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Palolem and Patnem

By Martin Frey Martin Frey (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Palolem and Patnem
  • (worth a trip)
  • 3-5 km
  • Easy
  • Average
  • 4-7 days
  • 3 3

Yoga, Adventure Sports, Rave - Palolem has it all

Palolem South Goa India
One minor drawback of the place is its limited beach space which restricts the availability of beach shacks. However, there are many beach-facing diners serving fresh seafood, local Goan delicacies, and other Indian and international dishes. Eat your lunch comprising of a Goan thali ay Fern's by Kate's, enjoy an evening barbecue at Cafe Inn, and give in to your gluttony for baked treats with a bite at the German Bakery.
There is a statewide ban on loud music after 10 at night, however, Palolem manages to pull off two of the most famous silent rave parties which surprisingly kick-off only around midnight. You get to choose from 2-3 channels featuring resident and international DJs playing house, funk, electro and hip hop and spend the night dancing in peace and quiet! Silent Noise is the party that takes place every Saturday at Neptune Point, Colomb Bay (Entry fee: INR500, headphones included). Silent Disco, on the other hand, takes place every Thursday at Alpha Bar (Entry same as Silent Noise).

Palolem and Patnem are like Baga and Calangute but in South Goa. Palolem is a backpacker-friendly destination, however, it also sees its share of family vacationers.


Palolem is best know as Goa’s own tropical secret for the striking sand curve around the beach, unusually calm waters, and tall yet inclining coconut trees though in the recent years it’s not stayed much of a secret.


Finding accommodation is never a problem around the area. Several beach huts line up against the shore in Palolem but most places in Palolem operate seasonally which means they don’t even open until November. This, though, isn’t a concern as just south of Palolem is a rocky cove, Colomb Bay, which has a lot of budget accommodation options. Or, you can further move to Patnem which has a great selection of beach huts, but a lesser attractive beach shore.


There is no dearth of activities in Palolemand around – Yoga, Reiki, Belly Dancing, Tarot, Tai Chi, Cooking Classes! Whatever interests you, they probably teach it somewhere in the village. There are several classes all over the town so you just need to find the one nearest to you – look out for notices or ask around. You can also find substantial information about daily yoga and cooking classes at the Butterly Book Shop. Of course, this is not all. You can rent kayaks at both the beaches – INR 100 to INR 150 for an hour, includes life jacket. You can go dolphin-sighting with local fishermen and boat operators – they mostly ask for INR 1000 for two. You can also go for jungle adventures and trekking with some of the local adventure sports agencies.


How to get there

1. Take a cab o taxi from the airport. 2. From Madgao Station, get to Kadamba Bus station via auto (INR 40 approx.). From there, take a bus to Cancona Bus stand. Take another auto from the bus stand (INR 40 approx.) to Palolem.