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Arambol Beach: Things to do, Place Guide

Arambol is traditionally a fisherman’s beach and located about 90 minutes’ drive from Goa’s international airport at Dabolim and falls under the Pernem administrative region of North Goa. Maximum tourists, both domestic and international, flock this beach between the winter months of November and March. The beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches across Goa and connects Keri beach to the north and Mandrem to the south.  Arambol beach adds a distinct Bohemian feel as tourists enjoy their visit to this place. Arambol beach is located 43 km from the capital city of Panjim and has a population of around 5300.

Hippies discovered Arambol

It was back in the 60’s that the Hippies discovered Arambol. This beach destination has become a welcoming community of locals, tourists and long-term visitors who have come this far in search of peace and love. As a matter of fact, Arambol has escaped away from vacation developers and construction giants and therefore still remains a small village with endless charm. For Yoga and Astrology lovers and those who have an affinity for Ayurveda traditional medicine, Arambol is the right place. Also legend has it that the famous music band The Beatles had meditated by the famous Banyan Tree in the forest at the northern end of the beach.

How to reach Arambol

  • By Air: The Dabolim airport is 59.2 km from Arambo. One can reach from Dadolim to Panjim and then proceed towards Duler-Marna-Siolim Road, and finally the Querim–Arambol–Agarwada Road to reach Arambol.
  • By Rail: The closest railway station is Pernem, which is 16.8 km away. The Thivim station is 26.8 km away.
  • By Road: Can reach Panjim, 35.5km away from Arambol.

Things to do

Arambol beach is in a sense a hub for the study of yoga, meditation, and alternative therapies where backpackers and bohemian travelers often make this beach their second home. Colorful beach shacks serve seafood, Goan cuisine, and western fare, and many double as bars with live music in the evening. Inland, the lanes are lined with low-key accommodations, alongside casual shops selling clothing and souvenirs.

Explore Yoga & Meditation

India is referred to as the home of yoga and so is Goa where yoga schools are sprawling on the coastline. Arambol is no exception when it comes to yoga and meditation. If you’re interested in joining the yoga teacher training, there are plenty of Yoga Schools in Arambol.

Body Massage: Arambol will offer you the best massage centres to choose from. There are various massage and spa centres that list out various kinds for men and women.

Vocals & Singing

Arambol and music go hand in hand and often people engage in jamming on guitars inside chilled cafés where live performances and open mic nights are a common sight at venues across the town. Also beachfront bars are common venues for heavy trance beats for all those night owls.

Kite Surfing

The 16 km long beach is dotted by huge coconut trees, stunning cliff formations and a jungle valley, which is home to a wide variety of local wildlife and the amazing  Banyan trees, all adding up to the beauty of Arambol beach. Kite surfing therefore is an extreme sport to be tried here at Arambol.

Dancing: Ecstatic dance Arambol is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 7pm to10pm and Thursday and Sunday in the morning from 11am to 1.30pm at the Source Arambol under the Banyan tree.

Sweet Water Lake: The Sweet Water Lake in Arambol is a paradise of fresh-water that emanates in the natural hot springs from within the forest. It’s actually a lagoon which is surrounded by hills of greenery and coconut trees and the spiritual atmosphere of the area makes it one of the favourite for regular meditation sessions.

Beach shacks: Arambol is line up with Beach shacks of repute that offer good food. Tourists reach out to these shacks for its amazing food quality and a very decent price. Also food quantity and service is very good and professional, besides the Booze is cheap and people love first streaming WiFi.

Swimming: If you look at the beach from the top it curves gently towards the sea which is shallow with a flat bottom. Therefore swimming is very safe here and the sand is also smooth, but slightly darkish in texture.

Walking (Arambol to Keri):

Keri is the topmost beach of Goa. It falls in line with Arambol beach-Paliyem-Keri beach. It’s fun to walk along the shore. When you start walking from Arambol along the shore, you have to cross through the shops along the cliff to get to Paliyem, where you can enjoy the sweet water lake view and if you have the stamina to climb up the cliff there is paragliding waiting for you. If you walk along the shores of Paliyem beach which is a bit rocky you can reach Keri. It is an adventurous walk through the rocks, exploring the caves to pass through the steep hills.

