Morjim Beach, Goa
Morjim Beach is definitely one of the best beaches of Goa. Its a poet's paradise which sky changing colors and sun setting in. Located south to Ashwem beach it is considered to be one of the most tranquil beaches of Goa, offering peace and serenity. Tourists come here for relaxing and dining out. This place is lined up with restaurants and cottages which offer some of the best relaxation things. Morjim Beach is also locally known as “Little Russia” because of huge inhabitation of Russians here who stay for more than a month in this beautiful heaven.
Things to Do in Morjim Beach
- Morjim Beach is famous for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Spend time here enjoying these beautiful creatures. Giving food to them and disturbing them is not allowed. Tourists often click photos with these turtles.
- It's a peaceful beach and not the activity. Tourists like to spend lazy evenings and afternoons in the beach side shacks and sun beds. Local drink Feni and fresh coconut water are sought after in this place.
- Morjim beach offers a plenty of things to do apart from water sports adventures. Enjoy the beach with watching dolphins swimming in the deep sea, diving for seagulls, look out for water birds including beautiful kingfishers, kites and other species. Adventure sports is not much here due to the inhabitation of water animals.
- Its a peaceful beach with lots of Russians inhabiting this beach and its surroundings. That is the reason why local eateries and restaurants sell lot of Russian cuisine along with Goan food. Enjoy both of these cuisines. A lot of private beach sun beds, coco palms, Russian sports bar and beach touching restaurants can be found here. Its a clean beach and your rights are bound to keep it clean.
Shopping in Morjim Beach
With lots of Russians and very less locals; this place does not offer much shopping. Whatever is sold here is mostly of use to russian tourists. So if you are looking for Russian souveniers; you can shop it here. Other stuff includes local dresses, designer light wearing clothes, shoes, sea – shell bangles and other such stuff which are more of for daily use rather than shopping stuff.
How to Reach Morjim Beach
By air one can first reaches Panjim Airport. From there reach Morjim beach which is close by. To reach by train, you need to reach Vasco DA Gama railway first. From Thivim to Morjim it is just 2 kms which can be covered by pre – paid taxi or a local bus. From Madagaon eary trains start early; usually at 6 a.m.
Tips for Traveller in Morjim Beach
Morjim Beach is filled with Russians tourists. Because of the high number of russians who inhabited this beach; prices of restaurants, hotels, taxis including shopping and food are likewise. This place definitely gives a somewhat feeling of being in Russia; yet if you are ready to shell out much, do not spend much time here.
Enjoy the best of the beach with seeing dolphins and turtles, which make for the best attractions of the beach. Almost every place here accepts credit cards, cash cards and travel cards; so use these as much as possible. Avoid use of cash wherever possible. Always keep your kids along with you and don't let them go out of eye – sight. Be in touch with your tour operator to be on the safer side.
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT MORJIM BEACH
November to February is the best time to visit the Morjim beach. The weather will be more pleasant then with little rain, so you can spend more time on the beach. The beach shacks will be all open, and there will be parties. You can also rent a car or bike and visit some of the other beaches in the north and even plan a trip to the Chapora Fort without worrying about rain or heat. The summer is hot and humid, and the monsoon months are very wet. Most of the shacks will also be closed.
The summer months (March to early June) are hot. The temperature ranges between 32° and 36°C. Evenings are pleasant, but the humidity will be high, so you are likely to sweat. Avoid direct sunlight exposure between 11 AM and 3 PM. The monsoon (middle of June to early September) is not as hot, but there is a lot of rain. July and August are the wettest months. On some days there can be thundershowers too. Expect high waves and choppy sea.
HOW TO REACH MORJIM
By Air — The Dabolim international airport is 51 kms from Morjim. Taxis are available for rent at the airport counter. Many flights connect the airport with Europe and the Indian cities throughout the day.
By Rail — The Vasco da Gama railhead is 52 kms from Morjim.
By Road — Panaji is 28.2 kms from Morjim.
Nearby Attractions in Morjim Beach
The best way to see around is to hire a bike and go around the places. This beach is well known for end – of – the day vibrant parties. Some parties are celebrated in the lesser known Chapora Fort; often for big business houses. From the fort one can easily see the Chopdem river, giving a good scenic beauty. Palm and Casauarina pines make it a picturesque place. Other best things include join on silent river cruises, dolphin sight seeing and away from the beach watersports activities.
You just cannot miss a trip to Chapora Fort
Chapora Fort is situated in North Goa and just 10 km (6.2 mi) away from Mapusa. The fort is also a stone’s throw away from Vagator Beach. The other name of the fort is Shahpura, which means “Town of Shah.” It was originally designed as a watch post in the 17th century. When the Portuguese ruled Goa, this fort underwent reconstruction and included many underground tunnels for escapes if a siege occurred.
The fort is a hot tourist attraction in Goa since it overlooks Vagator Beach. You can get a great view of beaches like the mouth of the Chapora River, Morjim Beach, Ozran Beach, and Vagator Beach from the fort. Visitors can reach the fort by road from Mapusa.