to the south of the airport, the Mormugao peninsula's sun
parched central plateau tumbles to a flat-bottomed
valley lined with coconut trees and redbrick huts. The
sandy beach at the end of the cove would be even more
picturesque. Until Oberoi erected a huge
five star hotel here, Bogmalo was just another small
fishing village, hemmed in by a pair of palm fringed
headlands at the northern end of Colva bay.
Former Fishing Village, Today's Tourist Hangout
village is still present at Bogmalo, with a complete
tiny-whitewashed Chapel and gangs of hogs nosing
through the rubbish, but its environs have been
transformed. Pricey café-bars blaring Western music
have crept up the beach, while the clearing below the
hotel is prowled by assiduous Kashmiri handicraft
so, compared with Calangute or Colva, Bogmalo is still
a small-scale resort. The beach is
clean and not too crowded, the water reasonably safe
for swimming, and there are plenty of places to eat,
drink and shop. If, on the other hand, one is looking
for somewhere not yet, on the package tourist map, one'll be better off further south, at the far end of
Colva Beach or beyond.
DIVING AT BOGMALO
dive school recently opened up in Bogmalo and is one
of the few places in India where one can do PADI-approved
Open water diving courses. Operating out of Joet's
guesthouse, at the far end of the beach, the British
run outift also offers half day "Try Dives"
for novices, guided dives to shipwreck sites and coral
beds off the coast and tuition for more advanced
More Information: Contact - Goa Diving, House No.
145P, Chapel Bhat, Chicalim, Near Bogmalo.
TO GET THERE
Road: Bogmalo can be reached by bus or taxi from Vasco da
Gama, 8-km northwest. It's also near enough to the
airport for a last minute dip before catching a plane.
is primarily a package tour destination, walk in
accommodation is very limited and best booked ahead.
There are few luxurious option present over here,
overlooking the beach. Bogmalo's other mid range
guesthouses, are much more comfortable for short stay