Palolem has a beautiful, photogenic, crescent-shaped bay lined with palm trees. Over the last three years more and more budget travelers have been coming here. It is relatively undeveloped, but pleasant, and has received good ratings from people who have visited. Palolem is 40km south of Margao.
My friend gave it a really high rating (described it like heaven). The beach is about 2km long but is close to the water. If you go right from the downtown you eventually reach a river, which can be crossed during the low tide. If you keep walking you then come to an island that can be reached during low tide. It is a mountain jungle island with monkeys and thick jungle.
Nearby is Patnem Beach, about 15 minutes south, to the left. The beach here is wider than the beach at Palolem. It is really secluded and not many people come here, so it is good for seclusion. It is a very beautiful beach.
Bikes can be rented at a shop halfway along the main road for Rs 2 an hour. There is a discount for longer rentals. The phone in the Beach Resort charges more than usual for international calls. The STD/ISD booth near the bus stop has a better rate.
Boat trips can be arranged to spot dolphins. It is best to go in the morning between 8 am and noon. You can get a boat to go out and spot dolphins, but you don’t have to pay if you don’t spot any dolphins. The ride is about an hour and a half.
There are facilities to send email and some pool tables in town.
Where to Stay
There is no shortage of rooms available in the local villagers’ houses. Rooms are usually nice, but most places have only outhouse toilets. You can also rent houses here.
There are regular buses between Margao (2 hr, every 30 min) and Karwar (in Karnataka), which stop in Chaudi (2km from Palolem, on the main rxe “Palolem” oad). You can also disembark at the intersection before Chaudi (Palolem junction) and walk the 2km to Palolem. A couple of buses go all the way to Palolem from Margao. The last bus to Margao from Palolem departs around 4:30 pm. Check for the exact time.