Beach of the month! Palolem, GOA.
BEACH: Palolem, GOA
WHERE: Canacona, South Goa, India
WHY: Palolem is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Goa. It is a natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides, resulting in a calm, idyllic sea with a gently sloping bed which allows you to walk up to 100 m out from the beach.
Palolem was featured as the Indian residence of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in the film The Bourne Supremacy (2004). The initial footage in the movie gives a good idea of the natural beauty of the beach - the distinctive tree covered rocks at one end (known locally as Monkey Island - to which tours are run) and beach shacks.
And at the top of the island adjoining Palolem beach there is a stone sculpture created by an American Conceptual and Land art artist Jacek Tylicki called "Give if you can - Take if you have to" also called "the Money stone". People can leave or take money at will at the Money stone.
HOW: Closest airport is Dabolim Airport which is about 67 km away. Madgaon railway station is at a distance of 43 km.
SAND TONE: Seashell Beige
STAY: The Fern Gardenia Resort, Palolem-Agonda Road, Devabag (2 km from Palolem Beach), firstname.lastname@example.org - advertising itself as eco-sensitive - Rs. 2,800-10,000.
WHEN: Now is a good time! Get your sarongs from www.TheBeachCompany.in and head out ...