Backpacking South Goa: Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach South Goa a quiet affair
Introducing Patnem

Lying at the South end of the Goan coastline, Patnem is a quaint sand strip. A clean beach housing a bunch of restaurants, Patnem has a slow, chilled out, community park kind of vibe and the beach witnesses travelers practicing Yoga in the morning, and taking walks, and playing friendly games of Frisbee in the evening.

Life Guard vehicle at Patnem Beach

Here, you will not be hassled by wandering salesmen, nor urged to pose for pictures by locals. The beach shack owners association has hired beach guards to make sure of this.

This is where time hangs in the folds of a hammock. Days feel longer, and there’s the endless sand, sun and beach to relax or swim as your heart pleases.

Cliff at the North end of Patnem Beach

Crowd at Patnem Beach

Patnem has the same crowd each year. Many regulars (people who have been visiting for years/decades) frequent Patnem. New travellers have started finding Patnem now, and are growing in number.

Accommodation & Food

There is a healthy selection of beach huts, guest houses and available at and around the beach to stay, and various restaurants are located along the beach, and on the path leading to the main road.

Me at Patnem Beach
Me at Patnem Beach

Weather: Tropical
Best time to visit: October to March

IN & AROUND PATNEM: 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 8 pm.

Agonda Beach: 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: 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.

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