Arambol Beach is a traditional fisherman village, located within the Pernem administrative region of northern Goa. The beach attracts many international tourists, mainly during the winter season between November and March. Arambol has a distinct bohemian feel which is no longer found in other areas, such as Calangute and this inevitably attracts many alternative travellers. Arambol beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, amongst many other popular locations including Vagator, Anjuna and Palolem. It borders North on Keri Beach and South on Mandrem Beach.
Attractions: A short walk north off the main beach is a smaller beach with a “fresh water lake” close to the sea. The water here is a mixture of fresh water and sea water. The jungle valley, enclosed between low hills hide a spectacular Banyan tree. Adjoining the banyan tree there is a stone sculpture created by an American Conceptual and Land art artist Jacek Tylicki Give if you can – Take if you have to also called The Money Stone. It has become a pilgrimage destination. Due to the composition of both, national and international musicians, Arambol is home to a rich live music scene, dominated by Gypsie-Fusion bands.
Activities: Yoga, meditation, live music, dance of many different styles and a variety of healing arts are part of the vibrant scene, that attract travellers from all walks of life. Strong winds during the main season make it a significant location for leisure sports, like Paragliding and Kite Surfing. A variety of practitioners in the healing arts offer courses in Yoga, meditation, Odissi Dance and others, instruments (like Tabla, Sitar and other traditional Indian as well as Western instruments).
Safety: Always Swim between Red and Yellow Flags, as this area is safe and constantly watched by the Lifeguards.
Red Flags means No Swimming, which means this beach is closed and dangerous.
Don not mix alcohol/Drugs with Swimming, as 80% of drowning Victims are between the age of 20 to 40 and have consumed alchol or drugs.
If in trouble d not panic. Just raise one arm and wait for lifeguard to rescue you.
Never Swim after Sunset.
Never Swim Alone.
Keep your cell phone in your language or hand out other person before going in water.
In case of crimes, victims are advised to report to the nearest Police Station.
Beach Life: Cafe’s and restaurants have mushroomed all along the shoreline, from the small “Sweet Water Lake” beach all the way to Mandrem. During the season many traders from all over India come to Arambol to sell their goods and merchandise.
Dangers and Annoyances:
• Beaches are quite safe in daytime, with only a few incidences of crimes reported. Hawkers frequent the beach, like in any other Goa tourist destination. Male “ear cleaners” dupe tourists by offering their services, sometimes even causing nasty ear infections afterwards.
• Like in any other major tourist destination, incidences of thefts, break-ins during the main tourist season (November till March).Be aware of your Laptops and Phones.
• Women are certainly discouraged to walk alone at night on the beaches, in the area around the sweetwater lake, on Arambol Hill and remote, unlit areas.
• Recently also incidences of sexual abuse by massage therapists and Yoga instructors (both Indian and Western) were reported and women are advised to be vigilant. In case of crimes, victims are advised to report to the Arambol Police Outpost in company of a witness to curb such activities in the future.
How to Reach: You can reach there either by Taxi, Bus or Autorickshaw. Its better to take a cab if you are coming from Airport. If you planning to just have a ride then either tke Taxi,Cab or rent a Bike. So you can view rest all nearest beaches and other attractions. The nearest Train station is Pernem or Tivim near Mapusa and the nearest Kadamba bus stand is in central Mapusa. To reach Arambol from Mapusa or Pernem you can continue by local bus or taxi.
36.3 km from Panaji – 1hr 2mins
59.5 km from Dabolim Airport – 1hr 26mins
69 km from Margao Railway Station- 1hr 40mins
26.8 km from Thivim Railway Station – 49mins