Lying at the South end of the Goan coastline, Patnem is a medium sized, quiet beach; here you will not be hassled by walking salesmen/women, not urged to pose for pictures by locals, the beach shack owners make sure of this.
This is where time hangs in the folds of a hammock. Days feel longer, and there's the endless sand, sun and beach to relax or swim as your heart pleases.
Many regulars (people who have been visiting for years/decades) frequent Patnem.
Accommodation & Food: Many 'beach huts' available on the beach to stay, and various restaurants are located along the beach, and on the path leading to the main road.
Best time to visit: October to March
IN & AROUND PATNEM
Palolem Beach: Palolem is busier than Agona, and the beach is lined with cafes and beach shacks. There is always something happening at Palolem.
Agonda Beach: Agonda is an untouched beach (10 km from the slightly busier Palolem) with turquoise water and white sand. It has a very secluded feel to it.
Colva: Closer to the big city of South Goa, Madgaon, Colva is quiet, posh and beautiful.
A carnival celebrating life.
Lesson 1: Let go into the song called Mumbai instead of resisting.
Cut rock temples here are a treat for history lovers.
Chances are you have probably met a Gujarati Patel somewhere. Well, this is their land. If you are willing to go beyond the obvious much trodden tourist trail, Gujarat can be a sparkly clean and candid experience of India for you.