A natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides, Palolem enjoys a tranquil sea with a gently sloping bed that allows you to walk up to 100 m into the sea. The small island in the northern side of Palolem beach is the Monkey Isand and one can walk through the shallow water during low tide from Palolem beach to the Monkey Island.
Palolem beach stretches between two hillocks and the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. The arc shaped beach continues to grow in popularity every year and Palolem has become very lively with the diverse crowd that it attracts. The quieter and laid back north Palolem tends to attract families, while back packers congregate south Palolem where the party scene is. The sea is also gentler in the north.
Galgibaga beach about 15 kms south of Palolem is an important nesting site of Olive Ridley turtles because of which tourism infrastructure is not allowed to develop here.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
About 12 km south of Palolem is this beautiful, remote-feeling Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Don’t expect to bump into its more exotic residents but blazingly plumed birds, frogs, snakes and monkeys are plentiful. There are eight nature trails which traverse the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary which are well marked. Set off early morning for the best sighting prospects from one of the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary’s forest watchtowers
Agondo beach about 10 kms from Palolem is a nesting site of Olive Ridley turtles because of which hawkers and even beach shades are not allowed on the beach making Agonda beach a very peaceful beach ideal for a quiet get away.