Postcards from Arambol

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#16 Dec 7th, 2003, 02:05
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My '93 LP just got scribbled in again, 'M2/I-Mike/Dec'03/Villa Oceanic' with a big arrow pointing at Arambol. I was last in Goa in '92 with my two sons except for a short side trip from Karnataka when I was teaching at the monastery in Hubli but next year (around mid March) I will be looking for a 'retirement home' for a month or two so I might just wander down for a look. By that time I will be tired of changing towns/rooms/restaurants every second day so a couple of kilos of books, my trusty short wave radio (with headphones!) and a bad attack of ennui should fit in very nicely with Villa Oceanic...
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Should suit you fine, Colin. It does start to get really hot in March, but the ground floor rooms should stay fairly cool through the day -- the uppers with west-facing tile roofs will be oven-like in the afternoon though!

It's a nice relaxed time to be in Goa.


For others more interested in huts closer in to the main beach, here's a pic of a newer one that I was walking by one morning before my camera packed in. Looks nice, but I didn't check it out.
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miscellaneous

Dec 10:

Arambol is steadily filling up, though there are still places to be had -- perhaps not the best value in any of the price categories, but finding an ok place should still pose no problem. The final big rush will be next week between the 15th and 20th when there will be a steady stream of backpacks hiking down the main road and none going the other way. After the 20th weekend, it will no doubt be down to the roughest of the spare rooms in private houses and some really overpriced places that have been held back for the occasion, although surprisingly, there always a small number heading back to Europe to be home for Christmas, so it is always worth checking around to find a nicer spot if you first settle for something rough.

There has been a fairly tight lid on 'beach shack' and 'beach hut' licensing the past few years in North Goa, but there seems to have been a change in policy or people just getting bolder -- day by day in my morning walks I'm witnessing the cancerous spread of unregulated shacks and crappy little 'huts' popping up intermitttently, all the way down to Mandrem beach. The rather deserted looking beachs pictured in some of the gallery pictures I've posted are starting to look like some pictures from yester-year, a mockery of what is in progress. The 'end of the world' now has several close-by neighbors under construction and the area is being flooded with that other abomination, the 'sun chair with umbrella' combo. Ugh

there has been a few inquiries about the Arambol Yoga school and there is info in two different threads now as well as with the picture in the gallery. please try the 'search' function to see if your questions have already been covered before starting another thread or PM'ing me

no sign of the 'fast ferry' yet.

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Thumbs up Arambol Hammocks

A hammock has been an essential part of my travel gear since I first ran across Mexican string hammocks when kicking around central america in the '70s. Down the west coast and over in the Yucatan, every little cantina and beach shack would have a few hanging up for guests, or the owner, to get through the hot, sultry afternoons when even the dogs didn't stir. Usually if you were passing through, or wanted to stay a while, if you had the huevos rancheros in the morning and a pescado frito and a couple of cervecas in the afternoon at the restaurant, you'd have a free night's sleep in one of the house hammocks, or you could hang your own.

Perfect for asian travels as well, whether on the little porch of a Thai bungalow, a balcony in Pokhara overlooking the lake, or between a couple of palm trees on one of the Andamans -- a hammock provides a place to read, snooze or sleep which is usually much more comfortable than the usual lumpy bed or upright wooden chair in your room and you're outside, up off the ground, cooled by whatever breeze is blowing. In Goa, for sure.

