Galgibaga Beach

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Galgibaga Beach, Goa Overview

Galgibaga Beach is one of Goa's most scenic beaches located on the banks of Galgibag river in Cancona, South Goa. Along with its unspoilt natural charm, it is also one of the three beaches of Goa known to be a nesting site for the Olive Ridley 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. There are almost no beach shacks at Galgibaga Beach as it is not frequented by tourists. 

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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.

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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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