A few backpacking tips: Agonda Beach Goa
INTRODUCING AGONDA: Where romance thrives, as does poetic solitude.
Agonda Beach is located at the Southern tip of Goa, and is an untouched beach with turquoise water and white sand. It lies about 10 km from the slightly busier and most commercial beach of the region, Palolem Beach. Agonda has a very secluded feel to it. You will have all the privacy you want, and long, romantic/solitary evening walks on the beach under stars make you feel like you are the only person/two people in the world.
A party venue known as Leopard Valley (set in the middle of a forest) hosts parties every Friday night. Festival Valley is newer, and has a very male centric crowd. I recommend Leopard Valley.
Best time to visit: October to March
In & Around Agonda: Neighboring Beaches
Palolem Beach: Heavily lined with cafes and beach shacks, Palolem is busier than Agonda. From people kayaking, tourists shopping around at the various stalls on the main road, and others chilling at the 24 hour bar, Silver Star, there is always something happening at Palolem. The Ourem (South) end of the Palolem beach, and its subsequent village is where the backpackers gather. Ourem is the quieter end of Palolem and houses a few unique theater-restaurants. Cafes, which use a pull down screen and project movies every evening at (approx) 8 pm.
Patnem Beach: Lying at the South end of the Goan coastline, Patnem is a medium sized, quiet beach.
Colva: Closer to the big city of South Goa, Madgaon. Colva is quiet, posh and beautiful.
Although on the touristic map big time, Goa has become extremely commercial. Apart from Arambol, Mandrem and Ashwem in the North, and perhaps Vagator and Anjuna in central Goa, I would recommend the quieter beaches of South Goa including Colva, Patnem, Palolem and Agonda for backpackers.