Palolem beach in Goa - travel guide

Palolem Beach in Goa is a stunning destination known its white sands, and lush greenery. Palolem beach offers activities like swimming, yoga, and kayaking and vibrant nightlife with beach shacks, bars, and restaurants. It’s perfect for a relaxing or adventurous holiday.

How to get to Palolem beach

Palolem (map), Palolem center (map

Nearest airport: Goa (map)

Nearest train station Canacona (map)

Train station – Margao (map

By bus

There are several state and private buses that run between major cities in Goa and Palolem Beach. There is a direct bus only from Margao. That means you have to get there at first from your location. Bus from Margao stops at the main road  here and it doesn’t go directly to Palolem. From there you have to walk around 10-20 minutes to get to Palolem beach. You can also catch a local bus at the main road but there isn’t any time schedule. Price is around 1-2€.

By train

The nearest railway station to Palolem Beach is Canacona Railway Station. It is located about 6 km from the beach. Not every train is going to Canacona Railway Station so you might go to Margao. From the railway station you can hire a taxi, rickshaw or take a bus to reach the beach.

By car

You can reach Palolem beach by private transfer. Taxi costs around 20-40€, depending on where you start your journey. 


Where to stay

Low budget

Sea Shade Palolem Beach Resort is the perfect budget friendly accomodation. It is located at beggining of Palolem beach. It takes just 1 minute by foot to get directly to the beach. It has lovely atmosphere between palm trees. Everything is green and clean! Book your stay HERE.

Middle budget

Hilas Retreat has everything you need to offer. It’s perfect choice for those who want to relax and have comfortable accomodation. If you enjoy hotels with pools this place is made for you! It has amazing reviews and location couldn’t be better. It’s one minute walk from the beach. Book your stay HERE.

Luxury stay

If you are looking for luxurious hotel Sobit Sarovar Portico Goa is the place where you need to go. It has beautiful swimming pool, spacious and clean rooms, spa and much more. You can enjoy your stay to the fullest. It’s only 2 minutes walk from the beach. Book your stay HERE.

Where to eat

Palolem beach is full of very nice restaurants. You can find many of them directly on the beach with a view on the ocean and you can enjoy the best views. Prices are very similar in all restaurants. There is one restaurant which we liked a lot! It’s called Zest. It has very tropical and chill atmosphere. This place looks amazing, cozy and it has very comfortable seating. You can find very delicous food in the internetional menu and they have amazing coffee.

On the main road you can find less restaurants than on the beach. But still it could be hard to choose the right one. All of them are cheaper compared to restaurants at the beach. We really liked The Singh Family restaurant. They have really good prices and sooo many different types of food in the menu. Once you will go there you are gonna love their kitchen. Everything we had was very tasty!

Our Palolem beach review

Palolem beach was our first beach we visited during our stay in Goa. After traveling  and exploring the most famous beaches in Goa we can say that Palolem beach is on the first place. We love it soo much. Palolem beach is surrounded by green hills and palm trees, which give it a tropical paradise feel. It is also known for its golden sands and laid back atmosphere. It is the perfect spot for sunbathing, relaxing and enjoying water activities

Water is not so clear. It is same at all goa beaches. There is many small waves and you can enjoy them. We thought that Palolem beach during Christmas will be crowded but it wasn’t. Therefore we were able to enjoy our stay to the fullest. At the end of Palolem beach there is an incredible sunset point. You can easily get there by foot. Definitely always stay longer until you will see colours like from our image. It is stunning! 

Sunset point

Palolem beach in Goa - sunset point
Sunset point

Right next to the Palolem beach there is Colomb beach. It’s really small but beautiful. There are almost no people and it just looks amazing! You can take a short walk from Palolem beach to get there and you will be amazed.

Palolem beach in Goa - travel guide
Colomb beach at night

Palolem beach for Christmas

Palolem Beach is a popular destination for tourists during the Christmas holiday season. During Christmas and New Year it’s very expensive. You have to count with that. Prices for accomodation are often tripled and even more. Everyone wants to get paid in advance. 

Be very careful while choosing your accomodation. Always choose accomodation with many good reviews. In case you will need to pay in advance always pay only through the or airbnb. Never pay thought the other apps. 

Additionally, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are celebrated with great enthusiasm in Goa with many events and parties held on the beach. It was very magical watching sunset on the beach during Christmas Eve. After that we had romantic dinner with candles right on the beach.