Undoubtedly one of the best and most tranquil beaches in Goa, the Morjim Beach in Pernem, North Goa, is a nature lover's paradise on Earth. The beach is located just south of the Ashwem beach and is unique because it serves as the nesting habitat of the Olive Ridley turtles, which are an endangered species. This is precisely why the Morjim Beach is also popularly known as the Turtle Beach. However, beach parties at turtle-nesting sites are banned to avoid disruption of the breeding pattern of these rare animals.
The beach is famous for being the nesting place of the Olive Ridley turtles, which are an endangered species and are thus protected under the Indian law through their inclusion in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Initially, in the 1997's, only five turtle nests were located and protected at the beach. The number then increased to eight in the year 1998, and then to 32 in 2000; thanks to the consistent efforts of the government as well as the local fishermen. It is indeed a memorable sight to watch these little turtles enjoying themselves and to click pictures with them.
The Morjim Beach is known to be a place where Hindu and Christian traditions beautifully mingle together. One of the best and most beautiful temples at the beach that you definitely should visit is the Shri Moraji Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess, Shri Morjai, who is known to be one of the seven sisters who came to Goa along with their brother and settled in different parts of the state. The temple becomes especially crowded during the festive seasons and on holidays. Another famous temple is the Shri Bhagavati Temple, which is located in Mandrem, not far away from the beach.
The Morjim Beach is famous for its beauty and landscapes, and not for its activities. Nevertheless, tourists do manage to have some fun time here and indulge themselves in various activities, apart from obviously enjoying the picturesque views of palm tree groves and beautiful, cosy cottages.
The most apparent activity here is to click photographs with the turtles.
Do not forget to enjoy the local drink Feni here and also taste some fresh coconut water.
There are not many adventure sports to choose from at the Morjim Beach because of the inhabitation of water animals. You can, however, enjoy the sight of the dolphins swimming in the deep dark waters and look out for some water birds, including kites, kingfishers and other species.
Since a large number of Russians inhabit the Morjim Beach and the surrounding areas, the local eateries sell lip-smacking Russian cuisine along with the local Goan food. So, absolutely do not forget to enjoy both these cuisines, more so, if you are a food lover. There are many small restaurants at the beach where you can try seafood as well as meals from local, Indian and other cuisines. Several bars and eateries in the village also offer amazing and tasty dishes, and you can choose from European, Asian and local cuisines. The most famous places to have a quick bite in are Hakuna Matata, Bora Bora, Glavfish, Plannet Bollywood, La Plage, etc.
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The best time to visit the Morjim Beach is at the time of Christmas and New Year when the beach offers the best experience.
The easiest way to get around Goa is to get a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler on rent, with maps to guide you through. You can also hire cabs from the main sections of the city to reach Morjim Beach.
The best place to shop for Russian souvenirs is at the Morjim Beach. Other than these tokens, you can also buy clothes, local dresses, shoes, seashell bangles and other random items at the beach.
1. Since the place is largely inhabited by Russians, the prices of hotels, taxis, food and restaurants at the Morjim Beach are also high. In case you do not wish to shell out a lot of money, avoid spending on shopping and food here.
2. Avoid using cash wherever possible and use more of plastic money.
3. Always keep your kids along with you and do not let them out of your sight, because the place is crowded.
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