Welcome to Patnem Beach, the best beach in Goa!
Patnem beach is an appealing choice in south Goa. It is ideal for those who don't want to be right in the middle of the action but still want some entertainment and only 5 minutes away from Palolem if you are looking for a later night. It's lined with beach shacks and huts, yet there's plenty of space for everyone to enjoy to enjoy that perfect sunset.
Patnem is located in south Goa, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Margao and 78 kilometers (48 miles) from Panaji, the state's capital. The region's main town, Chaudi (also known as Canacona), is conveniently a couple of minutes away in case you need to go an ATM or buy supplies.
Goa's Dabolim airport is 65 km away, around one and a half hours by taxi. A taxi from the airport will cost 1,000-1,500 rupees ($20-30). After you've walked out of the airport, you'll find a prepaid taxi counter to the left. The closest railway stations to Patnem are Margao and Canacona. Canacona is a 5 minute drive away from Patnem and the journey costs around 50-100 rupees ($1-2) in an auto rickshaw. Margao is 40 minutes away and costs 600-700 rupees in a taxi.
• You can fly to Goa airport directly from all the major cities of the world during winter season.
• Within India, you can also fly from Mumbai, Banglore, Chennai, Kolkata and Kochin.
By train: You can reach Goa by train from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochin, Mysore and Pune.
By road: It’s also possible to reach Goa by Volvo / Deluxe / Semi Deluxe buses from Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
By taxi: Goa airport and train stations have pre-paid taxi counters. Once you have reached the Airport or the railways station, you can take a taxi directly to Patnem Beach. The prices of these taxis are reasonable (Rs 1200/- from airport, Rs 700/- from railway station) and you don’t need to bargain.
By local bus: In case you want to save money or want to experience the local Goan buses, you can catch a bus from KTC bus station in Margao directly to Patnem Beach (Rs25/-).
- Internet: Wifi is widely available in most of the beach bars. There are several internet cafes as well.
- Money Exchange: There are several places in Patnem where you can exchange money.
- Shops: Patnem and Palolem have many small shops, where it’s possible to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, groceries, basic clothing etc.
- Market: The main market, which is located 3 km away in Chaudi, has almost everything which one may need during the stay.
- Hospital & Pharmacy: There is a private hospital nearby and a government hospital 3 km away. There are many pharmacies in Chaudi which is 3 km away from Patnem Beach.
So Old a Place…
Goa has a rich and varied history. It was part of the Mauryan Empire in the 3 rd century BC, followed by the rule of the Satvahanas of Kolhapur and the Bhojas who made Chandor their capital. From 580 - 750 AD the Chalukyas of Badami held sway over Goa until the Silharas took control in 1086 AD.
Gulhalla Deva of the Kadambas, originally from Mysore, consolidated his hold over Chandor in the 11th century AD until the 13th century AD. As their kingdom prospered, the Kadamba rulers built a navy that was unbeatable in its time. Chandor their capital was now too small. They then moved to Goa Velha, where only the massive tank of the temple of Goddess Chamunda remains today. The Fr Agnel monastery on the hill at Pilar houses a museum that has notable collections of this period.
The State Museum at Panaji has an extensive collection of artefacts from different periods of Goa’s history. A smaller museum in Old Goa on Christian Art also displays a distinctive selection. Jayakeshi-I 1052-1080 AD proclaimed himself Lord of the Konkan and Emperor of the Western Seas. On his death Goa fell to the Chalukyas of Kalyani and later to the Yadavas of Devgiri. Muslims held sway from 1312-1370 AD over the Konkan region. However, with the breakup of the Tughlaq Kingdom, it was the Bhamani Sultans who then controlled Goa. Madhav Mantri, who headed the army of Harihara of Vijaynagar, reclaimed and ruled Goa as its Viceroy. In 1469 the Bahamani Vizier Khwaja Mohammed Gawan of Gulbarga laid a two-year siege of Goa's seaside forts and ended Vijayanagar's rule.
Yusuf Adil Shah, the adopted son of Gawan, moved his capital to Ela in Old Goa in 1498. He later built himself a palace in Panaji which until recently housed the State Secretariat. His rule lasted 12 years. On 25 November 1510 he lost Goa for good to Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese who had taken the city earlier in March that year. The Portuguese ruled for 450 years. On 19 December 1961, the Indian Army liberated Goa from Portuguese rule, the culmination of the efforts of scores of freedom fighters, both Hindu and Christian. Thereafter Goa remained a Union Territory administered from New Delhi till it attained Statehood on May 30, 1987. In August 1992, Konkani, the mother tongue of most Goans was granted official language status under the Indian Constitution.
A Secular State
The multi-religious fabric of Goa’s society shines brightly, imbibed with the spirit of “Sarva Dharma, Sarva Bhava” or Equal Respect for all Religions.
Goa abounds with famous churches and temples and a harmonious co-existence prevails between people of various faith. Irrespective of whether they are Catholic, Hindu or Muslim, many Goans prostrate in symbiotic reverence before deities of other faiths than the one they profess. Religion dwells in the hearts of Goans wherever in the world they may be.