Mandrem is one of the most northernmost beaches in Goa, 5.95 kilometers from Goa’s border with the state of Maharashtra. It is sandwiched between two popular beaches in north Goa – Arambol in the north and Ashwem beach in the south. Located in the Pernem region of Goa, the Mandrem beach is 28.5 kilometers north from Panaji, Goa’s state capital. The backpacker’s paradise Arambol is only 7.6 kilometers away. Ashwem is even closer, only 5.9 kilometers south.
Mandrem is a small but beautiful beach. It is only 790 meters long. This is a white sandy beach, which remains secluded even in the peak tourist season, as most people prefer to visit the other more popular beaches in north Goa. Tall casurina and palm trees line its shore. There are a few sand dunes with shrubs on them. The Mandrem village is a fishing community, so you will see the occasional fishing boats, the fishermen counting their catch, or the locals drying their nets on the beach. There are also a few shacks run by the locals with their sun beds where you can sit back, drink, have your food, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
A small creek meets the Arabian Sea at the Mandrem beach. There are several bridges that cross the creek to the other side. It looks particularly beautiful in high tide when the sea water rushes into the creek. A second creek meets the sea further south. This is a great place for a relaxing holiday in Goa.
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Quick Facts About Mandrem
In north Goa, Mandrem beach is close to Goa’s border with Maharashtra. It is between Arambol beach in the north and Ashwem beach in the south.
Mandrem beach is 28.5 kilometers from Panaji by the NH66. It takes about 1 hour by road on an average day.
Closest airport – Dabolim – 53 kilometers.
A small, tranquil 790 meters long beach with very few tourists. Most tourists head to the busier party destinations of north Goa. Mandrem is a smooth, white sandy beach. Creek meets the sea at the southern end.
Closest railway station – Pernem – 15.2 kilometers.
Clean sea water. But it can sometimes be choppy. Also, the Arabian Sea is deep at some places. There are guards on the beach.
Very nice and quiet beach. A very good place for sunbathing and relaxation. There are a few shacks on the beach with sun beds.
Nature all around. Casurina and palm trees. You can see white-bellied fish eagles and the occasional olive ridley turtles.
Mostly foreign tourists. Few Indians. One of the best places in Goa to see sunsets.
Mandrem beach is good for budget tourists. Small hotels, guest houses, and budget properties. There are banks, ATMs, a few beach shacks, restaurants, shops, yoga classes.
Best Time to Visit Mandrem Beach
November to February is the peak tourist season in Goa, and this is also the best time to visit the Mandrem beach. The weather is pleasant. You will get long and sunny days, but the sun doesn’t beat down harshly. There is very little rain. The humidity is also low, which makes it very pleasing. Cool breeze comes in from the sea in the evening. The beach shacks are also open. Restaurants and cafes are working at full capacity this time of the year.
The summer season between March and May is hot and humid. It will rain heavily in the monsoon, with chance of thundershowers often. Besides, the sea will also turn choppy, so it is best to avoid swimming if it rains. The rain begins to come down from September, and by November, there is very little rain.
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The winter season is the best time of the year at Mandrem like elsewhere in Goa. This is also the peak tourist season, but there are never too many tourists here. So it is always very nice, perfect for a relaxing holiday. The temperature varies between 31°C and 34°C in the winter. Rainfall is between 16 mm and 31 mm. The months of January and February sees almost no rain. You will get between 9 hours and 11 hours of sunshine every day in the winter. Remember, no beach shacks are open here in the monsoon months, as they are all temporary structures.
How To Reach Mandrem
- By Air — The Dabolim airport is 53 kilometers from Mandrem beach. There are many airlines that operate flights here like Air India, Indigo, Etihad, Air Arabia, Air Asia, Qatar Airways, and Jet Airways.
- By Rail — The closest railway station is Pernem, which is at a distance of 15.2 kilometers. The Thivim rail station is 20.6 kilometers away.
- By Road — Mandrem beach is 28.5 kilometers from Panaji, the state capital of Goa.
You can reach Mandrem easily. Take the Mapusa Main Road and go north. After crossing the St. Xaviers College you will reach a crossing. Take the left and keep driving on this road. Turn right after St. Anthony’s Church and follow this road. Take the left turn after the Agarwada Chopdem Village Panchayat. Follow this road and you will reach the beach soon.
Mandrem is a small beach of 790 meters, but it is wide. It is made of white soft sand, with a few sand dunes over which you will find some shrub vegetation. The beach is lined with beautiful swaying casurina and palm trees, so there is nature all around. A small rocky cliff juts out into the sea in the northern end and separates it from the busier Arambol beach, which is popular with the backpackers. There are always very few tourists here, even in the peak tourist season, which makes Mandrem one of the best beaches in the north for a nice, relaxing holiday in Goa.
Mandrem will remind you of Goa in the early days before the tourists arrived. In contrast to the party scene of north Goa, especially in Arambol, Baga, and the other busier north Goa beaches, the tranquil Mandrem beach is a great choice for those who want respite from the stress of busy life. Kick off your shoes and walk barefoot on the beach. Dip your toes in the water. But the Arabian Sea is surprisingly deep in some places, so be careful.
You may even party elsewhere and return here for some quiet at the end of the day. Mornings and evenings are particularly nice at Mandrem. The beach offers one of the best sunsets in Goa.
