South Goa is like north Goa was decades ago, with relatively pristine beaches and minimal development. If you want to escape the ever-growing crowd in north Goa and have a relatively laid back vacation, you'll love it there. The majority of accommodations consist of luxury hotels or simple huts on the beach. Find out information about the best places to go and how to get there in this south Goa travel guide.
Getting to South Goa
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Depending on your budget, there are a number of ways that you can get to south Goa. The most convenient way is to fly. Then, depending on how far south you want to go (Patnem beach is usually the limit for most people), it will be up to a one and a half hour drive. The main railway station is called Madgaon, and it's commonly reached by train from Mumbai.
is another option, albeit a less comfortable one.
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If you're keen on simply relaxing and doing nothing, you'll find Agonda beach to be ideal. It's still fairly quiet and undeveloped. Stretching for around 3 kilometers, there's plenty of space for everyone.
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Around 10 minutes south of Agonda beach, Palolem beach is south Goa's most attractive and happening beach. People flock there to stay in coco huts under the palm trees right on the beach, and enjoy the diverse nightlife. There are a few bars who have 24 hour licenses for those who really don't want to sleep!
Less than five minutes south of Palolem, Patnem offers a good blend of entertainment and relaxation. This small beach, nestled between two cliffs, is a wonderful place to stay if you want to chill out but not be too far away from some decent nightlife in Palolem.
The majority Goa's luxury hotels are located in south Goa, particularly in the vicinity of Varca, Cavelossim and Morbor beaches. These fishing beaches are clean and unspoiled. The most popular luxury hotel is the Taj Exotica. If you really want to get away from it all, there's also a luxury hotel further south near Patnem beach.
Turiya Villa & Spa, near Palolem
Turiya Villa & Spa is a gorgeously renovated 100 year old Goan villa, located in Canacona (Chaudi) just a few minutes from Patnem and Palolem beaches. The villa is excellent place to stay if you're traveling with family or a group of friends, as the whole thing can be booked. There's an Ayurvedic spa on site, and home cooked meals are also served. Alternatively, there's a barbecue area near the patio if you want to cook you own!
Paradise found is the first thing that comes to mind at the exclusive Dwarka Eco Beach Resort. Tranquilly and seclusion abound with 10 stylish cottages, set amidst a sprawling palm grove that borders a lagoon right next to the ocean. Nature is a focus and it's as idyllic as it sounds! To get there, you have to drive through villages and down a dirt road. The location is Cola beach (not to be mistaken with Colva beach) in south Goa, with the closest beaches being Agonda and Benaulim.