Palolem is a beach in South Goa, situated 70 km (44 mi) from the State’s capital Panaji. It is about 1,5 km (1 mi) sandy, crescent-shaped beach with rocks at the end. Palolem is a popular beach destination with beach hut culture and budget accommodation situated right on the beach, facing the sea. The beach huts operate only during the season and many places are not running until November. There are many yoga, belly dance, cooking classes, massages and therapies opportunities in and around Palolem. Palolem is in close proximities to Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Other beaches nearby: Colomb Bay, Patnem Beach, Butterfly Beach, etc.
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When to visit: best time to visit October to March. March to May is hot and humid. June to September is monsoon season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Madgaon Junction railway station in Margao is about 36 km away. Margao station is the terminus station for several Konkan Railway trains and almost all trains passing through Goa stop here. There are direct trains from most parts of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Mangalore, Bangalore, Gujarat, Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Nearest airport: Goa International Airport (Dabolim Airport) is about 61 km away.
Buses: The Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) is the state government’s bus service. Buses go from Margao Bus Stand. For long distances one has to change buses. Biggest bus stations in Goa are – Mapusa, Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Margao and Canacona.
By road: The distance from Goa International Airport (Dabolim Airport) to Palolem is about 61 km via NH 66. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Madgaon Junction railway station in Margao to Palolem is about 36 km via NH 66. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Panaji to Palolem is about 70 km via NH 66. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Old Goa to Palolem is about 68 km via NH 66. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Mumbai to Old Goa is about 633 km via NH48. It takes around 11-12 hours.
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