Palolem village is the best beach village in the southern Goa

Latitude: 15°01' N, Longitude: 74°02' E.

From Margao to Palolem. Further south on the coast (40 km from Margao via Cuncolim), Palolem has a beautiful curve of palm fringed golden sand beach, 2 km off the National Highway - the best beach by far. It is becoming increasingly popular as people search for the remaining unspoilt idyll and are travelling further to find one. As a result Palolem is no longer a deserted bay but has a line of beach shacks serving food and drink in the season while the range of accommodation inreases with demand. It does not have a bank so arrive with enough funds but the small Post Office in the village can arrange poste restante. There is a good clothes shop near the Beach Resort; the friendly woman owner "is not pushy ... unlike some men"!

The fairly narrow strip of beach has rather strange rocky outcrops at each end which are locally referred to as 'Pandava's drums' and 'footprints'. An added attraction here is the freshwater stream to the north, as well as the small Canacona Island (Kankon island) which can be reached by a short swim or by wading across at low tide. Nudism is not welcomed by the local people. Dolphin watching and fishing trips are offered by fishermen; mornings between 0830-1230 best. NB Take sun-block, shirt, hat and drinking water. You may be able to see some dolphins from the headland to the south of Palolem, just before sunset.

Many visitors just visit for the day, especially from beaches further north though two of Goa's most innovative 'hotels' have recently encouraged some to stay a while.
Road from NH-17 to Palolem bus station
Road from NH-17 to Palolem bus station.
Nimi Guest House
Nimi Guest House.
Kamaki Bar & Club
Kamaki Bar & Club.
Jackson Bar & Restaurant
Jackson Bar & Restaurant.
Smugglers Inn
Smugglers Inn.
Hotel Round Cube, A/C & non A/C Rooms
Hotel Round Cube, A/C & non A/C Rooms.
Dmello Tourist Home near Dhuri Stores
Dmello Tourist Home near Dhuri Stores.
Hotel Rishi Exotica
Hotel Rishi Exotica.
Devrai Cottage
Devrai Cottage.
Village road view from Devrai Cottage
Village road view from Devrai Cottage.
Bhau Cottage, rooms are available
Bhau Cottage, rooms are available.
Palolem bus station in the morning hours is empty
Palolem bus station in the morning hours is empty.
Auto rickshaws (tuk-tuks) on the Palolem bus station
Auto rickshaws (tuk-tuks) on the Palolem bus station.
Adil Barber Shop, hair cutting saloon
Adil Barber Shop, hair cutting saloon.
Om Sai Guest House
Om Sai Guest House.
Wavelet Beach Resort, A/C and non-A/C rooms
Wavelet Beach Resort, A/C and non-A/C rooms.
This is the road from the bus station to the main beach entrance
This is the road from the bus station to the main beach entrance.
You can see the arched entrance to the beach in the far end of road
You can see the arched entrance to the beach in the far end of road.
Seagull tourist guest house, laundry service and bikes on hire
Seagull tourist guest house, laundry service and bikes on hire.
Cuppa Coffee
Cuppa Coffee.
Parking near Palolem Beach Resort
Parking near Palolem Beach Resort.
The Arch of the Palolem beach (Canacona Municipal Council, 1995, Welcome)
The Arch of the Palolem beach (Canacona Municipal Council, 1995, Welcome).
Palolem village view from the Safeguard tower
Palolem village view from the Safeguard tower.
Om Sai shop and Kwality Wall's ice cream
Om Sai shop and Kwality Wall's ice cream.
Mallikarjun Travels - Internet, money exchange, air tickets, bus tickets and train tickets
Mallikarjun Travels - Internet, money exchange, air tickets, bus tickets and train tickets.
Dattakrupa store: Wake up to beautiful skin with Himalaya Revitalizing Night Cream
Dattakrupa store: Wake up to beautiful skin with Himalaya Revitalizing Night Cream.
Om Sai Travels: Internet, money exchange, cash point, air tickets, bus tickets, train tickets
Om Sai Travels: Internet, money exchange, cash point, air tickets, bus tickets, train tickets.
Assortment of this shop consists from sun creams, toothpastes, soaps and different cosmetics
Assortment of this shop consists from sun creams, toothpastes, soaps and different cosmetics.
Himalaya Herbals products
Himalaya Herbals products.
small grocery store
Small grocery store.
True i Value Tours & Travels, domestic & international cheapest flight available, cash point (ATM)
True i Value Tours & Travels, domestic & international cheapest flight available, cash point (ATM).
Baskin Robbins and Rainbow Travel
Baskin Robbins and Rainbow Travel.
Baskin Robbins interior view
Baskin Robbins interior view.
silver jewellery
Silver jewellery.
Smirnoff, shop with alcohol assortment
Red Rose Wine Shop, shop with alcohol assortment.
store with bags and clothing
