Throughout one in every of our earlier journeys to Goa, a taxi driver we had employed had instructed us a lot of good issues about Agonda. So, over an extended October weekend, we determined to search out out what makes the place so particular. And we found why this little village is likely one of the finest locations to remain in south Goa, and probably the entire of Goa as effectively.
four Causes Why You Ought to Make Agonda Your Base in Goa
1. Agonda seaside is each lovely and fascinating
The seaside at Agonda is what you’d count on from Goa: mild seas, an extended expanse of fresh sand, and cosy little seaside shacks and cottages all sprinkled with palm bushes. However stroll just a little additional south to the tip of the seaside, previous the final cottages and the Agonda tenting floor, and also you get to a magical little nook of seaside. This is the place the native fishermen seaside their boats within the shadow of the hill, subsequent to a jumble of mysterious black granite rocks on the far finish. Throughout low tide within the early afternoons, these rocks are nice enjoyable to clamber over and discover, and you’ll even swim round them should you like.
We spent each one in every of our three evenings on this beautiful seaside, wading via the waves, taking lengthy walks, or simply watching the locals at their night recreation of soccer. The seaside wasn’t crowded in any respect, and we relished the soothing environment created by the waves, sand, sunsets and the odd rock poking out of the water.
2. There’s loads of lodging and consuming choices obtainable
The motion in Agonda, not less than so far as touristy issues go, is centered on the street that runs parallel to the seaside, and most accommodation is on both aspect of this street, with the higher-end choices on the seaside aspect. However there are a lot of funds and mid-range locations as effectively, with costs relying on how far they’re from the seaside. Have in mind, although, that each one these locations are actually short-term camps executed up in several ranges of consolation, as a result of the Goa authorities doesn’t enable everlasting buildings inside a sure distance from the seaside. So be able to examine right into a cottage with collapsible partitions and a makeshift plumbing system, even whether it is tastefully adorned. The one considerably everlasting lodge in Agonda is the upscale The Bay Agonda, on the northern finish of the village, and a bit farther from the seaside. Strolling via the northern a part of the village is kind of good, although, and the tiny little foot bridge over the stream to the principle street could be very fairly.
Much more quite a few than the cottages and inns are the little eating places that line the seaside and the street parallel to it. Whereas the higher-end ‘camps’ have their very own eating places, the extra economical ones serve solely breakfast (if that). Which means that you could eat different meals in one of many many eateries which are by no means various minutes’ stroll out of your cottage. Most of those little locations cater primarily to the worldwide vacationer, with a lot of European and Center-Jap meals and some customary Indian dishes thrown in. For those who’re on the lookout for native delicacies, you’ll have to ask a neighborhood to level you in the proper route. Likelihood is, the place can be just a little out of the way in which.
We had been there for 3 days, and stayed on the fundamental however charming Tutti Garden Bungalows – an assortment of cane-walled cottages in a wild backyard a couple of minutes’ stroll from the seaside, and run by a really good Italian woman. To our delight, it was a pet-friendly place, and regardless that nobody had introduced pets alongside, the 2 stray canines that the proprietor had adopted had the run of the place. We notably loved the little raised sit-out in the course of the property, with its divan seating and assortment of outdated books donated by earlier visitors.
three. A number of different fascinating seashores are inside hanging distance
Geographically, Agonda is close to the southern finish of Goa, which implies that the seashores round it are principally freed from the crowds of vacationers that you just see within the north. For those who rent a scooter or a bike, you possibly can discover these fairly simply. Some may even shock you by being utterly freed from different vacationers.
Cola seaside: Tough to achieve, however sheltered and mysterious
Cola beach is a small seaside to the north of Agonda, with a lagoon separated from the ocean by a strip of seaside – a pure swimming pool, with bushes on one aspect, for guests who don’t really feel like getting pushed about by the waves. Cola seaside additionally has a barely spooky-looking resort constructed onto a hill off the seaside that reminds you a little bit of B-grade motion films set in Thailand.
We took the street from Cola village all the way down to the seaside, and the trip was troublesome, bumpy and really un-road-like. Apparently, there’s a higher street from that different route that one can take instantly from Agonda, and that takes solely 15 minutes. Now we all know.
Palolem seaside: Sunny, with very shallow water, a river mouth, and an island one can wade to
Palolem beach – about 20 minutes’ drive south of Agonda – is one other spectacular south-Goa seaside, with an extended stretch of clean sand and fewer granite rocks than the others. The water can be extremely shallow at low tide, and allows you to wade out 100 meters or extra, even as much as the little island simply off the north finish. There’s additionally just a little river that drains into the ocean on the identical aspect, which you’ll be able to swim throughout should you really feel like attending to the shack on the opposite aspect. Or you might simply take one of many many boats.
Apart: For those who’re the partying sort, Palolem is known for its moonlight ‘headphone’ events, the place everybody will get a headphone for the music so non-partiers aren’t disturbed.
