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Beach of South Goa

Bogmalo

The village of Bogmalo is 8km from Vasco da Gama. It has a pleasant beach with some nice caf�s. Bogmalo South Goa Beach also has the Park Plaza five-star hotel, which has been built in disregard of the rule that disallows any construction till 500m of the beach.

Majorda, Colva and Benaulim

Not a long time ago, the spectacular beaches of Colva in South Goa and Benaulim were sleepy fishing villages and with practically no tourists, besides a few hippies whose quest for life made them give up the psychedelic pandemonium of Calangute. They erected palm shacks on the beach and slept under the moon, pondering with Janis Joplin, singing �freedom�s just another word for nothing left to lose�.

Vainguinim

The five-star deluxe hotel � Cidade de Goa, stands on the lovely Vainguinim Beach. Their USP is that their hotel is run by Goans, so they give you the complete Goan experience, coupled with all the five star frills.Today, Majorda, and a part of Colva and Benaulim beaches, have been replaced by plush hotels, restaurants, shops and discos. But the beaches are still very beautiful, and once you get out of the main hangout patches, you are without doubt in a tranquill, tropical Xanadu. Seafood in one of the several beach shacks on Benaulim can be a very pleasant experience.

Varca and Cavelossim

5km from Benaulim, lies the up-market Varca, followed by the Cavelossim Beach in South Goa. There are some excellent hotels here, and each resort is at some distance from the other. A few budget hotels can also be found in the villages. The beaches are quite clean, and all in all, a relatively peaceful getaway.

Betul

Situated close to the estuary is the idyllic little fishing village of Betul in South Goa. The village is spread around groves and gardens of coconut, jackfruit and banana. The jetty in Betul is a good place to observe the hustle and bustle of Betul�s everyday life. Colourful boats filled with coir and fishes, and busy fisherfolk turned out in vibrant colours, make this a truly interesting experience. Betul also has the awesome Leela Beach Resort, which has an artificial lagoon.

Agonda

Dominated by cliffs and the Portuguese Cabo de Rama Fort is the little village of Agonda lying on the straches of South Goa costal line. This beach here is simply gorgeous and totally unspoilt, as it is not well connected by the local bus service. If you happen to be mobile, then Agonda is a beach you have to soak in.