The Goan beaches of India have everything you can ask for. During my travels I had planned on spending a couple of weeks in Goa but it was so good I stayed for well over a month. Goa is a very large place so there are literally hundreds of beaches to choose from. The best advice I can give to you is to understand what kind of holiday maker you are and select which part of Goa is best for you. The North and South are very different both with their advantages and drawbacks.
Calangute in the north is a popular spot for Indians on their annual holidays. Many people from Mumbai take their weekends here as it’s so easy to reach with regular flights. The beaches are busy and lined with lively bars and restaurants.
Calangute caters for both Indians and ex-pats with themed bars and more traditional eateries. There is a broad selection of fine hotels and holiday homes with swimming pools. The night life is buzzing. Resident Djs, night clubs with full dance floors, this town allows those who work hard to play hard.
If night life and busy beaches are your thing then head to the towns around North Goa. With great value Mumbai flights and easy transfers to Goa, you’ll find yourself enjoying everything Indian beach life has to offer and never wanting to leave.
If you have a more chilled out beach style, like me, you’ll prefer the slow paced life of South Goa. Palolem is the place for you. With no permanent structures along the beach, this town is for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Tiny bungalows and one or two decadent bungalows line the beach.
Every restaurant celebrates freshly caught seafood and you’ll find everyone enjoying an evening meal by candle light.
The bars are fewer here compared to Calangute. More like lounge bars with sun loungers and funky beats during the day. In the evening, whilst enjoying wonderful seafood curries and barbeques, people pile on to bean bags, play pool and enjoy the music. You can really kick back here.
During the day I went dolphin spotting, kayaking and even visited a local spice farm. We hired a scooter and explored the even more secluded beaches around South Goa. Palolem had such a wonderful energy that I now know where I’ll be going back to every time I visit South India.
All Photos have permission to be used on this site: Copyright © Roscoe Duncan 2012
Author – Kiri Bowers+ travels with her photographer partner Roscoe Duncan