It’s no surprise that Goa (arguably) remains India’s favourite holiday destination. From its fantastic beaches to sizzling nightlife, Goa has more reasons than one to allure travellers and call them to its embrace, and then, like a temptress not let them go. Or on an off chance, tempt them to keep coming back to it, every opportunity they get. But there is one aspect of Goa that is still relatively unexplored but definitely deserves all your attention: South Goa
So the next time you’re on aMumbai to Goa busor cab or flight, visit South Goa and surprise yourself with the calmer side of the state. Read on to know about the 5 must-visit beaches in South Goa.
- Butterfly Beach
Goa’s hidden gem, this beach is in the north of Palolem and is one of the most untouched beaches in Goa. A heavily forested route takes you to the Butterfly Beach as it has no direct access through the road. One can easily spot dolphins and butterflies on this beach. The beach is named after the variety of butterflies that the nearby trees attract. Some also believe the reason for the name of this beach is because of its shape, which looks like a disfigured butterfly.
- Palolem Beach
Probably the most popular of all South Goa beaches, Palolem is known for its silent disco and amazing shacks. Travellers can also enjoy watersports, swimming and yoga on this beach. The shacks offer scrumptious food and seafood is a must-try here. Lined with palm groves, this beach can be spotted from a distance and is also rich in wildlife with Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary to its south and the Canacona Island right opposite, known for its resident monkeys.
- Agonda Beach
Clear blue waters and coconut trees, Agonda Beach will give you the solitude that you’re looking to find while visiting South Goa. This is a popular turtle nesting beach is the ideal place to enjoy the romantic side of Goa. One can spot many couples walking along the shoreline, hand-in-hand, enjoying the beauty of the setting sun. Once the sun’s out, the parties’ begin. The shack lights up in unimaginable colours and grooving to the music, the tourists enjoy a beachside party.
- Benaulim Beach
Travellers can indulge in a variety of activities at the Benaulim Beach in Goa. From parasailing to banana boat rides and Beach Bonanza fairs, the beach is a colourful place where you can spot different activities happening in the same premises- the perfect example of an Ethopian world with peaceful co-existence of elements you may not believe can belong together. Houses in the Benaulim area is also another attraction, which are reminiscent of the Portuguese influence in Goa.
The best way to get to Goa is through a flight to Goa directly. However, if you are a fan of the road, take a flight to Mumbai and then take a road trip to Goa. Mumbai to Goa bus routeis a particularly enjoyable one and is preferred by many tourists.