Parvati beach huts are located on Palolem beach in south Goa at the quieter northern end of the beach. They have seven beach huts and ours had a spring mattress with our own attached shower/wc room. Free WiFi for the guests. They were clean and fairly priced.
Agonda Beach is a three kilometre stretch of beautiful white sand and if you are in search of a relaxing escape watching the sun go down while lounging in a hammock, or a romantic getaway the Om Sai beach huts will not disappoint. The six, simple yet spacious huts are located in a secluded, picturesque area of the beach and the friendly staff ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your exotic Indian retreat. The busiest season is over the New Year period so book early if you are looking to welcome 2012 in style.
If you think Goa’s all about soulless package hotels and overcrowed beaches then think again. Reaching Agonda in the far south of Goa is like finding the holy grail – an almost deserted but absolutely beautiful beach. We stayed at Agonda White Sand in a simple but stylish en-suite wooden cottage set in a coconut grove with lots of space to chill out. And the beach was bang on our doorstep for swimming, dolphin spotting and the most amazing sunsets.
These are some fabulous beach cottages on the pristine Agonda beach. Lovely place to stay right in front of a huge beach.
Just had a refreshing stay at the Om Sai guest house at the Palolem beach in Goa. Palolem is definitely one of the best beaches in Goa and Om Sai offer good, spacious rooms with nice sit outs. The place is safe and the owners are great.
This is a great website I have found which is all about Palolem Beach in Canacona, Goa, India. It lists lots of places to stay and things to do in the area. It is by far the best resource on Palolem on the internet, I highly recommend it. It even has a great forum where you can chat with people about Palolem and what they recommend, so is a must see if you are planning to visit the area.
Sam's Beach Shack is great. Whether you want to have a cold drink and a snack or a full meal, you will be made welcome. There are sun beds and a wide range of food is served. Local and imported drinks are available at very reasonable prices.
There is a Beach Party every Tuesday Night, with entertainment, fireworks, music and dancing.
A great atmosphere and very friendly.
Near Holiday Inn Beach Resort,
Silent Noise parties are held at Neptune's Point in South Goa – a stunning peninsula where hundreds of happy clubbers can look out across the water to Palolem beach as they dance the night away.
Everyone is connected to the music with wireless headphones so the party doesn’t disturb the neighbours (or the local police) and three DJs play simultaneously, competing to get the crowd to tune into their set.
Add in lasers, visuals, circus performers and tepees, and you’ve got a mini festival every week – helping to revive the outdoor rave vibe that originally put Goa on the beach party map.
Neptune's Point, Palolem, Goa
This is the most beautiful beach I have ever been to. A palm tree lined, white sandy beach with beach huts overlooking. A spectacular sunset every evening. Beach shared with fishermen with small boats, crabs, pigs, monkeys and dolphins!
Take train (amazing journey) from Mumbai to Goa. Then by taxi (about £8) or bus (20p) to Palolem. Find a beach hut on arrival (about £5 a night)
Agonda is the definition of tranquility though on certain days, the loneliness has a David Lynch creepiness to it, with big beautiful boulders that mark out one end.
Palolem, the next beach along, has come a long way over the years and the strip is now lined with beach huts from the Cozy Nook to the Bridge and Tunnel. The Dream Catcher (behind the Banyan Tree) is great for morning Yoga or breakfast with the buffalo.
This beach was made famous by Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy with his (very sexy) run sequence.
If you follow the NH17 you'll first hit Agonda and eventually hit Palolem
When you hit the needle - like rocks don't stop - follow the path round, this hidden gem is trapped between two hills, one bearing a Jesus graffiti for the purest Catholic within. Just avoid the mud bath.
North of Arambol Beach along the cliffside
The whole south coast of Goa is a string of spectacular beaches and lovely towns, such as Udupi on the Karnataka coast. Inland is the historical site Hampi (railway station at Hospet). The main transport hub for south Goa is Margao (also known as Marmagao) which is called Madgoan by the railway.
Take a train to Hampi or Madgoan but be aware that most trains leave early in the morning (e.g. to Hospet - Hampi at 7 am) so it’s good to stay somewhere close to the station. We found the best place was Kovolam Beach which has lots of guesthouses and restaurants and a nice beach, and it’s cheap.
