MORJIM - little Russia in Goa

Morjim – Little Russia in Goa


Named after Goddess Morjai, Morjim is a tiny town located in the Pernem Taluka of North Goa and situated on the northern bank of the Chapora River. It is home to the Olive ridley sea turtles & a variety of birds as well. Morjim is famously known as ‘Little Russia’ or ‘Morjimograd’ due to the concentration of Russian expatriates living there.

This is also a popular place for birding enthusiasts, Dolphin sighting, and the Kalas Festival held at the Morjai temple, once every two years.

Olive ridley sea turtles
Olive ridley sea turtles


By Road

  • From Dabolim Airport: Kms: 50 via road
    Duration: 1 hr 24 mins
  • From Madgaon Railway Station: Kms: 61 via road
    Duration: 1 hr 47 mins
  • From Panjim: Kms: 27 via road
    Duration: 55 mins



The best time to visit Morjim is from November to March.



Restaurants in Morjim:

  • Jardin d’Ulysse
  • Divine Gypsies
  • Nanu’s Multi-cuisine Restaurant & Bar
  • La Cucina
  • The Tibet Cafe



Sightseeing places in Morjim:

Morjai Temple
Morjai Temple
  • Morjim Beach – the Morjim beach is balmy and rejuvenating with its white sand and picturesque setting. This beach is one of the best & the most tranquil beaches in Goa. It is famous as a nestling ground for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. This beach offers a plenty of things to do besides water sports adventures & is filled with Russian tourists.

  • Morjai Temple – It is an ancient historical Hindu temple located in Morjai & is dedicated to Goddess Morjai. The walls of the temple are adorned with rare & extinct ‘Kaavi’ art friezes. The main festival celebrated at this temple is ‘Kalas Utsav’.




  • Water Sports such as Kitesurfing, boat rides, jetskiing etc. at Morjim Beach.
  • Camel rides & swimming at Morjim Beach.
  • Bird Watching & Dolphin Sighting.
  • View Olive Ridley Sea Turtles at Morjim Beach (seasonal).
  • Cruising on Chapora River.


  • Russian souvenirs, clothes, local dresses, shoes, seashell bangles etc. at Morjim Beach.



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