It was in last April when I was looking for a virgin and untouched beach destination to spend few days. Having decided to explore Goa, I was not so keen in touristy North Goa beaches.
I decided to explore unspoiled Palolem Beach in South Goa, a perfect place for 'doing nothing'. After a tedious bus ride from Londa Railway Station, reached Palolem by dusk.
I had booked a cottage, right on the beach, facing the sea at the extreme end of the south side of the beach - charming cottage from where I could see the entire crescent shaped beach and the array of numerous shacks and restaurants that line the sea shore.
These shacks operate on temporary basis from November to April every year as per the government policies. As it was towards the end of the season, the beach was almost isolated.
I spent most of the nights sitting in the sit-out counting the stars and enjoying the glorious sight in front.
I had all my meals at Papillon next door which served delicious food throughout my stay. There were few other eat outs like German Bakery, Blue Planet, Casa Fiesta & Magic Italy, I didn't use any of them. For those who can't live without coffee, there is Cafe Coffee Day as well in Palolem.
Though I had initial plans of visiting Patnem and Agonda during my four day stay, I remained in Palolem as I was literally mesmerized by the charming beach. Unlike North Goa Beaches, there are no adventure activities here except that you can take a boat ride to the Butterfly Island. If you are lucky, you can spot dolphins performing aerobics in the bay.
Palolem is around 70 kms from Dabolim Airport and 40 kms from Margao Railway Station. Frequent bus facility is available from Margao.
When it comes to staying here, there are a plenty of options in Palolem. Choose a beach-side hut for a memorable experience unless you are used to bragging about having stayed at the most exclusive or expensive hotel.
If you are looking for a laid back holiday, Palolem is incredible!
The pictures speaks for themselves. Isn't it.