The dawn chorus of the birds slowly pierced the veils of sleep beneath which I was submerged. At first, the chirping of the birds appeared muted and coming from somewhere far beyond the realms of sleep. Gradually the chorus built up to a cacophonic crescendo. I was wide awake now. I looked at my watch, it showed 4.30 a.m.
A half hour later, fortified with a cup of strong coffee, I silently slipped out of the air-conditioned cottage into the darkness outside. There was a drastic change in the temperature as outside it was warmer owing to it being Goan summer morning.
Yes, we were in Goa, but in a relatively unobtrusive and quieter part of Goa. A Goa far removed from its pulsating nightlife, choc-a-bloc beaches, and happening parties.
To be more precise we were in Bogmalo, a tiny beach side village in the Southern part of Goa. The village is nestled in a bay and has about a mile long curving sand beach which is blessed with some amazing sunsets. Some call it Bogmallo.
It was 5 in the morning and the darkness of the night was just giving way to oncoming morning whiteness as I moved towards the gate of the property in which we were staying, a place called Beach Bay Cottages. I passed the gate and emerged on to the road. Beyond the road lay the beach and I heard the gentle waves of the Arabian Sea crashing against the sands.
The sand and the sea sent a surge of excitement through me and I crossed the road in a flash jumped onto`the soft sand and made my way to the edge of the beach.
At this early hour, there was not a soul on the beach, I watched the curving beach with the waves gently caressing the sand, as I walked from one end of the bay to the other, tracing out a crescent shape as I looked up at the crescent moon in the sky. I turned around to see my footprints on the sands being washed away by the sea, leaving the sand in a virginal and spotless state again.
Soon the sky was blessed with an orange halo and the sea which looked dark now was bathed in a golden halo, the thin sheet of water on the sand, left behind by the sea waves reflected the myriad colors of early morning. On one side was the majestic sea orchestrating a natural symphony with the sun and the sand, on the other side palm trees gently swayed in the breeze in tandem.
The morning atmosphere was so tranquil that poems and songs sprang unbidden to my lips. The beauty all around seemed to mesmerize me and held me enthralled. I walked as if in a trance, intoxicated by the beauty of the moment. The bay was hemmed by black rocks on both ends. I watched the waves build and crash against the rocks again and again and Tennyson’s verses sprang to my lips:
I returned to the beach in the evening for a swim and had a great time in the water. This time there were more people around. Children frolicking in the water, lifeguards ensuring no one ventured too deep into the sea, a group of young boys having a game of beach football. The serene calm and magic of the morning was not there, but there was an atmosphere of fun and frolic all around. I missed the magic of the morning and promised myself that I would be back next morning.
Bogmalo – All you need to know:
- Bogmalo is a tiny fishing village located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Goa’s Dabolim airport
- It is situated about 5 kilometers from Vasco Da Gama
- A pre-paid taxi from Dabolim Airport would cost you about 250-300 Indian Rupees
- Well connected to other parts of Goa by public transport and private cabs
- Bogmalo Beach Resort would cost about 7,000 INR for a double room per day
- Beach Bay Cottages is budget-friendly and would cost about 4,000 INR for a cottage that can accommodate 2 people
- Some small local eateries by the beach which mainly cater to Non-Vegetarian tastes
- No options for Vegetarians other than the restaurants of the hotels that you choose to stay in
- There is a bakery near by where you can find bread, cakes, and biscuits
- You can nurse a beer and have some seafood while listening to some foot tapping music at Joet’s Bar and Restaurant, which is right on the beach
- You could explore some good restaurants at Vasco Da Gama
Activities & Attractions
- Do not miss an early morning walk on the beach with the waves touching your feet
- Indian Naval Aviation Museum is one of the two aviation museums in India, the other one is in New Delhi
- Scuba diving at Grande Island, a 10-minute boat ride from Bogmalo beach
- Explore the town of Vasco Da Gama and visit the 400-year-old St. Andrew’s Church
- Hire a cab and go on a day trip to Dudhsagar falls which is about 76 kilometers away. Strongly recommend this day trip
- Carry Shades/Sunglasses, Hat/Cap, Beachwear, Flipflops and Sunscreen lotion
To conclude, if you are looking for a quite time in a remote and tiny fishing village where you can feel the sea breeze in your hair then this romantic Bogmalo beach is the right place for you! Experience a different Goa at Bogmalo. Bogmalo is a non-touristy beach.
A place where you can watch the fishermen sail away into the sea in the early hours of the morning. A serene place where you can relax on virginal sand and let the waves break on your feet, then do head out to Bogmalo village, the palms are beckoning you with open arms. Bogmalo is a perfect destination for a family holiday and kids would definitely enjoy playing around in this beach. All in all, Bogmalo Beach is a non-touristy beach at Goa and you can experience Goa in a different way here.
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