Palolem in Goa has one of the most romantic beaches in India and it’s easy to see why. While it’s mainly a place to relax, there are plenty of things to do in Palolem. Read on for the perfect Palolem backpackers guide.
Forget your troubles at the disco
One of my favourite things about Palolem is its silent discos. There are three that take place during the week in open air bars, with the biggest on a Saturday night at Neptune’s Point, a cliff top venue overlooking the bay.
These silent discos were devised as a way to get around a post-11pm noise curfew that was imposed on the area – there are DJs and decks but no speakers: everyone wears headphones and selects their choice of music. However in reality they are not always that quiet.
When I arrived, the majority of people on the dance floor were singing their heads off to the Cranberries’ Zombie and then the Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire.
It’s fun to watch people bobbing around with no music playing. Even better, put on your headphones, select your favourite tunes and join in the silent party.
Do something that will make you feel beautiful
There are plenty of places in Palolem where you can treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage or a manicure.
I opted for the latter and also had a beautiful henna tattoo painted onto my hand.
Here is where to find the most peaceful yoga class
Secluded among the trees 200 metres above the south end of the beach is a well-being centre called Bhakti Kutir. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for yoga in Palolem, as a renowned Swami visits every year to teach daily drop-in yoga classes.
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These are the beautiful neighbouring beaches to discover
The surrounding countryside, beaches and villages are fun to explore. On foot, you can reach the neighbouring Patnem beach, which is a bit quiter.
If you take a motorbike or taxi, you can explore further afield, such as the stunning Agonda beach. The adventure is really in the journey.
Here is where you can meet the local wildlife
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is close to Palolem. If you’re lucky, you can spot creatures including vipers, antelope, flying lizards and the slender loris. In our case, we were chased down the road by a bull.
If you prefer sea-life, there are boat operators at the north end of the beach who will take you on dolphin-spotting trips.
Otherwise, if you’re not feeling adventurous, you can sit and watch the cows lazing on Palolem beach.
This is the best Palolem backpackers accommodation
If you are looking for Palolem backpackers hostels, check out the Rainbow Lining Hostels. Guests like its welcoming hosts, delicious vegetarian breakfast and comfortable female-only and mixed dorms.
For a private room, try Palolem’s top-rated Crystal Goa Residence, which has large, air-conditioned apartments with their own private balconies. Alternatively, check out the beautiful boho huts of Palm Forest Palolem. This eco-friendly resort has a garden, a restaurant and yoga shala offering a great roster of yoga and meditation classes.
My friends rave about the friendly and laid-back Dreamcatcher Eco Resort at the end of Palolem beach, which offers yoga classes and also has a spa and wellness centre.
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More perfect things to do in Palolem and beyond
There are plenty more things to do in Palolem, including kayak rental and cooking courses. Palolem is a lovely laid-back place to hang out.
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