This is one of our favourite beaches in Goa (Ashvem), it is about 45 mins by taxi or motorcycle from Calangute and you can rent coco huts on the beach at several differant sites from 200 to 350 Rupees per night. It is a differant Goa compared to the husstle and busstle of the main resorts of Baga and Calangute. The beach is clean and the shacks or (Restaurants) are set well back which means that you can walk without hassle. I shouldn`t be telling you this because if you all go then it won`t be quiet the same again. If you do go try the seaview and see either Patrick or Dennis and they will look after you.
the month of may sees soaring mercury levels reaching 40deg celsius and some premonsson showers are common during the evening.
the month of june heralds the onset of southwest monsoon. it gradually progresses from lakshadweep islands in south arabian sea to kerala karnataka and finally goa.
thereafter it progresses northwards and sets in over rest of the indian subcontinent.
the herald of monsoon transforms the arid parched land into a paradise of colors fragrances and romantic weather(if you love the rains)
the landscape is a hue of green from the darkest shade to a parrot green for the freshly sprouted grass.
the sea transforms itself from a sleeping giant to a churning and twisting whiplash of waves which strike the coast with such a ferocity that its loud thuds can be appreciated for some miles.
the konkan coast (western coast)of which goa is a part offers some very steep cliffs on the oceanfront. thats why it is knowsn as indias california.
my trip in monsoon to goa in july took me to a similar cliff in fort aguada located on private property of taj fort aguada beach resort.
it was raining cats and dogs and as i turned a corner on top of the hill i could hear the ocean roar.
the top of the aguada hill also known as vasco da gama point offers a panoramic view. from here one can see the aguada lighthouse.
as seen in the accompanying picture giant waves roll over each other and crash onto the rocky promonotories below creating water jets and surf which rises in the air.
one can see the narrow path which is a trekking path leading to an observation point close to the waves best negotiated in summer months when there are no rains.such paths are treacherous and slippery and should be avoided without a guide.
a lot of seating benches make for cosy corners where one can hold umbrella over your head with your beloved and watch the ocean play its game.
the western coast of india affords some really breathtaking cliff views of the ocean.
Its really surprising to see that there are a few beaches in Goa that allow bathing in birthday suit. Go to Anjuna & Arambol if you want to have a glimpse of topless chicks & bottomless dicks.
Bottomline: There are people who are desperate to have proper clothing and there are a few who are desperate to shed their clothes off. *IRONY*
These people are considered as guardians of any beaches.
PROS: They help in keeping away Beggers, Peddlers and Oglers.
CONS: Dogs, So called "Mans best friend" could become his "WORST ENEMY"
BOTTOMLINE: Goan dogs are Always intoxicated and hence their moods cant be predicted
If you don't want the hustle of the main beach resorts hire a taxi and go to one of the many beaches which are quiet and very beautiful.
It is very cheap to hire a taxi for a day, and the driver will recommend which beaches to visit, although he will always want to take you to where his friend works!
We travelled to 2 lovely beaches - Coco beach south of Baga and Calungute, and another who's name escapes me north of Baga. The latter had small beach shacks on stilts which can be hired out for overnight stays on the beach- so you can be awoken by the sea in the morning.
Its remote, little noticed and the tourism hordes are yet to reach here. But Palolem could just be the answer to the overcrowded and virtual concrete jungles of the Goa coast.
Located in the south of Goa, about 55 to 60 kms from panaji, it is quiet destination favored by the more discerning foreign tourists for its peaceful ambienceb back-to-back nature image and coconut-tree packed sandy stretches.
Unlike north goa, the south opened up to tourism only in the 1990s. Over the years the no. of tourists, both domestic and foreign, has been increasing steadily.
At the empty (in august) beaches of north Goa you could find thousands of seashells during one of those endless walks. But the most impressive were those beautiful SEA STARS all around the beach, there were so many covering all… I tried to take some of them home, but as I opened the can back in Spain, they were all dust (and that made me think of human destiny, BTW, LOL), but at least I kept this picture…
Just lying on the beach is fab, enjoy the fruit from the women sellers but always put things away or they will get stolen buy the cows!!
its one of the lovely beaches i prefer..coz its calm less ppl...and very nice for photography...i feel everyone shld see this beach
This is what I like about Ashvem, a lovely beach to walk on without the hassle of the touts trying to get you in their shacks every 50 yards.
This is Mina. She is from Gujarat and works in Goa for 3 months per year. We met in the bus and we spent a nice morning together despite of the rain.