Ashwem beach is in North Goa, between Morjim and the Mandrem beach. It is a part of a long stretch of sandy shore that starts from the banks of the Chapora River, in the south, and extends all the way to Ashwem. Also referred to as Ashvem, it is 31 kilometers from Panaji via the NH 66 and is 54.7 kilometers from Vasco da Gama. The Dabolim international airport is 54.6 kilometers away.
This is one of the cleanest and most well-maintained beaches in Goa. Less crowded, which is rare in the north, as many beaches here attract a lot of tourists in the peak season. Thanks to the fewer tourists, both the water and the beach are cleaner. You will have more quiet and peace. More privacy! In fact, there are long stretches where you won’t find any beach shacks, restaurants, or sun beds. The waves are gentle, so you can swim without a worry. Swaying palm trees line this 1.5 kilometer beach – the touch of greenery making the landscape look prettier.
There are shacks, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Umbrellas and sun beds available free! Yoga retreats and meditation centers! Ashwem has become quite a trendy and hip destination in recent years. With Baga, Candolim, Calangute, and even Anjuna getting crowded, many foreign tourists have moved on to less crowded beaches to have more privacy. In Ashwem, there are tourists from Russia, Israel, and many European countries. In fact, many Russians have purchased chunks of land between Ashwem and Morjim and settled down.
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Quick Facts About Ashwem
Best Time Of The Year To Visit Ashwem Beach
The best time to visit Ashwem beach is between November and February. The weather will be much nicer this time of the year. The beach shacks will be all open. Ashwem sees fewer tourists, but during the summer and monsoon months, the beach will be almost completely secluded, so the shacks, and even many of the cafes, bars, and restaurants, will be closed down.
The summer will be very hot, with the daytime temperature touching 36°C on some days. The monsoon is between the middle of June to early September. Lots of rains! The sky is likely to stay cloudy for long hours. There will be bursts of heavy showers, and on some days, there can be thundershowers too with lightning. Humidity is also very high both in the summer and the monsoon months.
|Weather in Ashwem|
|Average high, °C||31,6||31,5||32,0||33,0||33,0||30,3||28,9||28,8||29,5||31,6||32,8||32,4||31,3|
|Average low, °C||19,6||20,5||23,2||25,6||26,3||24,7||24,1||24,0||23,8||23,8||22,3||20,6||23,2|
|Average precipitation mm||0,2||0,1||1,2||11,8||112,7||868,2||994,8||512,7||251,9||124,8||30,9||16,7||2926|
The weather changes for the better from the middle of October, and by mid-November, it is very pleasant in Goa, and Ashwem. Rain has stopped almost completely. The humidity is low too. Considerable drop in temperature! January is the coldest month, but you won’t need woolens, even in the night. With such nice weather and pleasant temperature, it will be much easier to spend time relaxing at the beach. Play football, beach volleyball. Get a massage. Hire a bike or car and visit the other beaches or explore the interior.
How To Reach Ashwem
- By Air — The Dabolim international airport is 54.6 kms from Ashwem via the NH66. Many airlines operate their flights to Goa, including Air India, Indigo, SpiceJet, Etihad, Air Arabia, Air Asia, Qatar Airways, and Jet Airways!
- By Rail — Thivim is the closest station. It is 18 kilometers from Ashwem.
- By Road — Panaji is 31 kms from Ashwem.
Top 6 Things To See And Do At Ashwem
- Olive Ridley Turtles – A section of the beach becomes a nesting spot of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles between September and February. Environmentalists and animal welfare activists from around the world come to see the turtles and the babies, but you can still see a few. Nets are used to protect the eggs.
- Surfing Lessons – Ashwem is not known for its water sports, but you will still find a few activities to choose from. However, this is a good beach for taking surfing lessons. You can join a course to learn surf boarding from a certified instructor. Surfing lessons are offered for all levels and ages. Equipment is included.
- Great Food – There are plenty of great food options in Ashwem, just off the beach, and on the road that runs parallel to it. With so many Russians, and Europeans settled between Ashwem and Morjim, the flavor is definitely continental. Choose from Italian, Russian, Greek, and other menus. You will also find north and south Indian, and also Konkani food. And of course, the seafood is a specialty here, like in many other places in Goa.
