Backpacking South Goa 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.
Be it groups of tourists swimming, surfing or Kayaking in the water, or local women roaming the sandy beach selling ripe pineapples, coconuts and passion fruits from cane baskets they carry on the head, Palolem is a lively, colourful affair.
Palolem for Backpackers
Where are all the backpackers?
The Ourem (South) end of the Palolem beach, and its subsequent village is where the backpackers gather (stay/hang out). 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 8 pm.
Weather and the best time to visit:
While it never is too cold round the beaches, inland Goa gets very nicely chilly during December and early January. Don’t make the mistake of coming here during the summer months April to July, you will be burnt crisp. November to January is to best time to be in Goa.
IN & AROUND PALOLEM
Agonda: Agonda is an untouched beach (10 km from the slightly busier Palolem) with turquoise water and white sand. It has a very secluded feel to it.
Colva Beach: 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.