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Undoubtedly home to one of Goa’s most beautiful stretches of beach, the village of Palolem in South Goa has been a popular spot for over a decade now. It’s not as built up as North Goa and there’s little in the way of late night partying. The area was full of international backpackers before the pandemic, but times have changed and it’s much quieter now. However, the quality of accommodation and cafes remain high.

The beach and the main drag are separated by a lush forest of palm trees and the main road has an excellent calibre of cafes to work in. The Mill is based in a lovely period property, formerly a mill if you hadn’t guessed, and serves healthy dishes alongside New Zealand-style burgers (for non Kiwis,  that means you get a slice of pineapple inside) as well as fantastic home baked goods made by the lovely owner Louise. Zest is a big name in South Goa, having popular branches in neighboring Agonda as well as the Palolem, and is the yogis' favourite for its salads, soups and fantastic falafels. Nireas is another healthy cafe with a European fusion menu and a jungle of plants for decor. If you’re feeling like a sweet treat here, the nutella stuffed momos are pretty special. Little World Cafe has one of the most beautiful interiors full of classic Indian design and as well as being the best brunch spot in Palolem, is the only place that serves vegan lassi. They also host fantastic musicians for satsang when Hindu festivities are on. 

For drop-in yoga, Palm Forest Palolem is the best of the bunch. A gorgeous boutique hotel at the north end of the beach, the owners are very happy to have non-guests attend the yoga classes which are led by South Goa’s finest instructors. Kayaking is also very popular on Palolem Beach, you can find kayaks dotted along the shore. Similarly, you’ll find fishing boats offering a boat ride to Butterfly Beach, which is worthwhile as you’ll likely spot dolphins on your voyage. If you’re in need of new threads, boutique vendor Bunti sells local textiles and elegant styles. 

If you fancy going for a day trip, drive up to Mangaal Farmstay in Mangal village, the eco-stay serves hearty food to non-guests but it’s a lovely space to stay for a few nights. Additionally, if you get to South Goa early enough in the season there are some beautiful waterfalls and in October and November still sees the waters flowing. Go on some inland hikes to find the likes of Kuske Waterfall. There are some beauties in Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary too, like Mainapi Waterfall Netravali, and Chapoli Falls.

Palolem has some great venues for live music in the evening. Combine the music with dinner at Art Resort, a gallery and restaurant that has the best tandoor in the area, as well as great bar staff. The Monday night jams at Rococo Pelton are a lot of fun and there’s often music at Ciarans or Cheeky Chilli.

Lucie Grace
August 31, 2022
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Lucie Grace is a British freelance writer, based in Chiang Mai. She lived in India throughout 2020 and 2021 and misses it daily. You can read her bylines in The Daily Beast, Fodor’s, The Independent and The Times.

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