Visiting Palolem is a must – Ideal place for Beach Lovers !!
Palolem Beach of Goa is one of the best we have in the state. It is a nice clean big beach where one can choose a lot of water activities like kayaking, boat ride, surfing, etc.
Palolem Beach, South Goa is located approx 45 kilometers from Margao (Madgaon) and approx 75 kilometers from Panaji (Panjim), the state’s capital. It’s between Agonda beach to the north and Patnem beach to the south.
Palolem beach is situated in Canacona in the South of Goa. It is a place that attracts many visitors both domestic and International. Palolem Beach is indeed picturesque and serene. This beach gives a vibe of real Goa and is known for is its calm waters. You can opt for a boat ride and visit Monkey Island, Butterfly Island & Honeymoon Island.
Watching dolphins in the middle of the ride is indeed a delight to the eyes and gives you an amazing experience.
The shoreline consists of wooden bungalows, restaurants where you can dine the best Goan cuisine. It has a lot of decent cottages for tourists where one can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea. You can buy a lot of souvenirs from the market shops with good clothes and accessories. The whole stretch takes approx 15 mins to walk and walking barefooted is just what you want, feeling the softness and magic of the white sand.
The service standards and hygiene are exceptional on the beach. Swim and enjoy the white sands.
Various activities one can do when at Palolem Beach.
Visit the Monkey Island
Take a boat from the northern end of the Palolem beach to Canacona Island or Monkey Island. It is surrounded by a lot of rocks and is a delight to watch the island. It is named after the monkeys that live there on the island. Keep your camera on the on-mode to capture any special moment with the monkeys.
Enjoying a walk to the Monkey Island and spot this island to your right on entering the beach. You have to walk across the rocks where the water sometimes has high tides that make it difficult to walk. Explore a network of trails and take on an adventurous walk on this island.
Feel the Butterfly Island
Butterfly Island lies towards the north along the waters. It is located approx 200 meters from the mainland and the boat will take around 5 to 10 mins to reach there. The dolphins are very acrobatic in the waters surrounding the island. Enjoy the Canoe ride near the island and feel the magic around the place.
The scenery around Butterfly island is worth seeing and keep your camera ready for ideal shots. It has a very steep beach and very deep right from the edge of the island
A little ahead of Butterfly Beach lays another exotic island located between two hills. It is known as Honeymoon Beach because it is not accessible by foot and only a few ventures to discover it. This hidden beach is famous amongst lovers and newlyweds and a great spot for nature lovers.
See the Amazing Turtle Rock !!!!
Just as if you are seeing an actual big turtle. This rock is made to look like a natural turtle and a great spot for picture lovers.
Relax on the Beach & Swim in the Arabian Sea
The best activity anyone can experience is to relax and swim the huge Arabian sea. Palolem beach is one of the pristine beaches with white sands where one can lie down and spend hours. Swimming in the ocean gives you a great feeling and relaxes your nerves.
Go Dolphin Spotting
Dolphins frequent the waters around Palolem and can often be seen displaying their aerobics from the beach. The boat trip organizers might guarantee you a dolphin spotting and they can arrange a boat ride. Watching Dolphins swimming out of the water is a treat to watch is definitely worth your money spent on the boat ride package.
Enjoy Great Traditional Cuisine and stay at the Beach Huts
Stay at a comfortable Beach hut in Palolem Beach. Try to take a cottage with a balcony and sea-facing. You can even negotiate good rates at the properties at Palolem Beach. Eating great Goan cuisine is a delight to the taste buds. You can also get good Italian, Continental, Indian Food. Enjoy a glass of chilled beer.
Get an Ayurvedic Massage and experience Yoga
Palolem Beach is an ideal place where you can totally destress yourself and take respite from the hectic schedule. Ayurvedic massage is a unique Indian invention involving healing oils that calms and relaxes the whole body and mind. healing oils and careful attention to the body’s needs.
Palolem has a strip of shops just behind the beach that sells jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs. If you’re looking to buy something more upmarket and unique, the La Mangrove boutique is one of the best to buy from.
Chef Rahul conducts fun North Indian and Goan cuisine cooking classes at his kitchen on Palolem’s main road, behind Cuba beach bungalow.
Visit Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Canacona Taluka of South Goa. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to December. The sanctuary is open from 0700 till 1730 for people. There are six observation towers and approx 8 trails in the sanctuary. There is a ‘tree top’, which is situated about 20 meters high on a tree overseeing a waterhole. Gal and Talpona rivers of Canacona Taluka both originate from this sanctuary.
The sanctuary consists of an ecotourism complex that houses the nature interpretation center, cottages, toilets, library, rescue center, canteen, and Range Forest Officer. The lesser-known animals in the nature preserve include the Flying Squirrel, Slender Loris, Indian Pangolin, Mouse Deer, Four-horned Antelope, Malabar Pit Viper, Hump-Nosed Pit Viper, White-bellied Woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Malayan Bittern, Draco or Flying Lizard, Golden-back Gliding Snake, and Malabar Tree Toad. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet.
The best time for a boat ride to these islands is either in the morning at 07:00 or in the evening around 17:00 when you can see the setting sun from the boat. There are quite a few guys running these boats and it would be best to talk to 3-4 guys before you strike a deal, a good rate would be Rs 400-500 for an hour-long ride. You need to bargain really hard with the boatsman to strike a good deal.