The Palolem Beach – Goa, India
It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa. It is bounded by hills on both sides that make it calm and pleasant. The unique part of this Beach is regarding the shape that it is semi-circular, and the best thing is the view of the complete beach standing at one particular place. And it takes about 40 minutes in a bus right from Margao, the main town of Southern Goa. This beach is not too messy, with just fishermen being the visitors over here. And because of this reason the beauty is still observed, and you get to understand the nature in its best way. Sorry to say but the visitors are cheated with over priced sellers. However there are people selling mehendi mixing with cheaper chemicals.
There is a stream called the Pandava’s Drum that keeps its trail open to the cup shaped valley. Swimming in the Palolem beach should be taken care of, as there are boulders and rocks scattered in the sea has to would hurt you. However, the water is pretty much less and the currents are comparatively weaker than rest of the beaches, so it must not be too much to bother about. The “Money Stone” is a confined pilgrimage site. There is a saying that even if you leave or take the money which does not belong to you; the locals of this place are so simple and honest that they do not even think of going against the rules. You can also visit to the small cave built by the Figueiredo family in beach house. But unfortunately Vandals spoiled it, and therefore now it’s a part of the Neptune Point hotel. This beach is situated very close to the market of Chaudi, where you can find all your requirements. Please do not miss the butterfly beach at the boat trip and here you are allowed to join the fishermen to catch the fishes with the help of your hand and also grasp a sight of the mischievous dolphins moving around. The town marketplace is a little far away, and you get to buy the junk jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs made by the locals. You can even go in for spices that Goa is famous for.
Nearby Attractions in Palolem Beach
Some of best attractions nearby include Saint Tereza Of Jesus, Pantem beach, Shree Dutta Guru Mandir, Pantem – Colomb beach, Pandava’s Drum, Bumipurush Temple are some of the nearby attractions. All of these are at short destinations and are good places for photography, short walks and memories to take along. However, the main attraction remains the Palolem beach only.
Palolem is the best destination for the tourists looking forward to a calm beach vacation. It is very difficult to find the stay over as the other beaches. You can find the guesthouses and the usual inns, but they are always full. For the food, check out for the shacks that serves you hot, and spicy Goan special food and prawns with different kinds of pickles. Also you can choose the genuine seafood that is cooked mainly the prawns, fish and the lobsters freshly brought in from the sea. Here people opt for the beach huts that are usually full throughout the year. Some parts of the beach are empty and there you can find only cliffs and boulders scattered all over, and in particular you can’t find any inhabitants. However the beauty of this place is despoiled. Spending a day just by lying under the shades of the palm trees is good enough, along with it you can enjoy the sound of waves crashing which wakes you up. The simple way to reach the beach is through the Canacona Railway Station, which is adjacent to the beach. To roam around in the beach, you can opt for the bikes and auto rickshaws. Even cycles are the best options that you can rent from the natives. You will not find your daily life facilities on this beach, but the nature’s beauty of this place will compensate for your inconveniences. Just a visit to the tranquil beach will let you forget about the buzz of the urban life.
Accommodation in Palolem ranges from luxury, deluxe to standard hotels. It has everything from basic beach shacks to luxury hotels and resorts. Right from luxury facilities to delicious cuisines, there is everything what you need it during your stay.
List of popular hotels and resorts from luxury to standard include:
- Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa
- InterContinental The Grand Resort
- The Kenilworth Beach Resort
- Majorda Beach Resort
- Ramada Caravela Beach Resort
- Holiday Inn Resort
- The Leela Palace
- Taj Exotica
- Radisson White Sand Resort
- Dona Sylvia Resort
- Haathi Mahal Resorts
- Cavelossim, Salcete, Goa (India)
- Coconut Grove Resort
- Nanu Resort
- Old Anchor Dalmia Resorts