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"The Southern Gem of Goa"

Palolem beach, Goa Overview

A white sand paradise on the southern tip of Goa, Palolem Beach is approximately 38 km from Madgaon in Cancona and is among the most favourite destinations for travellers seeking peace and quiet. No wonder then that it sees endless hordes of foreign as well as domestic travellers that make the quaint thatched roof cottages on the shore, their home.
The mile-long shoreline presents you with opportunities to eat, relax and chill in one of the beach shacks or spend some time with your loved ones in the water. It can be noted that while families mostly stick to the northern end of the beach, backpackers and solo tourists occupy the central and southern part of the beach, which is known for its beach parties and entertainment. Although the party scene isn't too big on this stretch of the beach, the Silent Noise Parties held at Neptune Point draw quite considerable crowd.

Until the 1980s, Palolem was a relatively virgin and unexplored destination. However, the beach soon gained popularity due to its serene beauty and almost white sands. Cossetted within lofty highlands on either side, the Palolem Beach is adorned with tranquil surroundings. One of the most common attractions on Palolem Beach is the ferry rides that take visitors to witness dolphins and the elusive Butterfly and Honeymoon Beaches.

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Nightlife at Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach is a perfect location for spending a night dancing to the tunes of music. It is not only a spectacle of colours and lights but also famous for its 'silent noise parties', wherein you can literally dance to your tunes with headphones around your ears. Relaxing vibes, the mesmerising night view of the beach and dancing people make night parties at Palolem Beach unforgettable. Head towards the Neptune Point at Palolem Beach and enjoy the silent party that takes place on every Saturday between 9:00 PM - 4:00 AM. The entry can cost you approximately INR 600 per head.

Stay at Palolem Beach

While there are a number of options to stay at on Palolem Beach and the interior areas, most tourists and backpackers prefer to stay right on the shore in a basic but comfortable straw huts. The ones most preferred by travellers are Roundcube Guest House, Neptune Point Beach Resort and Palolem Beach Resort.

Activities at Palolem Beach

A hub of outdoor activities, Palolem is a fun-filled destination in Goa. Its location and the diversity of its marine life ensure that visitors have a great time exploring the beach as well as the activities around.

1. Swimming 
If you are looking for a good swim, the northern end of the beach is perfect. The surface is quite shallow and the current isn't too fast either, an average swimmer too can have fun exploring. However, don't swim out too far as the depth of the ocean floor gradually increases making way for strong currents and unsteady slopes. 

2. Scuba Diving
How wonderful would it be to find yourself right in the midst of the vibrant shades of blue? Palolem Beach is one of the few beaches in the country where this activity is enjoyable and fruitful. Try your chance and dive into the waters of Palolem as you visit the beach. 

3. Kayaking
As the beach finds itself in a cove, the waters here are quite peaceful hence you can have a great kayaking adventure. Moreover, it's always useful to explore the sea. A quick suggestion, hire a kayak during the morning time so that you get a chance to experience the tranquillity of sea in its best form. Usually, the cost of Kayaking is INR 300 per hour.

4. Dolphin Spotting
Try your luck, hire a boat and go for Dolphin spotting. An hour trip costs INR 800, so it would be feasible to tag along with a group. Again, visiting in the morning might bring you some fortune!

Shopping at Palolem Beach

Watch out as you hover around the beach, Tibetan jewellery and beachy clothes might be a threat to your pocket! The Palolem market undoubtedly deserves the words of appreciation. Comparatively bigger than that of at other beaches, the market here showcases Tibetan handicrafts, showpieces made of sea shells, and quite an excellent collection of cool clothes. The market is lively and attracts many tourists irrespective of the season. Furthermore, the music, spice, and garment shops here would surely give you some hippie feels. So now you have this beautiful beach with a silent night party and some amazing stuff to shop!

Restaurants at Palolem Beach

If you are looking for some good restaurants to sample delicious local and fresh food, Palolem has many. Near the beach, you would find Magic Italy Authentic Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, and Dropadi Bar & Restaurant. Cafe Del Mar, Hi-Tide Coco Huts, and Havana Cuba Bar & Restaurant are some beachfront restaurants that you must visit.

How To Reach Palolem Beach

You can take a bus from Margao Bus Stand to Canacona or Palolem. This journey usually takes 90 minutes and costs Rs. 40. After reaching the Canacona bus station, you can take a taxi or an autorickshaw to reach Palolem Beach which is situated only at a distance of 3 km. 
If you want to make your journey more exciting you can hire bike or mopeds to move around through roads surrounded with lush green palm trees.

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Paras Mogha 2 years ago
Paradise of Goa, if you are in Goa this is the place where you should visit and I vet you will spend your whole day on this beach...
Avinash Chandsarkar 2 years ago
Its a paradise. Candle light dinner at night on beach is s awesome experience ,.cottages r nice.

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