If you drove in from the southern state of Karnataka and
wanted to discover the nearest, reasonably well-known Goan
beach, the chances are that you’d be directed to Palolem.
Palolem is a beach of white sand facing a blue bay between
two headlands. The little wooded islands on the northern
headland look interesting but as we’ve never ventured onto
any of them we don’t know what landing on them would be
like. If you’re interested, try to persuade one of the
fishermen - this is also a fishing beach in Palolem Goa— to
ferry you across. They do offer to take you out to spot
Tourists have discovered
Palolem and so there are a few shacks selling seafood
snacks, souvenirs and clothes of the shapeless, bright,
informal kind. Panaji, the capital, is more than 70 km away
from Palolem Goa.
Palolem is just 3 km away from Canacona Railway Junction,
now on the Konkan Railway. You can hire taxis and
auto-rickshaws to reach Palolem beach from Margao, 40 km
away. There are regular buses from Margao to Palolem that
would drop you at Canacona village.
There are beautiful beach huts and family room to choose
from in Palolem. Try to avoid the weekends, as there is a
big crowd of picnickers who throng the Palolem beach in Goa