|¤ About Pernem
stays between the between the Chapora and Arondem rivers. Pernem is Goa's
northernmost district and one of its least explored regions.The beautiful
Pernem coastline of long sandy beaches, lagoons and coconut plantations has
few settlements equipped to cope with visitors. The picturesque, if bumpy,
journey north from Arambol to Terekol fort, on the Maharashtrian border,
provides ample incentive to spend a day away from the beach.
is the northernmost administrative region of Goa. Pernem belongs to the
sub-region called Novas Conquistas, or New Conquests, a group of seven
administrative districts of mainland Goa which were annexed to Goa at a
comparatively later date. Before being merged into Goa, Pernem was a part of
the territory of the Rajas of Sawantwadi, a state on Goa's northern border.
With regard to tourism, Pernem has a lot of catching up to do vis-à-vis
other regions of North Goa. A predominantly Hindu locality, Pernem is home
to prominent temples such as Shri Bhagavati and Shri Sapteshwar Temples. The
annual fair at the Shri Bhagavati Temple held on the occasion of Kojagiri
poornima enjoys widespread popularity. The Arambol beach and the nearby
fishing village are prime tourist destinations because of their idyllic
landscape. The beach offers the attractions of paragliding and dolphin
spotting boat trips. The Terekhol fort located at the estuary of Terekhol
river was a vital part of Portuguese defence against enemy forces.
¤ Major Tourist Attractions
of Pernem» Sri Bhagavati & Sri Sapteshwar Temples
Not far from Morjim are two temples namely, Bhagavati and Parshem
and Sapteshwar Bhagamati at Mandrem in Pernem Taluka. »
Sri Chandeshwar -
On way back from Zambaulim one can take a slight
diversion at Paroda to proceed to the Chandranath hill and climb the huge
granite steps to reach to the temple of Sri Chandreshwar.»
Sri Morjee Temple -
This is yet another temple situated at Morjim
in Pernem Taluka, which is about 15-km from Mapusa. The temple complex is
situated around sylvan surroundings. ¤
As far as the shopping items are concerned, you will get
the opportunity to choose from a wide range of artifacts and momentos.
Artifacts made of shell work, bamboo work, brassware, curios and old coins,
trinkets made of stones and corals, artifacts made of papier-mâché,
carved furniture, and beachwear are some of the popular entries in shopping
carts. While you bask in this shopping extravaganza, make it a thumb rule to
bargain to your heart's content. In most cases, the quoted price is far
higher than the actual price and use your persuasion and negotiation skills
while bargaining with the feisty Goan vendors.
¤ Climate of Pernem
is blessed with a tropical weather that is embracing for the visiting
tourists. The Goa weather is characterized by moderate temperatures without
any major fluctuations throughout the year.
Summer - The summer
season in Goa lasts from March to May. During this period the weather in Goa
becomes moderately hot with temperatures hovering in the mid-thirties. May
is usually the warmest month in Goa. For a summer trip to Goa, one should
bring cotton apparels and be prepared for a rise in humidity levels towards
to the fag end of the summer season.
Winter - The winter months
usher in a pleasant weather in Goa. The winter season lasts from December to
February and this is the peak tourist season in Goa. Temperatures hover in
the lower twenties and the bright sunny weather makes for a perfect outing
in the Goa beaches.
Monsoon - The month of June heralds the advent
of the southwest monsoon in Goa. During the monsoon season, which lasts till
September, rains and thundershowers pelt the Goan plains. The humidity
levels are at their highest during the monsoon months. Generally regarded
off season for tourists, one can still visit Goa for a glimpse of the
verdant greenery that engulfs the state.
¤ How To Reach
» Boat - Boatmen sometimes paddle
tourists over the estuary from Chapora too, although their dugouts are
unstable when laden with passengers and they can't carry motorbikes. The two
car ferries that chug back and forth across the river from the ramp at
Siolim remain the only dependable link, and one of the high points of the
» Road - One has to travel a
few kilometres inland to pick up the Main Calangute Road, as it runs north
over a low ridge of laterite hills, to the river crossing at Siolim. Once
across the river, head straight on until one reaches a fork in the road,
where a sign to "Harmal/Terekol" marks the quick route to Arambol.