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10 Most Popular Beaches in South Goa

 
  • Goa, without an uncertainty, is the most endeavored after traveler destination in India. With an elegant blend of earth and water, it yields the best of both the realms. It is the beaches in South Goa where you can laze out on the sun-kissed sand and be mopped away by stunning sunsets and panoramic landscapes. In our effort to bring forth these gorgeous beaches of Goa, here is our list of the best beaches of South Goa.

    Within 40 kilometers from Panjim:

    Majorda Beach 21 km
    Benaulim Beach 28 km
    Betalbatim Beach 31 km
    Colva Beach 32 km
    Cavelossim Beach 37 km

    Within 40 to 75 kilometers from Panjim:

    Varca Beach 41 km
    Mobor Beach 50 km
    Agonda Beach 51 km
    Bogmalo Beach 52 km
    Palolem Beach 71 km


    Below are Some of The Most Popular Beaches in South Goa:


  • 01Mobor Beach

    Mobor Beach
    Image Credit : Roving-Aye! - Flickr

    Mobor Beach is a 30-kilometer beach strip situated at the delta of the River Sal, on the Southern Coast of Goa. Mobor is a picturesque and lively beach, filled with tourists and adventurers. When you keenly admire the Mobor Beach, it feels like the River Sal envelopes the beach and then joins the Arabian Sea. The area is also a National Park, protecting the charismatic beauty of nature. 

    Walking on the soft and light sand you will come across ponds with blooming lilies, sand dunes and coconut palms which grow on the beach. Savour the delicacies served at the beach cafes and lose yourself in the alluring vista. Adventures can board the cruise to sight the dolphins and also enjoy activities like underwater fishing and oysters catching.

    Offbeat Activities and Experiences at Mobor Beach:

    1) Kayaking Escapade At Mobor Beach
    2) Banana Boat, Ringo Ride And Jet Skiing In Goa
    3) Winch Boat Parasailing At Mobor Beach, Goa
    4) Swim With The Dolphins At Mobor Beach, Goa
    5) Fishing At Mobor Beach, Goa
    6) Water Skiing At Mobor Beach, Goa

    Winch-boat Parasailing at Mobor Beach in South Goa

    Winch-boat Parasailing at Mobor Beach in South Goa

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  • 02Palolem Beach

    Palolem Beach
    Image Credit : Dan Searle - Flickr

    Located in Canacona and about 40 minutes’ drive from Margao, this beach is one of un-spoilt stretches of sandy shores. It embraces you with natural beauty and rocky outfits covered by trees at one end - a part that is colloquially known as Green Island. The inhabitants here are the local fishermen and visitors who stay in the shacks.

    Of crescent shape, the northern end of the beach is shallow and the depth increases gradually. In the film Bourne Supremacy, the protagonist Matt Damon’s home was here. This has made it one of the most popular beaches in India, and not just South Goa. Titanic Beach Shack is a favoured shack at the Palolem Beach. There are numerous bars here as well.

    Some of them are namely Cocktails & Dreams and Art Resort Bar. One can indulge in fishing and dolphin spotting in this water body. If you plan to venture in the waters, ensure that you stay within the northern section or the shallow part of the beach always. October to February is when you can truly enjoy the seashore.

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    1 Night Stay at Palolem Guest House

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  • 03Majorda Beach

    Majorda Beach
    Image Credit : Potato Potato - Flickr

    When you visit the Majorda Beach, your eyes are inundated by the beauty of this sandy shore. Filled with palm groves, the soft white sands complement the galleries of greenery. As per Hindu mythology Lord Rama was kidnapped when he was a child and brought to this beach. Majorda is also known for its toddy tapping business and is amongst the most popular beaches in south Goa in this aspect.

    The coconut groves are the places where toddy tappers sap this heady potion. Beside this beach, there are numerous restaurants that serve tasty and authentic seafood. This place is also known for its baked products given an impressive history of baking that precedes it.

