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Bogmalo Beach

Location of Beach : South of Vasco Da Gama
Popular As : Ideal Picnic Spot
Highlight : Hallant Island, Sao Jacinto
Best time To Visit : November-March

Bogmalo Beach - Gateway To Beach Fun

Bogmalo Beach , Goa
Bogmalo Beach , Goa

Beach Attractions : Fishing, Sao Jacinto island, Grande island, Issorcim island.
Around Alapuzzha : Arthunkal - 22 km, Cherthala - 20 km,Vayalar - 2 km.
To Shop : Shop from hi tech shops selling Traditional Goan Handicrafts and Souvenirs.
Getting There : Nearest Airport - Dabolim Airport is 4 kms away.
Nearest Rail - Vasco Da Gama – 10 Kms and Buses are Available.
Don't Miss : Trekking from Bogmalo to Hollant and get a Memorable view of Mormugoa Coast.
Inside Tip : Bogmalo is the one of the few places in India where one can learn Scuba Diving from a PADI approved Diving School.
Activities : Windsurfing, Diving, Jet Skiing, Trekking.
Uniqueness : According to Legends, Lord Rama is believed to have been brought up on this Beach. It is also said that Lord Rama had Camped on this Beach during his Exile.
Must Visit : The Sree Sankara Ayurvedic Center.
Where to Eat : Coconut Creek Restaurant, Joet's, Full Moon Restaurant and Bar.
Staying Options : Bogmalo Beach Resort, Bogmalo Beach Park Plaza, Coco huts.

Bogmalo Beach Tour

Imagine a shoreline that portrays many moods of life. Brushes of nature stirring the bright yellow to a fiery orange and to a mysterious rust; all merging into a pensive blue. There are many reasons to plan a vacation trip to Bogmalo Beach, one of Goa's more attractive beaches. Situated just south of Vasco da Gama and fringed by green hills on three sides, its grainy golden sand and big surf make Bogmalo an undisputedly different experience. Besides, it also sports a mixture of serenity and merchandising, splashed with natural beauty where one can happily lose oneself amidst the flavour of Goa.

Not long ago, Bogmalo was just another small fishing village, clustered by a pair of palm fringed ridges at the northern end of Colva bay. You can still see those thatched hamlets nestling solitarily on the undulating sands of Bogmalo, complete with a tiny white washed Chapel and gangs of hogs wandering amidst the rubbish. Expensive café-bars pulsating with Western music have crept up the beach, while the slender streets nearby are prowled by tireless Kashmiri handicraft vendors. With all these bilateral attractions and a promise for an enticing watersport experience, vacationers in Goa find it irresistible not to hangout on the sun-kissed sands of Bogmalo Beach.

Tan Your Spirits on The Bogmalo Beach

Well, it may sound like a humour, but the nicest thing to do in this bubbling beach is to enjoy a walk down to the end of the Bogmalo beach. Right at the end you will find a little creek that can be waded across at low tide, and a fishing hamlet. Sea eagles sore in the skies above, while canoes and trawlers are out fishing. After you have explored the tempo of the beach, try your temper for windsurfing, the most favoured watersport in this quarter. Before planning a holiday trip, contact the Tourism Department of Goa to know about the world famous National Windsurfing Championship. The Board Sailing Association of India organises the grand event every year between August and November. It is indeed a fun to be a part of the merriment when the whole of Goa springs up to life. The event attracts hundreds of tourists from all pockets of the sub-continent and you can find people in different colour and mood trying their hands in this much-loved sport.

Bogmalo is mostly safe to swim though the surf can be dodgy. At Hollant, there is a stream at the side, so while the tide is going out, staying within the waist-deep area is a better idea. Tourists can even contact Scotsman Willie Downey of 'Goa Diving', who offers casual diving as well as PADI open water courses. The diving sites are equally fascinating. Remember to ask your trainer for the 20th century wreck at Grande Island. You can also register yourself for a 5 day open-water course, which will give you a certificate to dive anywhere in the world!

