Butterfly beach is a petit beach in south Goa and lies near Palolem Beach (Canacona). It is a small cove surrounded by dense trees and is a beautiful spot for nature lovers. The beach is named so because the surrounding trees attract a variety of butterflies occasionally, or it may be because the beach itself is in the shape of a butterfly. Either way, it is just as pretty as a colourful butterfly, especially during sunsets. Not many know of this beach, hence it is less crowded and far from the noise and traffic of the city; an ideal location for a picnic amidst nature.
Dolphins (Indo-Pacific Humpbacks) can be spotted from other places in Goa, but Butterfly beach is an ideal location as it is not crowded with tourists. If you choose to travel by boat from Palolem or Agonda to the Butterfly beach, especially at early morning, you should be able to spot them along the way. Also, the changing sea tides reveal other marine fauna on the beach. At low tide, the sea water recedes and bring sea crabs, sea urchins and many fishes out onto the wet sand along the beach line.
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The beach cannot be accessed by buses, cars or bikes as it is surrounded by a dense forest. You can reach Butterfly beach by boat from Palolem or Agonda beaches. A boat ride costs around INR 1000-1200 (to and fro). You must keep in mind that during monsoon season boating to Butterfly beach is not possible.
By walk/ trekking:
If you take a taxi or auto from Agonda, first drive onto the Agonda beach road. On this road, 0.8 Km from Tina beach resort, a walking trail leads to the Butterfly beach. If you are travelling from Palolem to Agonda beach road, the starting point of the trek is 1.5 Km after passing Leapord valley club. Beyond this point, vehicles cannot pass. The trekking route from here is approximately 2 km long and is said to take 1.5 hours to cover the distance. Markings along the trekking route safely lead you through the jungle to the beach. It will also be helpful to have a GPS to navigate through.
For travellers by sea, negotiate with the boatsman while on the way as they are always in a rush for the return journey. As the beach is secluded, take essential food and water along with you as there are no shops or vendors on the beach.
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