Palolem offers no shortage of yoga, reiki and meditation classes in season. Locations and teachers change seasonally – ask around locally to see whose hands-on healing powers are hot this season.

Palolem’s calm waters are perfect for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Kayaks are available for hire for around ₹200 per hour, paddleboards for ₹500. Mountain bikes (₹150 per day) can be hired from Seema Bike Hire.

Daytripping Down South

Goa's far south is tailor-made for day tripping. Hire a motorbike or charter a taxi and try these road trips from Palolem, Patnem or Agonda.

Tanshikar Spice Farm About 35km inland from Palolem via forest and farms is this excellent spice plantation, along with jungle treks to waterfalls and the enigmatic bubble lake.

Talpona and Galgibag These two near-deserted beach gems are scenically framed (naturally) by the Talpona and Galgibag Rivers. Olive ridley turtles nest on Galgibag and there are a couple of excellent shack restaurants and huts. The winding country drive here is half the fun.

Polem Beach Goa's most southerly beach, 25km south of Palolem, has just one set of beach huts and a real castaway feel. A trip here should be combined with the detour to Talpona and Galgibag.