Located south of Goa, Agonda Beach is a beautiful three-kilometer stretch of fine golden sand, isolated with palm trees. Often called the ‘Silent Beach’, it is because its location is quite isolated and is often not visited by plenty of tourists, making it ideal for those who want privacy and solitariness. The lovely beach is fringed with thick casuarinas and palms, while being bound by the huge hill to the south.
Perhaps the main attractive characteristic of this beach is its tranquility and calmness, a perfect place for doing yoga and meditation. Overall, the beach is lonely with only a handful of facilities and accommodations available. A few beach resorts operate in front of the long shoreline, plus several open-air eating and drinking spots.
Surrounded by 120 acres of verdant forestland, a day’s visit to Agonda Village lets you experience what a traditional sleepy village life is, a place completely opposite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The villagers normally work in the wide paddy fields while the fishermen can be seen drying their catch. You may also enjoy some drinking sessions with Goan ‘Feni’ to truly experience the simple Agonda life.
Just a small distance from Agonda Beach is the ancient Cabo de Rama, a place for an aged fort that houses the church of San Antonio and provides stunning coastal views. Climbing up the hill is also a rewarding experience for a picturesque view of the sea. The ambiance of the fort is filled with a sense of history and serenity. The fort is named after Rama, the hero of the famous Hindu legend Ramayana. Based on the legend, Rama and his wife Sita stayed here during his 12-year exile period.
In Agonda, it is natural for tourists to choose their own preference in terms of beach huts in which they prefer to stay. You can easily sort the types of beach huts, beach resort or cottages depending on your budget. Agonda Beach huts and cottages vary in types – classy, medium class and low class. For the classy cottages, you can rent the Turtle Lounge, which cost rs4000-5000 per night and comprise beach shacks, rest rooms and a special beach wardrobe. Chattai beach cottages are a little cheaper and cost rs1200-2000 per night depending on the season. Budget tourists may stay in low-to-medium-range huts such as Om Sai Huts and Om Kar Beach Hut, with costs around rs700 and rs300 (during peak season) respectively.
Getting to Agonda Beach is easy, with the various modes of transport available in South Goa. Agonda is an isolated village found 10 kilometers north of Chaudi and 37 kilometers south of Margao. The beach can also be reached on a detour from Palolem. If you want to reach the beach comfortably, you may hire a taxi until Agonda. The fare from Margao Railway Station would range from rs500 to 650 during peak season. A cheaper option is to ride a bus. Outside Margao Station, ride an auto rickshaw until the Kadamba Bus Stand and from there, get into the bus going to Agonda.