Store with bags and clothing.
shop with tea and souvenirs
Shop with tea and souvenirs.
shoe store
Shoe store.
tea, rugs and slippers
Tea, rugs and slippers.
Palolem village just after sunset
Palolem village just after sunset.
Bus station in the evening
Bus station in the evening.
tea and souvenirs everywhere around you
Tea and souvenirs everywhere around you.
milk and curd are always fresh and tasty here
Milk and curd are always fresh and tasty here.
you can buy curd and cottage cheese at very cheap price here
You can buy curd and cottage cheese at very cheap price here.
metallic refrigerator to keep milk products
Metallic refrigerator to keep milk products.
J.K super store isn't very large and isn't superstore, it is a small shop with milk and bread
J.K super store isn't very large and isn't superstore, it is a small shop with milk and bread.
Seagull Bar & Restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Continental and Sea Food
Seagull Bar & Restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Continental and Sea Food.
ice for grocery shops and restaurants
Ice for grocery shops and restaurants.
Baskin Robbins is very close to Seagull Guest House
Baskin Robbins is very close to Seagull Guest House.
a man engaged in embroidery
A man engaged in embroidery.
embroidered T-shirts
Embroidered T-shirts.
polite and pleasant saleswoman
Polite and pleasant saleswoman.
Vegetables and fruits: purple cabbages and yellow bananas, etc.
Vegetables and fruits: purple cabbages and yellow bananas.
fruits: honeymelon, grape, papaya, mango, kiwi, pomegranates, apples and passion fruit
Fruits: honeymelon, grape, papaya, mango, kiwi, pomegranates, apples and passion fruit (maracuja).
Royal Enfield motorbikes
Royal Enfield motorbikes.
homemade drums
Homemade drums.
Salama & Sons: wholesale of kashmiri shawls
Salama & Sons: wholesale of kashmiri shawls.
Bus station in the beginning of the night
Bus station in the beginning of the night.
vietnamese pigs are eating our pineapple
Vietnamese pigs are eating our pineapple.
small vietnamese piggy
Small vietnamese piggy.
female vietnamese pig is ready for milk feeding
Female vietnamese pig is ready for milk feeding.
vietnamese pig likes watermelon
Vietnamese pig likes watermelon.
goan hen
Goan hen.
baby vietnamese pigs in Goa
Baby vietnamese pigs in Goa.
black vietnamese baby pig
Black vietnamese baby pig.
different clothes, bags and tiny hammocks on sale
Different clothes, bags and tiny hammocks on sale.
Pritam's Cottages with attached bathroom and double bed
Pritam's Cottages with attached bathroom and double bed.
Two-storey building of the Pritam's Cottages
Two-storey building of the Pritam's Cottages.
Heliconia: red-orange goan flowers
Heliconia: red-orange goan flowers.
cloth bags and belts with embroidery
Cloth bags and belts with embroidery.
Barber shop: barber in the work process
Barber shop: barber in the work process.
Blonde ones: Hair Cutting & A Complete Beauty Saloon
Blonde ones: Hair Cutting & A Complete Beauty Saloon.
Flowers and palms before the entrance to Wavelet Beach Resort
Flowers and palms before the entrance to Wavelet Beach Resort.
village is full of exotic trees like this one
Village is full of exotic trees like this one.
Scuba Diving In Goa & Karnataka
Scuba Diving In Goa & Karnataka.
Entrance to the Neptune Point cottages
Entrance to the Neptune Point cottages.
Colomb Beach
Colomb Beach.
Pradyumn Restaurant on the Colomb Beach
Pradyumn Restaurant on the Colomb Beach.
Temple Garden
Temple Garden.
goan cock
Goan cock.
Holiday Inn Cafe & Restaurant
Holiday Inn Cafe & Restaurant.
Yanoor
Yanoor.
Dilara General Store near the Colomb Beach
Dilara General Store near the Colomb Beach.
Secret Garden cottages
Secret Garden cottages.
'Technic' Solar Heating Systems
"Technic" Solar Heating Systems.
Luke's Residence, 8/2 Tembewada Colomb, garden restaurant
Luke's Residence, 8/2 Tembewada Colomb, garden restaurant.
Indraprasht, rooms available for rent
Indraprasht, rooms available for rent.
Jai Somnath Krupa, rooms are available for rent
Jai Somnath Krupa, rooms are available for rent.
Sun Beach Residence, tel. 9766453395
Sun Beach Residence, tel. 9766453395.
Cleopatra Resorts, 24 hours open restaurant, A/C and non A/C rooms
Cleopatra Resorts, 24 hours open restaurant, A/C and non A/C rooms.
Palolem Dental Clinic and the Herbal Shop
Palolem Dental Clinic and the Herbal Shop.
sunny village rests in the shade of palms in the noon
Sunny village rests in the shade of palms in the noon.
center of the village, not far from the bus station
Center of the village, not far from the bus station.
Reception of the Rishi Exotica Hotel
Reception of the Rishi Exotica Hotel.
israeli restaurant is on the second floor
Israeli restaurant is on the second floor.