Call it Arambol or call it Harmal, they are both names describing the second beach of Goa after Keri (Querim) beach as move from the Coastline of Maharashtra towards the tiny state of Goa. Besides tourism becoming a major source of income, otherwise Arambol beach is full of fisher folk who are professional fishermen delivering their fresh catch of fish to the local markets of Goa. Arambol is an out of this world beach and so it also attracts visitors who are always high in spirits or otherwise. Arambol has a separate Avant-Garde laid back feeling which matches the Susegad feeling of Goa. On the right side of Arambol exists Keri or Querim beach and on the south it touches Mandrem beach. Thanks to local activism Arambol has hundreds of guest houses, homestays, bed & breakfast, bed & bath, Beach huts, Beach cottagesand Beach Shacks / Restaurantsbuilt every year during start of the tourist season and broken down at the end of tourist season. Arambol is however, subject to a long standing misunderstanding, disagreeing to general certainty it is not one single beach; rather it is divided into two beaches, Arambol and then the more popular Harmal beach, an idea which often puzzles people. Harmal beach is normally seen as the more attractive of the two due to the astonishing cliff formations which contain it, combined with the fact that it offers an exciting experience in that it is only accessible via foot.

Arambol Sweet Water Lake

Arambol Lake is called Vagkolam, in the local Konkani language of Goa but generally among local residents and tourists it is best known as the Sweet Water Lake. This is nature’s miracle to be able to deliver a Sweet water lake at such close proximity to the Salinity of the Arabian Sea. This is the only fresh water or sweet water lake existing anywhere in Goa. 

Arambol was once a fairy tale land:

Water represents life and pure sweet water attracts humans who sustain and survive themselves around such geographical places providing abundant sources of fresh water for drinking and other uses. Today Arambol Lake has immense tourist value and its protection is important for the survival of tourism in this geographical corner of Goa. In ancient times from Mythological sources, legendary stories exist mentioning the arrival of the Five Pandava brothers during their long exile. Local lore believes that it so happened that they arrived at midnight and all along they were singing some hymn by the name of “KharKharMakhadev”. Makhadev is the reincarnation name of Lord Shiva. From there originated the name Kharmal which till today it is called similarly as Harmal or in English as Arambol. Earlier this lake was called Vagkolam meaning Tiger lake as it is believed that Caves existed in the vicinity housing Tigers. Interestingly Goa is known always to be having wild tigers in its deep jungles.

Did the Music Group Beatles visit the Arambol Lake Banyan Tree?

It is difficult to ascertain it as a fact as the Beatles trip to India was a very secretive and mysterious one. In the jungles of Arambol the locals claim that there is a banyan under which it is allegedly claimed that the Beatles musical group meditated here during 1968 Spiritual Tour across India. Music lovers and true fans of the Beatles group still pay a visit as homage to this great music group by visiting the Banyan tree and spending some peaceful time in the shade of this tree. There is an excellent classic video on and its link is placed here for those who cannot visit the Beatles Banyan Tree in Goa at Arambol beach:

Here is what Lonely Planet the most respected Travelogue Company has to say about Arambol Beach:

Arambol (also known as Harmal) is the most northerly of Goa’s developed beach resorts and is still considered the beach of choice for many long-staying budget-minded travellers in the north.Arambol first emerged in the 1960s as a mellow paradise for long-haired long-stayers. Today things are still decidedly cheap and cheerful, with much of the village’s budget accommodation arranged in simple little huts along the cliffsides, though the main beach is now an uninterrupted string of beach shacks, many with beach-hut operations stacked behind.The covelike beach is gently curved and safe for swimming, making it popular among families with children, along with the usual array of travellers. A short walk around the northern headland, past shops and cheap guesthouses, brings you to little Kalacha Beach, another popular place thanks to the ‘Sweetwater Lake’ back from the beach. The headland above here is the best place in Goa for paragliding.


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