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My holiday at Patnem beach and Top 5 things to do in South Goa
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

Goa is one of my favorite holiday destinations and I visit least once a year. Strangely, despite all my Goan holidays, I have never done the classic “lounge all day on the beach” holiday. I always have a ton of other things planned like dining at unexplored restaurants, shopping and sightseeing. My husband and I worked out a new formula for our visit this time in February to maximize the few days that we had. Unexplored Beach + Relaxation = Rejuvenation. After a couple days of researching the beaches in South Goa, we finally chose Patnem.

After staying at some of the finest villas and hotels in Goa, I found accommodation to be the hardest part of the holiday as only beach huts are available. Apart from the beach hut, I loved Patnem beach. It is a small, beautiful crescent-shaped beach nestled between two headlands with spotlessly clean sand and a calm sea. We could walk barefoot on the beach without any worries. Unlike Palolem, which is the most popular beach in this part of South Goa, Patnem is less crowded and peaceful with no touts or louts in sight. During low tide, the water level recedes and one can walk across the rocks to Rajbag beach. If you want a quieter beach, I suggest Agonda beach, about 20 minutes away by car.

My days of relaxation usually went like this. Get up at 8 am. Sit on the porch watching the small community come to life slowly with yoga lessons on the beach, sun loungers being arranged by the restaurant folks and so on. Walk to Home, a fantastic vegetarian European restaurant on the beach and eat a hearty breakfast. Poached eggs topped with spinach and hollandaise sauce, scrambled eggs with feta and home made bread, muesli and natural yoghurt mixed with strawberries are some of the items on the menu.

After breakfast, lie on the loungers with our books, catching the sun and then cooling off with dips in the sea. Casa del Solita kept us fortified with liters of their special ginger lemon honey drink.

At around 2.30, get up for a late lunch at Casa. The butter garlic crab and fish were very good. Post lunch, have a siesta on the lounger till it is time for tea and watching a beautiful sunset.

After a shower at our room, walk to Home again for a vegetarian dinner. I love seafood and meat and despite that we ate more than half our meals at Home. Their salads, savoury tarts and desserts paired with a glass of wine are divine.

Walk a while by the water and then go back to our room to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves.

Next morning, repeat the cycle again.

If this sounds idyllic, believe me, it was even better in reality. I am now officially sold on the extremely lazy beach holiday.

If you want to do something more energetic than lounging on the beach, here are my Top 5 things to do in this part of South Goa

 

  • Visit Palacio do Deao, an 18th century Indo-Portuguese heritage house in Quepem. They serve traditional Goan food for lunch and high tea by appointment only.
  • Walk through a spice plantation. Take your pick of Savoi, Sahakari or Tanshikar Spice Farm.
  • Climb Cabo de Rama, an old ruined fort near Agonda for a panoramic sea view.
  • Watch Olive Ridley turtles hatch at Galgibag or Agonda beach if you are there from Dec-Feb.
  • Learn yoga on Patnem beach.
 Cheers,
 Sudha.

 

 

 


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Posted by Sudha at 3:49 pm
6 comments
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  • hemal

    June 3, 2012

    this sounds like what I was looking for! :)

  • sudha

    June 3, 2012

    Thanks for stopping by our blog, Hemal. Glad it helped.

  • GIrdhar Singh Sodha

    December 8, 2012

    I had been to Palolem beach but never heard of this beach.
    It looks quite beautiful, will try to land their in new year.
    Thanks

  • sudha

    December 8, 2012

    Girdhar, you should definitely visit it. And also try Agonda next to it. I haven’t been there but heard its even nicer.

  • Dinesh Jethwa

    January 5, 2013

    Thanks for this post, Sudha!
    Its always wonderful to get info from a blog like this, you get the essence of the places right here and makes you want to go, than hitting head on other info sites like TripAdvisor or wiki.

  • sudha

    January 5, 2013

    Dinesh, thank you for that wonderful comment. You made my day :)

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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