Agonda beach is the perfect beach for anyone who simply wants to relax away from it all. This seemingly endless pristine beach stretches for around 3 kilometers and it's lined with simple beach shacks. Hawkers aren't allowed on the beach, so you'll be able to remain refreshingly undisturbed.
Patnem is located in south Goa, 43 kilometers (26 miles) from Marago and 76 kilometers (47 miles) from Panaji. It's 10 minutes north of the much busier Palolem beach
, south Goa's most popular beach. So, if the solitude at Agonda gets too much, you won't have far to go for entertainment.
Getting to Agonda:
The closest railway stations to Agonda are Marago on the Konkan Railway, and Canacona (also known as Chaudi). Canacona is a 20 minute drive away from Agonda and the journey costs around 200 rupees ($4) in an auto rickshaw. Marago is 30 minutes away and costs 600-700 rupees in a taxi. Alternatively, Goa's Dabolim airport is around one hour away. A taxi from the airport will cost 1,000-1,500 rupees ($20-30). Head left after you've exited the airport to find the prepaid taxi counter.
The weather in Agonda is warm weather throughout the year. Temperatures rarely reach more than 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day or drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. Some winter nights can get a bit chilly from December to February though. Rain comes from the southwest monsoon during June to August. The beach huts are dismantled during this time and the beach is deserted. The tourist season kicks off in late October and starts winding up late March.
Chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing are the main attractions at Agonda. Boat trips are possible for those who are up for some activity.
Most people choose to stay in a coco hut on Agonda beach. Romance Beach Huts are recommended in this guide to the best Goa beach huts.
Alternatively, Cupid's Heaven
has clean and cheap rooms by the beach. Monsoon
is a lovely little family run guest house at the northern end of Agonda beach, with very reasonably priced huts and room. Hangout
, new and also at the northern end, has impressed its guests. Shanti Agonda
huts are recommended as well. If you're looking for something a bit more upmarket, H2O
has sea view and garden view cottages on the beach. Also check out Agonda White Sands
huts and villas.