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January 30, 2013
Arambol- The Bohemian Beach...!!
It was a nice drive past the wonderful serene beaches of Morjim and Ashwem to the bohemian Arambol. It is not without reason that the hippies, foreign backpackers and bohemian lovers call this beach their home. It is a far cry from the maddening crowds of Baga, Calangute and Anjuna. This serene beach which is mostly frequented by foreign backpackers has a beautiful landscape with hills in the background, white sands and occasionally jutting rocks. Arambol also boasts of numerous beach shacks which are some of the most wonderfully built ones I have ever seen.
As we walked into the beach, the sun was about to set, the colourful boats were laid back on the shore, bohemians were frolicking, children were playing a game of cricket, youngsters were dribbling a football, a few were building sand castles, a couple of them were having a session of yoga, many were strolling on the beach with the waters kissing their feet and a few like me were capturing all these wonderful moments. The beach has numerous massage centres, yoga centres and body painting options to attract the travellers.
After a long languorous stroll across the beach, we moved towards the northern end where we climbed on to a elevation which is lined with numerous stalls, restaurants and shacks. Across this hill lies another beach which also happens to be a part of Arambol. The beach is called Paliem/ Colomb beach. More foreign crowd and more serenity is what welcomed us to this small beach. It also has a small fresh water lake close to the colourful shacks with Waghcolomb hill in the background.
We walked further north and a small winding pathway took us up the hills in the background through a small forest cover. After a walk of about 20 minutes we reached a banyan tree where a lot of people were meditating, mostly foreigners. They had set up a fire camp and also had an idol of Shiva. We had two options, either to sit there with them or walk up further. With the light fading at a quick pace we decided to tread further up the hill. A further 10 minutes walk and we were on top of the hill from where the splendid views of the beach, the fresh water lake and the sun was mind blowing.
Without wasting much time on top which was devoid of people we trekked back and the last few stretches in complete darkness. By the time we reached the beach, the shacks were all lit up, the crowds had moved into them and the sun had given way to the moon and stars. Arambol still exudes what the real bohemian lover or hippies are looking for. Hippies have moved on from Calangute to Anjuna to Vagator to Arambol. However the crowds have also followed their trails. So before it turns out into another weekend beach in Goa, make the most of bohemian Arambol.
Signing Note- Transform yourself into a hippie in Arambol...!!
Route- Panjim- Mapusa- Siolim- Mandrem- Arambol