Sometimes the hustle and bustle of Bangalore gets too much and I need to escape for a couple of days! Most recently I decided I needed some beach time and so I took my first trip to Goa. On a recommendation from a friend, I decided to go to Palolem beach in South Goa. Palolem is a small accumulation of restaurants, bars, hotels, homestays, shops & a few boutiques along a beautiful palm tree-lined beach bookended by huge rocks. It is touristy for sure, but not overwhelmingly so!
How to get to Palolem beach from Bangalore
Palolem beach is located in the city of Canacona. It is very easy to catch an overnight bus to Canacona from Anand Rao Circle in Bangalore, which you can book before from any of the bus agents located around the city. I opted for the cheapest option: a regular seat on a non-A/C bus, which turned out to be perfectly fine! Once in Canacona you can hop in an auto rickshaw to your final destination in Palolem beach.
Where to stay in Palolem
A little further back from the beachfront is the tranquil Rainbow Linings Hostel. It is a super clean hostel, with comfortable communal area to chill and hang out with fellow travelers. They offer free morning yoga classes on the rooftop as well as a DELICIOUS breakfast, which is different every morning. They have recently opened a bar next door to the hostel, which was very lively and great fun on the Friday and Saturday nights.
What to do in Palolem
Go to the beach of course! The restaurants along the beach have sunbeds which you can lie on free of charge. Stay to watch the sun set - it is spectacular!
As well as Palolem beach, there are a number of other beautiful beaches in the area which are all just a short walk or auto/moped ride away.
Patnem beach is about a 20 minute walk from Palolem Beach. It is a similar vibe and has a quaint row of shops and restaurants further back from the beach, including Jaali Boutique and Cafe.
Agonda Beach is a bit further and requires transportation! We managed to get an auto rickshaw for 100 rupees each way. There I had the cheapest thali that I have had in India (so far!!) - only 70 rupees for a filling veg thali at the creatively named The Thali and Dosa House.
- Café Maria for a delicious thali
- Zest on the Main Road (vegan & vegetarian)
- Café Art on the Beach for healthy options and deicious fruit juices
- The German Bakery for good cake!
- Magic World for the cheapest beers along the beachfront!
- MAG Bar for live music
- El Diablo for delicious cocktails (they do a free film screening every night!)