Of the fishing settlements dotted along the north coast, only Arambol 32-km
northwest of Mapusa, is remotely geared to tourism - albeit in a very
low-key, low-impact fashion. If one is happy with basic amenities, the
village offers two very fine beaches and a healthy dose of peace and quiet.
Parties are occasionally held here, drawing revellers across the river from
Anjuna and Vagator, but these are rare intrusions into an otherwise
tranquil, out of the way enclave.
Beaches Of Arambol
Modern Arambol is scattered around an area of high ground west of the main
coast road, where most of the buses pull in. From here, a bumpy lane runs
downhill, past a large school and the village church, to the more
traditional end of the village, clustered under a canopy of widely spaced
palm trees. The main beach lies 200m farther along the lane. Strewn with
dozens of old wooden fishing boats and a line of tourist café bars,
the gently curving bay is good for bathing, but much less picturesque than
its neighbour around the corner.
The smaller and less frequented of Arambol's two beaches can only be
reached on foot by following the stony track over the headland to the north.
Beyond an idyllic rocky-bottomed cove, the trail emerges to a broad strip of
soft white sand hemmed in on both sides by steep cliffs.
A Freshwater Lake
Behind the surrounding of the second beach lay a small freshwater lake
extends along the bottom of the valley into a thick jungle. Hang around the
banks of this murky green pond for long enough, and one will probably see a
fluorescent yellow human figure or two appear from the bushes at its far
end. Fed by boiling hot springs, the lake is lined with sulphurous mud,
which, when smeared over the body, dries to form a surreal, butter coloured
Nearby, in the woods immediately behind the lake, other members of the
lunatic fringe have taken to living in the branches of an old tree; the
scene resembles a cross between Lord of the flies and apocalypse now.
Prime AttrACTIONs of Arambol
It was a key Portuguese fort for the defense of
Goa, on the north side of the estuary of the Teracol River, the most
northern boundary of Goa. more..
How To Get There - Arambol
Road: Buses to and from Panjim pull
into Arambol every thirty minutes until noon, and every ninety minutes
thereafter, at the small bus stand on the main road. A faster private
minibus service from Panjim arrives daily opposite the Chai (tea) stalls at
the beach end of the village.
Boat: Boats leave here every
Wednesday morning for the ninety-minute trip to the Anjuna Flea Market.
Tickets should be booked in advance from the Welcome Restaurant by the
beach, which also rents out motorcycles. The post office, next to the
church, has a Poste Restante Box; to change money, however, one will have to
head for Vagator, as Arambol's State Bank Of India has no foreign exchange
Places To Stay - Arambol
Apart from a couple of
purpose built chalets on the edge of the Village, most of Arambol's
accommodation consists of simple houses in the woods behind the beach. Some
of the more posh places have fully equipped kitchens and showers, but the
vast majority are standard issue bare huts. Long stay visitors either bring
their own bedding and cooking stuff or kit themselves out at Mapusa Market.
General Information - Arambol
32-km, Northwest Of Mapusa, Goa
Beaches And A Freshwater Lake