All About Palolem Beach !

Palolem Beach, which is well known as 'Paradise Beach', is the uncrowned queen of Goa's beaches. About a mile long, this incredibly beautiful crescent cove is fringed by a shady rim of coconut palms and the whole beach is hemmed in at either end by rocky crags.

Palolem beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village itself.

It is about one mile (approximately 1.61 km) long and is crescent-shaped; one can view the entire beach from either end. Both ends of the beach consist of rocks jutting out into the sea. The depth of the sea increases gradually, being shallowest at the northern end of the beach, making it safe for average swimmers, and the currents are not fast.

The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport which is about 67 km away. Margao railway station is at a distance of 43 km. There are bus services at a regular interval of 30 mins from the beach to the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) Bus Depot in Margao. The nearest KTC depot is at Canacona.

Places to Visit Around Palolem Beach !

  • Galgibaga Beach : Galgibaga in Canacona, South Goa, a secret enclave sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and a tiny hillock. Passed over completely by the sands of time, Galgibaga beach is ideally a poet's delight and a Philosopher's retreat for its mystical and meditative ambience. It offers a breath of fresh air to city-weary souls in the warm embrace of nature.
  • Talpona River : Talpona River originates in the dense, mixed jungles of Ravan Dongor in between Nane and Kuske on the Sahyadri Mountains. It comes down by passing Bhatpal, fed by the tributary, also named Bhatpal, and drains into the Arabian Sea near the village of Talpona. The river develops a length of around 31km. It has three other tributaries named Nadke, Gaondongrem, and Khalwade.
  • Rajbag Beach : The beautiful Rajbag beach in Goa is situated across a stream at the south end of the Palolem beach. This south Goa beach has stretches of white sand, casuarinas trees and many dunes. The sand here is clean and also the water is safe for swimming.
  • Cotigao Wild Life Sanctuary : Cotigao, Goa's fourth and the second largest wild-life sanctuary initially admeasuring 105 sq kms, was established in 1968 to protect a remote and vulnerable deciduous forest on the Goa-Karnataka border. However later the area was re-notified in 1993 and limited to 86 sq kms.
  • Cabo De Rama: The popular Goan beach fort Cabo de Rama is named after Lord Rama. Also known as Cape Rama Fort, this ancient fortress is located in the Canacona district of Goa,just 20kms from PGH. This is one of the oldest forts in Goa, build here before the arrival of the Portuguese. With the historic significance related with its name, Cabo de Rama has a mythological legend. Lord Rama accompanied by his wife Sita took refuge here during his exile from Ayodhya for 14 years.
  • The Savari waterfall, which mesmerizes nature lovers, is a beautiful spot in the Netravali sanctuary of Sanguem taluka. When the summer heat becomes unbearable, nature lovers trek to the perennial Savari waterfall which is really a memorable experience.Savari is a small hamlet in Neturli or Netravali village of Sanguem, which got its name on account of an indigenous species of tree called Bombax ceiba, locally known as Savari.
  • The famous Budbudyanchi Tali (also known locally as Budbud Talli or Bomadyanchi Talli) - the sacred tank of bubbles is attached to the Gopinath temple which is situated near the village netravali. which is surrounded by mighty emerald and blue hills and forest cover with a wide variety of trees and groves.The natural phenomenon of the tank becomes quite obvious to the onlooker, in a few minutes. Continuous groups of bubbles start appearing from below the tank all over at different spots. They rise up and settle together in concentric rhythm on the surface of the water of the tank forming a beautiful pattern and then they break. The continuous ripples of bubbles (budbude or bomade in Konkani) follow a peculiar rhythm and synchronised pattern as if they are performing a dance to the beat of nature's music.
  • The Shri Mallikarjuna temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjun, an incarnation of Lord Shiva is situated in the Sristhal village which is 7 km northeast of Chaudi in Canacona taluk in the South Goa district of Goa, India. The shrine is known to be one of the oldest in Goa and is situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings in a valley completely surrounded by mountains. The temple is believed to be constructed during the middle of the 16th century, as per the writing on a plaque near the temple dome, by ancestors of the Kshatriya samaj. It was refurbished in the year 1778.
  • Dolphin Trip: can be arranged on the beach.
  • Backwater trip, watching/feeding eagles & going through mangroves on a boat .