Galgibaga Beach

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Galgibaga Beach, Goa Overview

With clear waters meeting a silver sand shore populated by rows of swaying coconut palm trees the Galgibaga beach is one of Goa's most scenic hidden gems. Along with its unspoilt natural charm, the Galgibaga beach is also one of the three beaches of Goa known to be a nesting site for the Olive Ridley turtles, a process protected and preserved by the efforts and programs of the state. Enclosures have been made and are monitored to understand and conserve the nesting patterns of the turtles. This pristine beach has often been termed as one of the cleanest beaches in India.

The kilometre-long coastline, coated with a dense cover of vegetation and the varied topography, sees an interesting twist of the land near the southern end, where the Galgibaga river joins the Arabian Sea. This twisted area, with the green hillock at the back and the blue Arabian Sea ahead, captures the heart of every passerby and onlooker, with the most unforgettable view. For travellers looking for the original charm of Old Goa, with its virgin, serene beaches, Galgibaga would be a major contender for the top spot on the list of destinations. Walking along its serpentine coastline punctuated with boulders amidst the sheets of glimmering sands is probably the best way to spend the day by this seaside delight.

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Best Time To Visit Galgibaga Beach

Given that the best time to enjoy Goa falls in the winter months between October and March especially the months of January and February due to its pleasant weather, the Galgibaga beach is frequented in the summer months as well. Even though the crowd is less than that of the peak season, you can definitely enjoy the sun, sand, and the waters. However, during the monsoon months, the beaches have only a few tourists as the sea has strong undercurrents and unpredictable weather.

Shacks at Galgibaga Beach

With Galgibaga being an offbeat and protected beach, there aren't too many accommodation options for travellers. The Galgibaga Beach Resort, Casa Galgibaga and Cassoi offer travellers ice lodging options should they choose to stay near the beach. Being a protected beach, you may not find many hotels or accommodation nearby except a few which includes The Galgibaga Beach Resort, Cassoi etc. But, there have been many cases of locals renting rooms in their houses to the tourists. As you move to the south of the beach, you may come across some shacks which offer a different variety of dishes and drinks at a modest price. The most famous restaurant that is a must try for its scrumptious Seafood is the Santosh Beach Restaurant.  If you want to look for more options then you have to travel a fair distance from the beach.

Activities at Galgibaga Beach

The tranquility of the beach allows you to relax and fought all the worries of the modern day lifestyle. The beach is known for its solitude and quietness wherein you can sit under the sun and enjoy the light sand shimmering along the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Apart from that, you can also cross the Galgibaga River on a ferry and take a long stroll or ride a scooter along its 1.7 km shoreline along the shimmering waters which will definitely make your time on this beach the time well spent. You can even take a stroll through the small village located in the region for its rustic beauty.

One of the most scenic beauties of Goa, the northern part of the Galgibaga Beach is a nesting site of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, giving the beach it’s another name as the Turtle beach. It is one of the three beaches along with Morjim and Agonda beaches where the state program of protection and preservation of Olive Ridley turtles is implemented to perfection. This program prohibits any construction or extra development in the region to avoid any accidental damage to the turtles. If you really want to witness these amazing little creatures of nature, you must plan the visit that allows you to stay at night as these turtles come out to lay eggs at night during the peak season. The nesting area is fenced due to the protection program but you can definitely see a few turtles.

Tips For Visiting Galgibaga Beach

The Olive Ridley turtle nesting season usually happens between January and February, and these turtles come to lay eggs at night. If you intend on witnessing this during your visit, plan accordingly.

How To Reach Galgibaga Beach

The location of the beach is quite far away from both the nearest airport and railway station. Distance from the Goa International airport to the beach is 80 km while from the Canacona railway station it is 11 km.  Therefore, you have to hire a private taxi or hire a cab to the beach. There is also an option of buses from the Canacona Bus Station to Mashem from where you have a take a ferry for the Galgibaga beach. For a reclusive visitor, this beach is dream come true with its graceful scenery and unspoiled natural charm that is sure to make the visits to this beach worth visit.

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