Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip

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Photo of Kakolem Beach, Goa, India by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

Every year lots of tourists from India and abroad arrive in Goa – the country’s party capital. Beaches, cheap booze, water sports, nightlife and much more makes Goa one of the best places in India to enjoy a memorable vacation .

But for me it’s the natural beauty that extends along its coastline and into its verdant rural landscapes which driven me to Goa .

Being a nature lover, I am travelling to Goa since last 8 years …….

I always prefer going to the quiet and calm beaches in the South Goa and always tried to visit some of the most unexplored beaches of this coastal state . I had been to the Cola beach and was simply blown away by the mesmerizing beauty and the untouched sand there. The natural beauty of Cola beach made me look for other similar untouched Goan beaches and that’s when I stumbled upon Kakolem.

During my research, I did find a few photos of the Kakolem beach which further increased my curiosity about this place. However, the information I was able to collect was very little. All that I knew was that this beach is located somewhere near the Cola beach and there was a small trek involved to get to this beach.

South Goa, trek and very little information online meant that this beach would be clean, have very few visitors and would be relatively untouched – and that was exactly what I was out seeking.

So, it should be a true hidden gem in South Goa ……….

My visit to the Kakolem Beach

Google Map : Agonda to Kakolem Beach at South Goa

Photo of Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

Google Map : About 10-15 minutes to be walked on foot

Photo of Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

I followed the Google maps from my hotel in Agonda and in around 15 - 17 mins, the GPS left me on a lonely road – around a kilometer ahead on the main road from the point where one needs to go-off road to reach Cola beach. There were two dusty trails – the one on my left led to Kakolem beach and the other to Cashewnut plantations. (I know this because I took the right trail with good 2-3 km of off-roading before the road left at a dead end near a temple.)

On the way to Kakolem beach from Agonda at South Goa

Photo of Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

The off-road towards Kakolem beach passes through a private property and hence visitors are required to pay Rs 100 as an entry charge. However, for some reason, the barricade was open and there was nobody there to collect money. Probably, the tourist influx so was so low that they had left the entry gate unmanned. I went off-road on my bike for about half a kilometer to reach the parking spot.

Last point for parking the bike ..... Road ahead is to cover on foot

Photo of Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

The vast ocean and the beautiful beach below was clearly visible from the point where the bikes and other vehicles were parked.

There are a series of stairs you need to descend down in order to reach the beach. After around 10-15 mins of walking down the stairs, I finally reached Kakolem only to be awe-struck by the aquamarine green waters of the endless sea with pristine surroundings. It was definitely the most secluded and beautiful beach in Goa I had ever been to.......

Beautiful Kakolem Beach at South Goa

Photo of Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

Clear blue green water around Kakolem Beach at South Goa

Photo of Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

Untouched Sand, Clear Blue Green Waters & Breathtaking Sunset Views

There were just 3 visitors on the beach when I reached Kakolem. The only beach hut and restaurant on the beach had no guests either. It was in this solitude that I enjoyed one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed.

Here’s a video tour

Enjoy the video for a first hand information on Kakolem Beach at South Goa !!

Here’s my quick guide to explore the Kakolem Beach

Why Visit?

I personally think that Cola and Kakolem beaches are the most beautiful beaches of Goa I have been to. It’s unlike other Goan or Indian beaches with a very little crowd, pristine sands, and clean waters.

How to Reach?

Kakolem is located in one of the quieter corners of South Goa. The best way is to follow the GPS which leads you to the start of the off-road before this beach. From that point, take the dusty trail on your left to reach the parking. You can see the vast ocean at a distance from the parking.

What to do?

Kakolem isn’t one of the bustling beaches of Goa. There’s just one beach shack where you can have a drink or two and food. Besides this, there’s nothing commercial here. The waters here are clean but dangerous. Visit this place only if you want to simply sit, relax, chill and enjoy the exquisite untouched beauty. Most of the mobile networks and Internet don’t work here.

Just only one beach shack at Kakolem Beach

Photo of Kakolem Beach – The True Hidden Gem Of South Goa #DestinationSkip by Pranab Pal @paltravelogue

Where to stay and eat?

One accommodation is available on the beach. You can identify the place by the unique entrance made of the whale ribs.

They have huts, each one with a double bed, at INR 2000.

And as usual, I prefer carrying my own food and water.

The restaurant is expensive as the only way to transport things to the beach is climbing down the hill. A beer pint costs around INR 100 here and pastas @ INR 500. I never brought anything there.

It seems all very expensive !

Special Tips

– Swimming in the waters of Kakolem beach would be extremely dangerous. Avoid that......

- Most of the mobile networks and Internet don’t work here. So, be prepared for this.

– The sunset here is beautiful. You shouldn’t miss that, however, staying here after dark isn’t advisable.

– Cola Beach and Fort Cabo De Rama are two other places close to Kakolem beach that you shouldn’t miss.

I strongly believe that Kakolem Beach is a true hidden gem in South Goa ……

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Blog about Kakolem Beach in South Goa …….

Enjoy your forthcoming trip here!!