As a sea eagle circled above me carrying a sea snake in its talons, I breathed in the fresh sea air. I am hiking along the top of the sea cliff with amazing views all around. I feel like I am on a deserted island. However, this is not some island out in the wilds of the sea. I am sea breeze hiking in Goa with Adventure Breaks between two of Goa’s most northern beaches, and I’m heading towards Karma jungle. A place I have heard about from many a traveller.
The afternoon of sea breeze hiking in Goa started on Keri Beach, Goa’s most northern beach. Before heading up onto the cliff tops, along with my guide, we explored some sea caves at the far end of the beach. The sound of the crashing waves whistled through these naturally carved out caves.
Up on the cliff side with amazing views of the Arabian Sea, I saw many types of wildlife. The most interesting was the circling eagle with the sea snake being mocked by crows. I spent some time watching it as the warm salty sea air blew my hair as we hiked along the pass.
Soon we got to Kalacha Beach. As there s no direct road to the beach, it wasn’t packed with tourists like many other beaches in Goa. Not far from the crashing waves was a lovely lagoon called Sweet Lake. We swam in the tranquil waters surrounded by the hillside, listening to the crashing waves, safe in the knowledge that we were in the calm waters of the lake.
Next we entered Karma Jungle, a place that reminded me of the film ‘The Beach’ but the forest version.
Close to the entrance of Karma Jungle are many small pools where you can have a clay bath next to the stream. A few people were there giving themselves body masks as the clear water trickled past. The peace and tranquillity made this the perfect place to spend some time relaxing whilst listening to the birds singing in the trees.
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Further along the well worn path surrounded by twisted vines, we came across a group of travellers who had set up camp. Oblivious to our presence they danced like fairies in the sun which filtered through the leaves. A steady stream of travellers high on life passed us as they walked towards the banyan tree where there is a resident baba.
After a climb up out of Karma Jungle, we arrived at Paliem plateau, a deserted grassland where you can get access to the road. Here Adventure Breaks can arrange a pick up, however we decided to trek back through the forest, across the beach and along the cliff top to our starting point for this sea breeze hiking in Goa.
On the way back I saw a beautiful sunset over the ocean which soothed my soul. With my spirits lifted, I sat with my guide on Keri beach enjoying an ice cold beer and breathing in the sea air.
This is not the typical Goan experience, but one of magic and mystery.
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Tips for Sea Breeze Hiking in Goa:
1/ I took this sea breeze hiking in Goa with Adventure Breaks. They can arrange for you to walk just one way or a return journey.
2/ You are best taking this tour in the morning when the weather is cooler.
3/ Make sure you take suntan lotion, sunglasses, your camera and something to swim in and a towel if you want to take a dip. I would recommend you wear longer trousers to avoid being scratched by thorns however I did manage to do it in shorts with little injury. Good walking shoes are a must.
4/ Check out other trips arranged by Adventure Breaks HERE.
Goa is just the perfect place for hiking, Kathy! The landscape and the scenery are spectacular!
I seriously wish I had booked the South of India instead of the North when I went! I missed this amazing scenery. Adventure Breaks sounds like a great company to book with. The views and the birds are just unreal. Hiking is so rewarding especially when you find a path with memorable scenery 🙂 Thanks so much for coming to Fly Away Friday Doll! I am hosting this week so I hope you can come by 🙂
Wow the hike looks SO BEAUTIFUL! The snake & eagle shot is pretty much NatGeo right there, haha! Thanks for sharing and joining Fly Away Friday, hope to see you again this week! xo
It was like I was with you all the way – this is definitely my kind of day. I’m really liking the sound of the clay bath too. Question : do you think you could do this hike without a tour guide? #flyawayfriday
Hi Alex, Thanks for your comment. Yes you could hike it without a guide easily. You just need to follow the coast line I suppose.
When I think of Goa, a crowded beach enters my mind. It is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. I was surprised that you found this part of Goa. I would like to take a hike here and maybe meet other travelers. Adventure Breaks is a good option too.
This looks and sounds so stunning. I’ve been to Northern India, but not southern India and I’m dying to go. Thanks for sharing! #flyawayfriday
I love hiking! It’s the best way to explore, in my own opinion. Not only do you get to be surrounded by the beautiful scenery but it helps to appreciate us nature even more. Goa looks lovely, especially with the beaches! I can’t believe you got to capture the eagle carrying the snake! What a sight!
I traveled to these regions of Goa this January and loved them, especially Keri beach and the sweet lake which was totally devoid of any tourists! Glad that you had a great time!