The place is ‘Polem’. The last beach on the southernmost tip of Goa and the drive promised to be an adventure.
Yes, it is
Took off from Mapusa at 7:00 am and with just one halt at a very scenic place for black tea and bhaji – pav, reached Polem precisely at 10:15 am.
Chai Time on the way
Polem beach is just off the main highway NH17 which proceeds to Karwar.
The first sight of the short expanse of sand, almost a tiny alcove felt so welcoming!
For the entire morning there was no one at the beach… save a few dogs and water birds.
This one was a treat to follow around and watch it scouting for tiny crabs.
Where is my food?
The 'food' scuttles for safety
It was time for some sea-food!
Sea food shack
It was from a shack like this that food arrived! An extremely spicy plate of squids!
What followed was a long walk on the beach, collecting some really shiny shells and generally taking in the sights
Timing is everything
Did I mention, that Polem is just 15 kms from Karwar (Karnataka), and we decided to make a quick foray into the neighbouring state…
Besides the surprisingly cheap vegetables and fish we got out there, there were two stops:
Rabindranath Tagore Beach
It always surprises me that beaches in places other than Goa need to have so many other distractions for visitors. This one boasted of a children’s park, a walkway and a warship museum… is the beach not enough…?
This is the Museum 😉
Evening tea at Karmal Ghat, and we were back in Goa.
I got just what i was looking for – a long drive and an enriching experience… the journey was important, not the destination!
Bye Bye Karwar