Once we visited, we used our GPS to take the hill street as a substitute of the principle freeway, and had been handled to some good views of the ocean from on prime of the hills. We bought there simply earlier than lunchtime, and found that – although the seaside itself is gorgeous – there was actually no shade as a result of there weren’t any bushes close to the water. Subsequent time, we’ll ensure that we go to within the morning or night.
Talpona seaside: Lengthy empty seaside, with only a few amenities
Talpona beach is about 30 minutes’ drive south of Agonda utilizing the Palolem street (longer should you use the freeway), and is simply north of Galgibaga seaside. This lengthy, pristine seaside has only a few guests and is a good place to take it simple. As a result of there are so few guests, there are solely two or three fundamental shacks on the seaside, however that’s most likely a small value to pay for having the seaside principally to your self.
We stopped right here on the way in which again from Galgibaga, primarily as a result of it was lunchtime and we had been hungry, and the shacks right here appeared like the one choice. It was solely then that we found how good the place was, and although it was too scorching to stroll alongside the seaside, we spent a relaxed couple of hours taking within the view over a leisurely lunch underneath the bushes.
Galgibaga seaside: Turtle nesting web site, with some fascinating rocks and a river confluence
Galgibaga beach, additionally referred to as ‘turtle seaside’, is a protected nesting web site for turtles about 30 minutes’ drive south of Agonda (should you keep on with the roads alongside Palolem and Talpona as a substitute of utilizing the freeway). Due to its protected standing, there are nearly no amenities, and – most likely for that motive – nearly no vacationers. For those who stroll to the southern finish of the seaside, you’ll see two rivers assembly earlier than flowing into the ocean via some fascinating granite rock formations. Due to the rocks, the water spreads out into a big, shallow pool earlier than flowing into the ocean, with the sand beneath exhibiting fascinating patterns due to the swirling water.
Once more, we bought there throughout noon, so it was fairly scorching, and regardless that there have been some bushes for about half the size of the seaside, the southern finish was utterly with out shade. Extremely, the seaside was nearly utterly abandoned, and we solely noticed one group of 4 vacationers within the water.
four. The close by Cabo de Rama fort affords a break from seashores
About 30 minutes’ drive to the north of Agonda is the outdated Portuguese-era fort of Cabo de Rama (pronounced ‘kaap-deyrma’). Although not very large, the ramparts of this deserted outdated fort have an amazing view of the ocean from the highest of the hill, and the outdated church within the central courtyard continues to be utilized by locals. There’s additionally just a little sheltered rocky cove on the backside of the hill on the water that you could attain by following the trail that leads previous the church after which steep down the hillside. And should you nonetheless haven’t had your fill of seashores, the quiet Cabo de Rama seaside is close by (although you’ll should bump over the plateau close to the strategy street to the fort, after which climb down the steep hillside to the seaside).
We had a pleasant time once we had been there, admiring the views from the ramparts and strolling alongside the overgrown paths contained in the fort. We found the trail all the way down to the cove utterly accidentally, however we’re glad we did! Although the climb was scorching and sweaty, the cove itself was good and secluded, and we even noticed a big pod of dolphins off within the distance (not less than, that’s what we assume they had been)! After we left the fort, we tried discovering our method to the seaside, however the trip over the rocky plateau was so bumpy, and the climate so scorching, we contented ourselves with simply it from above.
- Agonda is quiet in comparison with the seashores in north Goa. For those who like a lot of events, that is most likely not the perfect place.
- For those who’re visiting between October and February, it may be a good suggestion to hold a sweater or mild jacket. The night breeze can get surprisingly cool.
- October might be the perfect time to go to, to keep away from many of the crowds that include the height season. Alternatively, some seaside shacks and cottages won’t be open but.
- Low tide is the perfect time to wade via shallows. Sadly, that is usually through the hottest a part of the day. Greatest ask a neighborhood in regards to the timings.
- It’s troublesome to search out native delicacies close to Agonda seaside. For those who do need some native flavours, ask a neighborhood for recommendation. We’ve heard that the perfect native meals is served within the nondescript bars alongside the inside roads.
- Bear in mind your mosquito repellent. In a pinch, you may also purchase some in one of many many little outlets alongside the seaside street. Some eating places can even provide you with some should you ask for it (so long as you give them enterprise, in fact).
- The street all the way down to Cola seaside from the principle freeway is bumpy and lengthy. Attempt utilizing GPS to take the street instantly from Agonda as a substitute.
- Palolem is finest visited within the morning or night, as a result of the one shade throughout noon is inside one of many shacks, and meals isn’t actually something nice.
- Galgibaga will be scorching and uncomfortable throughout noon, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly price a go to for the river confluence and the rocks.
- Ask the locals get to Cabo de Rama seaside from the plateau above, as a result of we couldn’t discover a path down once we had been there.
Goan delicacies isn’t large on vegetarian meals. For those who’re at a neighborhood eatery, see if they will serve you mushroom or vegetable xacuti (pronounced ‘shakooti’) or amado curry. The extra ‘world’ eateries can have extra vegetarian choices.
Journey tip shared by The Good Life With IQ