05 must visit beaches of South Goa
Join us as we present some of South Goa’s fabulous beaches. Far from the crowds of North Goa, South Goa offers some solitude, especially in the off-season months.
Our first stop is a more familiar beach of South Goa – Colva. Once a sleepy fishing town, Colva has long lost it’s beach paradise vibe. The rather wide beach road towards Colva, suddenly ends at small concrete foot bridge of sorts. The beach is popular among day trippers who come in from North Goa to quickly experience South Goa vibe. But don’t let that dissuade you. Step on to the bridge and get on to the beach which stretches for some 2.4 km and is a lovely white sand beach. To avoid crowds try making the beach a stopover in the early morning on your way back to Vasco or Panjim.
We then move further south towards Betul. Betul is a small coastal village in South Goa, a bit off the mass tourist track. It’s situated at the southern end of the Sal river, where the river meets the sea, leading to rather unique small beach. The beach is well known for it’s fresh seafood, especially freshly caught mussels. Do try “The Fisherman’s Wharf”, a lovely riverside restaurant, while visiting this beach.
Close to Betul, lies the town of Varca. Varca is known for its fabulous beaches. The long and endless strip of white sand, stretches on and on and is quite serene. A number of luxury resorts dot this beach, making it a big destination for luxury tourists. The beach being relatively hawker and people free, is a serene and calm find, one where one could easily relax on a beach chair and get a tan or read.
Moving along the coast we arrive at Cabo De Rama beach. The beach is located at a distance of 28 kms. from Margao. The beach is secluded and owing to the distance from major towns and cities, it is not that frequented by tourists. But if you manage to venture to this beach, you will be treated to a tree lined beach with lovely greenish-blue waters. The Cabo De Rama fort overlooks this beach.
Finally we go far down south to Agonda beach. Agonda is a divine stretch of sand that stretches on and on. While the waters here may not be ideal for swimming, its serenity makes it the ideal spot for relaxing on the beach. Add an Olive Ridley hatchery and turtle conservation center on the beach and Agonda becomes decidedly exotic – something a lot less “touristic”. Definitely worth a visit.