The Ultimate Guide to South Goa

Patnem Beach

If you've read my previous posts, you will know all about my love for South Goa. Right from the empty beaches to colourful shacks and cafes nested in forests - there's nothing to not love. In all honesty, I feel terrible about writing this post because I don't want South Goa to end up being crowded and touristy like North Goa. Nonetheless, I'm going to abandon my selfishness. This post is a guide to the South Goa beaches and all the wonderful eateries out there.

Colva Beach

Colva beach, by itself, has nothing much to offer. The crowd there is mostly Indian tourists. It's not a beach where you expect calmness, let alone, much room to relax by yourself. Nevertheless, Colva has some good food joints. Mickey's is one of the popular beach shacks among the locals. Cherry Tomato and Little Bhutan are also worth mentioning. The major plus point of this beach is it's close affinity to Margao city.

Benaulim Beach

South Goa Beaches Benaulim

Benaulim beach is located approximately 10 km from Margao city. During the on-season shacks are set up along the beach. Some of the popular ones being Roger's and Johncy. A decent crowd coupled with a long stretch of tranquil beach make this a favored beach among the locals. If you're looking for a beach shack with live music and a fun crowd, go to The Southern Deck. It's a popular hang-out spot of those looking for a night of dancing.

Cavelosim Beach

South Goa Beaches Cavelosim

Among all the South Goa beaches that I've mentioned, Cavelosim is probably the emptiest one for the simple reason that there's nothing to do there. It's home to a ton of resorts. The only souls on the beach are the one's that are staying nearby. That being said, one of my absolute favorite restaurants is located at Cavelosim. Fisherman's Wharf is located on the riverside. You can sit there on a quiet afternoon and enjoy your fresh food while watching the lapping waters of the river. This restaurant is a must-visit if you're in the vicinity. Read my entire review on Zomato.

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The Fisherman's Wharf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cabo-de-Rama Beach

A secluded beach hidden behind a cliff

If you're in Goa, looking for a beach that's not swarming with tourists, and where your friends or family can roam around and have ample space for your games and activities, Cabo de Rama is the beach for you. You can stand on a cliff and stare down at the beach and the mesmerizing landscape. Next, walk down the rocky steps and enjoy a solitary beach all to yourself. As a matter of fact, I've written an entire post on cabo de rama beach. Once you're done with the beach, head to The Cape for a romantic dinner with your loved one. You can thank me later.

Cola Beach

South Goa Beaches Cola

Cola beach is the prettiest one among all the South Goa beaches. In fact, my pictures don't do justice to the charm of this beach. The beach is located about 15 mins from Agonda beach. The road pretty much disappears for a short stretch. It's just rocks and sand for a while. Both 2 and 4 wheelers can navigate through this stretch. At the end of this road are steep steps. While climbing down the steps. you'll get an enchanting view of the beach and lagoon. The hill is dotted with huts and the only people on the beach are the ones living in them. Furthermore the shacks and lounge chairs there are mostly unoccupied. You can kayak, swim or simple play around in the lagoon, where are water is fairly shallow. They say that nothing worth having comes easy. Cola beach and lagoon is an embodiment of this quote.

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Agonda Beach

South Goa Beaches Agonda

Agonda beach is yet another undisturbed South Goa beach. Frequented mostly by foreigners, Agonda is a secluded area known to a handful. What I love the most about this place is the vibe here. While there are shacks lined up along the beach, there's a road that goes parallel to the beach. There's a myriad of little shops selling boho dresses, bags and decorative items on this road. Additionally there are numerous boutique cafes. Walk along this road to soak in the bohemian vibe. P.S. My all time fav vegetarian cafe, Blue Planet Cafe is located at Agonda.

Palolem Beach

Palolem beach in South Goa

It's not difficult to guess why Palolem beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa. Coupled with colorful beach huts and a fantastic crowd, Palolem is the place to be if you're looking for the freedom to wear whatever you like, without any unwanted eyes on you. I suggest renting a room near the beach. Spend an entire day bathing, eating and reading a book in one of the many colorful huts on the beach. Next, have a romantic dinner on the beach then head to a night club nearby. It doesn't get better than this.

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Patnem Beach

Guide to South Goa - Lounge Chairs at Patnem beach

Patnem beach, located 40 km south of Margao city, is the twin sister of Palolem beach. The road leading up to the beach is a vibrant and colorful narrow lane dotted with shops selling colorful beach wear. The beach is equally cheerful, lined up with huts which are rustic yet bright. Almost all the shacks have lounge chairs outside to sit and enjoy on the beach. Alternately, you can sit inside the shack, sip a cocktail and observe the waves from a distance. I had the best day out at Patnem. Read my entire experience at Patnem beach.

Dining with a view at Patnem Beach
Dining with a view at Patnem Beach

Nightlife

Silent Noise

At Silent Noise, wireless headsets allow those people that want to party to do so, while nobody else is disturbed. You can rock all night long while anyone passing by can't hear a thing. The headsets have 3 music channels. You can change the channel on your headset and dance to your tune. Silent Noise is located right next to the Palolem beach. It's a prime location and a unique nightclub in Goa.

Leopard Valley

Leopard Valley is the perfect combination of a jungle, pool, music and fire shows. Located close to both Agonda and Palolem, it's a great spot in the middle of nowhere. This being said, ensure that you have a ride back to your hotel/ resort as there won't be any taxis nearby. All in all, it's going to be a great experience.

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6 Comments

  1. “I feel terrible about writing this post because I don’t want South Goa to end up being crowded and touristy like North Goa” Well said. Let’s keep South Goa, at least its beaches a secret. Personally living just 4-5 kms from Colva beach myself, I don’t get to see much of it, due to hectic work days – but then yes, I need to do that more often. It does seem, you are quite a ‘beach-bum’ yourself, if I may say so.
    Who doesn’t? …that too when Goa is blessed with so many of them, endless stretches of pure happiness. I personally would choose beaches like Arrosim, Utorda, Majorda… it gets quieter as you walk that side.
    Good post.

    1. I agree. Utorda and Majorda are great beaches for a quiet walk.

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