Palolem Beach

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Palolem Beach
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Palolem Beach Front View From Papilon Resort
Palolem Beach is located in Goa
Palolem Beach
Palolem Beach
Location within Goa
Coordinates 15°00′36″N 74°01′24″E / 15.01000°N 74.02333°E / 15.01000; 74.02333Coordinates: 15°00′36″N 74°01′24″E / 15.01000°N 74.02333°E / 15.01000; 74.02333

Palolem is a beach village situated in Canacona in southern Goa, India.

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

Location[edit]

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 Colva Beach.

The beach[edit]

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.

The island adjacent to main land palolem beach

The beach is featured as the Goan 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 Green 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 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.

Travel[edit]

The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport which is about 67 km away. The nearest railway station is Canacona railway station which can be reached from Madgoan junction railway station in just 30 mins. There are bus services at a regular interval of 30 mins from the beach to the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) Bus Depot in Margao. The nearest KTC depot is at Canacona.

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