Some advice: Don't catch the state bus from Goa to Hampi - it's 10 hours of sheer hell.
Although "Goa trance" isn't really my music scene, I enjoyed Anjuna immensely. There are a whole lot of freaks out there and most of them travel into Anjuna at some point. There's a good choice of places to eat ranging from Tibetan, Indian and Chinese to Western.
Lots of bars abound on and around the beach areas and there's plenty of cheap accommodation for those on a tight budget.
The local nightclub is pretty impressive, even if it's all bang-gnab trance all night long.
The beach is medium sizee but really nice (just expect a lot of hawkers) and locals are as friendly as the tourists.
This is a really good place to relax on the beach by day and party by night. You also have a lot of options for exlporing the rest of Goa once you get there.
Anjuna beach, north Goa
Palolem is a beautiful beach just about far enough from the excesses of the north. In six weeks the best food we found was The Cheeky Chapati: delicate fresh fish, great veggie food and the bet chilli jam in the world.
On the street running parallel to Palolem Beach.
Situated at the nothernmost point of Goa, Arambol is blessed with a fabulous combination of unspoilt beaches and a relaxed, easygoing vibe.
It's a far cry from the mania of Baga or Calangute and I had one of the most glorious curries of my life at one of its beachside restaurants.
Arabol, north Goa
It is easy to fall in love with Goa. What makes it such a pleasant place to be is the extremely laid-back atmosphere, which combines with long days of sunshine, nice beaches, fascinating 70s-like hippy vibes, and some truly tasty – and cheap – sticky stuff to spice up your otherwise unrewarding cigarette tobacco!
Psychedelic trance parties are very much part of the Goan legend, but in true fact, they’re no longer a pivotal element of the sublimely chilled Goan lifestyle. Surely, during the most popular months, full-moon, half-moon or quarter-moon parties can be found almost every day (the moon is just an excuse, hey), but more and more visitors seem to be there for the quietness – and they’re not disappointed.
Believe me when I say – Goa is the ultimate place where having nothing to do feels sweet. Whichever area you choose to settle down in – Anjuna for the party-loving, Arambol or others for the calm-seeking – rent a 50cc scooter for two or three pounds a day, and you’re free to roam the many attractive little spots the area has to offer.
Palolem in south Goa is a fantastic laid back beach. You can check out how beautiful it is by watching Matt Damon run along it during the opening 10 minutes of the Bourne Supremacy.
There are some great beach huts to rent (average price £7 per day). My favourite has to be Dreamcatcher at the north end run by Jacky and Walter. Jacky is from Liverpool via the asteroid belt while Walter is an ex Kerelan wrestling champion. They make you feel so welcome it feels like home after about 10 minutes.
The food the cook serves up is fresh and tasty (prawns the size of bananas and curries that are far tastier than anything you've had in the UK) while the bar will serve you anything from a lasi to a Kingfisher.
If yoga is your thing, Wayne (yes I know not the most mystical sounding name) does a sunrise (well 9am) class and a sunset one. There's also a variety of massage too.
The place is magical at night as it is lit by candles. You can either sit around the campfire or relax on a daybed by the bar.
If you're going to Goa and want a place that's not commercial, Palolem and Dreamcatcher is where you should head to.
The guidebooks say that the most idyllic beaches are to the south of Goa. This is not necessarily true. We went up to north Goa for a few days and stayed at Aswem beach which is a couple of miles away from Arambol.
Aswem was gorgeously peaceful with hardly anyone on it apart from a few beach huts. After staying in Anjuna is was a complete retreat. This was a few years ago and hopefully it is still the same. Arambol had a very chilled out vibe and not full of hedonist party goers but a lovely atmosphere. There is also a fresh water lake there.
Ok, so it's a fort, but its beach is supposed to be the best in Goa, and its easy to find -just get a bus north, and get out at the end, that's what we did, there's a couple of beach cafes, but its fairly unspoilt. Watch out for the sand, where it's black it burns, also watch out for sea snakes. Don't eat the ice creams, but eat yogurt every day. Don't believe what you're told - if you ask a question, ask at least two other people. Beware, you're in paradise, so even the smallest thing can make you irritated. Oh, and dont get a tattoo, septicaemia in a tropical climate - ugh!
10km from Mapusa
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