Goa, India: Palolem

Palolem is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Goa. It is a natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either side. This results in a calm, idyllic sea with a gently sloping bed that allows you to walk up to 100 m out from the beach. Palolem is situated in South Goa and it stretches 2 km long.

On our last day in Goa, on Monday, April 21, we took a taxi and drove 2 hours and a half to reach what we though was the best place we have ever visited.

The trip was long, yet we got to see a lot of scenery that we didn’t see in North Goa.

When we reach the beach, the driver stopped in the parking, and we went out of the car. All around us were souvenir stores and liquor stores. We saw an nice gate, we knew that it was the entrance, so we entered, and we wished we never left!

Fady and I at the entrance of Palolem Beach

Fady and I at the entrance of Palolem Beach

At the entrance we could see an endless beach from our left and our right, it was hard for us to decide what side to take. The beach was full of beach shacks, restaurants and beach mats, the music was loud and everybody was happy. We decided to go left…

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Fady getting a henna tattoo with "Om" design

Fady getting a henna tattoo with “Om” design

We sat at a cafe that offered free sun-beds and one free drink with the purchase of every two.

Fady and Ronnie got henna tattoos and we drank and drank and drank…

I decided to change my nail polish color and asked the tattoo lady to do so. I visited the store she works in so there is less sun.

She tried to color my nails, yet her nail painting skills were beginners. So I ended up doing her nails and teaching her how to do a perfect French manicure. As I was doing her nails a customer came, so I politely asked him to give us 5 minutes, he gladely accepted, and she laughed at my bravery.

At the end, I left her with a smile on both our faces! She was happy to have a nice french manicure and I was happy to have “tried” to teach someone a new skill.

My new Indian anklets

My new Indian anklets

Here I am wearing my Indian anklets that I bought from the flee market.

Cows under the sun

Cows under the sun

After drinking enough alochol, we decided to go right and explore the beach on the other side.

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Boats along Palolem beach

Boats along Palolem beach

A river at the end of Palolem beach

A river at the end of Palolem beach

It turned out that there was a river at the end of the beach (North of the beach), the river ended with a nice little pond, then opened to the sea.

Boats at the end of the river

Boats at the end of the river

At that moment, I wished that I could live in that house in the middle of the coconut trees…

Fadi walking on water

Fadi walking on water

It turned our that this was a miraculous pond! Fady walked on water!

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Having egg sandwiches for lunch

Having egg sandwiches for lunch

Finally we decided to have lunch, we found a cosy place that sells several things from which we chose to eat egg sandwiches.

Then a cow came to buy a sandwich

Then a cow came to buy a sandwich

As we were waiting for our sandwiches, a cow came to order her lunch. She waited in line, like all of us.

Delicious!

Delicious!

The sandwich was delicious, even Fady who doesn’t normally eat eggs enjoyed eating it!

No that's our sandwich! Go buy your own!

No that’s our sandwich! Go buy your own!

Then when the restaurant owner didn’t answer the cow’s call for a sandwich, she came to eat our sandwich! We weren’t sure of her dietary habits, so we kept our sandwiches for ourselves!

Leaving Palolem beach...what did we forget?!

Leaving Palolem beach…what did we forget?!

Before we left, we checked if we forgot anything, then we drove 2 hours and a half back to our hotel, thinking when we can get back!

Three months have already passed, and we still ask ourselves: “When will we get back to Palolem!?”

As the sun is setting from behind the mountains

As the sun is setting from behind the mountains

 

Wiki Travel advises: Palolem is a very safe place – the main risk you face is not wanting to leave. And this is totally true! We left with a pain in our stomaches!

 

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