A Cradle of Fun For A Perfect Holiday

Woman at Bogmalo Beach , Goa
Fisherwoman at Bogmalo Beach , Goa

Just about 1 ½ km before you reach Bogmalo Beach, the road branches off to the left. Trace the route and you reach a tiny cove with a little beach, called Issorcim or Hallant. This unexplored piece of virgin sands affords both the crests and troughs of enjoyment. You can enjoy a trek upto Bogmalo through a treacherous terrain which offers a superb view of the Mormugao Coast from a height. Dive deep into the emerald waters to meet the colony of plate corals. Hallant is the only place apart from Grande Island where this particular species of corals nestle in Goa. Plan your trip with the tour operators, who will guide you to this magical island on a day when the water is exceptionally clear and the visibility is high.

Drive 5 km on the Panaji-Vasco highway towards the Mormugao Bay to reach the lovely little island of Sao Jacinto. Beside housing some old mansions and a picturesque chapel, this tiny patch of green Goa is known for its anthropological importance. The lichen-washed white parapets of the chapel are like a bit of froth on the face of Sao Jacinto. Climb the path that goes up the hill to a look-out point which may have originally been a Kadamba-period (c. 455 CE) lighthouse. The view is magnificent and you can see outposts of history, remnants of the fort that were once made to ward off the possibility of using this serene patch as a launch pad for an assault on the Mormugao fort. Quench your thirst with the water of the ancient spring present in the heart of the village, still used by the villagers for their drinking water.

At low tide along the Chicalim coastline, further up the road towards Vasco from Sao Jacinto Island, one can actually see a tiny islet with a crucifix on it. Locally known as San Antonio, this solitary cross stands like a ray of hope amidst the silhouette of life, and attracts hundreds of enthusiast men and women, who cluster here to collect 'teesria' (juicy clams) from the shallow waters during low tide. Remember to taste the delectable delicacy prepared in coconut milk.

Drive Your Way

The close proximity of Bogmalo Beach to Dabolim Airport (4 km), makes it the first and the last choice of the travellers. If your flight arrives in the afternoon, don't miss the chance to enjoy a leisurely lunch by the sea. Stay overnight and plan your Goa holiday tour from Bogmalo. On the contrary, if you are taking an early morning flight out of Goa, Bogmalo is a great place to stay; it takes less than 10 minutes to reach the airport from teh beach. Situated in the Mormugao taluka, the beach is situated 10 km south of Vasco da Gama city. The state transport operates regular bus services from Vasco bus stand at 30-min intervals and stop outside the airport on the way to Bogmalo. If you have a car drive on the four lane highway past the airport and continue straight on towards Verna. Within a few kilometres, you would find a road that goes off on the right to Bogmalo. Make sure to take the left fork on the slope, otherwise you would reach Hollant instead.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bogmalo Beach

Bogmalo Beach

Explore Solitude In The Sound of Waves
Not being on the popular beach listing of most tourists, the Bogmalo Beach retains a fresh hue. Swaying palm trees that provide it all the shade it needs, uniquely surround this beach. Away from the maddening crowds, the Bogmalo Beach never disappoints those who follow their hearts.

Surf The Sea With The Wind
The Bogmalo Beach encourages wind-surfing options for sea-adventure enthusiasts. Try to analyse the mood of air and get on to surf the energetic waters of the Arabian Sea. A chilled bottle of beer awaits your arrival.

Dive Deep To A New World
The prime attractions of this virgin beach lie under the pristine waters, where vast meadows of sea grass frame a magical extravaganza of colour and form. Look for Bogmalo's plate corals that are among the least explored in the world.

Be With The Surf Champions
During the pre-winter season, the Board Sailing Association of India organises the grand event of National Windsurfing Championship, which attracts hundreds of participants and much more spectators to enjoy the fun. One can even get a good diving training at that time at a much economical price.

Taste A Teesria
Buy a plate of 'Teesria' (juicy mussel) prepared deliciously in coconut milk. The spicy preparation is a good company with fenny and often makes a good evening for the locals.

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