The end stretches of Rajbaga Beach (South Goa-India)

Exploring South Goa-Part 3-Sadolxem AND Galjibaga

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This is a series on exploring South Goa keeping Agonda as the base. Part-1 talks about arriving at the village of Agonda, Part-2 talks about ‘The Space’ and RajBaga Beach. Welcome to Part-3 which talks about Sadolxem and Galjibaga

One last look at Rajbaga beach, and we proceeded to the parking lot of the beach, and it took a while to find our bike, since most of the rental bikes look similar and it turned out that someone had moved our bikes to a different spot. We started out asking people, the road to Talpona and set off.

Leaving the Huts at Rajbaga (South Goa)
Leaving the Huts at Rajbaga (South Goa)

The lawns of the Lalit-Intercontinental hotel was on our left and we saw a bunch of swans/white birds on the golf course. The image of the gold course, next to the sea made it look perfect. Sculpted greens by the sea has a relaxing effect on our humankind. While the beach was quiet, it did not have a vibe of its own like Arambol, but the beach had people coming due to the Lalit Hotel by the beach.

Swan on the lawns of the Lalit-Intercontinental Golf Course. We passed them on a bike parallel to the course!
Swan on the lawns of the Lalit-Intercontinental Golf Course. We passed them on a bike parallel to the course!

We set off on the 2 wheeler, driving at a speed of 30 km/hr, cruising slowly on the mud roads, stopping every now and then to ask for directions. We came by a beautiful lagoon that had a meandering river flanked on the sides by the Konkan image of trees slanting and in a dancing pose by the river. Slanting Coconut Trees, Greens, pristine beaches- All of them subliminally talk to our brain asking them to slow down. I got down near a small bridge in Sadolxem village to stare at the lagoon.

The Galjibag river that opens out into the Arabian Sea (South Goa-India)
The Talpona river that opens out into the Arabian Sea (South Goa-India)

The Sadolxem village was split into 2 parts by the bridge over the Talpona river and it looked like the Goan grapevine that passes over to other parts of the world had missed this place in their update and I hoped this part of Goa would stay as pristine as it is.

As we looked further at the bridge, there was something it did to draw my attention. It looked similar to a place that I had seen in a recent movie. It looked like the place in the title song of “Dear Zindagi” that comes between seconds 37-43 when Alia Bhatt crosses a bridge on a cycle waving off to kids on a boat beneath the bridge. How did I connect that scene to this place? Well, I am biased towards Goa. This was my 26th trip, and whenever I see an Indian movie shot in Goa, the only thing my mind tries to decipher is where was that place and that has stayed on. I figured out I was right, when I came back to better bandwith at the end of the trip. Here is the video of the same.

After sitting and looking at the views of the talpona lagoon, we looked over the bridge to find that the place was dilapitated and the bridge was rusty and looked old. It created a vintage charm, but it also made it look a little scary, as it was uncared for. There is place only for one 4-wheeler at a time. There are mini traffic jams created when a few cars come this side, but that is the only semblance this place may have to city life.

The Greens and Blues of Sadolxem, by the sides of the Talpona River (South Goa-India)
The Greens and Blues of Sadolxem, by the sides of the Talpona River (South Goa-India)

On the end of the bridge towards the Talpona side, we noticed that there was a small shack serving lunch and possibly having rooms also. I am not sure these rooms are online, but if ever you land up in the season, I am sure you will have some place to rest or have a lunch by the lagoon (This place does not show in Google Maps though)

The Sadolxem Bridge- One of the shooting spots of 'Dear Zindagi'
The Sadolxem Bridge- One of the shooting spots of ‘Dear Zindagi’

From there we crossed the bridge and turned right and slowly went along and saw a beautiful view of a beach jutting out on the sea. We stopped by and went and saw the view, and we noticed that it was someone’s house at the end of the river emptying the sea. They asked us if we wanted some water, and we sat at their porch asking them about this place and drinking water. I told them, that they were blessed to be waking up to such views, and smiled and requested them that I’d like to spend a few minutes at their porch.

