Agonda beach is located around 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dabolim airport, and a 15 minute drive from Palolem. If you’re after a relaxing and peaceful get away, then Agonda will tick most boxes.
The road into Agonda brings you to a T-junction, and your first glimpse will be of St Annes church which is based on the main road that runs through the resort parallel to the beach, and where the majority of accommodation is based either side of.
An ATM machine is located just opposite the church, and it’s here that you will also find the normal array of gift shops and restaurants catering for all tastes. You can also find tuk tuks and taxi’s around this location if heading off to get a glimpse of the surrounding area.
Taking a right at the junction will take you through the main drag where accommodation options are based either beach-side or directly on the road and many options and budgets are catered for, including different food outlets catering for most needs.
We stayed at the Madhu beach huts and restaurant, situated directly on the beach, and was looked after for our stay by the owner Shaker and his staff with service straight to our door from the attached restaurant. We couldn’t fault this place, and being at the higher end for a beach hut at £18 a night, could easily have stayed longer than the 10 amazing days we spent here. The huts have recently been updated, and are by far the best choice of anything on offer.
Agonda at night is very relaxed, and not a destination for the party crowd, as it’s home to a Ridley turtle nesting site. These endangered animals lay their eggs on the beach, and a night watch guard them especially when they are nesting, so noise levels are kept at a minimum .
Travel links to destinations are Palolem (15 minutes) about 150 rupees, Patnem (20 minutes) and Chaudi the local town (30 minutes) by taxi costs around 250 rupees. A day trip to Cabo de Rama Fort is 30 minutes drive, either by taxi, tuk tuk, or a rented scooter. It’s worth a visit, be it only for the views. Here’s a post on Cabo de Rama fort with views. You could double this up with a visit to Cola Beach with it’s lagoon and stunning setting.