goa trip – day 12 ; polem beach , galibaga , contigao wildlife park , ourem 88

goa trip – day 12

went to polem today , hopefully to see the dolphins but also for a blast in the sun on the moped and a trip to see the beach . think ‘secret beaches’ type of place , yknow them that people like to keep hush hush . its pretty much the furthest south in goa you can go before you hit the border or karnataka . took about 30 mins maybe ? hard to tell cos i kept stopping for stuff [fuel , water , food,  pics] . got a pull off the cops for maxxing out my goped on the 17 with no helmet .

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he said licence and i got out my idp which was awesome his face dropped, i guess he thought ‘double fine’ time . i knew he was going to mention helmet next and sure thing it was right on cue . i played stupid , showed him they didnt give me one in ‘boot’, and said i was told i didnt need it unless i went to panaji . the other cop [a woman] said i must pay a fine of 100rps for helmet offence so i told them i had nothing more than a bottle of water and a license. after asking several times finally she asked if i was refusing to pay and i said yes . so they let me go . funny . first time ive been stopped in all the time ive been here doing all those miles in all the towns . i thought it would be twice daily stoppings . cool .

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turned off nh17 for polem on blue street sign , did a loop and came out on the same rd 1/2 half mile down ?! so  i went back and this time turned off main rd and took the first gravel track instead . looked good on map. drove to beach using red gravel path like cola . at one point it was go no further and too impassible on a bike just like cola beach , so i left bike and trekked the rutted pathway down in the hot midday heat . eventually after 5 mins it was dense jungle stuff and for the next 15mins i saw loads of monkeys jumping from tree to tree as it got denser and denser .

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tons of stuff was alive in that place but could only hear it not see most of it . at one point the floor was alive with white flying insects and each time i took a step they moved with me . it was like avatar the movie !

i knew it was a small beach but this was a crazy route in . just as i thought it had became too overgrown even for my adventure , i heard the sound of the sea and saw the light out the jungle . i came out onto rocks tho and not the beach – in the middle of absolutely nowhere .

how possible , it said polem but i could see polem beach about a mile or two away.

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never mind for the minute , i had a drink of ‘fosters’ [well you wouldnt want a warm water??? ]

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a much needed swim , and chilled out on absolutely massive sort of slatey black rocks in the sea , scanning on dolphin watch . saw none for about 30 mins. it wasnt where i intended to go , but it sure was nice there .

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left my big rock to go back to bike and realised i didnt have a clue exactly where i came in . it was easy listening to sea as a guide in , but not back . after being sort of lost for about 15 mins in jungle i eventually picked up my trail out the way id come in . bit of sweaty hike back up for 15 mins and relief to see bike . had visions of swimming to polem for a while there haha . did locate polem beach after that , not easy to find behind bus stop and down a path and into the tiny entrance into the beach hut complex there with 3 huts or something equally as small . then you see this :

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tricky turn off but worth it . to get there once leaving the signed highway , next turn off is unsigned and hidden on a 90* sharp bend , but once you know it is straight forward . after turn off NH17 [signed] head for a minute or two and look for that sharp 90 bend . thats the junction . youll go behind bus stop in shaded area , and bear left behind a yellow house into a bamboo fenced area . definitely best to go this way rather than the jungle LMAO . polem beach is nice for that lost beach feel

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theres only one place there with about 3 huts and its associated small family eatierie with a few tables , plus a couple of old fishing boats and a familys tent on the beach

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and a little river inlet was at one end .

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it was effectively my beach , no tourists except couple from belgium i spoke to for a while on a day trip from palolem like me , but instead by taxi . i kinda understand why people dont like to give away “their secret beaches” , but i kinda prefer to pass it on .  if someone made all the effort like i did to get here then good on em , enjoy it ! its hardly round the corner from baga and theres nothing to attract a loud crowd !  and there are loads more like this too anyway .

so no people here on this beach,  but also no dolphins either .  i read they come along shoreline at this beach but i didnt get lucky this time . the beach is a lovely unspoilt gem and a great for a trip and chillout . its a smallish pretty bay , nowhere near as big as other beaches like agonda for example . it has the calmest waters of any beach i went to in goa , virtually no tide . heres another view , never get bored of this :

secret beaches ….  ….. aswell as polem heres another one …. as you leave polem , about a few miles further north there is a ‘one way’ sort of diversion round a hill where opposing traffic splits for cpl of hundred meters . its the only bit like this , its very distinct road diversion youll know it if your driving it . the name of the location –  im almost certain it could well be ‘galibaga beach’ [at the south end] . a little turnoff on this junction gets you to a gravel jetty with below view . there are other secret beaches too . i use wikimapia.com to load maps and find them on my desktop , a tiny sat nav gps sometimes [fujitsu n100 loox] to get me there , a moped for sure haha ,  plus lots of other online things like tripadvisor . great info out there if you google .

