(Last Updated on : 05/08/2014)
Ashwem beach adds to the list of remote and majestic beaches of Goa
. It is situated in Pernem taluka in the North Goa district
. It is a rocky beach painted with scenic charms. The beach is often visited by Goan families for picnics. It lies between Morjim beach, located at its south, and Mandrem Beach
, situated towards its north. It serves as the nesting place for the Olive Ridley turtle, a rare species of India. September to February is their nesting season which also forms the peak tourist season of Goa
. Away from the bustling city, Ashwem beach is wrapped in enchanting serenity. The waters of the beach are safe for swimming and the coastline is palm fringed.
The vast expanse of white sand at Ashwem beach is beautiful and the beach has still veiled itself from the commercial development, retaining its virgin natural beauty. It starts on the banks of river Chapora and extends for about 13 kilometres up to the banks of river Terekhol. The beach is quite deserted and do not have much water sport
activities. However dolphin watching or fishing along with the local fishermen are enjoyable activities at the beach. The surrounding areas have lush landscapes dotted with little villages, coconut grooves and paddy fields.
The rocks of the Ashwem beach have been shaped by shellfishes rendering them unique shapes. The isolated beach is ideal for those who wish to spend some alone time amidst the beauty of nature. Several beach shacks can be located on the beach where the visitors can relax and have a refreshing time. Local restaurants near the beach serve delicious sea food delicacies which can be enjoyed by food lovers. The beach is very clean and well maintained. The golden white sands of the beach with occasional interruptions of inlets, estuaries and headland invite the nature lovers to cherish an idyllic ambience.
Ashwem beach is best visited between the period of October and June. It has little resorts for the accommodation of tourists. However, huts nestled in groves of tall palm trees are the most ideal for a delightful time. Pernem
serves as the nearest railway station and Dabolim Airport
is the nearest airport. Buses and private cabs can also be availed by the tourists.