On the beaches of Goa

On the Morjim beach, North Goa.
On the Morjim beach, North Goa.
Boom shack!
Boom shack!

Please wear a shirt or t-shirt inside.” ~ A sign at the entrance of a restaurant in Baga, Goa.

2nd part of my Goan adventure. Read the earlier one here.

After having our fill of the Baga beach, we headed to another popular north Goa beach called Anjuna. I had heard a lot about this one. But we were disappointed. There was no beach, just rocks. After spending half an hour, we moved further north to Morjim beach.

The approach road took us through various small villages with beautiful villas.

I would count Morjim as perhaps the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Clear blue water, light brown smooth sand. Fewer people. Mostly foreigners sunning themselves.

We had lunch at the funnily named “Boom shack”. The owner told us that the foreigners came and stayed here for 6 months. 6 months?! I too am a fan of the Indian sun, but for 6 months? Wow.

And guess what is the nationality of the maximum number of tourists? Russian. Even the restaurants menus and signboards are in Russian! (I was similarly surprised to find many Israelis in McLeod Ganj.) A Scottish guy we met, told us that during 1980s, the Russians were permitted just 2 kinds of cinema – Russian and Indian. Hence, the attachment to India!

Our last stop in Goa – Chapora fort, will be the most memorable one for me. This hill-top fort has an amazing view. Morjim beach on the right. Vagator and Anjuna to the left. The Arabian sea stretching for miles ahead. (The fort rose to fame after being featured in the cult movie of my college days and a favorite of mine – Dil Chahta Hai.)

Located at a strategic location, it changed hands between the Portuguese, the Mughals, the Marathas. But today unfortunately, other than the view, there is nothing much to appreciate, nothing at all to show its place in history. Just broken-down walls.

I have always wondered what the Europeans saw in India all those centuries ago. Was it just wealth and spices? While atop the Chapora fort, as we waited for the sun to set, I got a breath-taking glimpse of the coast. Perhaps, they must have also seen what I saw then – the undeniable natural beauty, Mother Nature in one of her better forms.

The next day, after spending an afternoon watching a flop movie in an empty theater in Panjim, we returned by bus to our respective cities, all tanned and relaxed.

A view of broken-down walls of Chapora fort.
A view of broken-down walls of Chapora fort.
Earlier, this beach was a nesting site for turtles. But sadly, no more...
Earlier, this beach was a nesting site for turtles. But sadly, no more…
Film institute, Panjim.
Film institute, Panjim. We saw the movie in INOX nearby.