Palolem is located in the Canacona district around one and a half hours by Taxi from Goa’s Dabolim airport. It is South Goa’s most popular boutique beach destination and is sandwiched between Patnem and Agonda. With it’s half crest bay lined by palm tree it’s visited by tourists, backpackers and locals alike.
Made famous by Matt Damon in the 2004 film The Bourne Supremacy, this location was used in the opening minutes of the movie, and a car chase through some of it’s streets.
Out and about in Palolem
There are plenty of options of restaurants and bars to choose from for entertainment. Your evenings will be geared to listening to the waves crashing on the shore or live music nights and a vibrant party scene.
At the Southern end of the beach you will find a more laid back feel. Here you can cut through to the back road styled village location of Ourem or to Colomb Bay and Patnem beach.
There are many places you can grab a bite to eat with a wide array of choices. Check out This Post for Mr Babu’ Chai shop at the main entrance to Palolem beach. Other restaurants we have sampled is the excellent Big Fish with it’s beach side dining and excellent array of Goan dishes they serve.
Another restaurant to check out is Chaskaa located in the rocks at the South-end of the beach. Great views and good food awaits with very reasonable prices.
Palolem has lots to offer on the accommodation front as beach shacks and guest houses are in abundance. Prices are negotiable throughout most of the season but December and January is peak season and costs sky rocket. It’s best to sort before hand if that’s when you intend to arrive.
We ended up in a great guest house called Hilias retreat for 1000 rupees a night (£10). Well worth a visit and a notch up from your basic beach shacks. You also have Big fish bungalows set on the beach side.
Cheap flights into Goa from Mumbai are around £15-25 pound one way. We always check out Skyscanner for deals in and around India. There is an overnight train schedule from Mumbai into Canacona and a ferry service.
TukTuk’s are great for short trips, but get a price before you depart to save problems later. You can rent scoooter’s out by the day for around 250- 300 rupees, and cheaper if longer. Local buses can take you to Margoa if the need arises. Dentists, doctors and pharmacies are located in nearby Chaudi.
We are relocating to South Goa this year (2018) and should start our travels in October. Bookmark our page and watch this space for updates and further blog posts.
Happy Travels on your Global Gallivants!