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South Goa's best beaches & experiences for this winter – Times of India

Shikha Gautam, TRAVEL TRENDS, GOA Updated : Dec 19, 2022, 10:47 IST
A trip to Goa is more like an annual pilgrimage for the Indian travellers, and evenings of partying and exploring the night markets of North Goa an essential part of this pilgrimage. But of course, you can make this winter in Goa an experience that is different from all your past trips to the sunny state. Here, we have curated the best South Goa beaches and the experiences you can indulge in here. Read it all for there are quite some surprises in waiting.

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South Goa’s Galgibaga Beach is a cut above the rest and is as remote as it can get here. A very offbeat choice, it offers more than beautiful scenery and hours of sunbathing in solitude. The beach is also a nesting site for the Olive Ridley turtles, who descend to the shore in October and stay on till April. Since the site is of immense ecological value, you have to be careful to not disturb the nesting areas and not leave your footprints behind.

Watching baby turtles find their way back to the ocean is a fascinating sight and an experience unlike any other.

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Cola is a tiny but immensely beautiful beach in South Goa that offers a lot to those who like being outdoors. With a river lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other, you have a lot to do here; choose from kayaking to swimming to hiking and more. Cola is love and you would know why once you are here.
Agonda, a fishing village, is also home to one of the most loved beaches in South Goa. In spite of its growing popularity, the solitary charm of Agonda has stayed intact and we are thankful for that. A lot awaits you here, from watching the wonderful Olive Ridley nesting sites to early morning ferry rides to watch dolphins to cafe hopping in its little but rich street, this is as uber as South Goa can get.

The beach is also home to a number of boutique clothing brands and souvenir stores if earthy, sustainable fashion is on your mind. Also, one of the best vegan restaurants of Goa, Zest, is here.
Butterfly Beach is more of a dream than reality and can be visited only during low tides. It’s a very tiny patch of white sand that is safe to visit when the water level is low but definitely worth it. While there are no places to stay overnight here, this is your place for a solitary day of picnicking in Goa. You can take a short, easy trail via the nearby jungle to it or take a ferry from Agonda to reach here.
Mobor Beach is surprisingly known for being a party-lover’s paradise in South Goa but is still a very offbeat choice for travellers to Goa. A number of luxury hotels and stays line up the beach here so one can easily have a luxury beach vacation here. It is also where you can enjoy a number of watersports if you like an active beach holiday.

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Beautiful white sand and calm waters will lure to Palolem Beach, and you would find so many reasons to never leave too! This is where Goa’s famous Silent Noise parties happen, where visitors can dance away a night without a pin-drop’s sound for the others, for the music is played via headphones.

You can also live the laidback, hippie, shack-life by the beach here, or wade through the river during low tide to reach Conco Island. If wading through water, which we recommend, is not your thing, you can hop aboard a ferry to reach the lush island and ideal your day away.

Patnem is one of the quietest beaches in South Goa and it has some very diverse experiences to choose from. You can choose from spending some lazy days and signing up for a yoga class to watersports and bingeing on seafood when here. There are a couple of souvenir shops here as well, and a number of eateries and cafes that are perfect for meals as well as leisurely people watching.
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