The end stretches of Rajbaga Beach (South Goa-India)
The end stretches of Rajbaga Beach (South Goa-India)

In conversations with them, I was told that the stretch was actually Rajbaga beach only. It looked like it was a very long stretch, but I had travelled so much of a distance from the middle of Rajbaga only to find that the beach I had left was just next to me.

Rajbag Beach to Talpona Beach
Rajbag Beach to Talpona Beach

Nandu and I decided, to play a little game. I told Nandu that he should aim to throw stones in the sea and aim for the landmass. After many misses Nandu gave up, realising that what may seem near is not always near.

Nandu trying to throw stones from Talpona to the little piece of sand in Rajbaga (South Goa-India)
Nandu trying to throw stones from Talpona to the little piece of sand in Rajbaga (South Goa-India)

The local’s house was also the ferry point, for getting to the Rajbaga side. There was no boat around, but we recognised that it was a ferry point and moved on skimming Talpona beach on a road parallel to the beach.

Ambling at the porch of a Goan Home in Talpona (South Goa-India)
Ambling at the porch of a Goan Home in Talpona (South Goa-India)

Galjibaga was a little tough to find, because the route is not straight but through a series of turns which always causes you to ponder, if you are on the right track. Another thing I learnt is that if a local says its 5 minutes away, its probably thrice as far. After some questioning and idling around we arrived at Galjibaga. A few vehicles were parked near a small shack that was serving food. The beach had a few goverment officials who were here on duty as this was a beach for turtle hatching. I asked them, if we could see the turtles at some spot, and he looked at me, as if I was gleefully waiting to eat up the turtles. He said that the turtles come in the early morning and go back. I was disappointed to know that, since I was leaving back tomorrow, and it maybe another 6-12 months before I come back. I had brought Nandu to this beach to make him see turtles. The lack of any research on the internet also meant, I could not find out the exact time of when to come and see turtles. I decided to walk to the point where I saw from the train,across the river meeting sea. I knew the point was around somewhere.

The tall trees at the entrance of Galjibaga Beach (South Goa-India)
The tall trees at the entrance of Galjibaga Beach (South Goa-India)

The beach was in its low-tide avatar which meant endless metres of clean sand and very less people on the beach. The beach for the first 200 metres did not have much of a wave, since the water was retreating. Nandu wanted to collect shells and run on the beach. I said we would play ‘running and catching’ right after he has enough shells. The beach also had life guards, who were spottable by their red-yellow uniform on the beach.

Endless sands with no disturbance! Galjibag Beach-Goa
Endless sands with no disturbance! Galjibag Beach-Goa
Nandu spending time collecting shells at Galjibag beach (South-Goa in India)
Nandu spending time collecting shells at Galjibag beach (South-Goa in India)

There was a sense of freedom that Nandu had once he had collected enough shells as he proceeded to run. Today’s kids have lesser open spaces to run and play, and I loved it that Nandu was running around. I was curious if he would be able to run the full length of the beach.

The joy of finding space to run at Galjibag Beach-Goa
The joy of finding space to run at Galjibag Beach-Goa

As we were running we came to the point on the beach, where the river meets the sea, and we saw in the distance the Konkan Railway line, from which I had seen this point a day back. The place opened out to a lagoon-beach of sorts with receding waters, and it was perfect to lay out your beach umbrella and get lost in your book. I bookmarked this place to come back with my tent. I have this little fantasy of opening up a tent at the most beautiful places on the planet and telling my son, that the world is yours, you dont need to waste your money on EMI’s for land/house when you can pitch a tent and make that place yours for a few hours/days. The world has far too many spots to see, rather than being stuck to a single home.

That point where I saw from the train. I was back to the same point-Galjibaga Beach
That point where I saw from the train. I was back to the same point-Galjibaga Beach

After playing around and exploring Galjibaga by walk, we decided to get started to our hotel in Agonda. This time it took us less than half an hour to get back without any stoppages. We lay on the sand back at Agonda, to savour a beautiful sunset. Nandu found Manny to play with, and he had a great-but-tiring day.

