Palolem, pops up more often in glossy holiday brochures than any other beach in Goa; because it's crescent-shaped bay, lined with a swaying curtain of coconut palms, is irresistibly photogenic.
Until recently, Palolem was south Goa's best kept secret. Over the past 3-4 years, however, it's become a popular target for day-trippers from the package resorts further north, who travel down in minibus taxis or pleasure boats, and disappear home around sunset, leaving the village to the increasing number of backpackers who hole up here for the winter. Inevitably, this influx has spawned a rash of beach shacks, cafes, parasols and hawkers, but Palolem has remained an essentially traditional village, with an easy pace of life. Every morning, family groups gather on the beach to haul in hand-nets cast from canoes out in the bay, with the young men tugging on the ropes, and their mothers and sisters piling the catch into palm-leaf baskets.
Agonda, a three km spread of white sand is on of the most tranquil beaches in Goa. Backed by three tree covered hills, the beach ranks among the most spectacular in Canacona taluka, although unusually large waves make it less than ideal for kids and weak swimmers. Finding a patch of shade can be a problem, too, unless you head for the cluster of smooth brown boulders at the bottom end, beyond which the village's fishing fleet shelters in a sandy cove.
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