Walk just a few minutes away from the famous Palolem beach to find yourself alone with nature. Patnem, just north of Palolem, looks quite similar to its famous neighbour but is more low-key. South of Patnem stretches pristine Rajbag beach and Goa-s hidden gem: picturesque Talpona River delta.
Beaches south of Palolem
Although pretty, Palolem can get a bit congested. If you want to escape the crowds, all you need to do is to have a pleasant walk along the beach. After half an hour, you won’t believe you’re so close to one of the most popular Goan beaches.
Colomb beach is a tiny rocky beach divided into two small coves, hidden away from Palolem behind a tiny hillock. It’s a great place to enjoy the sunsets. You can find some simple and no doubt cheaper accommodation on that beach.
If you continue past both coves of the Colomb beach and cross a fishing village, you will reach Patnem beach.
Patnem beach is a long stretch of white sand, lined with palm trees. There are shacks all along the beach, though, unlike Palolem, there aren’t many restaurants around. The sea is not as calm as in Palolem, but it is possible to swim in the northern part of Patnem. Patnem is a preferred choice for the elderly Westerners and families with children.
If you carry on along Patnem, past a small stream and a huge rock, you arrive at even longer Rajbag Beach. At the time of our visit, there wasn’t a single soul along the entire stretch of this sandy beach. Casuarina trees offer plenty of natural shade. A luxurious resort with a golf course is hidden away more inland, but you wouldn’t even guess it, walking along the beach. The sea in Rajbag is too rough to enter, so you can only enjoy the views.
The delta of the large Talpona River closes the Rajbag beach. The river is deep and fast-flowing, so the only way to continue to the next, Talpona Beach is via a bridge on the main road.
The delta of Talpona river is one of my favourite places in Goa. The wide river makes a 90 degrees turn, creating a large pool of still, clean water. Far on the other side of the river, you can see mangroves with egrets, while the horizon is closed with a panoramic view of the Western Ghats. The combination of the river, the sea, the never-ending pristine sand beach and the mountain view is unparalleled. Most importantly, it’s Goa’s hidden gem – apart from us, just one lady was having a bath in the river.