Querim Beach (Keri)
Querim Beach, often referred to as Keri Beach, is the northernmost beach in Goa. As such it has something of a remote feel to it and never gets busy like nearby Arambol Beach to the south. Querim Beach is a place you can enjoy relaxing walks on the beach, sunbathe, go surfing and watching the sunset. This is the place you head to for peace, tranquility, and natural beauty.
It is a good-sized beach, with the silky, smooth, white sands stretch for over a mile along the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. The beachfront itself is very much undeveloped by Goa standards and you have to go a short way inland, beyond the fringe of plam trees, to Querim village for cafes and shops. During the holiday season there are a few beach shacks serving food on the beach, but that’s pretty much it.
At the northern end of the beach is the wide mouth of the Terekhol River which marks Goa’s border with Maharashtra. Guarding the river and overlooking the beach from the far bank is Fort Tiracol. It was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, and today it has been converted to a hotel. It comes with modern conveniences and a restaurant on site.
There is plenty to explore on the Goa side of the river too. The Portuguese influence on the area can be clearly seen at St Cajetan’s Church near Malvan which is one of the finest in Goa. A little closer is the fairly modest Shri Ajoba Temple which sits right at the entrance to the beach.
This is a great place to go for a relaxing vacation where you get in touch with the surrounding beauty and enjoy yourself. You can go to one of the nearby beaches if you want nightlife, but while you are here, relax, enjoy the sunset, and unwind.
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