Introducing Assolna to Agonda
One of the most beautiful roads in Goa is the coastal stretch between Assolna, on the south side of the Sal River, and the village of Agonda, some 20km south, and is perfect to explore if you’ve got your own transport. Hilly, winding and highly scenic, the road takes you into tiny villages, past palácios (palaces), through thick patches of coconut grove, and up to some stunning vistas out over the sea. Take a detour out to windswept Cabo da Rama fort along the way, of which little remains but the ghosts of conquerors past.
Twelve kilometres south of the turn-off to Cabo da Rama (and 8km north of Palolem), the coast road passes the small village and spectacular beachfront of Agonda, a gorgeous 2km of white sand and a favourite with visiting olive ridley marine turtles, who are protected courtesy of a forestry department-staffed beach shack, and whose buried eggs are cordoned off for their safety.