A quiet, away-from-it-all area, Mandrem Beach offers a taste of how North Goa would have appeared prior to tourist development. It’s one of the few places in the region where crabs, kingfishers and fish eagles still outnumber sunbathers. Go wildlife spotting, practice yoga on the soft sands or lie out and daydream on the blissful shores.
In contrast to the hectic party scenes of the beaches further south, this tranquil beach is perfect for visitors seeking respite from the stresses of their daily life. Get your day off to a rejuvenating start with an early-morning yoga session or with a run on the beach. Look for fellow beachgoers engaging in other activities, such as meditation, reiki or tai chi.
As the day wears on, there are plenty of other ways to pass the time. Kick off your shoes and walk barefoot along the shore break, dipping your toes into the shallows. Explore the beach’s fringes to see if you can spot wildlife. The beach is home to many animals including marine turtles, bright kingfishers and stately herons. You can also arrange to have an ayurvedic massage.
After a full day here, you’ll be relaxed and ready to further unwind. Pick up a beer, cocktail or fruit juice and watch as the sky turns crimson and the glowing sun sinks into the glittering water. The nearby beach shacks occasionally host live music, so check to see if there are any performances taking place during your visit.
To access Mandrem Beach from the village, head west toward the shoreline. To get there, you’ll have to cross over a narrow bridge that is only accessible on foot.