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Choosing A Perfectly Quiet Beach In Goa


Before you read this article, let me tell you that you’re not going to find anything quiet in Goa if you will visit during the peak holiday season of December to February. To have a peaceful holiday in Goa and find a quiet beach, visit during monsoon or during summer (when the weather may just be a little brutal for the masses to flock there). So let’s read ahead…

Goa is big. In fact, massive. And depending on which part of the Goa you decided to stay, you pretty much shape your entire Goan experience. You can perceive it as a chilled out ambient heaven or something completely opposite of it.

If I were to describe my initial few days in Calangute, North Goa, in one sentence, I’d agree with what lonely planet has written in their guidebook’s cover page “Where the beach meets the bazaar”. But that wouldn’t make any sense, if I think of my last few days at Kakolem Beach, in South Goa.

Why not?

Because the entire (Kakolem) beach had only one tourist lodge, one eating-point, and the nearest market was some 5 kilometers away.

The point here is, Goa can be confusing, and can give you a completely different experience, depending on where you stayed there.

So how to choose the ideal beach as per your taste? Well, the best way to do that is by understanding the everlasting conundrum of North Goa vs South Goa. So let’s start with…

North Goa Vs South Goagoa

If generally speaking, South Goa is quieter and newly developed, whereas North Goa is lot densely populated and action-packed. Go to North, if you’re looking for the best nightlife, moon beach raves, hippie-run crazy markets, and a lot of noise. South, on the contrary, is quieter and mainly interests those who want to listen to the waves and experience the luxury of beach-side resorts.

Though you can find some quiet beaches in the north Goa as well – including the most popular Vagator Beach, located in the northern end of Goa, the problem with north Goa is, in north Goa, you don’t find a series of quiet beaches, unlike in the south Goa and this limits your movement. So if the idea is to have a long peaceful holiday experience, and explore the ocean of tranquility, I’d recommend you to head straight to the south.

Other than beaches, visit south to find crumbling old forts, colourful villages, palm-fringed paddy fields, and whitewashed Portuguese churches. In my experience, scooter rides were moreover much fun on the empty, perfectly curved roads of the south Goa, as compared to the bustling and crazy streets the in north Goa.

So Where In South Goa?beaches-of-goa

South Goa is big and houses a number of beaches under its territory (more than 20, I think). Though most of them, including the most frequented Palolem, Agonda, and other such, can give you a perfectly quiet experience, if you’re looking for something romantic and want to stay away from any kind of tourist activity, as much as possible, then look no further than Cola or Kakolem beach.

Out of all the beaches I’ve seen in Goa – particularly in the south Goa – none other seemed as secluded, and tranquil, as Cola beach and Kakolem beach. What’s better is, where at Cola beach you will find only two beach-side resorts, at Kakolem you’ll find just one – giving you an impression that you more or less own the entire beach. Come here to just sit back, enjoy the bonfire and listen to the music of the waves.

But if you’re alone, their seclusion can feel punishing. I remember my stay at Palm Discoveries, the only tourist home at Kakolem beach, and in just two nights I couldn’t wait to leave already. Though it was peaceful, and the beach was amazingly clean, it was just too isolated for me, as a solo traveller. So if you want a little more action, a tiny night market to wander around, and a few restaurants to choose from, head to somewhere else. I can recommend Agonda, for I stayed there for almost a fortnight, and never even once did I find it disappointing in any way.

[You can read more about Agonda Beach and my experience here: Agonda Beach Travel Guide]

Classification By Characteristicsbeach-boat

Let’s understand more about my few recommended quiet beaches in the south. Starting from the southernmost South Goan beach (Patnem) to the northernmost (Varca). This is what to expect:

Patnem Beach: Patnem beach is quite similar to Palolem beach in the north, but also much smaller and with less crowd. I’d say, it is a quiet and friendly alternative to Palolem and is a little cheaper too. Though you can find some people partying (subtly) and playing musical instruments in the night, the main attractions at Patnem are just lazing on the beach and swimming. I’d particularly recommend Patnem if you’re looking for yoga classes in Goa.

Palolem Beach: More suitable for backpackers who are looking for some action, still not so much hippie or party scene as in north Goa beaches like Arambol. Here you will find colorful and affordable beach huts (much affordable than Agonda and Cola) and plenty of shacks to spend your evenings.

