Published on January 31st, 2013 | by hoteldepot1
Agonda Beach – Arguably the best beach in Goa
Exasperated that most of the beaches in Goa are chock-a-block with tourists and hawkers abound? Feel that you want to travel back to the beaches of Goa as it was in the easy 80s? Well then, head straight to Agonda Beach in South Goa, arguably one of the most pristine and quietest beaches in Goa if not the best beach in Goa.
Agonda Beach is a 3 km long, beautiful stretch of white sand, perfectly juxtaposed with beach shacks and palm trees. Its picture perfect look and serenity would immediately want you to lie down on a shack front beach bed and relax. The soothing sound of the waves hitting the shore relentlessly would surely lull you to sleep and not a single hawker would wake you up selling you beads or offer boat rides – as there are absolutely none!
Agonda beach springs to life from October to March as the shacks and hotels gets their operating licence only for a period of 6 months. All the beach front shacks/huts has to be rebuilt from scratch at the start of each season and carefully dismantled and stored at the end of season. No wonder the buildings looks fresh and tidy every year!
The beach of Agonda is also famous as a nesting site of Olive Ridley turtles, which is also one of the main reason why the beach is quiet. The administration doesn’t allow loud music or any activity in the beaches in the night to allow these endangered turtles a chance to nest.
To really enjoy Agonda, stay in one of its many beach front huts/hotels and get a sea facing room like the below at all cost and each morning you will be greeted with the roaring sea right in front of your bed.
- Reaching There: Located at around 65 ks south of Goa’s Dabolim airport, a prepaid taxi ride from Dabolim airport to Agonda Beach will cost Rs 1500 in a non AC taxi whereas an AC taxi will cost Rs 200 more. The Margao railway station is around 43 kms from Agonda.
- Accommodation: Accommodation is varied and easily available. From Rs 500 for minimalistic beach huts to Rs 10,000 for the Grand Agonda Villas. Our pick would be the modestly priced H2o Agonda with its sea facing rooms at Rs 6,000. If you are not travelling in the pick season (Dec-Jan), you can peek at these places yourself and check in. Otherwise, it is advisable to book them over emails. Do note that, almost none of them accept credit cards, so ensure you got cash in your bank. And most of the accommodation doesnt have an AC, but you sure wont miss it.
- What To Do: Laze around the beach all day, sip cocktails and read the book you always wanted to read. Or just do nothing. In the evening, watch the sunset from the numerous shacks sipping yet another cocktail.
- Nearby Attractions: If you are in mood to get some more action, head to Palolem beach, its much fancier and popular cousin, which is about 10 kms from Agonda Beach. And if you still feel Agonda is crowded, rent a bike and ride up to Goa’s secret beach, Cola or Khola beach which is around 15 kms to the north of Agonda. Further up, one can relive a bit of history by visiting the Cabo de Rama fort, one of the oldest forts in India, built much before the Portuguese came.
So dont wait, the hotels in Agonda will close shop by March-April. Pack your bags and head straight to Agonda.
Still not convinced, look at the below photo gallery of Agonda Beach to help you decide!