Nandu and Manny [Kid of Manveer] at Agonda Beach
Nandu and Manny [Kid of Manveer] at Agonda Beach
Coming home to a beautiful sunset at Manveer's Kitchen in Agonda
Coming home to a beautiful sunset at Manveer’s Kitchen in Agonda
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45 thoughts on “Exploring South Goa-Part 3-Sadolxem AND Galjibaga”

  1. The beach looks absolutely stunning during low tide. I am a lover of beaches but I do enjoy a river cruise, too, or even just a simple stroll along the banks. I love how they meander and glisten against the sun. I also love the simplicity of this village that you explored.

  2. U vfs been to Goa 26 times… yay m not far behind, I’ve done 23. And yes t too have a corner of my heart only for goa. But honestly I’ve always been the baga calangute candolim kind. Never thought of exploring further. Ur pics and the dear zindagi bridge have excited me to explore this side. And yes I surely agree with u when Goans say 5 mins it’s definitely 3 times more ๐Ÿ˜‰ lovely pics as always katchu .

    1. Thanks Karishma. This is where I was, when you, navneet, himanshu and ankur were planning during the day to meet up. I had gone here, and there were no signals to plan on whatsapp with you people, and i was quite far from where you people were.

  3. I love it how you always find some locals in your travels and share little conversations with them. You always make a story out of your every trip! And than boy of yours is absolutely gorgeous <3

  4. I am glad you included that song from Dear Zindagi. Almost all movies shot in Goa (for example Dil Chahta Hai) have a special place in my heart, not only because they are mostly very good but because they make me want to visit the place even more.

  5. hi
    u make me nostalgic and realise that that i am missing out on the things in south goa that are actually priceless , did u try venturing beyond Galgibaga, i think not considering that you went back but yea you saw Galgibaga which is pretty in its own old goan way

    rgds

  6. The beaches look as pristine as ever. And I really like the way you go in depth into every region that you describe. This is the part 3 of your South Goa travelogue and I have read all three. Not to mention, enjoyed all three thoroughly, reliving some of my own moments of time spent in South Goa

  7. Reading your article and looking at your photos made me feel like I’m on a vacation.
    Thanks for the wonderful read.
    I’m praying that summer comes already. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. As unfortunately India is still a white spot on my world map I enjoy reading stories like this about beautiful places in India. The more I read and see, the more I want to go there. It is about time!

  9. I love the way you have got your child to experience travel with you. It is very heartening to see that. South Goa is still so pristine and gorgeous and I love the sights captured, especially that of the waterways to Arabian Sea. Makes me want to get there soon

  10. I am always stunned with pristine beaches. And the way you describe every bit of the place is just amazing. One thing I like about your trip is the bridge. Im always in awe of bridges.

  11. Wow Goa! I have read some stories and travel guides about Goa but never about this part. I’m glad you touched on this. Another great attraction to visit! I hope the visa application would be less stricter so more tourists esp filipino tourists can visit India. Till then, I’d just be enjoying your stories and posts! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I love South Goa as much as I love North Goa. I had not even heard of Sadolxem and Galjibaga though I have been to Rajbaga beach. I would love to see that place which was featured in Dear Zindagi!

  13. Sadolxem looks really pristine and hope it stays so. I always wondered about the place where the song for Hello Zindagi was shot. You have put my questions to rest now. On my next visit to Goa, I know where to head to now.

  14. The beach and the river meandering through the coconut grooves looks so magical. I have become a great fan of rural Goa ever since I have seen the movies Finding Fanny and Dear Zindagi. I hope I would be able to explore Goa beyond its beaches the coming year.

    1. Yes Sindhu! I too loved Finding Fanny and Dear Zindagi. Finding Fanny was shot mostly in Divar island, which I had been to in 2008. I liked the road where they go on a long drive.

  15. One thing that I missed during my South Goa trip was a ferry over the Talpona river. And now, I am wanting to do it all the more after having read your wonderful experience here and seen your beautiful clicks. Definitely next time…

  16. I am loving your exploring Goa series! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just watched Dear Zindagi a couple of days ago and found it so nice to see the connect to the locales here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for mentioning where the song was shot! This series has brought the best of Goa in the limelight!!

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