Arambol Hammocks has been making and distributing a high quality product, in several styles, for many years -- I'm a long-time satisfied customer and I know of many others as well; while you can find cheaper and lighter-weight hammocks at the Anjuna flea market, there is literally no comparison for comfort or long-term durability and value -- they are simply the best. The 'flying carpet' pictured in a gallery photo is the real 'hot tip' -- I use one from 4 years ago on my porch at home, and have subsequently brought one back each year to pass on to grateful friends. 1600rp, and worth it! tucked in a stuff-sack, can be strapped to the outside of your pack if there is not enough room inside, and you won't even regret the extra 1kg of weight. (the conventional model hammock is cheaper, at 950rp (?) and somewhat lighter at I think .7kg)

If you are passing through Arambol, you owe it to yourself to try out their various models -- the shop is easy to find at the end of the main beach and has a prominent sign as pictured below:
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did u guys try sleeping on the beach at arambol? about the only beach in goa, where you could sleep on the beach without getting mugged or murdered(the downside being that you'd find harmless crabs snuggled into your armpits in the morning). you could also request this fat bellied waiter at coconut's(on the left as you enter the main beach from the main market) to arrange for a sunbed for you for the night sleep at the beach. there could be several like him. you could do almost anything at arambol that doesnt disturb the law.

see you guys in good ol arambol then!!
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Talking Tide Shacks

note the tide shacks in the pic. a little off arambol, i think a 10 minute bike ride down towards town - you'd find these huts, where during the high tide at nights, water flows in underneath where you're sleeping for the extra adventure of imagining sharks leaping for your floor.
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hmm, not sure where that place is unless it is the two stilt places that bracket a restaurant on the way to Mandrem. Didn't notice your post earlier as it melted off the front page when I wasn't looking and I got tired of talking to myself in this thread

I see there have been a few hits on the thread, so maybe it hasn't been a complete waste of time, so will update a bit:

gallery pictures were dropping off the first page within hours of posting, so here is the url for the start of the Arambol pictures:

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...sort/2/cat/500

News I didn't get around to posting:

-- Anders and Caliyogi joined me for a sundowner on the balcony pre-christmas, but Anders' apparently was too bombed to get a decent picture and my camera o/s

-- holiday season thankfully over and life returning to normal. Much room shifting as many moving on to Golkarn and Hampi and others moving up from crappy overpriced rooms into better quarters. Early January is a really good time in Goa -- the charters are cheap, the weather is perfect, and there are decent rooms to be had at normal prices.

-- one of the stories I didn't post was the spate of tourist deaths due to drugs last month -- details sketchy, but adulteration suspected as we had 4 deaths in around 10 days just here in Arambol and they were of generally young tourists staying in main-stream guesthouses and not 'shooting galleries' or the like. There were several others mentioned in the local papers from Anjuna, Benaulim, and Baga, but the cluster was in Arambol which would seem to indicate a local dealer was responsible. Nothing for a couple of weeks now, so hopefully the chapter is closed.

-- the cataraman from Mumbai is possibly running no advertising, but at least three newspaper announcements of the immanent departure of the maiden voyage.

-- another (non-news) Arambol item I didn't get around to posting:

One stop shopping

A few of the small shops here have a remarkable range of goods from fruit and veggies, regular grocery items (including the special stuff tourists want like olive oil, muesli, natural peanut butter etc), household-making goods like plastic buckets and basins, straw mats, inexpensive matrasses,kerosene stoves, electrical wire and fittings -- it's hard to stump a couple of the little shops I frequent.

But a similar 'one stop shopping' is offered in the service area by some of the mis-named 'cyber-cafes' in town, one such is Rajashree Travels -- travel agency, money changer and cybershop; he can also book you a room at a small guesthouse behind the shop, and there's usually a line of motorcycles for rent just outside the door that he can arrange. I can connect my laptop using his hub, and should I want to buy a bike, he's offered to register it for me and store it in the off-season. His brother has a taxi and is dependable. here's a picture of the shop, with Bharat, the manager, in front:
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#23 Jan 4th, 2004, 03:03
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I see there have been a few hits on the thread, so maybe it hasn't been a complete waste of time, so will update a bit [...]
Well, I for one have been reading this thread with great interest, seeing as Arambol is one of my favorite areas in all of India. Yes I'm a beach bum and generally love the quieter side of life, though it's hard to imagine when it's -38 Celcius outside here in Calgary except to live vicariously through pictures and descriptions. Love your careful guesthouse description, that's more specifically positioned than any I've heard of. Cool. It's terrible to hear about the drug-related deaths, I didn't think there were many hard drugs in Arambol... though the latest craze in Goa still seems to be combining drugs like "candy flips" or Ecstacy (which is at least two drugs itself) with LSD... scary, venturing into the unknown with a cocktail of at least three drugs of unknown potency. I hope they caught the dealer and people have started to wise up and retain control... it happens every year, sadly.

