Morjim is a village in North Goa.
Olive ridley sea turtles
The Morjim beach is a nesting and hatching habitat of the Olive ridley sea turtle, an endangered species. Poaching eggs or in any manner disturbing the turtles or their habitat is an offence punishable under Indian law.
Protection of marine turtles and their habitat has been embraced by the local community through community-based conservation efforts. These efforts were commenced sometime in the years 1995-96 by a number of local villagers after discussions with Goa-based environmental protection groups. Before this time, the eggs were poached by fishermen, but later the fishermen became some of the fiercest protectors of marine turtles.
The Tourism Department of the Government of Goa has aided the conservation efforts by restricting temporary seasonal structures (e.g. shacks) to only a portion of the beach, and requiring them to operate only during daylight hours. Owners of the structures are also legally obliged not to leave beach furniture strewn about after daylight hours and not to do anything that would adversely affect marine turtle conservation.
Sadly in 2011 the turtles can hardly be seen anymore due to over-urbanization, light pollution and noise pollution.
Morjim is a village situated in North Goa in the Pernem district on the north bank of the Chapora River estuary. It is home to a variety of birds and to the Olive ridley sea turtle. It has become known as "Little Russia" due to the concentration of Russian expatriates living there.
There are 2 buses that connect Morjim with Mapusa. One goes to the Morjim village proper (southern part, closer to Chapora river mouth) while another goes to the northern part (near Bora Bora cafe). From Mapusa, it's very easy to catch a bus to Panaji or to the other beaches of North Goa.
Rent a motorbike, as the price taxi drivers want will make you feel like you're in Moscow. Places offering motorbikes, especially those with Russian signage, may try to ask you higher-than-usual (for Goa) rate as well.
Beautiful beach, inhabited by Russian tourists.
This place is popular among kitesurfers due shallow depth of the sea and very wide beach.
Some restaurants on the beach have (besides the usual choice) Russian cuisine, but are expensive even compared to other beaches. For cheaper Indian/some European food, try restaurants on the main road to Aswem.
Nightlife is vibrant here but considerably more expensive and up-market than other neighbouring beaches.
- Lobo’ s Paradise, Vithaldas Vaddo, Morjim, Goa, . checkin: 11; checkout: 11. Lobo’ s Paradise is - lies across the chapora river and fort, along the north Goa coastline on a beautiful secluded beach called Morjim. Rs 800 onwards.
- La Cabana Beach Resort (La Cabana), Ashvem Beach, Morjim, North Goa, Goa, . checkin: 1400 Hrs; checkout: 1100 Hrs. La Cabana Beach Resort is located at one of the widest beaches of Goa that is Ashvem. 8000 INR Onwards.
- Vailankanni Guesthouse (Guesthouse near morjim beach), H.No 1060, Modlo Waddo, Behind Morjim Church, Morjim, Pernem, Goa - 403512 (Near Laxmi restaurant), ☎ 00919923639598, . checkin: 11.30am; checkout: 10.00am. Boutique guesthouse with 8 rooms both AC and Non AC just by the morjim beach, Goa. 1300. (15.62,73.73)
- Morjim Coco Palms Resorts (Ex Morjim Grande Resort), Vithaldasvaddo, Morjim Beach Road (Mapusa to Siolim to Chopdem to Morjim Beach, North Goa), ☎ +91721818COCO(2626), . checkin: 11.30am; checkout: 10.00am. One of a kind Boutique Resort right on Morjim Beach with 24 deluxe AC rooms, turquoise swimming pool amidst 40 plus coco palms, Unique Russian Pool Sports Bar and a beach touch restaurant bar with private beach sun beds, chill outs etc. From your sun bed, watch pod of Dolphins, diving sea gulls, kingfishers, kites etc as the fishermen go about their daily chores in exotic fishing boats. Walk peacefully in serene shore waters towards the nestling grounds of world famous Oliver Ridley Turtles and if lucky watch the hatchlings take off on their epic journey. 2400+. (15°37'47.9N,73°43'35.1E)