Turtle Beach at Morjim
On setting foot on the Morjim beach, facing the Arabian Sea look towards your left, you will see the Chapora Fort Green Hill. Approaching this green hillock, one will come closer towards the Southern part of Morjim beach. This is the path where the beach sands and the sand dunes turn towards the Estuary of River Chapora. This part of the Morjim beach is correctly named Turtle Beach in honour of the endangered species of Olive Riddley turtles that come to Goa to hatch their eggs. This is protected territory under the Forest Department of Goa.
Chapora River & Estuary
There is a lot to adventure and discovery to be done around this lovely place very close from La Marine Beach Huts at Morjim beach. A Fishing Jetty with lots of Colourful boats. A Soothing & Serene River that has plenty of Wooden Kerala House boats floating towards the hinterland of Goa. The overbearing Hillock of Chapora featuring the ruins of the ancient Portuguese Chapora fort. The Estuary itself being a meeting point where the long winding and meandering Chapora River finally meets its destination: Sweet water kissing Sea water.
Ashvem Beach
Ashvem beach is harmoniously sandwiched between two magnificent beaches of Pernem district, namely being quieter Morjim beach towards its left and the busier Mandrem beach on its right side. While staying at Morjim Beach Cottages, one has to walk on the beach towards the right, approaching the fishing village of Vithalwada or now more popular known as Moscow beach. At the end of Morjim beach, one will find a vast area of scattered black sea rock formations on the beach with a white washed Cross standing tall amidst them. Walk past this cross and you enter into Ashvem beach.
Sushumna Yoga Studio
Sushumna Yoga Classes claims to be the oldest yoga school in Goa located at Morjim beach. Tourists staying at Morjim beach cottages can get introduced to the Yoga classes by Sonja Appel. Sonja also conducts workshops in Ashtanga, Sushumna Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Sushumna Restorative Yoga, Sushumna Pranayama & Meditation, Mysore self-practice, Yogalates and Pilates, Free-style Dance & Method Acting Techniques nationwide and abroad. They conduct classes & workshops at 290 Socal Vaddo,Assagao & Workshops and YTT'S abroad. The studio is spacious, airy, well equipped, and surrounded by greenery and flowers. They also offer Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Holidays & Yoga Retreats as well as drop in classes and ongoing workshops at Morjim beach. For more information please visit THE SUSHUMNA STUDIO@Aquatica, Morjim - Ashvem Road, Pernem Taluka, North Goa - 403512.
GOA'S FIRST FLOATING RESTAURANT: Flor do Mar at Chapora River, Morjim
A Floating vessel sets its anchors in the tranquil & peaceful riverine of Chapora Estuary near Morjim beach. This discerningly stylish floating eating place - Flor Do Mar positively gets entwined picturesquely with the natural scenery. Once on the Flor do Mar, there is always, soft breeze welcoming you to this enchanting restaurant. The floating business baby is of Anju & Gautama Dutta, the duo behind Marine Solutions that brought a yachting lifestyle to India with Ferretti, Riva, Pershing, Sea Ray and Jeanneau. Flor Do Mar has two open decks, a bar that can accommodate max of 50 people, making it a great alternative for exclusive private parties and themed celebrations while floating on the sea.
Chapora beach is a rocky beach with strips of spotless sands in between. This fort beach is to be found at the mouth of the Chapora River on its southern bank. During low tide one can see migratory birds flocking & gathering on islands of silt that show up in the Chapora River. Chapora beach is located 8 kms. from Mapusa and 22 kms from Panjim. Across the opposite bank of the river lies Morjim beach. Behind the beach lies the Chapora fort. There is a fishing jetty at the beach where fishing trawlers can dock. The beach is known as a good fishing spot and frequently one can see tourists fishing here. There are no shacks on this beach which has enabled this beach to remain clean. Chapora beach can be reached from Mapusa by bus. Along the route to the beach, lies the Chapora fort.
This Chapora fishing jetty and Harbour is deeply situated in a natural creek, well sheltered and secluded from the crashing waves of the open Arabian Sea. Close to this ancient jetty lies a modern quay and a little ahead, out in the creek, modern fishing boats are anchored and docked together with simple dugouts and small wooden boats too. Very close to this quay, on the beach, lie scattered a wide variety of fishing boats that have been brought in to be repaired, renovated and refurbished for life at sea once again. All around, one can see dugouts, plank boats of diverse shapes and sizes and advanced mechanical fishing boats. Presently now at Chapora Harbour / jetty, mostly modern motorized fishing boats are built and maintained.
The Portuguese Fort of Chapora got famous by the Bollywood Hindi movie Dil Chahta Hai (therefore, also known as the Dil Chahta Hai Fort) and is now a major attraction of Goa. Trekking up to the fort can be a little tiring during the sunny part of the day. Best time to visit is in the early evenings to get a majestic Fort view of the Setting Goan Sun. This fort is in ruins, so be prepared for huge, irregular, red laterite stone walls, a gate, bastions with cylindrical turrets, a few vague barracks and weeded bushes. Expect to be surprised in the early mornings and late evenings by Peacocks from the nearby dense forests. Guests of Morjim beach cottages can see this Chapora Fort at a short distance once they walk out of their wooden cottages on Morjim beach.
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