Everyone, from long term travelers to package tourists, seems to have found an appropriate place for themselves on Palolem beach. As a result, there are completely different atmospheres from one end of the beach to the other. The quieter and laid back north tends to attract families, while backpackers congregate in the center and south where the party scene is. The ocean is also gentler in the north and doesn't get deep as quick as in the south, which is safer for small children.
Palolem is one of the beautiful beaches in all of Goa. A natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either side. This results in a calm, idyllic sea with a gently sloping bed that allows you to walk up to 100 m out from the beach.
Unfortunately, Palolem has been saturated by travellers, hawkers and over priced sellers. It is sometimes difficult to walk up the beach at high tide due to the restaurants jutting into the cresting waves and you will certainly be pestered by restaurant owners about your plans for dinner, at least a few times.Palolem Beach - is also known as "Paradise Beach" located in South Goa. This beach is about a mile long and it provides seclusion and idyllic scenery. This beach in Goa is not very developed in terms of tourism. So if you are planning to stay over at Palolem Goa, then you may find yourself residing in some huts, enjoying a simple way of living. The best time to visit Palolem Beach is November to March.
What to Do
Palolem offers both relaxation and adventure. Those who've had enough of lounging on the beach can go dolphin spotting or fishing in a boat, or take an inexpensive boat trip along the backwater canals during high tide. Hiring a kayak is also a good way to explore the surroundings. During low tide, it's possible to walk to Butterfly beach (which becomes an island when the tide is in) where there are hiking trails and striking sunsets to be enjoyed. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary makes a pleasant day trip from Palolem.Palolem has a strip of shops just behind the beach that sells the usual jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs. If you're looking to buy something more upmarket and unique, La Mangrove boutique stands out. It stocks a range of funky bohemian beach fashion and accessories.
Where to Stay
The feature at Palolem is the temporary coco huts, which line the beach from October until May. Some are more basic than others, and can come with or without a bathroom.
Where to Party
Although Palolem is the most happening beach in South Goa, don't expect much nightlife. South Goa is known for peace rather than parties. One exception is the Silent Noise Parties that are held every Saturday night at Neptune Point, the rocky peninsula at the southern end of the beach. You may also find some action at Cafe Del Mar and Silver Star - Cocktails & Dreams (yes, it is based on the movie starring Tom Cruise), as both places have 24-hour licenses.
Cotigao wildlife sanctuary is a good day trip from palolem. you can also ride along the narrow but beautiful coastal road northwards to visit agonda beach and still further north cabo da rama(a ruined fort on a cliff)
alolem is a small beach town but do take long walks (carry a torch/flashlight if walking along the beach at night!). If you happen to be there on a full moon night , its quite an experience stolling on the beach on a full moon night with the islands clearly visible in the moon light,you will find people partying late into the night upto 2 - 03:00 in the morning. Immediately to the south of Palolem, which gets busier every season, is the beautiful Columb Bay where you can stay in a comfortable yet eco friendly complex. Just beyond is Patnem beach which used to be much quieter than Palolem but has a few guest houses and beach shacks.