Everything about Goa!Goa Beaches
There was a time when Goa had a number of ‘secret’ beaches. In other words the kind of beaches neither mentioned in the guidebooks nor marked in the maps. The scoop is shared by word of mouth among the seasoned backpackers. Not anymore. Though the intensity varies, all of the Goan beaches are now mobbed by both domestic and foreign tourists. Indians do it during their summer holidays and the western backpackers make a stampede during the winter months sandwiched by the New Year bang.
Nevertheless Goa still retains its old-world charm.
Let us explore the popular beaches of Goa.
From south to north the ‘beach list’ goes something like this.
Dona Paula beach
The 150 kilometer ( 93 miles) coastal belt is lined with two dozen plus beaches. And the discovery of ‘new’ beaches still continues!
By the way when you need to take a break from the hectic beach life at Goa , think of Hampi. There is nothing in common between Goa and Hampi worth a comparison. However backpackers have drawn a parallel between Goa and Hampi. There is even a place called the “Goan Corner” in Hampi . They marched from Goa to Hampi in search of a more laidback place than Goa. And they found it in the Virupapur Gadde of Hampi. Once you reach this area of Hampi, the bamboo hut filled Palolem beach appears as if a buzzing metro.
When you travel from Goa to Hampi , you are practically tracing the trade trail , through which Arabian horses were brought to Hampi from the ports of Goa, some 500 years ago.
Though not seen in a favorable light , there were (and still are ) attempts to replicate the Rave parties of Goa in Hampi. The Goa hangover still hangs in the air , especially the weeks following the new year eve. Though the nearest beach is a few hundred kilometers away , Virupapur Gadde is Hampi’s answer to Goa.
Of course you can catch that night sleeper bus to continue beach life at Goa!
South Goa map in detail with itinerary path to cover the beaches south of Margao. Colva Beach to Polem Beach distance is about 65km, if you follow the NH17 highway. And it would be about a 100km+ distance drive if you include many of the short detours on in this itinerary. Follow this path to plan your day's itinerary, keeping Margao as the start/end point and cover attractions south of Margao, along the coastline.