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Butterfly Beach, Goa: Not Worth Visiting

“Since beaches in South Goa, including the one you are staying at (Palolem Beach), are getting mainstream now, I suggest you visit Butterfly Beach if you want to experience the peaceful part of Goa,” I remember someone suggesting during my recent 3-day stay in Goa.

I was on a Road Trip from Manali to Bangalore and since the drive and the entire trip so far felt frenzied, I was looking for a peaceful Goa holiday.

From my previous visits, I knew South Goa was still comparatively quieter than North Goa, hence I booked my stay at Palolem beach located in the southern part of Goa. But this time it didn’t feel so. Palolem, just like many other beaches in South Goa is getting mainstream now.

And then, someone suggested Butterfly Beach. According to Google suggestions too, Butterfly is one of the offbeat beaches in Goa. And when someone suggests offbeat, it does give hints of lesser crowd interaction.

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Was It Offbeat?

If the question is objective and I have only a Yes or a No to tell in the answer, my answer will be the obvious No. If the question is subjective, and you are expecting a detailed review, even then I will begin with a No.

No, Butterfly Beach wasn’t offbeat for me.

Of course, there wasn’t a hotel or a shop at the beachfront like 99 percent of beaches in Goa; and it had, during my visit less than 50 tourists around the beach – with everyone soaking in the sun, feeling good sand and enjoying its emerald green water – but given its small size, it did feel crowded.

It felt more secluded in Palolem during my three-day stay there than the 3-minute visit to Butterfly Beach.

But that doesn’t mean I hated Butterfly Beach. For me, the feeling of being surrounded by a crowd because of the beach’s small size, or let’s say it had more tourists than it can handle, made me dislike Butterfly Beach.

And then, there are other reasons…

Bad Tourism Practices At Butterfly Beach

There are some places in the world that happen to attract tourists because of their beauty. And then over-tourism happens. Locals also find it an opportunity to make money rather than finding ways to curb the damage. Dawki River, in Meghalaya, is one such example. Butterfly Beach, in Goa, was no different to me.

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I didn’t find any infrastructure at the beach. Would you believe it if I told you I didn’t find a single dustbin installed on the beach? This was when the beach has a parking space selling 100 Rupees per ticket parking slots, and when it had a fancy Jeep service taking tourists from the parking to the beachfront – ensuring a comfortable transit.

A local vendor was moreover selling drinks in plastic bottles and many of them can be found as leftovers, once emptied.

Of course, those making money from the beach were trying to bring more and more tourism but no steps were taken to bring it in the right way.

My Hate Began Way Before I Got There

I started hating my visit to Butterfly beach before I even got there. The last 1km of the road that took us to the parking was badly in shape. It was dusty, with massive cutouts on the road. My compact SUV Tata Punch had almost given over at times. And then we reached the parking.

For 100 Rupees per vehicle, the parking was intentionally overprized. But that is okay. I understand parking can be expensive. I understand it takes money to build infrastructure. But no infrastructure was found at the Butterfly Beach Parking. Here, it felt as if someone happened to own a big piece of land and since there is no other option for tourists to park their vehicles anywhere else he found a perfect chance to make money as long as he can.

For 100 Rupees a car, it was insanely overpriced. Even Connaught Place in Delhi is priced at 40 Rupees for a car.

Moving forward, the 2km walk from the parking to the beach felt as if we are walking on a dirt road. Since the parking for scooters was located after the trek very close to the beach those who came on scooters were riding on the same track where people were walking.

The government has done a better job in Uttarakhand with installing the water-filling stations at some of the toughest terrains than the local community working around Butterfly Beach did.

Enough Crying. Don’t Hate Me Please!!

Butterfly Beach, Goa – AN OVERVIEW

I loved how Butterfly beach was placed – kind of sandwiched between the bigger Palolem and Agonda Beach. Also, it’s its placement on the map looks like Butterfly that gave the beach its name. Another reason why it’s called Butterfly beach is that it is home to numerous butterflies.

One can also witness crabs and goldfish around here.

The beach was less than 100 feet in length which makes it one of the smallest and cutest beaches in Goa.

I also heard the best way to visit Butterfly beach is a boat ride from Palolem Beach. It’s also possible to spot dolphins if you are lucky. But unfortunately, I didn’t try.

That’s all in this blog. If you have anything to add, or you want to share your experience of Butterfly Beach or some other beach in Goa, please leave a comment below.

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I am Dev, and I've been travelling full-time since 2016. I was a journalism student & started my corporate career as a documentary film-maker in England, before moving to India & becoming a full-time nomad. 25+countries. 50+ Brand Partnerships. And the adventure continues...

  1. Anonymous

    Rightly said!
    My husband and I had the same experience too…We had our own bike as we are Goa residents…the road was too bad and bumpy that our Himalayan bike almost going to slip which never happened before and how can I forget the horrible 2km walk on out way back from butterfly beach…no lights nothing…I would never recommend butterfly beach to anyone and even if you want to visit please please please don’t visit in the evening hours after 6pm..It’s not worth it

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  3. Abhai Raj Gupta

    went to this beach in 2018 on motorcycle, it was secluded at that time, no such commercial activities of parking and drinks there. but from 2018 onwards most places of goa has been crowded now.
    say it is unemployment or intrusion from nearby states.

    thanks

  4. Are you serious.. you have visited goa just for 3 nights.. I have been visiting this same place every year atleast for 15 to 20 days and last year I wfh in palolem Beach for 3 months. I am crazy, eat me alive.

  5. Anonymous

    I loved Butterfly beach a lot when I made a visit there. I respect your words and yes the beach was a little dirty which was done by the travellers only but it is our responsibility as well if we do not find a dustbin out there on the beach we should not throw anything on the beach. We should rather keep it in our bag and wherever we find a dustbin we should throw them there. We cannot always say that it is there responsibility to keep the beach clean. I would never spoil such a beautiful beach or any place. And also to go to the beach you have to go through the jungle and the mountain and it is expected that the road should be dusty, and that’s the only thrill and the best feeling of doing a trekking. I would really recommend everyone to visit Butterfly beach once in their lifetime as it is a beautiful beach and the water is so clean that you will feel like to jump in it as soon as you reach there. The waves are beautiful and awesome beach.

  6. Sourav Oal

    I completely agree with you, its no more a secluded beach, in the past it used to be. this time when I visited there in a Feb afternoon by the boat service from Palolem, I found more than 50 people out there and because of it’s size it feels over crowded.

  7. Anonymous

    I totally agree.
    We are staying at Agonda Beach for more than 2 months and visited all beaches around. And from all of those (couple km in length

  8. Might I suggest Querim beach and a ferry ride to Redi fort and lagoon (technically Maharashtra) from there if you are looking for real offbeat.

  9. Jyoti Priya

    Hey dev, before complete reading of your views about this beach, I was already guessed that it would be something like this, especially for not having crowded, I have seen people say that this beach is too beautiful and not crowded but according to size and now it’s getting more crowded,I didn’t even decided also to visit not only beach but even Goa, because of overtourism it’s makes place dirty as people use plastic things on the beach also and overcrowded may ruin someone enjoyment.

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