Palolem Beach

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Palolem Beach
पाळोळें दर्यावेळ
Palolem Beach Front View From Papilon Resort
Palolem Beach Front View From Papilon Resort
Palolem Beach is located in Goa
Palolem Beach
Palolem Beach
Palolem Beach is located in India
Palolem Beach
Palolem Beach
Coordinates: 15°00′32″N 74°01′16″E / 15.009°N 74.021°E / 15.009; 74.021
ActivitiesSwimming Swimming Fishing Fishing, Parasailing Parasailing, Boat rides
LifeguardsLifeguards On-Duty YES, on duty

Palolem Beach is situated in Canacona in southern Goa, India. The beach attracts many international tourists, mainly during the winter season between November and March. It is considered to be one of the region's most beautiful beaches.

Sunset at Palolem


Palolem 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.[1] It is about one mile (approximately 1.61 km) long and is crescent-shaped; one can view the entire beach from either end. Both ends of the beach consist of rocks jutting out into the sea. The depth of the sea increases gradually, being shallowest at the northern end of the beach, making it safe for average swimmers, and the currents are not fast.

In film, Palolem Beach was featured in The Bourne Supremacy (2004) as the main character's Indian residence.[2]


Palolem Beach is located at 15°00′36″N 74°01′24″E / 15.01000°N 74.02333°E / 15.01000; 74.02333, within 2.5 kilometres of the market town of Chaudi in South Goa, and about 40 minutes from Margao, the district headquarters of South Goa.

Other neighbouring beaches in South Goa include Agonda Beach and Patnem Beach.


The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport, around 67 km away. The nearest railway station is at Canacona, which can be reached from the major Madgoan junction railway station in just 30 mins. There are bus services every half an hour between Palolem beach and the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) Bus Depot in Margao. The nearest KTC depot is at Canacona.

Sunset at Palolem
Stone sculpture on top of the Palolem Island by Jacek Tylicki


  • Palolem beach was ranked the 20th best beach in Asia by TripAdvisor in 2018[3]
  • It was ranked India's fifth best beach by TripAdvisor in 2018[4]


Things to do on Palolem beach include yoga classes, dolphin-spotting trips, Ayurvedic massages and silent discos.[5] Fishing is another activity which is popular with the locals and tourists alike.[6] The area is also known for Vastra shaving – which is an extremely sharp knife.[7]

View of the beach
The island adjacent to main land palolem beach
Extreme end of Palolem beach
View from left edge of the beach

See also[edit]

List of beaches in Goa


  1. ^ "Palolem Beach Travel Guide".
  2. ^ "Activities to be done on Palolem Beach in Canacona district of South Goa, India". Retrieved 2024-02-27.
  3. ^ "Best Beaches in Asia - Travellers' Choice Awards - Tripadvisor".
  4. ^ "Best Beaches in the World - Travellers' Choice Awards - Tripadvisor".
  5. ^ "Things to do in Palolem Beach, South Goa - Backpacking Bella". Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  6. ^ "Palolem Beach, India - Know BEFORE You Go". Retrieved 2024-02-27.
  7. ^ "Activities to be done on Palolem Beach in Canacona district of South Goa, India". Retrieved 2024-02-27.

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