I've stayed at Sea Paradise for a couple of weeks, I think it's just down from where you are? It was a great place, fantastic views but definitely a place for couples. Have you been to the Sunday night jam sessions at Loekie? I always looked forward to all the animated antics on stage. Plus they sell a large lemon tea for 5 -/Rs.
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Cable problems in Panjim last week made for very slow connections so haven't been keeping up with what's going on here at IM. I passed on a bit more information on the tourist drug-related deaths in Arambol, and Goa in general, in reply to a specific question last night. As that thread will probably moved here to the Goa section, I won't repeat it all.

Edit note: Link added - Deaths in Arambol post.

In starting this thread initially, I was trying to give a more complete picture of one part of coastal Goa, a part that is quite different from the noisy party scene Goa of Anjuna/Vagator, the 'package tour' Goa of Candolim/Calengute, the honky-tonk of Baga or even the 5 star hotel Goa of various little enclaves between the hot spots. I haven't been to the southern areas for several years, and I'm sure there are some other nice quiet places as well, but they are for others to describe. As mentioned earlier, changes are coming rather quickly here -- the bridging of the Chapora river has brought new people and new development, some of it unwelcome, at least to the regulars who have been coming here for years and who appreciated the relative calm. The techno-pub attempt by some Vagator entepreneurs was stopped cold after a week due to the concerted complaints of resident tourists to all levels of police and government -- I'm sure the people who started the operation thought they had 'looked after' enough people and they would find a ready market, but they were wrong on both counts.

Back to my main point. One of the things I've noticed here on our board is that it is unwise to assume that you have any idea about what someone you know little about might be interested in, and it is foolish to assume anyone might share your personal likes, dislikes, or enthusiasms. Anjuna or Calengute might be the last place on earth that I might want to spend Christmas, so I've been taken aback after suggesting to people new to Goa that these might not be quite what they have in mind only later to realize that they were probably 'exactly' what was sought...go figure So the careful descriptions are as much to discourage those who really are looking for something else, as much to inform someone who might be actually be looking for a place like Arambol and to let them know about it. For those somewhat put off by the body count stories, be assured that this is not typical Arambol -- there is no heavy 'drug aura' around the town, although there are places, easy enough to spot, which can be avoided if you don't appreciate the smell of hash while dining or where you may well be approached with offers of drugs. Finding a quiet guesthouse can be more of a challenge as goan stone houses are intrinsically noisy due to acoustics, and a place with a resident owner/manager will be a better bet than a 'row house' of 4 or 5 rooms away from where the owner stays.


In other news:

The Catamaran finally appears to be operational. The morning paper announced the schedule as follows:

Departing Mumbai: 9am Tuesday -Thursday-Saturday, arriving downtown Panjim approx 5pm

Departing Panjim: 9am Wednesday-Friday-Sunday, arrival Mumbai approx 5pm

seating for 200 'economy' @ R1700
25 'executive' @ R2200

While an expensive 3 days per week service sounds pretty lame to me, at least the trips are during the day and there will be food and refeshments available as you view the open Arabian sea for 8 or so hours -- who knows, maybe they'll even play a movie or two, or at least some loud music .


Kelly: is that the Sea Paradise on Mandrem -- one of the hut places? If so, the huts all appear to be underutilized this year and the beach seems mainly popular with day-trippers who arrive by bus or taxi from Calengute, eat an overpriced meal and stretch out on an umbrella-shaded sun-chair for a while although there are occasional meditation retreats advertised. At R300-500 night, I think they have priced themselves out of the longer-staying travellers market, but maybe the evening isolation from the variety of restaurants and activities in Arambol is a problem too. I can see your point about the area being better for couples. I thought that these places might be trying to generate some package-tour business that wouldn't blanch at the prices, but who knows. I know that these outfits are paying a sizeable lease fee for use of the land, so finding a suitable business plan might be difficult.

