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Palolem beach- South Goa’s go to

Palolem beach

Palolem beach, one of the most picturesque beaches enclosed by a thick forest of coconut trees is in the far South Goa. Every year its popularity increases and has become very lively with the diverse crowd it attracts. It is mile long, semi-circular beach and has become a tourists paradise.  

Location

The Palolem beach is between Agonda beach in the north and Patnem beach to the south.

Getting There

You can take the train and the closest to Palolem are Margao on the Konkan Railway and Canacona. Palolem is just a 10-minute drive from Canacona and the ride will cost you just 200 rupees if you plan to take an auto-rickshaw. You can take a taxi if you are coming from Margao and it is just 40 minutes away. But if you have taken the plane, the Dabolim airport is a one and a half hours journey. A cab will cost you about 1900 rupees.

However, you must be informed that the popular Ola and Uber, app-based taxi services are prevented to function by the Goa taxi union. There are Goa Miles available which is a Goa-based app but do not expect low prices!

Climate and Weather

The temperature does not go beyond 33 degrees during the day or drop below 20 degrees at night. The weather is pleasant and warm. weather is warm throughout the year. Some winter nights in Goa during the months of December through February can get a bit chilly too. From June to August Palolem receive a good amount of rainfall due to the southwest monsoon. Most places on the beach close down during this time of the year. The tourist season is mainly in late October and slows down around March.

The Beach

 Tourists happen to find an appropriate place for themselves on the Palolem beach so you will find a completely different atmosphere when you go from one end of the beach to the other. The northern part is generally where the family hangs out because it is quieter, the backpackers congregate in the center, and the south is where the party scene is. The ocean is also shallower in the north than in the south which is good for children as it is safer for them in the north. 

What to Do

 If someone is bored of lounging on dolphin spotting or fishing can be fun-filled activities that can be done. One can also go for a boat trip as ell along the backwater canal during the high tide. You can hire a kayak and explore the surrounding. During the low tide, a walk to the Butterfly beach can be very romantic. You can also enjoy the hiking trails and enjoy the striking sunlight. The famous Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary can be another go-to from Palolem.  People who are adrenaline junkies can get an adrenaline rush through activities organized by Goa Jungle Adventure. 

Behind the beach, there is a strip of shops that sells funky bohemian stuff which you can get as a souvenir. If you want something upmarket, La Mangrove boutique stands out. 

For wellness treatment, Ranjeet Mogu is a renowned physiotherapist with 20 years of experience. He uses a combination of Ayurveda with massage, Reiki, and energy healing. His deep tissue massage is mind-blowing.

If one is interested in yoga, you can check out Ruban Yoga, Bhakti Kutir, Ayurveda Village, Earth Yoga, Anand Yoga Village, Cozy Nook and Dreamcatcher. 

Where to Stay

For lodging, the feature at Palolem is the temporary coco huts. They line the beach from October until May. Some huts are very basic but some come with a bathroom. A guide to Goa beach huts can give you a better understanding of what to go for.

Camp San Fransisco provides some of the cheapest deals. Ciarans, in the middle of the Palolem beach, offers luxury huts with mesmerizing surroundings. You can check out Om Sai Guest House, which can be an inexpensive alternative to the huts. Rooms are also available on the back side of the beaches which you can explore. Backpackers can also find cheap hostels on their budget. Palolem beach resorts are also very famous which you can explore.

Alternatively, you can go for the Goan heritage villa or the Turiya Villa which gives you a luxurious experience and is less than 10 minutes drive. It is a home away from home which you would not want to leave.

Where to Eat and Drink

Dropadi is one of the shacks on the beach which serves arrays of cocktails, wines, and seafood and the oceanic view is mesmerizing. If you want to go for fusion food, you can check out Ourem 88 which serves yummy European fusion food. For a cup of tea or a glass of juice, you can try Little World. The Café Inn on the main road behind the rickshaw stand serves an epic western breakfast. Space Goa serves the health-conscious, with organic and vegan food. Sundowner is one of the best spots for a sunset cocktail, the far north of Palolem beach. Their restaurant serves mouth-watering cuisine which also includes wood-fired pizzaz.

Where to Party

The Palolem beach is the most happening beach in south goa but it is known for peace rather than parties. You will find very less of nightlife. One option could be the Silent Noise Parties that are held every Saturday night at Neptune Point. You can also find some action at Café Del Mar and Silver Star. You will love both places if you are a party person as they both have 24-hour licenses

Alternatively, you can check out Leopard Valley and dance the night away. It is South Goa’s biggest outdoor dance bar.

Travel Tips

If you are fussy about where you stay, booking ahead of time is a good option. The good places do get filled up in December and January. Make sure you carry a flashlight, and mosquito repellent as well. It comes in handy. A sweater during the cooler months is also a wise packing. 

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