If the laziest person were to choose one destination in the country, South Goa would be it. With absolutely nothing to do here, you have all of 24 hours to yourself by some of the best golden beaches in the country. With the sun as bright, the sea as clear and the crowd fewer than other Goan beaches, why would anyone go anywhere else?

However, if you did want to do a few things while you’re there, here are some ideas which require minimum effort. Stay relaxed!

Towards the quiet Mallikarjun Temple of Canacona.
Towards the quiet Mallikarjun Temple of Canacona.

For a good night’s sleep

Beach resorts are a much sought-after choice of accommodation in the vicinity of South Goa. Choose from Art Resort in Palolem, or Agonda Beach Huts or Dunhill Resorts in Agonda. These resorts offer basic rooms on the beach while being just a few steps away from the sea. As the sun sets, enjoy your beer while lazing in the porch of your resort.

Alternatively, if you don’t mind a little walk from the beach, pick a bungalow or a hotel on the main roads to the beach for your stay. Village Guesthouse near Palolem, Fern Gardenia in Canacona, Skylark in Colva and Hotel Oceanic in Patnem are prevalent choices. With comfortable sleep in either of these places, you can spend your days rejuvenating by the ocean and comeback to the silence of the trees.

Read: Top 6 Places to Stay in Hinterland Goa

For your taste buds

The scrumptious food of Goa has seldom escaped anyone’s interest. Starting from the very South corner of Palolem, Dropadi Inn serves delicious Italian, Goan, continental and everything else. If you’d like to try some vegetarian or vegan diet, head straight to Blue Planet towards Agonda. Benaulim’s Blue Lagoon is known for the choicest continental breakfasts. Moving upwards, Kentucky probably serves the best food in Colva, though the service is slower than most other places in Goa.

Chai at Patnem Chai Shop.
Don’t miss chai at Patnem Chai Shop.

For your shopping bags

Goa isn’t every shopper’s favourite destination. Apart from the ritualistic seasonal flea market, other purchased goods from here include cashew nuts and alcohol (in permitted quantities.) While Palolem and Colva are the best beaches to shop from here, have your bargain skills ready. Most of the street stores sell affordable clothes and small souvenirs of Goa. If you’d like something unique yet contemporary, stop by Chim on Palolem beach road and Fat Cat en route to Patnem.

Read: Chasing sunset in South Goa

For your minimum activity levels

From the months of November to March, Goa is brimming with life. However, South Goa has just the right mix of people and activity, keeping chaos to a minimum. The morning dolphin rides in Palolem are recreational and scenic. If you’ve had too much to rest and would like to stretch an arm, rent a kayak and paddle along the backwaters of the ocean at sundown.

Cabo De Rama fort, near Agonda offers some beautiful moments and scenes of the Goan horizon. Even though the fort itself is not conserved sufficiently, the drive to the fort through the forests is breath-taking.

If an hour-long spa session is on your list, try Turiya Villa and Spa for Ayurvedic therapies in Canacona, near Palolem. Soul Spa in Colva is an option towards the northern stretch.

And if you’d rather spend an evening listening to live music, go to Art Escape in Baywatch Resort in Benaulim. With frequent events and performances, there are very few evenings of idleness here.

Cabo de Rama fort on a very hot afternoon.
Cabo De Rama fort on a very hot afternoon.

Best time to visit

Goa is in season from October to March. Monsoons are beautiful though a lot of the activities and places remain shut.

Getting there

Goa is very well connected by bus. Madgaon is perhaps the biggest bus stop of South Goa, which is connected by Kadamba bus service to Canacona (also in South Goa), Panaji and Mapusa. The closest to Madgaon is Colva and then head southwards to Benaulim, Agonda, Palolem and Patnem, respectively. The state-run Kadamba does not frequent these stops as much as the private buses.

If travelling by train, Canacona is the closest railway station. Else Madgaon, which is also one of the main railway stations in Goa.

Read: Exploring Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa

Do you like the beaches of South Goa?

This post was originally written for Travelyaari and you can read it here

See more photos from my travels on my Facebook Page and follow me on Instagram.

Amrita Das

I have been a travel and culture independent journalist. My bylines have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet Magazine India, The Indian Express and World Travel Magazine. A fellow of Media Ambassadors India-Germany 2019 program by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Centre for Media Competence, University of Tübingen. Currently, I am the photo editor for RoundGlass Sustain, a wildlife and conservation e-publication. I live in India.

More Posts - Website


7 thoughts on “Travel Guide: South Goa”

  1. Excellent article. Will be in Southern (and Northern) Goa in about a month and a half. The idea of just taking some time to relax on the beaches of South Goa is a nice one. Of course, I am excited for the adventure and the challenge that the rest of India entails.

    1. Hey Josh, welcome to India! Goa will be kinder and easier than most other parts of the country and South Goa is during Monsoons is gorgeous. My North Goa guide is coming up soon. Safe travels!

  2. I have a pleasant journey to South Goa for a couple of days with my family and I discover that the Colva beach is among one of the best beach in the World where I found peace and love

    1. Next time try Cola/Khola beach. It is absolutely hidden and even more scenic. :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *