South Goa Beaches
¤ Bogmalo- A South Goa Beach
The village of Bogmalo is 8km from Vasco da Gama. It has a pleasant
beach with some nice cafés. Bogmalo South Goa Beach also has
the Park Plaza five-star hotel, which has been built in disregard of
the rule that disallows any construction till 500m of the beach.
¤ Majorda, Colva and Benaulim
Not a long time ago, the spectacular beaches of Colva in South Goa
and Benaulim were sleepy fishing villages and with practically no
tourists, besides a few hippies whose quest for life made them give up
the psychedelic pandemonium of Calangute. They erected palm shacks on
the beach and slept under the moon, pondering with Janis Joplin,
singing freedoms just another word for nothing left to
Today, Majorda, and a part of Colva and Benaulim beaches, have been
replaced by plush hotels, restaurants, shops and discos. But the
beaches are still very beautiful, and once you get out of the main
hangout patches, you are without doubt in a tranquill, tropical
Xanadu. Seafood in one of the several beach shacks on Benaulim can be
a very pleasant experience.
¤ Varca and Cavelossim
5km from Benaulim, lies the up-market Varca, followed by the
Cavelossim Beach in South Goa. There are some excellent hotels here,
and each resort is at some distance from the other. A few budget
hotels can also be found in the villages. The beaches are quite clean,
and all in all, a relatively peaceful getaway.
Situated close to the estuary is the idyllic little fishing village
of Betul in South Goa. The village is spread around groves and gardens
of coconut, jackfruit and banana. The jetty in Betul is a good place
to observe the hustle and bustle of Betuls everyday life.
Colourful boats filled with coir and fishes, and busy fisherfolk
turned out in vibrant colours, make this a truly interesting
experience. Betul also has the awesome Leela Beach Resort, which has
an artificial lagoon.
Dominated by cliffs and the Portuguese Cabo de Rama Fort is the
little village of Agonda lying on the straches of South Goa costal
line. This beach here is simply gorgeous and totally unspoilt, as it
is not well connected by the local bus service. If you happen to be
mobile, then Agonda is a beach you have to soak in.