Palolem Beach

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Palolem beach.

Palolem beach is one of the most famous beaches of Goa. Actually, we should say Palolem beaches: there’s the main 1.5 km (about a mile) long curved beach, fringed with coconut trees bending on the beach, and two other small cute coves at the south of it. Palolem is located in South Goa, in an area where you have also many other beaches as you can see on the map below.

Palolem is the busiest of them. During the tourist season it is really packed with a lot of hustle and bustle. But just close by, at a walking distance, you have the small beaches of Colomb and the long one of Patnem which are more peaceful.
Let’s go and visit Palolem beach in pictures.

 

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South View over Palolem beach.

 

When the tide is high, the beach becomes narrow. Everybody heard that the level of the sea is rising in the world. I don’t know if it’s true of if it is the beach configuration which is changing, but I have a friend who has been working on the beach for more than a decade, and I asked him if he noticed a difference in the sea level between years back and now, and he confirmed that the tides are higher than before and that the beaches became narrower. 
Also, on the main beach of Palolem, the part of the beach going to the sea tends to be sloping, and it is not a beach I would advise for small children, but hopefully, close by, the two other small beaches of Palolem and also the beaches of Colomb are really safe. 

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North part of Palolem beach.

 

As you can see on the picture above, with all the colourful boats, Palolem is an active fishing village, and most of the fishing boats are on the north side of the beach.

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The north point of Palolem beach.

 

You can go on foot on the island on the left when the tide is low. Lovely, isn’t it?

Now, let’s walk south along this beautiful beach. and let’s take pictures of what we’ll see.

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Beach life, huts, sunbeds and palm parasols.

 

An endless line of all kind of huts, beach shacks with their sunbeds and parasols. Though these pictures were taken in April, towards the end of the tourist season, there were still life on the beach.

A shack on the beach in Palolem, South Goa, India

A beach shack amongst others!

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In the shade of a beach shack.

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One is working, the other one is on holidays!

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Conic or round parasols, red or blue sunbeds, you have the choice here!

 

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And colourful beach huts.

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More colourful huts right on the beach.

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A simple beach shack.

 

goa-beach-palolem-hawker A Lamani walking on the beach.

 High tide in Palolem, South Goa, India

Sunbeds by the sea.

 

goa-beach-palolem-coconut-f The beautiful fringe of coconut trees bending on the beach.

 

 rock in the sea in Palolem beach South Goa, IndiaRock in the sea, in the south of Palolem beach.

goa-beach-palolem-dog It’s hot in April in Goa, and even dogs are looking for some coolness!

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A shack on the rocks at the south of Palolem beach.

 

Rock steps in Palolem, South Goa, India

Rocky steps leading to the next beach.

 

round rock over the top of a big rock in Palolem, South Goa, India There are big rocks between the main Palolem beach and the small next one.

goa-beach-palolem-coconut-t A coconut tree used as a part of the roof structure of a hut!

 

What amazes me about coconut trees is that they can bend themselves so much without being uprooted, as in the picture above.

Now, let’s go and see the two small beaches at the south of the main beach.goa-beach-palolem-creek-sou The first small cove at the south of the main Palolem beach.

 

As I told you earlier we took the pictures in April, and as you can see in the foreground, they are dismantling the wooden huts. Tourist season is almost over, and the sea becomes rough during monsoon, so better pack up everything!.

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 The view over the first cove and the main Palolem beach in the background.

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The second small cove just next to the first one.

goa-beach-palolem-steps Then you go up the rocky steps to the hill between Palolem and Colomb.

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From there, you have a wonderful scenic view over Palolem.

 

From up there, you can enjoy wonderful views and feel the breeze of the ocean.

goa-beach-palolem-yoga Raja, from Kerala, is here each season to teach yoga.

View over the sea, in Palolem, South Goa, India

View over the ocean.

 

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 A view over Colomb.

 

We’ll finish with some pictures showing the way to go to the main beach.

road signs and boards on Palolem road, south Goa, India

  Road sign and boards on the junction Palolem-Agonda.

 

Road junction between Palolem and Patnem, South Goa, India Palolem Patnem junction.

 

If you go straight on the right, you reach the main Palolem beach, but if you turn left, the road leads to the beaches of Colomb and also Patnem.

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 The car parking place in Palolem.

line of shops in Palolem South Goa, India A lot of shops all along the way.

 

And I find the prices really high in Palolem nowdays. Don’t forget to haggle!

Main street in Palolem, South Goa, India

 Palolem main street…

 

main access of Palolem beach in South Goa, India

 …leading to the beach main access, on the north of it.

 

That’s it for Palolem! Hope you enjoyed the tour.