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you can pretty much see this from edge of diversion or bridge is a good view [as seen in video nr end] . its has a peacefull little river inlet . the bit in the mouth of river has a small beach / sandbank / desert island feel

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it must be accessable as i could see 2 tourists on it when zooming x20 times optical .

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slightly to the left there is a tiny hidden beach too . i didnt have time to check out as i was going to wildlife park , but its look great for a little nose about and sand looked really clean. i guess access is possible to both fairly easily . robinson crusoe type of thing im sure , the middle mound you see in video was almost like a little island connected from right , where other beach was on the left of video opposite this . shame i didnt zoom .

on the way to polem on the 17 highway id spied a sign saying contigao wildlife park so i intended to have a look around here too .

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when you leave the main road you go thru a big overhead sign with pictures of 6 species wildlife

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paid 20 admission , 30 camera , 25 bike and entered the park .

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in a few hours i saw no wildlife apart from some birds and frogs despite travelling about 25 miles thru park! you see crocodiles the woman said – HA . turned out to be 1 x 2ft croc in a snake pen , next to 2 small snakes in a pen , 3 spotted deer in  pen . not even worth picturing ! nothing at lakes or watering holes .

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sure as heck no black panthers , leopards , wild bore , jackall , king cobra , sambars , porcupine or bear as signed and pictured on main gates on highway !!! probably youd think at this point ‘crap’ , no animals … but just like polem it was a great adventure . even tho it wasnt full of animals , i still had a laugh – riding and exploring the various poi’s on your free map [which are also signed at carious places along route] ,

big forests with some immense trees,

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some you couldnt even dream up

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various old abandoned buildings way out into the jungle

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climable jungle lookout watchtowers over the watering holes and lagoons

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watch you dont fall from 20ft up , the ladders arent great and 15 miles from nowhere youll struggle with a broken ankle  ;-s

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some of them are sooooo old

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while others more modern-ish

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you can see big fallen trees , one that looked like it had been hit by lightning [?],

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strange unknown nests ?????

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massive spider webs , even whole fields of spider webs even , a hidden cafe or two deep into the jungle which was surreal  , and crazy giant mushrooms lol

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so many massive ant or turmite nests rising up like a load of red skyscrapers out of that red dust ,

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its amazing what those gopeds can handle tho and boy did i batter it up long tracks off roading up to 60kph 😉    a quad or proper trials bike would be awesome here !! take a tank of petrol if you really want to go deep into a mission cos you wont find bottles of petrol on sale in here !!

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youll be crossing for mile after mile of ‘off road style’ dirt tracks into rocky streams and random things .

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you can also stay overnight in the park , i saw they had a few pieces of accomadation there from 500 a nite upwards depending on your budget . i dont know if this was one place , but i guess it may be ? it was deserted when i was there except from some ashes where a small camp fire had fairly recently been.

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there must be some animals there cos there where droppings of various sizes especially round watering holes . and if you are thinking about killing wildlife for fun or ‘bone trophys’ etc [even dealing in this crap and exporting is an offence too] ,  ….. 7 years of your life wont be easy in an indian prision ill bet  😉

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its all sign posted in the park corresponding to your paper map , and i only saw 1 jeep wrangler , and one small suzuki car of tourists in a few hours . closes 5.30pm . i can imagine birdwatchers and plant lovers would find tons of stuff here in this enorrrrrrrmous wildlife park ? so while there where no dolphins in polem or big wildlife in the park today , it was a brilliant advenure exploring into the jungles and swimming at cool beaches .

returned to palolem as we had our table booked at ‘ourem 88’

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what a way to end a superb day. a sound guy called brett from croydon and his mrs cook high standard enlish food . i had goan sausage tomato bruschetta

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and sliced beef steak with daphnoise potatos and crunchy and fresh green beans

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absolutely gorgeous – the best quality food ive had so far rivalling the mrs veggie best from bean me up [anjuna] and blue planet [agonda] . the mrs had broccoli and mozarella soup

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and the veggie rissotto

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we ony left the pattern on the plates . finished it with apple pear and cinammon crumble and custard and mrs had tiramisu i think . its hard to get in so you might be turned away like us first time , so TIP:  book in advance , even thru his facebook he suggested . while we ate numerous couples came and left due to no tables . he only seats about 20 or so and only evening meals from a constantly evolving menu . upon leaving we rebooked for saturday ha ! insane …. all this food , plus several honeybees and coke and several beers was 1800 . talk about value and excellence . you must eat here if you value quality cuisine and anywhere nearby , great food great service great price considering . funky artwork like ‘banksy’ prints and various small pieces

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plus with such a cool soundtrack of funk , disco and eclectic gems puts this place in top spot for me .

i know i keep saying , but bloody amazing day in goa again !!!!!!!!!!

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One Response to goa trip – day 12 ; polem beach , galibaga , contigao wildlife park , ourem 88

  1. Jyoti says:

    Amazing, and many thanks for taking the trouble to post…

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