Palolem Beach-Goa

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(added few years ago!)

Palolem Beach is within 2 kilometres from the market town of Chaudi in the south Goan taluka of Canacona, which is about one hour's drive from the coastal town of Karwar in Karnataka and about 40 minutes from Margao (Main city in South Goa).

Other neighbouring beaches in South Goa include: Agonda beach & Cola beach.

The beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village itself. It is about one mile (approximately 1.61 km) long and is crescent-shaped - one can view the whole beach from either end. Both ends of the beach consist of rocks jutting out into the sea. The depth of the sea increases gradually, it being shallowest at the northern ends of the beach, making it safe for average swimmers, and the currents are not fast.

The beach is featured as the Indian residence of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in the film The Bourne Supremacy (2004). The initial footage in the movie gives a good idea of the natural beauty of the beach - the distinctive tree covered rocks at one end (known locally as Monkey Island - to which tours are run) and beach shacks.

At the top of the island adjoining Palolem beach there is a stone sculpture created by an American Conceptual and Land art artist Jacek Tylicki called "Give if you can - Take if you have to" also called "the Money stone". It became a pilgrimage destination. At the low tide it is a tough jungle walk and a guide is recommended. People can leave or take money at will at the Money stone.

Closest airport is Dabolim Airport which is about 67 km away. Madgaon railway station is at a distance of 43 km. There are regular buses from Madgaon Bus Terminal .

In the early 80s Palolem was not that famous except a few hippies coming on the palolem island and staying there for months.However over the years things changed and nowadays you can see Palolem as one of the most beautiful beach of south Goa.Palolem is flooded with a mix of nationalities with its unique culture of beach cottage accommodation which is gaining more and more popularity.These cottages are right on the beach and sea facing and have gained popularity so much that even people from India and started visiting this place.Besides Palolem beach you will find colomb beach and Patnem which which are hardly at a distance of 1 km from each other.

Reaching Palolem

From Panjim, Goa to Palolem Beach, South Goa, Goa (70.0 Km)

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From Mangalore, Karnataka to Palolem Beach, South Goa, Goa (316 Km)

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From Kolhapur, Maharashtra to Palolem Beach, South Goa, Goa (272 Km)

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Palolem Images

Tags : Palolem Beach, Goa, Chaudi, South, Agonda, Cola, Jason Bourne, Matt Damon, Monkey Island, 2004, Bourne Supremacy, Jacek Tylicki, Dabolim, Madgaon, 1980

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