    When here, try the freshly brewed tappy. There are also plenty of beach front resorts around. Whether you are a budget traveller or an economy traveller, there’s something for everyone. The popular eating and staying options include Sam Goan Beach Shack, Raj’s Pentagon Restaurant and Garden Pub and Majorda Beach Resort. 

    Also when at this beach, enjoy water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing. Best season to visit is during the winter from the month of October to January. Moreover, one can even check out many more best things to do in Goa during there visit with your family and friends.  

    Popular Watersports at Majorda Beach:

    1) Jet Skiing At Majorda Beach In Goa
    2) Banana Ride At Majorda Beach In Goa

    Water Skiing at Majorda Beach

    Water Skiing at Majorda Beach

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  • 04Varca Beach

    Varca Beach
    Image Credit : Andy Mitchell - Flickr

    Varca Beach is located 30 KM away from the Dabolim International airport. Situated in South Goa, the Varca beach holds a very prominent position. It is adjoining to the very popular Benaulim and Cavelossim Beach resorts. The essence of this beach is its serene atmosphere. 

    The calm ambience makes it a perfect place to loosen up and sunbathe. One of the very famous attractions here is the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

    There are boats trips organized that take the visitors to witness and also touch these clever mammals. Enhance the romance in your life, by sailing to admire the sunset at the horizon.  The Varca beach is a hub for all the adventurers, as it proffers innumerable and hardcore water sports.  One can also indulge in several other activities like skiing, windsurfing, sailing, parasailing, jet skiing, normal boating, banana boating, diving, fishing and swimming.

    Best Stays at Varca Beach:

    1) Experience Fun At Ramada, Goa

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    Fun at Beach Zuri, Goa

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  • 05Beach Stay at Rock Water Resort in Goa

    Beach Stay at Rock Water Resort in Goa
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    About the Activity:
    • If you planning to spend some alone time with your loved one, then Rock Water Resort is the perfect option for you.
    • Reach the tour locality and check into the hotel at 12:00 noon..
    • Get amazed by the tranquility of this region and observe the village people doing their daily chores.
    • The natural elements of the surrounding areas and created an eco-friendly resort which would offer travelers the completely mesmerizing seaside experience
    • There are 7 AC cottages featuring air conditioning and LCD TVs and 2 budget or non-AC cottages 
    • The rooms at Rock Water Resort are built as beach cottages in Goa.
    • Relax and make some special moments with your loved ones on this stay.
    • Conclude your tour after checking out at 11:00 AM.
  • 06Cavelossim Beach

    Cavelossim Beach
    Image Credit : Josefina Casals - Flickr

    The Cavelossim Beach is situated in the South Goan sub district of Salcete. The combination of the black rocks and the white sand on the Cavelossim Beach lures every tourist towards it beauty. The pristinely aura of this beach, helps its visitors to form a concord with nature and attain peace. 

    The Leela Kempinski Goa Spa Center is a very popular attraction, where several tourists sabotage their stress. Along with the divinity of the nature, what also engulfs the tourist is that the Cavelossim beach is also an abode to the remains of Goddess Durga. Several visitors visit the Shree Shantadurga Devasthan here to find faith.   

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  • 07Bogmalo Beach

    Bogmalo Beach
    Image Credit : Daniel Wilder - Flickr

    A curving sandy beach and beside a small fishing village, Bogmalo, is located four kilometres from the Dabolim airport. It is ideal for those looking for peace and tranquility. Being broad, open and flat, this entire region is visually appeasing. One part of the beach is fringed by coconut groves and you can also see numerous shipwrecks in the vicinity.

    There is also a dive school here as part of the Bogmalo Beach of House which imparts diving classes for novices and experts. When in this place, do not miss savouring the authentic Goan cuisine. There are numerous beachside shacks for the same. Joel’s is a well-known pub where people flock to. The Bogmallo Beach Resort is considered to be one of the best resorts to check into.

    A popular and pulsating activity at this beach is windsurfing that draws hundreds of visitors every day. High on adrenaline, the sport requires you have to combine open sailing and surfing skills for this activity. The best time to visit here is from November to March. 

