By Vageesha Mishra
Soft sand rubbing against your wanderlust craving soles, eyes fluttering open to mighty waves, half embracing you in a cold bliss, drowning out the noise – yes everybody, that’s Goa for you! Much like a jar of Nutella, very easy to fall in love with!
Hold on, there’s a catch.
Popular beaches where one can play around in salty waters are often swarming with tourists. And there’s a billion chance of being pushed, stared at or getting irked by couples bringing the famed Titanic pose off screen followed by far less exemplary pieces of cinema.
In case you wander off to nearly secluded beaches to catch some moments of peace, it’s more likely to turn lonely and depressing than soul searching.
Cutting this lively vs peaceful war short, here are three beaches in Goa that offer the best of both worlds while granting you that surreal experience you’ve been longing for after watching those life transforming travel films.
Candolim beach –
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, yearning a wild date with nature, head over to this sloped beach. Oh yeah, the shore is slightly sloping down towards the magnificent ocean marked by hollering, high and wild waves, very eager to play with you. They come rushing with a force, splashing you from different sides and if you don’t stand firm, there is a strong chance of going off balance. But if you manage to get the hang of it, the waves would set your soul on fire!
Nearly 15 kilometres away from Panjim (Panaji – Goa capital), it is situated close to overcrowded but widely loved, Calangute beach. Quite a pleasant surprise hence to find a sparsely crowded beach that is so smooth and clean to walk on. If you yearn to drop all your thoughts and have uninterrupted conversations with nature, sit afar and let the ocean take you places.
Miramar beach –
My personal favourite as its in the heart of Panjim which in itself is a world to see. The conspicuous contrast between old and new architecture, historical places, sporadic sightings of the ocean running parallelly, housing casino giants – are some things you don’t want to miss.
With gentle low waves and placid waters, Miramar beach is best suited for a relaxed time at the beach – cool sand, pleasant crowd, street food and abundant space to sit around with family and friends.
Vagator beach –
Cluster of rocks for elevated views of the ocean, that has more of a peace evoking face here which is complimented by breathtaking sceneries. It is situated in North Goa, south of the renowned Chapora fort (featured in Dil Chahta hai), more quiet as compared to the above two beaches. This beach offers the freedom to lose oneself in solitude and grandeur of nature. Also photographic heaven!
PS – Goa is blessed with beautiful beaches (look at the state map!) and each one is gifted in its own way. Perspective plays a role here in choosing the kind that would meet your needs. For me personally, of all the beaches I went to, these three are the ones that keep calling me back and constantly send me down memory lanes! Also, the calmness of water differs seasonally, winters are definitely calmer time.
That’s all for now! Have a happy week!
Picture courtesy – all of them are mine except for the ones from Vagator and ZNMD!