I'm not a regular at Loekie's Thursday and Sunday night jam sessions, but have been by on occasion -- still very popular. There seems to be a kind of a nightly thing happening somewhere now -- Saturday night market near Baga, Wednesday flea market at Anjuna, Monday jam session at Piya's and probably something else for the other nights as well. This sort of thing has helped fuel the market for rental scooters and bikes which now cruise the streets from morning to night with people looking for something to do or perhaps just 'getting their money's worth'. The planned new international airport which will be built near Pernem will probably finish off Arambol as we know it, so hope you can get back again in the next year or two. Calgary winters....brrr...I think chrissawka has it worse in Winnipeg, though

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camping out on the stern of the old ferry from "Bombay" to "Panjim" . . .
I usually met like-minded souls and would then hang out together for our Goa stay. It was much more sociable then than a train. Hoping the new ferry offers the same, but of course, you dont need to spend 24 hrs.
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Mike - yeah that's the exactly place I was referring to. Most of the huts were 300 -/Rs and all were occupied by couples, except my big "room with a view" above the restaurant, no door and I had to climb up some bamboo stairs to get inside but it had a fantastic view and only 200 -/Rs... in fact, the most I spent on a hotel anywhere outside of Mumbai or Delhi. Arambol is the perfect place to walk around without any need for a motorbike or the noise pollution that goes along with it. Closer to Mandrem they can be a bit more useful though, and actually the scenic drive north of Arambol is one of the nicest and most peaceful I've ever driven in my life... that's what I imagine what I think about Goa.

Good observation about the day-trippers. When I was there they did get some day-trippers from Candolim and Calangute arriving by boat, often weekly. I actually enjoyed their arrival though. It's normally so quiet and then it's busy on that stretch of beach for just a little while, then they're gone. Often they were people who just didn't know any better where to stay in Goa, or they were in Goa for less than a week total... or in some cases, after seeing Arambol they moved up there a week later and decided to plant themselves in a quieter spot for a while. Once-a-week and for just a few hours the quiet was gone, the air was filled with much laughter and fresh conversation and I saw how much these day-trippers were enjoying themselves. It was great to see it in such a normally subdued environment.


I didn't know they were planning a new international airport near Pernem. Eek. More traffic, more people... I really liked taking the ferry ride to Arambol, before the bridge was finished... I'd often meet shopkeepers along the way and then I'd frequent their shops because they'd remember me. Alas, times change and people head further north (or further south) in Goa. Speaking of further north, I've always wondered what those long stretch of beaches are like in lower Maharastra... hope to make it back to India this fall, with a bit of luck.
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Hi,

I'd also like to say that I've been following the postcards thread with interest for a while as well, and think that this thread is a good model for other location specific up-to-date news, reports and reviews.

I'm terribly sorry to hear about the spate of deaths in Arambol though. and also the appearance of the horrid sunbed and umbrella blight!!! not to mention the demise of the eco-friendly pig-toilets!!

however, if my memory serves me right, you could always catch a whiff of charas in the air of many eateries in Arambol from my experiences there 8 years back and 2 years back. Which doesn't bother me personally, but I AM very sorry to hear that heroin junkies still think of Goa as THE place to go and shoot up/smoke "brown sugar".

Of course, people shouldn't get the idea that Goa is a drug haven, because it clearly is not. and actually, it seems from my recent experiences this year, that Goa as a whole is dominated by "regular" resort tourists with the beach sunbeds and umbrellas who are there for their 2-week holiday. the "parties" and "drug scenes" are confined to small pockets and generally you would have to be seeking them out specifically to run across them.
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