Beach Life Continued

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2011

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Palolem Guesthouse

Flag of India  , Goa,
Saturday, February 19, 2011

After spending over a week on the beach in Gokarna, we decided to move slightly further north along the coast into southern Goa to spend a few more days lying horizontally on the sand. Palolem is a laid back place with a beautiful white arc of pale sand backed by tall coconut palms. By Goan standards it is relatively quiet but compared to Gokarna it was positively bustling with bars, restaurants and beach huts jostling for space along the back of the beach. All the development was low-key though with most buildings being simple wood and bamboo structures. The beach itself was large enough that it never felt crowded and the sea had some good rollers that we enjoyed surfing in on.

We stayed at Palolem Guesthouse, located a few minutes short walk back from the beach. It was a bit more expensive than a simple beach hut but was well worth it in terms of quiet and comfort. After travelling for so long we are finding that we are starting to crave a certain level of comfort and cleanliness!

On our second day here we took a rickshaw up the coast to the small village of Agonda. Agonda is probably how Palolem was ten years ago with a long, quiet beach and fewer places to stay. We had thought about staying here but decided against it because it is one of the last places in India where endangered olive ridley turtles lay their eggs. If this beach becomes as busy as Palolem then it seems unlikely that the turtles will continue to come here. Walking along the beach we came across a little hut with a sign that said Turtle Protection Centre. Unfortunately there was no one around to answer any questions. There was however a nest with a protective fence around it and a sign saying that the eggs had been laid about a week ago. At least there are some signs that things are being done but we couldn’t help feeling that the authorities could be doing more, like having posters in the hut explaining about the turtles and the dangers they are facing for both locals and tourists to read.

On our last day we visited Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, located a few kilometres inland. We spent the whole morning here walking along quiet lanes and tracks through the shady forest accompanied by the twitters and cheeps of some of the hundreds of bird species found here. We spotted quite a few langur monkeys, peering down at us from the trees with their wise old man faces. Leopards also make this place their home but we didn’t see any of those!

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