Bogmalo is a small beach-side village in Goa, India. Despite its small size, Bogmalo has a range of accommodation and places to eat. It is situated in a small bay, with around a mile of curving sandy beach, which is generally very quiet. It benefits from some beautiful sunsets.
By bus from Vasco Da Gama (30 minutes) or by rickshaw from the airport.
On foot – Bogmallo is a small place. Taxis are easily available for travel further afield.
- The sunset from one of the beachfront bar/restaurants, with a cold bottle of Kingfisher in hand. What more could you ask for?
- The cows on the beach. Yes it is true. Half a dozen of them arrive mid-afternoon and wander off back up the road as soon as the sun disappears below the horizon. Spending time on the beach is just as lazy a past-time for the cows as it is for the humans they share it with, though they will occasionally move to lick out a discarded ice-cream tub.
- Visit the beach, a small and almost deserted beach, 8 km south from Vasco Da Gama, and 4 km from Goa’s airport. A good place to sleep after or before your flight.
- Boat Trips to the islands and for dolphin spotting can be booked through the Full Moon restaurant at the south end of the beach.
- Manolis Tailors, opposite Bogmallo Beach Resort, at the centre of the village. Tel: 2538187. Made to measure suits, shirts, dresses, etc. Marvellous service from the proprietor, Raj. If you ask he will show you pictures of whole wedding parties he has produced the outfits for – wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, Morning suits for the gents, the works. If you’re looking for a particular style just take a picture from a catalogue or a fashion magazine and he will replicate it. Broad range of excellent quality fabrics and everything comes in at less than half the price you would pay for the equivalent off-the-peg item in a cheap fabric in the UK. Visit early in your holiday as 2 fittings are required, and make sure you’ve left room in your bags!
- There are a few small shops in the village centre (50-100 metres back from the beach) selling souvenirs, beach wear, sun cream, cigarettes, snacks and some basic groceries.
Eat at any of the handful of restaurants strung along the beach front. Joets at the north end of the beach, and Full Moon at the south end (next to Bogmallo Beach Resort) are a bit more luxurious and therefore slightly more expensive. The food is excellent at all of the establishments and the service always friendly and efficient. At some of the restaurants (especially the smaller ones) the waiter will set up a table with candles on the beach for you if you prefer a more “intimate” dining experience. Be prepared for one or two of the local dogs to hang around a few yards away looking hopefully at you if you do this – but don’t worry they won’t bother you as long as you ignore them!
Bogmallo Beach Resort has an a-la-carte restaurant, often with “lounge singer” style entertainment.
- Kingfisher beer. The symbol of Goa. See “Eat” above for where to do it.
- Indian Wine is also available at some of the restaurants and believe it or not is pretty good. In comparison with other food and drink in Goa, it’s quite pricey.
- La Petit guesthouse. A quiet place and has rooms with attached bathroom and hot water, and with/without air-con. ₹750 for double without air-con.
- Joets (At the north end of the beach). Has great food and new fairly upmarket rooms with air-con.
- Sarita Guest House. Close to the village centre. Internet access.
- Silk Cotton Resort, 61, Sea View Estate, Bogmalo Road, Airport Dabolim, ☎+91 9823719400. Check-in: flexible, check-out: flexible. The Silk Cotton Resort is a family run Bed & Breakfast situated at Bogmalo, a few minutes away from the beach. It has gorgeously landscaped lawns, a large pool, and six guest rooms surrounded by open forested land. ₹2500 – ₹3500.