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Introducing Patnem

Much smaller and far less crowded than Palolem to the north, pretty Patnem makes a much quieter and friendly alternative. The surf here is lively, making it great for swimming some days, and impossible on others, when an equally lively undertow is present, though these days there are life guards present in high season and flags posted on the beach for reference. Its main beach road hosts a string of stalls selling the usual variety of clothes, Kashmiri jewellery and trinkets, without the attendant hard-sell of Palolem, while its beach is backed by a line of huts and shacks, offering happy hours, all-day menus and a whole host of hut accommodation.