Goa’s ‘little Russia’, known because of its popularity with Russian travelers, was a secluded paradise cut off from the bright lights, party sounds and constant stream of honking vehicles. These days this once lost land has been claimed by nirvana seekers looking for zen on these remote shores.
Visit Morjim Beach
Unlike its human visitors who come in to enjoy the tropical warmth, the beach is famed for its seasonal travelers who find the soft sands perfect for their nests. Morjim Beach has found favour with Olive Ridley turtle mothers who settle on this beach during the nesting period. This protected area is now looked after by the forest officials and concerned locals who keep a watch on the expectant mothers.
You can enjoy a quiet time here and the shacks are in abundance.
See Shri Sapteshwar Bhagvati Temple
Not far from Morjim, in Mandrem you can visit two temples: the Shri Bhagavati temple at Parshem and the Sapteshwar Bhagamati.
The Shri Bhagvati complex has five temples, the main one being that of Devi Bhagavati. The other temples in the complex are those of Shri Sateri, Dev Ravalnath, Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari and Brahma (Vishnu, Ganapath and Shankar). A unique feature of the Bhagavati temple is that it has two deepstambhas.
The major festival observed here is the seven-day ‘Bhajanisaptah’ at Mandrem, celebrated in the Indian month of Kartika. The annual jatra, Dussehra and the Shimgo are the other festivals that are celebrated here. These festivals are attended by large crowds of both devotees and tourists.
It’s not difficult to find an event or party in Morjim. In fact, you’ll find some of the hippest parties on the beach. Club M at Marbela Beach Resort has a fine mix of DJs providing an ideal night of electronica set against the white sands of Ashvem beach.
Yoga sessions on the beach are common in these parts and it’s not surprising to find yoga practitioners heading to the shore bright and early. During the season you can enroll for one of the many classes.