Bambolim is a coastal village located in the Tiswadi Taluk of North Goa District of Goa. Bambolim is a lesser-crowded beach retreat of Goa, when compared to its popular counterparts, Colva and Calangute beaches.
The village of Bambolim is situated at the mouth of River Zuari or Aghanashani, the largest river in Goa, which originates at Hemad-Barshem of the Western Ghats. According to historical records, the village of Bambolim was one of the thirty settlements of the Goud Saraswat Brahmins at Tiswadi region, when they migrated to Goa. Bambolim witnessed the rule of many dynasties through ages which have left deep imprints in the culture and traditions of the people.
The various dynasties which influenced the culture and traditions of Bambolim are Bhojas of Chandrapur, Satavahanas, Kshatrapa Dynasty, Abhira Dynasty, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Shilaharas, etc. In the 14th century Bambolim became a part of the Vijayanagara Kingdom.
In 1469 it fell in to the hands of the Bahmani sultans of Gulbarga. Later, Bambolim came under the Adil Shahi Sultanate when they conquered Goa in the 15th century. Bambolim came under Portuguese rule in the year 1510, when they seized Tiswadi Taluk from Adil Shahis.
Bambolim remained under the Portuguese until 1961, when it was annexed by India with Operation Vijay. From being a small residential village, Bambolim, today, has become a tourists village with developed infrastructure, mainly due to its proximity to Panaji and the port city of Vasco da Gama.
The economy of Bambolim village is primarily driven by tourism. Agriculture and fishing also play a major role in the economic development of the region. Konkani is the official language of Bambolim. Languages like Marathi, Kannada, English, Hindi and Portuguese are also used in Bambolim.
Bambolim village is famous in North Goa for its secluded Bambolim Beach. The pristine sands of Bambolim Beach can only be accessed along the hill in between Goa Medical College and Goa University. In Bambolim, activities such as beach volley ball, para sailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, etc. can be done.
Bambolim, situated in the vicinity of Dona Paula Beach at a distance of 7 km from the state capital of Panaji (Panjim), can be easily reached by road as it lies along the Panaji - Vasco route to the Panaji Airport. December to February is the peak tourist season in Bambolim.