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Ashwem Beach

ASHWEM – The Hidden Gem of North Goa

A pristine stretch of white sandy beach

Ashwem beach can be called as one of the best kept secrets of Goa. Located to the north of Panjim, Ashwem beach offers a delightful view of the ocean with coconut and palm trees along its border. The Ashwem beach extends from the Northern banks of Chapora River till the Querim beach. It is about 30 km from the capital city Panjim, and about 19 km from Calangute which is one of the most popular destinations in Goa. The pristine beach of Ashwem is tucked away from the crowds and is an ideal place for tourists who are looking for a quiet vacation. With its clean sandy beach and less crowds, Ashwem has a laid back atmosphere where one can spend some quality time, relaxing on the beach shacks. Ashwem beach is more popular amongst the foreign tourists than Indian tourists. The foreign tourists visit here to get away from the other crowded beaches in Goa. Even though Ashwem doesn’t follow the hippie Goan culture, it is still considered by tourists as one of the best beaches in Goa to visit.

The Travel

Ashwem beach is about 18 km from Mapusa and only 5 km from Morjim. There are a number of ways to reach Ashwem beach from other main destinations in Goa. Some of these are listed below.

By Train

Thivim railway station is the nearest railway station from Mandrem. One can opt to hire an auto or a taxi to reach from Thivim to Mandrem and then, from there to Ashwem beach.

By Road

The nearest bus station from Ashwem is Mapusa bus station. One can hire an auto or taxi to reach Ashwem beach. Renting a vehicle is also quite popular amongst many tourists here.

By Air

The nearest airport is Dabolim airport, which is approximately 52 km away. Foreign tourists land at the Vasco Da Gama International airport.

Things to do

Ashwem beach is one of the four nesting grounds for the famous Olive Ridley Turtles. From September to February, a part of Ashwem beach becomes a nesting spot for the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles. Animal welfare activists and environmentalists from different parts of the world visit Ashwem beach to experience this rare event.

Water Sports

Water Sports

Even though Ashwem beach is not popular for water adventure sports like other popular beaches in North Goa, one can still find a couple of water activities here. Because of its relatively lesser crowds, Ashwem beach is an ideal choice for surfing. You can also take surfing lessons from certified instructors.

Massages

Massages

Unlike other beaches in Goa, Ashwem beach is where the tourists seek relaxation. The to-do list for Ashwem beach includes leisure activities like sunbathing on the beach, relaxing in the shacks, Ayurvedic massages right on the beach and so on.

Chapora fort

Chapora fort

One of the most famous landmarks in Goa is the ancient Chapora fort built by the Potuguese. Ashwem beach is just 5km away from Chapora fort. One can enjoy a scenic view at sunrise and at sunset from here.

Eateries and Food Joints

The restaurants in Ashwem not only offer a variety of local Goan and Indian cuisines, but most of the restaurants are known for their wide range of international cuisine. From French to Mediterranean, and from Asian to European, one can explore a variety of places to eat in Ashwem.

La Plage

La Plage is situated between Ashwem and Marbela beach. Known for its French cuisine, this place is also famous for its variety of continental dishes.

La Plage

Elevar

This place is ideal for a family meal. Having a beach front, Elevar offers great Indian and European food. With plush wooden interiors, this restaurant redefines the fine dine experience.

Elevar

Café Nu

This is a luxury restaurant mostly targeted for all the foreign tourists. They offer a variety of international cuisines and a wide range of cocktails to go with it.

Café Nu

The Stay

The pristine beach of Ashwem is tucked away from the crowds and is an ideal place for tourists who are looking for a quiet vacation. With its clean sandy beach and less crowds, Ashwem has a laid back atmosphere where one can spend some quality time, relaxing on the beach shacks. Ashwem beach is more popular amongst the foreign tourists than Indian tourists.

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