Introducing Palolem & South Goa
South Goa, bounded to the north by the wide Zuari River and to the south by the neighbouring state of Karnataka, is the quieter, shyer sister of her older, party-friendly North Goa sibling. Though resorts have made it here too – uncharming Colva and package-holiday-friendly Cavelossim being the two biggest – the pace never reaches the frenetic levels of Calangute or Candolim further north, and resorts still peter out quickly into palm groves and paddy fields.
Along this stretch you’ll still be able to find the beach solitude you’re seeking, along with busy, beloved, crescent-sanded and easy-paced Palolem. The coast is punctuated with top-end five-star resorts which, for all their sins, have managed to keep the shoreline free from midrange concrete-block development. Inland you’ll find some fabulous historic sights, bucolic bliss and Goa’s most easily accessible wildlife reserve, making the south a redolent, rewarding and re-energising place to base yourself.
Well, we suppose we knew it had to happen eventually, and happen it has. We hereby (with a sniffle) officially declare Palolem…100% mainstream. Palolem’s long and stunning crescent beach was, as recently as 15 years ago, another of Goa’s undiscovered, unlittered gems, with few tourists and even fewer facilities to offer them.