Agonda Beach: Recently developed, the beach is long and wide enough (much larger than many beaches in the south) to find good empty spaces. Good choices of budget accommodation, if you don’t mind staying a little off of the beach, as beach huts can be a little expensive here, but a stay in one of them is totally recommended.

Tip: I stayed in a beach-hut called Sonho do Mar, which came with an attached bathroom, a nice and cosy bed and plenty of room to move around. Situated right next to the beach, the ocean was only 10 steps from my hut. From the balcony, there was a clear view of the Arabian Sea at all times.

Cola Beach: This is exclusively for the romantics. Visit Cola beach for a fancy candlelit dinner, with violin being played in the background, long romantic walks along the coastline, and swimming in fresh water lagoon right after a swim in the sea. The entire beach has two operational resorts, with the third one in the making.

Kakolem Beach: Possibly the most isolated beach I’ve ever seen, with a place to stay. The entire beach has only one tourist home. I’d recommend Kakolem for honeymooners and people who’re looking for an exclusive family stay. But if you’re a solo traveler, just don’t go there.

Varca and Cavellosim Beach: Varca and Cavellosim lie (almost) next to each other, and are very identical. They probably have the best of a scenic stretch of quiet beaches in South Goa that cater to upmarket guests in luxury resorts. Other than pampering yourself in one of the many luxury resorts here, you can visit them to experience some hardcore water sports — including windsurfing, jet skiing, and parasailing.

South Goa is located on a stretch of over 50 kilometers (from south to north), and to best commute from one beach to the other is by renting a scooter, or a bicycle — if you don’t mind pedaling a little uphill. I’d recommend you rent a scooter and bargain it for 250 Rupees a day or even less if you’re renting it for more than 1 week. For fuel, go to the nearest petrol pump, rather than getting the tank filled in the town from local shops — who sell petrol in plastic bottles at an overpriced rate of Rupees 20 extra per liter! And yea, booze in Goa is super cheap, so do not waste your chance by being sober.

Continue planning your trip to Goa with my GOA TRAVEL GUIDE 

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After my couple of years of corporate career, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in a backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to spend your life working at one place, and that's what inspires me to remain footloose and fancy-free for the rest of my life!


  1. Rachel owens says

    Hi Dev, I enjoyed your reading your article, it is well written.

    Warm Regards

  2. Manish says

    Goa is always a one of the best destination to explore beaches, cultural heritage, Dutch & Portugal architecture.

  3. Anjali says

    Nice blog!! Best tourist places to visit in India offer the splendid beauty of beaches, waterfalls, gardens, and wildlife, with fine food and a peaceful stay. This is the beautiful place bundled with sightseeing options like beaches, monuments, ancient temples and mesmerising picnic spots.

  4. Vandy says

    A very well written piece. Crisp and to the point. One can feel its written by some one who is really fond of travelling and is good with his pen too. Thanks for the information.

  5. vyshnavi says

    wonderful explanation about north and south goa . to know similar kind of information please visit our website

  6. I have been following your blog for some time now Dev. The blogs you write are always up to the point. Love reading them 🙂

  7. sureshjeoseph says

    It’s nice to blog about best beaches in Goa last year for school holiday of children we had a trip to Goa. we have visited no of hotels, Restaurant, Beaches, and Temples.

  8. Manish says

    People like me, who are not party or drink lovers, always prefer South Goa over North Goa because it offers quite amazing sightseeing places, like calm beaches that are less crowded.
    When I visit Goa, I never forget to visit old Forts and Churches in Goa because they make me feel really relaxed and separated from the world.
    Dev, I liked this comparison of North vs South Goa, thanks for sharing this post with us.

  9. Sahit says

    Hi Dev,

    Need some suggestions from you.
    I will be in Goa for a week want to spend 3 days down south and 4 days at North. I also want to visit Dudhsagar fall..
    Can you suggest me what wud be the best way to plan an itinerary? Also can u help me with reasonable accommodation in South Goa ?

    • If you can, visit Dudhsagar on the day you’ll be moving from North to South, as Dudhsagar is on the east, right from the central Goa, would save you time.
      In North, you can stay in Camdolim and Arambol (2 days each) and explore nearby beaches/shacks from there. In South, if you want something cheaper, head straight to Patnem and Palolem. Try to find an accommodation a little away from the beach, but given this is highest of the high tourist season, finding something less than 500 Rupees (though I think I’ve already said too low) would be next to impossible. Let me know once you finish your vacation. would love to know how cheap you managed to find an accommodation for, during early January.

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