One of the prominent beaches in the South Goa beach circuit, the crescent-shaped Palolem beach is well-known for its sweeping expanse of silvery sand and idyllic surroundings. With the majestic Western Ghats hills rising in the backdrop, the palm-fringed Palolem beach presents an enchanting spectacle. The scenic beauty of the beach fetched it an appearance in the film 'The Bourne Supremacy' (2004) where it is shown as the Indian residence of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon).
Compared to some of the prominent beaches of North Goa, the Palolem
beach is relatively secluded in nature and sparsely inhabited. Palolem
is a fishing beach and one can see fishermen venturing into the high
seas in their fishing boats. There is an abundance of Dolphins in this
area and enthusiastic tourists often hop onto fishing boats with a hope
of spotting them.
The Palolem beach has yet to acquire a proper tourism infrastructure
and one can come across a few shacks selling seafood snacks, souvenirs
and beachwear and sarongs. For accommodation, one can scour the beach
huts or the handful of guesthouses scattered around.
How to Reach Palolem Beach
Palolem is located 3 km from Canacona Railway Junction, on the Konkan
Railway. One can also hire taxis and auto-rickshaws to reach Palolem
beach from Margao, 40 km away. Buses ply regularly from Margao to
Palolem and they would drop you at the Canacona village.