Once a busy port city, Vengurla today is an alluring beach town 100km from Goa, a hidden gem on the Konkan coastline that is known for its beaches ringed by high mountains. Rich in history and nature, Vengurla boasts of 5 stunning beaches, a rocky island and temples. If an offbeat beach vacation is what you’re looking for, we recommend checking it out while it’s still pleasant beach weather.
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Beach Hop & Go On Temple Runs In Vengurla
Vengurla is a beach destination for the offbeat traveller, and nature lovers are going to love the sights and sounds that this town has to offer. A semi-circular range of hills surround this beach town, and Vengurla Beach is a quiet and secluded spot to enjoy jaw-dropping views of the ocean from. The beaches are blessed with crystal clear water and offer a sense of peace and calm that’s fast leaving the Goan beaches. The lighthouse, perched on a hill, is the highest point from where you can enjoy a view of the Vengurla beach, and we recommend visiting this spot during sunset. A local fish market is set up at the Vengurla Jetty every evening, and if you wish to shop for other souvenirs, especially cashews and spices, the local market at Shiroda on Sundays is perfect for finding these treasures.
Vengurla was burnt down in the 18th century, and these scars still remain in the form of a cluster of rocks. This cluster is in fact a rocky island known as Burnt Island, known as a breeding ground for a rare species of bird- the Indian Swiftlet. A visit comes highly recommended for bird-lovers and those who love nature photography.
Vengurla is also famous for the Shri Ganesh, Shri Vetoba, Shri Rameshwar, Shri Vetoba, Shri Navadurga and Shri Mauli temples.
#Tip: If you happen to visit anytime between March to June, don’t leave without indulging in some fresh, juicy Alphonso mangoes grown here.
Stay Options In Vengurla
If you wish to stay on Vengurla Beach, Dolphin Bay Beach Resort is the most popular choice of option that is conveniently located, family-friendly, comfortable and easy on the pocket. The resort helps organize dolphin spotting boat rides and other water sports. For those who wish to stay in the town, Bamboo Machan Cottage that is located near the bus stand comes highly recommended by tourists and locals. It’s affordable and family-friendly. Hotel Laukik is another family friendly hotel that also offers safe lodging for solo travellers.
#Tip: Credit cards are not accepted at most of these places but there are enough ATMs available in case you need to withdraw cash.
Fish, Prawns and Sol Kadhi are the must try dishes at Vengurla Beach. Bamboo Inn on the road to Sagareshwar Beach is known for its seafood dishes, while the fish thali at Gajaalee is a must-have. Gomantak is a hole in the wall establishment in the market that is known for vegetarian as well as fish dishes.