Goa, without doubt, is the most sought after tourist destination in India. With an exquisite mix of land and water, it gives the best of both the worlds. It is the beaches in Goa where you can laze out on sun kissed sand and be swept away by breath-taking sunsets and spectacular landscapes.
In our attempt to bring forth these beautiful beaches of Goa, here is our list of the best beaches of South Goa — South only ‘coz with the ones in North, there was too much beauty at one go to relish.
1. Colva Beach
Colva beach in South Goa is exclusively for the romantics. Fancy this– a candlelit dinner, a violin being played in the background in sync with the sound of water, followed by a long walk along the coastline. Colva is as mushy as it gets. Besides, this oldest beach of Goa has something for everyone.
Famous for: Adventure sports such as skiing, paragliding and parasailing
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2. Palolem Beach
A serene welcome with natural beauty and rocky outposts, Palolem is one of the most idyllic beaches in South Goa. The crescent shaped beach is perfect for an evening walk around the shallow shores. Also, it is a popular hub to witness the happening nightlife in Goa. Dawn and dusk views are to die for.
Famous for: Silent Noise Party at ‘On the Rocks’, Dolphin spotting trips, scuba diving and photogenic sunsets
3. Agonda Beach
Agonda is less crowded in comparison to other South Goan beaches. With limited network connectivity, this beach is an ideal getaway for solitude and peace seekers. The serenity of this quaint beach in South Goa guarantees a relaxing mood to pen simple thoughts like poetry, while bathing in the sun. With shacks available at almost throw away prices, Agonda beach tops the list of best weekend getaways in Goa.
Famous for: Dolphin rides, hiking and windsurfing
4. Benaulim Beach
Benaulim Beach is an aesthetic collage of greenery with Arabian Sea at border. The myths say that Lord Vishnu’s arrow landed here and so came the name Banavali. The name later transformed to Benaulim during the Portuguese regime. Today this South Goan beach is a sun lover’s spot and attracts adventure junkies in large numbers.
Famous for: Water sports and activities like parasailing, boat riding, jet skiing and bike rides. Spice plantations and St John’s church are added attractions.
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5. Bogmalo Beach
Bogmalo is a small fishing village in South Goa. It boasts of a secluded curvy sand beach, perfect for tranquility seeking wanderers. Bordered by coconut groves, this rather small South Goan beach offers accommodation options for all pocket sizes.
Famous for: Dolphin sighting, diving school, windsurfing, and authentic Goan cuisine available at local eateries
6. Betul Beach
If you are looking for a romantic getaway amidst natural serenity, Betul beach is a must visit. This south Goan beach has some 60 huts available for accommodation at throwaway prices. The main occupation of the villagers here is fishing so a boat ride is not too hard to experience. This beach is an ideal chance to mingle with the locals and experience their lifestyle.
Famous for: The lighthouse, and the authentic sea food at the The Blue Whale restaurant.
7. Majorda Beach
A visit to Majorda beach will overwhelm you with the natural beauty of lush green galleries amidst the white sand. This beach in South Goa is made for everyone’s pocket. Mythologically famed as a place where Lord Rama was kept kidnapped, this beach could be that perfect safe house of your quite self.
Famous for: Toddy tapping, jet skiing, and the fingerlicking seafood served by the beachside stalls
8. Butterfly Beach
Located between two hills, Butterfly beach is heaven. As the name suggests, this beach is home to some of the most exotic species of butterflies. It is accessible only through water – a boat ride from Palolem Beach is the shortest way to get here. With no shacks, no resorts and very few wanderers, Butterfly among the beaches in South Goa is a perfect escape for that quaint weekend getaway.
Famous for: Exotic butterflies, gold fishes, and crabs. Breathtaking sunsets attract a lot of photo enthusiasts.
9. Polem Beach
Polem is the last beach along the South Goan coastline. Its 700 m long coastline is the most perfect end to any South Goan experience. With golden sand challenging the gigantic blue waters and small islands throwing solitary vibes – Polem beach is perfect for a Goan honeymoon. Homestays made of cane and palm leaves are perfect for backpackers and groups.
Famous for: Swimming and sunbathing
10. Patnem Beach
Smaller but a livelier alternative to Palolem beach, Patnem is a nice destination to sit back and chill, leaving behind all the madness of Goan parties. Suitable for lazing, sunbathing, and indulging in rejuvenating Yoga treatments, Patnem offers pure bliss disguised as a vacation.
Famous for: Sunbathing, surfing and wellness treatments
The beaches in South Goa are a complete package of idyllic getaways and happening beach life in India. Do explore them and let us know how quaint, idyllic and beautiful they are.
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