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Arambol Beach (North Goa)

Arambol beach is located in northern Goa near Mapusa and around 55 kilometres from Panaji. It is possible to approach the beach using local transport, utilising the popular bus and train services which regularly stop near the village of Arambol. However most visitors arrive via taxi or richshaw from Mapusa.

The Beach is the perfect place to get away from it all, situated in an extremely secluded part of Goa, the beach has avoided the pressures of development from Western tourism, with the local population having successfully campaigned against the construction of any major hotels on the beach. Consequently, Arambol is one of the most unspoilt beaches in the area, featuring 16 kilometres of palm trees, pristine sand and calm water it has long been a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike.

It is however, subject to a long standing misconception, contrary to popular belief it is not one single beach; rather it is split into two beaches, Arambol and then the more popular Harmal beach, a concept which often confuses visitors. Harmal beach is generally viewed as the more picturesque of the two due to the amazing cliff formations which contain it, coupled with the fact that it offers an adventurous experience in that it is only accessible via foot.

Many tourists choose to explore the cliffs and headland found in the area in order to experience the spectacular views of the coast and beaches they provide. However, visitors are not solely attracted to Arambol for its beach alone. For example, in close proximity to the shoreline is a jungle valley, which houses a diverse selection of local wildlife and a now famous Banyan tree which has come to be the focus for many postcards of Goa.

There is plenty to do at this beach; many visitors try paragliding and a range of other water sports, whilst dolphin watching trips are also in high demand and are provided by the local fishermen at very reasonable rates. As with most secluded beaches in Goa, you will find a vast array of small market stalls offering everything from locally made jewellery to souvenirs and clothing. Such markets represent an ideal opportunity to purchase a range of items to remind you of your trip. In addition to the market, the village of Arambol is located close to the beach and is also well worth a visit. It remains a traditional and thriving fishing village and has an extremely friendly local population who are always welcoming of visitors eager to explore their culture.

Accommodation at Arambol beach is, generally speaking, rather basic. However, this often represents one of the key attractions for visitors to the area, allowing the local feel of the beach to be retained whilst ensuring that visitors can expect to pay reasonable room rates.
In terms of food, It has grown over the years to now provide a variety of cuisines in response to the diverse range of nationalities visiting the area. As a result, visitors can now choose from traditional local dishes or a number of European offerings at many of the stalls and local restaurants dotted along the beach.

Whilst Arambol beach might not be the most accessible of beaches in Goa due to it being excluded from the regular tourist trails, it is highly recommended, both due its unspoilt nature and its retention of a significant degree of local charm.

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