Morjim Beach

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"Home of the Olive Ridley Turtles"

Morjim Beach, Goa Overview

Morjim Beach is undoubtedly one of the most tranquil beaches of North Goa and is located around 12 km away from Morjim through the Duler-Marna-Siolim Road. Located a little south of Aswem beach, it serves as a nesting habitat for Olive Ridley Turtles. This earns Morjim Beach another moniker, namely Turtle Beach. The nesting season for the Olive Ridley Turtles usually begins in September, although sometimes it can be as late as January, and lasts until March. Morjim is one of the three beach nesting sites on the Goan coastline, the other two being Agonda and Galgibaga in the South. Thus, this time of the year is a popular among tourists who wish to see the nesting.
However, as Olive Ridley Turtles are an endangered species, Morjim Beach is a protected area on which beach parties and shacks are banned. The ones that exist are further away from the sea and do not play overtly loud music.

The beach is also locally known as 'Little Russia' as a significant number of Russians visit the area and make it a point to stay here for more than a month. Consequently, the place is full of Russian signboards and shops that sell Russian cuisine.

The protected nature of Morjim Beach is one of primary factors responsible for its untouched beauty. Vast vistas of sand stretch endlessly  and the whole beachfront is pristine and beautiful. However, that is not to say that Morjim lacks the fun aspect in any way! There are a number of restaurants and shacks offering quality cuisine and the promise of good time. You can easily go for a quick dip in the sea, experience a day by the beach sipping chilled beer, and even indulge in some shopping on the beach street. Owing to the shallow depth, kite surfing makes for an exciting activity at the Morjim Beach. Some of the must-visit places in Morjim include Beach Street, Lazy Dog Cafe, La Plage, The Rice Mill, and many more such eateries that offer delicious cuisine and a memorable time. 

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Olive Ridley Turtles at Morjim Beach

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.

Food at Morjim Beach

Since a large number of Russians inhabit and visit Morjim Beach and the surrounding areas, the local eateries sell lip-smacking Russian cuisine along with the local Goan food. You can enjoy the Shakshuka and Broscht just as much as the Sorpotel and Cafreal here. There are many small restaurants at the beach where you can try seafood as well as meals from local, Indian and other cuisines. The most famous places to have a quick bite in Morjim are Hakuna Matata, Bora Bora, Glavfish, Plannet Bollywood, La Plage, Lazy Dog, Dunes, Beach Street and many more.

Things To Do at Morjim Beach

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.

Being the nesting site of the Olve Ridley Turtles has made Morjim one of the must-visit places in Goa. You may be able to witness the turtles during the nesting period. However, it is recommended that you keep a safe distance from the nesting sites and not disturb the turtles.

There are not many adventure sports to choose from at the Morjim Beach due to the efforts of the locals and the government to protect the marine life. Thus, Morjim Beach is an ultimate destination to explore the sea as it was intended to be.

Best Time To Visit Morjim Beach

The best time to visit Morjim beach is definitely during the nesting period as the whole beach becomes a hub of marine diversity and beauty. Another great idea is to visit during the Christmas and New Year when you can see the locals celebrating in full fervor and the weather also plays a good host.

Tips For Visiting Morjim 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. 
2. Use cash wherever possible as ATMs are few and far in between. However, do not carry too much at one time.
3. Respect the habitat and the area by not getting too close to the nesting sites or littering on the beach.

Shopping At Morjim Beach

Shopping at Morjim Beach may not be a very exciting and fruitful pursuit as the market more or less sells the same stuff as the rest of Goan markets. However, should you wish to pick up some pretty jewellery, Indian Spices, or Chai, there is always a shop around the corner selling it.

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