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    Snorkelling at Bogmalo beach in Goa

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  • 08Betalbatim Beach

    Betalbatim Beach
    Image Credit : simianwolverine - Flickr

    The Betalbatim Beach is the place to come to enjoy a salubrious holiday in the company of sun and sand. Located just b from Goa, the golden sands blend well with the swaying coconut palms on the fringes. Called the Sunset Beach, the view of the sunset from here is one of the most breathtaking amongst all south Goan beaches. This place is also renowned for church of St Thomas.

    Amongst the beaches in south Goa, it is famous for dolphin spotting. While in this place you can unwind at Fisherman’s Shack, Monsoon Bar at Greenland or Betalbatim A’s Holiday Beach Resort. Delight in a round of Jet Ski when here. July is the best month to visit the Betalbatim Beach.

    Given that it is a small beach and does not face the East side winds, this region remains unaffected by winds. In this part of the world, the sun rises earlier. Even during the summers the average temperature is 33 degrees Celsius which is manageable.

    The beaches of south Goa possess all the characteristics to make your visit a pleasant one. Beautiful and less-crowded, there are enough resorts to check-in and enjoy an impressive nightlife. These beaches are considered picturesque of all in India because of the combination of greenery and sand.

  • 09Agonda Beach

    Agonda Beach
    Image Credit : Aleksandr Zykov - Flickr

    This is a versatile beach where visitors enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. A pristine long stretch of sandy shore, the Agonda Beach is only a 90 minute drive from the Dabolim airport. A remote seashore, this place a boon for people looking for secluded bliss. The highlight here is its simplicity and natural beauty. The beach is also the nesting region of the endangered ridley turtle.

    Image Credits : Aleksandr Zykov - Flickr


    Rama Resort and Madhu Beach Huts are ideal places of stay in this seashore. Plenty of bars are present here and serve liquor at any time of the day. 

    There are enough beach shacks to choose from. Paragliding, swimming, windsurfing are the watersports one can delight in. Any non-monsoon season is ideal to be here.

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  • 10Colva Beach

    Colva Beach
    Image Credit : Eustaquio Santimano - Flickr

    Located 6 kilometres to the west of Margao, this is amongst the oldest and most celebrated south Goan beaches. The coastline runs for about 25 kilometres and is made up of finely grained white sand. On one side coconut groves flank the scenery. 

    The vast expanse of coconut trees stretch into the landscape and cover the region from Bogmalo to Cabo de Rama. Several decades ago, the colonial rulers would visit here given its divine and verdant ecosystem. Today, the rich and famous have built homes and villas beside the beach.

    The Menino Jesus statue is a famous landmark sculpture. A trip to this beach is never complete without a visit to this statue among other places. Sandpat Beach Shack, Colva Beach Resort, Leda Lounge and Restaurant are famous here. Water lovers can engage in paragliding, water skiing and swimming in some parts of the region. It is advisable that inexperienced swimmers do not venture too far. October to March is when you can avail of the best of the sandy shore.

  • 11Benaulim Beach

    Benaulim Beach
    Image Credit : solarisgirl - Flickr

    Benaulim is one of the most enchanting beaches in south Goa. It is an ideal location for sun lovers. Located forty one kilometres from Panaji, this place is laced by greenery as much as it is by the Arabian Sea. As per Hindu mythology, an arrow shot by Lord Vishnu landed here. Hence the original name of this beach was Banavli (arrow). But the Portuguese who settled here changed it to its present name.

    Apart from the beach itself, there are tourist places nearby. Atop a hill close by is St John the Baptist church. The fishermen here are known to be gifted craftsmen as well. The artisans of this beach have carved several masterpieces that adorn churches and nearby homes.

    Image Credits : Jessica Rabbit's Flickr


    Best places to eat, drink or stay in this serene place are Rafaels Beach Shack, Johncy Bar & Restaurant, Royal Goan Beach Club and Lotus Resort Benaulim. Those looking for adventure can opt for parasailing, jet skiing, wind surfing and boat rides. Come here during November to April and witness the magic of the place unfold.