- Complete Relaxation – Ashwem never gets too crowded. It is calm, quiet, peaceful, and the mood here is laid-back, perfect for relaxation. Beach shacks, restaurants and ayurvedic massage parlors right on the beach, but it is never congested like some other north Goa beaches. Mostly European tourists who keep within themselves. Take a sun bed, order your drinks and relax. Or place a mat on the sand and stretch out. No one to bother you. There is curfew after dark because of the turtles, so there are no loud nightclubs here.
- Beaches of North Goa – Ashwem is very close to some other fantastic beaches of North Goa. Morjim, another nesting site of the Olive Ridley turtles, is just 2.8 kilometers away. Arambol is 6.9 kilometers further north. Vagator is half an hour by road. Just beyond Vagator is Anjuna. Even Baga, Calangute, and Candolim are not too far away. Many like to set up base at Ashwem as it is a peaceful place, and go on day trips to these north Goa beaches.
- Chapora Fort – This old Portuguese structure is one of the most important forts in Goa, a famous landmark. You have to cross the Chapora River at the Siolim Bridge to visit Chapora. The fort is a 30 minute drive from Ashwem. Get a spectacular view from the top, and then may be spend some time at Vagator beach.
The beach at Ashvem is wide and desolate. It is actually part of the same stretch of sand that runs from the Chapora River in the south, and ends here, but Ashwem by itself is 1.5 kilometers long. First there is Morjim beach, then there is Marbela beach, and finally Ashwem beach, and then after a gap and a creek meeting the sea, there is Mandrem beach. Ashwem is mostly sandy, but in some parts, you can see volcanic rocks on the beach. The rocks shaped by shellfish, have a unique shape.
There are very few tourists here, even in the peak winter season between November and February. So there is a lot of calm and quiet. In fact, there is so much solitude here that you won’t see anything for vast stretches, and then suddenly you will see a cluster of some huts and beach shacks. This is a very good beach for romantic couples, honeymooners, families with kids, and those who want privacy and peace.
There are many foreigners, and a few Indians. Ashwem is particularly popular with European tourists. Russians in particular, have purchased land between Ashwem and Morjim and settled down. You will see some of them running cafes and shops. The shacks and restaurants serve international cuisines, and also north and south Indian, and Konkani food. The fine white sand is backdroped by tall palms and pine trees. Many shacks and restaurants are located within greenery beside the beach, so it looks very nice, adding to the beauty of the beach.
Top 5 Best Restaurants
Here are some of the top places to eat and drink at Ashwem. Many of them are worth trying again and again.
- L'Amore Café – At the northern end, this restaurant serves both international and India food, and seafood. Vegan options too. The breakfast is also good here. Offers a very nice beach vibe. Sometimes plays old music.
- Sky Bar – Best for seafood, Russian, Italian, and continental cuisines. Try the sizzlers and cocktails here. The desert sizzling brownie is worth trying. If you want to try Indian, then go for tandoori fish. Very good ambience too with sea view, sunset, and techno music.
- La Plage – The place in Ashwem for French food. Try the tuna steak with wasabi mash and the classic French fish souffle with crab sauce. You will also find continental cuisines, sea food, vegan, and gluten free food as well. The Mediterranean salad consisting of tomato, lettuce, red onion, black olives, humus, fella, and roasted red pepper is also good. For desert, go for the chocolate thali. La Plaga is between Ashwem and Marbela beach.
- Cafe Nu – This restaurant serves Asian, Indian, and European food, including gluten free and vegan options. Located between Ashwem and Mandrem, it is in a small alley, and away from the beach. But it’s worth a visit because of the good food. Try the peppered tuna steak and the calamari.
- Elevar – At the beach front of the Leela Cottages. Good Indian, European, and sea food. Indian thali, and even a menu for the kids. Try the fish with mash potato and tune preparations. The wooden white interior is very artistic and relaxing. Quiet ambience.
There are good placed to stay at Ashwem. Most of them are beach huts and cottages, but you will find a few big hotels here as well. There are rooms at the backside of a few beach shacks as well. Bens Inn Guest House, Bed Rock Beach Huts, Kaju Varo, Yoga Gypsys, Micasa Beach Resort, Casa Ashvem, Rococco Ashvem, and Aquatica are some of the popular places. Many foreign tourists like to rent for the long-term here.
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