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Morjim Beach

Morjim attracts travelers for different reasons. Some come to view the rural village steeped in ancient customs and traditions, some for nature visits to see the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. Apart from these, many come to relax in the lap of nature at the palm fringed beach lying on white powdery sands viewing the crystal clear waters. With barely any commercialization, you will be disturbed only by the whispers of the ocean.

Morjim is 30 kms away from Panaji, the capital city of Goa. It is bounded by the Chapora River in the east, the Arabian Sea in the south and a thick verdant forest in the north lying right at the place where the Zuari River meets the ocean. It is also not far from the other popular North Goan beaches like the Arambol and Siolim.

Of late, the beach has come to be known as "Little Russia". But the Russian presence is objected by local authorities who suspect their links with Russian mafias and their dealings in drug trade.

How To Get There: There are regular buses plying from Siolim and Mapusa and at least 6 daily bus services from Panaji. After getting off from the bus, you will need to walk about 1 km to the beach. Two-wheelers are available on rent and they are the most convenient means of transport for getting around. You will also find plenty of motorcycle taxis.

Where To Stay: A fair number of beach shacks are available at the back of the beach with relatively good prices. The Russians expatriates also give out their property on rent but at a very steep rate. For the budget traveler, the small guest houses are a viable option if not the shacks. The Montego Bay Village, Hotel Nifa, The Whispering Palms and the Hotel Papa Jolly's are popular among the high society.

Activities: All nature-loving tourists must visit Morjim. Lucky ones might even chance upon the Ridley Turtles coming to lay their eggs in the softer white sands at the southern end of the beach called the Temb. This event does not occur frequently and also difficult to predict. Watching the turtles and their hatchlings will surely make an unforgettable experience. But do not touch the eggs because you could be booked for crime. Effort has been made to keep the beach free of excessive buildings and commercialization but there are few beach shacks and restaurants serving good food.

If you’ve missed out on your social life during your Goan holiday then Morjim is a good place to make up. Head to the fishermen village and learn two of Goa's traditional folk dances there. The friendly and fun-loving villagers are nice to be around. Otherwise it is quite a delight watching the fishermen cast their nets waiting expectantly for their day's catch.

The beach is also one of the liveliest beaches in Goa with rave parties being held at night despite the regular warnings from local authorities.

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