Goa - Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

Palolem is one of Goa's most southern beaches, and in that sense somewhat “remote” and less crowded than many of the other beaches up north.

Palolem is arguably Goa's most beautiful and idyllic beach – the argument being whether the addition of wall-to-wall beach shacks beneath those leaning palms has not spoilt it. In any case, the sweeping crescent of white sand fringed by shady coconut palms is a postcard picture,” says The Bible (Lonely Planet's South India Guide) about this place. Until recently, foreign tourists were few and far between in Palolem. Over the past three or four years, however, increasing numbers of budget travelers have begun to pour in, and the village is now far from the undiscovered idyll it used to be, with a string of cafes, Karnatakan hawkers and shacks establishments crowding the beach front. Souvenir stalls have also sprung up, catering mainly for the mini-van and boat parties of charter tourists on day-trips from resorts further north. Tourist season (December - March) has not entirely spoilt the village. The enlightened attitude of the local community, which has consistently resisted plans to develop Palolem. The local municipality strictly forbids any concrete construction in the palm groves behind the beach - hence all the leaf huts, tents and bamboo platforms. No concrete is the motto here. Patnem beach (1 km) and Agonda beach (11 km) are less crowded alternatives.

palolem beach shack palolem shacks Tylicki - stone sculpture "Give if you can, take if you have to"

Palolem is one of the safest beaches for swimming in Goa.

There are lots of dolphins in the area. Local fisherman can take you for a dolphin trip ("no see - no pay") or to nearby deserted beaches accessible by boat only.

Other Goa beaches
Anjuna, Arambol, Baga, Benaulim, Betalbatim, Calangute, Candolim, Cavelossim, Colva, Majorda, Mandrem, Morjim, Palolem, Panjim, Sinquerim, Vagator, Varca

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