Arambol beach on New Year’s Eve – Goa

There is no shame to go to a place just for holidays. To relax and to escape from the everyday life. Goa and more specific Arambol beach is just the place for that.

In this guide, we are going to take you through on everything we got up to in our stay in Goa. Do not forget to read the post “10 things to do in Arambol beach”.

General information

Goa is the smaller state of India located in the country’s west area. It has the highest GDP per capita while is ranked in the first place regarding the quality of life in India.

Arambol beach is the place that you are going to feel free

The largest city is Vasco da Gama, a sign of the Portuguese presence for 450 years, where the airport is located. The capital of Goa is Panaji. The spoken languages that are spoken in Goa are English, Portuguese, Konkani (the official) Hindi and Marathi. Arambol attracts a lot of visitors from Russia so it is not uncommon to meet locals speaking Russian as well.

The currency that is used in Goa is the same as the rest of India, the Indian rupee. The time we visited Arambol Beach the exchange rate was 80.26 rupees for €1 ($1.13).

Where is Arambol beach?

Arambol, also known as Harmal, is located in the north part of Goa will travel you some decades back. An old fisherman’s village was transformed into one of the most “chilling out” places around the globe.

You can see the entire area of the village in the following Arambol map.

What is famous for?

Arambol beach is famous as the most popular destination for the hippies during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Today remains a popular destination with signs of its tremendous past for multinational tourists. It is a top destination for electronic music lovers because of the numerous nightclubs with bit music and parties.

Arambol beach has also the fame of the best beach in Goa not only because the waters are safe enough to enjoy swimming but for numerous reasons that you are going to find out if you will keep reading. One of them is the new year party on the beach that we really enjoyed.

You can do this something extra for the photo but in Goa you will not need it 🙂
Whatever is the religion in Goa the are looking for peace of mind
You will find everywhere fresh and tasty fruits. Do not hesitate to try!

How to get to Arambol beach and Goa?

By airplane

The international airport of Goa is located in Vasco da Gama city, only 60 kilometers from Arambol but you will need at least one hour and a half to reach by car. It is better to arrange the cab through the hotel prior to your arrival. It is not that you are not going to find transportation but you will save money and you will not need to bargain. At least not from the first second there. Get your Guide offers you some affordable options on fixed costs that we, unfortunately, discovered later.

The transportation from the airport costed 1500 rupees (€18, $21). After 2 hours we arrived, it was night 2 a.m. and we left everything for the morning. Our first impression in the morning can only be described with a photo.

By train

India has a huge rail network which permits you to visit Goa from everywhere. Especially if the scope of your travel is to discover India without time restrictions then the train is the option for you.

There are two grand railway stations in Goa, in Margao and Vasco Da Gama. The wagons are traveling usually fully booked, so it is better to book your desired tickets many days prior to your scheduled departure for Goa and in general to your destinations in India.

Some of the lines are upgraded like, Konkan Railway, which offers trips from Mumbai to Goa in high-speed trains making the total travel at 8 hours. Look for trips that will allow you to pre-book your ticket online.

In contrast with the rest of India, locals didn’t let Uber and OLA to expand in their territory so be ready and advice the driver to drive safe, especially in the highways.

By bus

Inside Goa, like in every Indian state, there is a shuttle bus network for every village. The fares are from 5 to 40 Indian rupees (€0.06 to €0.5) and the busses are old and slow.

You can reach Goa by bus even from other states, but the distances are big. If you do not have a problem to travel, for example from Delhi to Goa for 49 hours, then your transportation will cost you as low as 1500 Indian rupees (€18, $20).

By cruise

We are coming from the Mediterranean which automatically makes us lovers of the sea. We want to admire her, to swim and of course to travel through her. Therefore we will recommend you if you live in Mumbai or planning to visit it alongside Goa, to book a luxury cruise.

The cost is 4300 Indian rupees (€53, $60) for a person and is not higher from 7650 Indian rupees (€95, $107) for a couple. It takes 14 hours and you will be able to enjoy both sunset and sunrise of the breathtaking Arabic Sea.

Pool, restaurants, and bars are available on the 7-deck ship.

Where to stay in Arambol beach – Accommodation?

The accommodation prices in Arambol beach

Lotus Sutra is one of the best resorts in the Arambol beach combining tradition and luxury

Arambol is full of wooden cottages. The accommodation options are mostly budget mind costing with the average price at 2500 rupees (€30, $35), but there are options starting for as low as 400 (€5, $6) rupees. The luxury choices are limited, and they can cost you around 29.000 (€350, $405) rupees. All the prices are higher during December and January and only for the day of New Year’s Eve maybe even double.

The accommodation culture in Arambol is based 90% on the wooden cottages and we recommend to go for it. There are options from open-air cottages to luxury. What you are going to choose depends on your budget, your limits and your taste.

Our cottage Lotus Sutra

We stayed at Lotus Sutra and that time (highest season – 28 December to 2 of January) was costing around 6500 rupees (€80, $92) per night. Lotus Sutra bungalows are 3-star deluxe wooden cottages. It is a relaxed beachfront hotel that among others offers air-conditioned rooms, an open-air restaurant, and a 24-hour reception. The Wi-Fi connection was in very low standards but we didn’t get surprise as this is a case that you will have to deal with everywhere in Goa.

Ok, everything until now but still, we need breakfast. 😊 In purpose, we didn’t book breakfast from the hotel, and any other kind of lunch, as we got to know that it is better to try the many available options in the area which proved as a great tip.

Maybe the presentation is not “Master chef” level but the staste rocks!
Having all kind of lunches in front of the sea! Priceless….

The 2.3 km long beach of Arambol is long enough to accommodate tens of restaurants and beach clubs with a big variety of choices where you can actually enjoy your meal having this sandy beach only some meters away from you.

The Arambol beach

We shouldn’t hide behind our fingers. The Arambol beach is the highlight of the area. You can walk it several times, up and down, and each time, every 200 meters you are going to meet something different. People dancing in different kinds of music from reggae to electronic, lessons of yoga, fire performances are some of the many that we saw.

The hippies’ style is everywhere!
Enjoy different kind of musics through Arambol beach
Play games and have fun
Buy beautifull handmade jewelry from talented artists before they become known

The “Sweet water beach”

If you are looking for a less crowded area you can walk take the path of the market to the north side of Goa and you will which will drive you to a small beach called Kalacha. Kalacha is known as “Sweet water beach”.

Officially does not belong to Arambol but as it is 10 minutes away by feet, for sure we have to mention it. It is the perfect place to take that exotic photo with only your bikini and the palm trees.

It is not easy to be approached due to the rocky area that you must overcome, at least not wearing flip flops, but is definitely worth the attempt. Here you can make beautiful photos, chill out and enjoy swimming in a place surrounded by hills and the sea.

Tropical view to the Sweet Lake on Arambol beach at the purple sky in Goa, India

Both beaches are safe to swim and you will notice the 24/7 lifeguard personnel patrolling and advising the swimmers especially in a couple of dangerous spots.

What to bring with you in Goa – Arambol beach

  • Swimwear – bikini
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 bottle of wine from Greece
  • Not a lot of money
  • Good spirit

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