There is a small village just beyond the beach where many of the locals are into fishing. So on the beach, you will occasionally see fishing boats, fishermen bringing in their catch of the day, and drying their nets. Just walk up to see the fresh catch, and talk to them. You can also take pictures.
The Mandrem River, which is actually a small creek, meets the Arabian Sea at the southern end of the beach. It runs parallel to the beach for a while, bisecting the beach into two, before meeting the sea. There are many bridges made of bamboo and wood that cross this river. Build by the locals they are placed at regular intervals. You can walk over them to cross the creek or ride your bike. Vehicles cannot pass as they are very narrow. Most of the hotels, guest houses and budget accommodations are on the other side of the creek.
It looks the prettiest when the tide enters the river. Water in the river swells during high tide and empties in low tide. Dip your feet in this water. It is very nice and cool. It looks beautiful when wind sweeps over the calm water and creates ripples.
Wildlife At Mandrem
There is nature all around here. Large casurina and palm trees along the coast make the beach look different than the beaches, which have all sorts of constructions nearby, water sports action, and busy tourist activities. Explore the fringe areas of the beach and you will be able to spot wildlife. There are many white-bellied fish eagles that live in the casurina trees, kingfishers, herons, and plenty of crabs because of the few tourists at Mandrem. Often, they will outnumber the tourists and sunbathers.
You can also see the endangered Olive Ridley marine turtles nesting on the beach sometimes, when Morjim beach next to the Chapora River is overcrowded. But do not try to go very near them or disturb them. These turtles are protected.
The Beach Shacks At Mandrem
There are only a few shacks on the beach. But there are still sun beds on the beach with umbrellas where you can sit to relax and enjoy the nature. Most of the shacks are located on the riverfront. The distance is very little, though. In fact, if you stand beside the river, you can see the sea sand and sea on the other side. Occasionally there is live music at the beach shacks. Check if there is some performance.
The food available in the shacks is average. ‘End of the World Café’ is a good place to eat in Mandrem. Try their fish preparations. You can also go to ‘Oasis’ for their prawns, tandori chicken, and breads. You may also go to the riverfront restaurant of ‘Molly’s Nest’. It sits right next to a bridge. The beach is a 2 minute walk from here.
Other places to eat and drink at Mandrem include,
- Mango Tree Beer Garden
- Cafe Nu
- Olive House
- La Plage
- Sea Paradise
- Dunes Huts
- The Lazy Dog
- Bed Rock
- The Sunset
Yoga And Meditation At Mandrem
The Mandrem beach remains isolated throughout the year, and it is thus a great choice if you want to meditate and introspect.
- The Ashta Yoga Valley offers yoga courses, therapies, and yoga teachers training programs. They offer two international certified courses of 200 hours and a more extensive 500 hours course. The director Amit Namdev has more than 11 years of experience in natural and holistic healing.
- You can also take Reiki courses while you are at Mandrem.
Top 9 Things To See And Do At The Mandrem Beach
- Relax by the Beach – Mandrem is one of the most non-happening places in north Goa, away from the busy party destinations. It is a quiet and serene beach with very few tourists. Just sit back and relax on the beach or beside the river, which flows quietly and meets the Arabian Sea here.
- Watch Wildlife – There is a lot of nature all around. Palm and casurina trees line the coast. A small hill separates Mandrem from the Arambol beach in the north. You will see white-bellied fish eagles, kingfishers, herons, crabs, and the occasional Olive Ridley turtles.
- Swimming – The Mandrem beach is safe for swimming. The sea water is clean, thanks to the few visiting tourists. There are guards on the beach.
- Walking, Biking, Jogging – This is a 9.44 kilometer long stretch of sand that extends from Arambol in the north to the Chapora River in the south. The entire stretch sees fewer tourists compared to the Baga-Calangute-Candolim stretch. Walk to explore the region or bike on the beach. But remember, you will have to cross a few rivers and some small hills. You can also play beach soccer or beach volleyball.
- Yoga And Meditation Classes – Join a yoga, meditation or reiki class. There are teacher training courses available as well. You can also do yoga on the soft sands of the beach. You can also get an ayurvedic massage.
- The Fishing Boats – Many of the locals are into fishing. See the fishing boats on the beach, the nets drying, and the locals hauling in their fresh catch. The locals will sometimes take tourists to see dolphins on their boats.
- Feni – You will find feni, the popular local alcoholic drink of Goa here.
- Markets – Hire a scooter to visit the market areas of Madlamaz-Mandrem. You can also walk to the market if you like. It is quite near. Different types of drinks and food items are sold here, including feni.
- Watch the sunset – Mandrem beach is a great place to see the sunset over the Arabian Sea. Watch as the sky turns crimson over the sea and the trees.
The tourist infrastructure in Mandrem is average, which is why it is popular with budget and middle-income travelers. There are no 5-star luxury hotels here. You will find bungalows, guest houses, budget properties, and a few resorts. The most expensive places to stay are Yab Yum Resort, Amarya Shamiyana, Riva Beach Resort and the Mandrem Beach Resort Hotel.
There are a few shops in the village. But you can still buy fruits, vegetables, drinks, a pharmacy, money exchange center, and quite a few restaurants and bars.
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