5 Quiet Goa Beaches Perfect for Relaxing in Paradise

There are so many Goa Beaches worth visiting and some of the most popular ones like Ashwem and Anjuna have many people, shops, and restaurants – but lots of visitors to Goa want to hop around Goa beaches that are quiet where they can relax in solitude to read, write, and be in nature without the traffic, noise, and crowds. If you want to chill and do yoga, and aren’t bothered with checking out the trance scene or popular restaurants, then these 5 beaches are something to consider!

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5 Quiet Goa Beaches Perfect for Relaxing in Paradise (for the non-partiers)

1 | Keri

Keri is in the far North, before the border of Maharashtra, near Tiracol Fort. It’s really quite beautiful, has just a few shacks, and is a place you can take a day trip to with friends. Be sure to follow the map and not cross the border, as you cannot take scooters and rent cars across the border.

It is also called Querim Beach and is very popular with Russian tourists who stay in Arambol and Morjim, although even so it stays a quiet beach with no development. It’s a real paradise in the North and with the bigger crowds in Morjim and Ashwem now, it’s a nice breakaway.

Check recent this list on TripAdvisor to see guesthouses within a couple kilometers of the beach. It’s quiet secluded so I don’t recommend just showing up without a place to sleep.

2 | Patnem

Patnem, just five minutes North of Palolem is pretty much paradise unspoiled and one of the most picturesque beaches in Goa. You can walk from Palolem to Patnem, it’s just around the curve of the headland. Patnem is in between two cliffs. There are huge stretches of white sand and loads of coconut trees swaying everywhere, with a few coconut huts on the beach.

Take some time to visit Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary in nearby Canacoma. To stay, you can either do Bamboo Yoga Retreat, Patnem (check rates and book here) which do casual yoga vacations and you can go for Kranti Yoga Village Beach Resort (check rates and book here) for some more serious yoga.

3 | Cola

I love Cola Beach. It’s tiny and hidden near Agoda. There is a freshwater lagoon just a couple hundred meters from the sea, scattered with coconut trees. So you have the backwaters coming right up to the beach and palm trees lining the sides of the backwaters where you’ll find the shacks to sleep and eat (there are only 4). The waves are also fun here for body surfing.

There are a couple shack options: Dwarka Resort has beautiful boutique style huts at around 3,000 Rs. per night including set-menu food. You can also look into Blue Lagoon which is cheaper at around 1,500 Rs. per night and has a restaurant.

Also in Cola is a yoga retreat called Little Cove Holiday Retreat– which does Ashtanga yoga. They offer Ayuvedic food and include cooking classes. You can stay for a holiday or do a full retreat. Rates start at around 4,000 Rs. per night.

4 | Betul Beach

This is a great Goa beach to come for the “real” Goa and some for a little peace and quiet. This area is a little more rural and not as popular for tourists. From Colva, if you continue south through Benaulim and Varca, you’ll reach Cavelossim. Further down is Mobor, then Betul. These are all above Agonda. The beaches look the same: long stretches of sand, dotted palms, and just a few shacks along the beach – but not Betual with is totally undeveloped.

While here you can visit nearby Cabo De Rama Fort and take time to see famous old Portuguese mansions like Braganza House in Chandor, Casa Araujo Alvares in Loutolim, and Palacio do Deao in Quepem.

5 | Galjibag / Galgibaga

This is a perfect and fairly empty beach in South Goa just below Patnem. There are some seafood shacks here, with lots of oysters, which are special in this area. Basic huts are around 500 Rs. per night and are located along the beach. Surya Beach shack has some nicer rooms if you want something more cute and comfy. This is a beach that hardly anyone visits due to being so far South.

Since there’s not a lot to do at these beaches, you might be wondering: “why go?” It’s to be in a beautiful empty area and enjoy the nature and Goan vibes without the crowds. It is really beautiful at these Goa beaches, but if you want nightlife, shopping, or even to eat at good restaurants, these aren’t the best place for you. If you want to get away on a romantic retreat and see rural tropical Goa, then you will love this.

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Quiet Goa Beaches Perfect for Relaxing


About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Natalia April 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I went to Patnem years ago and was worried it would now be super developed. It’s great to know it’s still as chill!

  2. Amandeep Singh April 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Wonderful post, Rachel.

    I lived in India for 25+ years before moving to the UK and never could plan to visit Goa…

    The hidden gems in this post make me think I should include Goa on my itinerary for next trip to India…

  3. Anmol Kohli May 7, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Great Article! As an Indian, I do approve of all that stuff!

  4. Lytchee Travel May 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Nice article Rachel. I love India and went to Kerala but never to Goa, maybe next time!

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  6. NANU KHANNA September 19, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am visiting South Goa for the 1st time. Is it too quiet. we like partying but for us nature and peace is what we are looking forward to. have booked Simrose as fits out budget.any suggestions for stay? I am a food lover what are the best food options around south?

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