flat sandy beach. The southern part of this beach is much crowded than the northern part. The northern end of this beach has a small lagoon with a rivulet flowing across the beach. Unfortunately, we landed up in northern part only; you can see the pictures below.

Ashvem Beach, North Goa
Ashvem Beach, North Goa

Ashvem beach is famous for being the nesting spot of Olive Ridley Turtles. It was really worth visiting this beach, spotted fewer tourists who were taking Sun Bath and admiring the scenic landscape. We didn’t see any Indian tourists there, though! Few shacks are there that overlooks the beach. We walked along the shore and clicked pictures. 


Ashvem Beach, North Goa
Ashvem Beach, North Goa
At the entrance of this beach, there are few designer boutiques. Loved the designs but failed to buy (price bomb!).

Morjim Beach:

Morjim is the last village in the south of Pernem and the beach is located to the south of Ashvem. Morjim is home to a variety of rare sea birds and is a nesting & hatching habitat of the Olive Ridley sea turtle, an endangered species. That is why Morjim was declared to be prohibited area under Wild Life Protection Act of 1972 and Government of Goa.
Morjim Beach, North Goa
Morjim Beach, North Goa

Morjim Beach, North Goa
Morjim Beach, North Goa

However, the laying and hatching process of the turtles draws tourist attraction here. This is a wide clean beach with soft light sand. Morjim is also home to maximum Russian immigrants and this is why it is renowned as ‘the little Russia’.


Morjim Beach, North Goa
Morjim Beach, North Goa

Morjim Beach, North Goa
Morjim Beach, North Goa

Best for swimming, water sports, and nightlife parties. There are occasional beach shacks in Morjim beach. We took a break and relaxed in Bora Bora beach shack. This is a pretty shack with a great ambience, located right at the entrance of the beach. The food and fresh fruit juices served here were good.

Our next destination was Chapora Fort to view Sun set from the peak point. But we couldn’t make it to this fort since we were already late and extremely exhausted. Moreover, it was Good Friday and we had less time so couldn’t visit even any churches during this year visit. We are planning to cover temples, churches and rest historical places on our next trip to Goa, this time only beaches and forts.

We headed towards our resort because we had booked our dinner at Calamari beach shack, Candolim for that night. Please do pay a visit to this shack if you are in North Goa. I fell in love with its unique ambience. Candle light dinner, sumptuous food, sea breeze and live music just add a refreshing vibe to your romantic date or say to you positively, making it a most memorable one ( Pardon me for not posting Calamari shack pictures here, dim light has ruined all the photos actually).

In fine, our second day in Goa ended on a good note and we prepared ourselves for the next or final day to explore rest of the places.

Hope you enjoyed my second-day trip at Goa. And do not forget to read my first day at North Goa tale also.
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Rest stories are coming up real soon.


 


















29 comments:

  1. Amazing pics. Your posts are now tempting me more to visit Goa :)

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  2. loved the detailed detour of all the beaches.. black water sounds weird..i m a bog beach bum and could stay in sea all day :D but i have not been to goa yet..time to plan the trip.
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    1. He he..same here Anubhuti :) Only one problem that I face specially in beaches is Sun Tanning! Apart from that I can live my whole life there :D Yeah make a plan and visit Goa soon :)

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  3. Lovely beaches Anamika. Would love to visit Goa sometime:)

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    1. Thank you so much dear :) Yes do make a plan asap ;)

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  4. Lovely place! I always get excited to visit beaches, like you said they are refreshing & relaxing.. Great post!

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    1. Absolutely Rams and that is why beaches attract me more than anything! Thank you :)

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  5. hey ! i like vagator beach as its very clean and peaceful beach. you look pretty in each pic.

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    1. Thank you so much Rishika :) Yes Vagator and its other parts like big and small Vagator beaches are also clean and peaceful :) I loved these places.

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  6. Wow! I'm planning to visit Goa soon, this post has tempted me to hurry up!!

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    1. He he...Rakhshanda you must! Thank you so much :)

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  7. Goa is a beautiful place..nice pics.. :)

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  8. Looks like you had a really good time in Goa! Great pictures :)

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  9. Such a detailed post. The pictures are amazing.

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  10. Great post and superb clicks..now I want to go to Goa once again...I am getting nostalgic... xoxo, neha

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    1. Yeah Neha, Goa has an unique charm truly :) Thank you so much.

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  11. Yours posts on Goa are so informative. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  12. I wish to visit goa soon :D

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  13. The pictures are so good, Anamika! I hope you had a nice time there. I wish I could go to Goa!

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    1. Thank you so much Lancy :) Yeah had a great stay there, make a plan and visit this place. I bet you would not regret!

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