Shopping / Market / flea

arambol flea market
Flea market, Arambol

Arambol’s Flea Market is a beachside market set up in the peak season and it operated every evening. Actually, it is the Russians who manage the market as stalls here sell most of the items which are mentioned and described in Russian. However, Indian currency is accepted here and one can find musical instruments, jewelry, and many exotic items. There is one street market too leading up to the beach.

Yoga Centers and Retreats

Arambol is home to many yoga retreats and meditation centers. To name a few are the likes of the Ashta Yoga Valley, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center, and the Ek Omkar Yoga Center, where visitors can enroll for a yoga and meditation course. These centers teach you how to train your body and mind so as to relax completely and improve your health. There are yoga teacher training courses also available.

Annual Parade of freaks

Arambol Carnival, Goa

The Annual Parade of freaks is referred to as the parade of Arambol aka “Freak Parade.” This is a ‘foreigners-only’ event as travellers and settlers from all across the world wear the most colourful outfits and groove to percussion and songs from their native countries and sashay across the entire length of this beautiful beach. It is one colorful and freak party in every sense of the word. This parade is actually an unclouded view into Goa’s “hippy” culture and describes how they celebrate life without allowing the metropolitan nature to influence them.

Meal Option

  • Cafe Junas 9: Indian Cafe, Seafood, Bar, Asian, Pub, Veg-Friendly, Vegan
  • German Bakery: Cafe, Veg-Friendly
  • Olive Garden Restaurant: Italian, Indian, Seafood Israeli
  • Organic Vibes: International, Cafe, European, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan Options
  • The bee’s knees: Mexican, Vegetarian
  • Samaayaa Cafe: Chinese, Indian, Bar, Seafood, Pub
  • Arcan Bar: Vegetarian-Friendly
  • Tom Yam Thai Restaurant: Indian, Thai, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan
  • Shimon Falafel: Serves Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian & Vegan

Accommodation Option

  • Basho Huts & Cafe
  • Om Lake Resort
  • Swati Hotel
  • Om Ganesh Guest House
  • Go-Ym Resort
  • Maitree
  • 7 Sea View Hotel
  • Lotus Sutra
  • Hype Beach Resort
  • Shanti Guest House
  • Radhabai guest house
  • Rudra Holidays (A cottage life)

Popular places Near Arambol

  • Paliem beach: Arambol’s most wonderful feature is the tiny Paliem Beach at the foot of the Waghcolomb Hill. Here, there’s a small freshwater lake barely 200m from the sea, fed by springs, at the base of the surrounding hillsides.
  • Harmal Beach: This is the other name for Arambol Beach. It is a lovely place with an awesome view of fort Terekhol on one side and vast ocean on the other.
  • Terekhol Fort: This was built by the ruler of Sawantwadi, Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhosale. The fort is situated on the northern bank of the estuary of the Terekhol River.
  • Kalacha Beach: This is another beautiful beach which is renowned for its sweet water lagoon and is located south of Querim Beach. Locals believe that the beach was discovered first by the hippies in the 1960s. It’s a picturesque beach which is surrounded by rocky terrain and steep cliffs.
  • Arambol Music Academy: This is a popular music academy among tourists, who wish to learn music. Travellers can avail lessons in classical Indian singing and tabla playing at this school.
  • Diya Yoga: This Yoga Center, located right on Arambol beach is a reputed place and is run by Meera Acharya, who has a yoga background of over 15 years and has been practicing it. This school offers Yoga TTC, Yoga Nidra course and drop-in classes for hatha yoga styles.
  • Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre: This yoga centre was set up in 1985 by Anand Sagar, a student of BKS Iyengar. The centre offers several yoga and meditation courses, as per the requirements of the visitors.
  • Tourist Baba under Banyan Tree: This is about a Baba (guru/teacher) who resides in the Arambol jungle and who apparently welcomes tourists to go and meditate with him under a Banyan tree. He laughs hilariously and does very crazy yoga poses and bewilders the onlookers.

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Arambol Beach, Beautiful Beach Photo, Goa
Photo by Shlomi Moalam

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