Somewhere quiet in Goa

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We will be in Hampi towards the end of our 7 week India trip and were looking for a quiet beach in either Northern Kerala or Goa. We have looked at Gokarna, but the accommodation is either basic on the beach or in the town and the sea does not look to be swimmable in.
Are there any beaches in Goa that are quiet, or are they all full of tourists wanting nightlife?
We will be there early March.
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The south Goa beaches like Agonda, benaulim and Palolem-Patnem fit the bill.
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The most quiet place in Goa is Cochin.
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If you wanted to venture further north I stayed in Candolim recently. It's at the southern end of North Goa. It traditionally attracts package tourists but I was travelling independently and still found it very relaxing but with plenty of facilities. It was also a good base for exploring the surrounding resorts and beaches. That's my 2 rupees worth anyway
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Go to Agonda for the relaxing friendly atmosphere and deserted beach, also cheap local food I miss this beach a lot.

Mandrem is another very quiet, free sun loungers.
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i have to agree with Alice, Agonda is beautiful and the food at Madhu's shack is great!(i am missing it too! )also you can think of Patnem!
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Originally Posted by indiaprof View Post The most quiet place in Goa is Cochin.
except cochin is in kerala and not quiet at all
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Originally Posted by My friend Goo View Post except cochin is in kerala and not quiet at all
I think this American gentleman was trying to be funny.

Maybe also forgetting that people come here for answers as they do not know, and may take this literally?
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I was rather confused by this suggestion and decided that My Friend Goo was also confused

Thanks for all the useful info. I rather fancy Mandrem beach. Does anyone know of good places to stay to end our holiday,but not toooooooooooo pricey?
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Originally Posted by jackie66 View Post I was rather confused by this suggestion and decided that My Friend Goo was also confused

Thanks for all the useful info. I rather fancy Mandrem beach. Does anyone know of good places to stay to end our holiday,but not toooooooooooo pricey?
Dunes is a set of beach huts on Mandrem beach.
http://www.dunesgoa.com
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If you want a hotel then try Mandrem beach resort, we stayed there last october and found it quite good.
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post I think this American gentleman was trying to be funny.

Maybe also forgetting that people come here for answers as they do not know, and may take this literally?
Ah, yes. I realize that. Sorry.

However, Cochin can be quiet if you're not in Ernakulam, or certain traffic-intense parts of town.

If you're going to Goa for the "old world" atmosphere of the place, and not for the rave scene, I'm sure you can find it. Having never been to Goa, though, I can't say where. There are quiet places all over India, but not, of course, in tourist centers. The rule is: move away from the crowd. Luckily, Goa is a fairly big place, in terms of area if not in terms of population as such.

However, Cochin (although rapidly changing) has much of what Goa is (or rather, was) famous for, albeit geared toward a more sedate species of traveler. That was the point I was trying to make. I go to Cochin to have a sort of Goa experience without having to deal with the Goan tourist crowd. It's also an old Portuguese, sea-side place. What you won't find, however, are hills. At least not right around Cochin. Flat as a pancake. May be flatter.

There's also a beautiful beach near Cochin, but alas undeveloped and little-known. Most of the facilities that were being put together were destroyed by the tidal wave in 2004, and I don't know if they've recovered or not.
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Originally Posted by jackie66 View Post We will be in Hampi towards the end of our 7 week India trip and were looking for a quiet beach in either Northern Kerala or Goa. We have looked at Gokarna, but the accommodation is either basic on the beach or in the town and the sea does not look to be swimmable in.
Are there any beaches in Goa that are quiet, or are they all full of tourists wanting nightlife?
We will be there early March.
Thanks

Try the karwar beaches
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Originally Posted by indiaprof View Post Ah, yes. I realize that. Sorry.

However, Cochin can be quiet if you're not in Ernakulam, or certain traffic-intense parts of town.

If you're going to Goa for the "old world" atmosphere of the place, and not for the rave scene, I'm sure you can find it. Having never been to Goa, though, I can't say where. There are quiet places all over India, but not, of course, in tourist centers. The rule is: move away from the crowd. Luckily, Goa is a fairly big place, in terms of area if not in terms of population as such.

However, Cochin (although rapidly changing) has much of what Goa is (or rather, was) famous for, albeit geared toward a more sedate species of traveler. That was the point I was trying to make. I go to Cochin to have a sort of Goa experience without having to deal with the Goan tourist crowd. It's also an old Portuguese, sea-side place. What you won't find, however, are hills. At least not right around Cochin. Flat as a pancake. May be flatter.

There's also a beautiful beach near Cochin, but alas undeveloped and little-known. Most of the facilities that were being put together were destroyed by the tidal wave in 2004, and I don't know if they've recovered or not.
There is not even a decent beach in Kochi. Cherai is too obscure. Most people headed for Goa look forward to a beach holiday.
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Angry Madhu in Agonda

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I am surprised as we had an awful time at Madhu the owner Shekar was awful man! We booked our huts 1 month in advance and confirmed by phone 1 week before we arrived and when we arrived at 8.30 pm after nearly 30 hours of traveling he had given them to someone else leaving our family with children without a place to stay. We were greeted with hostility and denial by Shekar who basically told us first timers in Goa to try up the beach. We refused out of principle and avoided Madhu from then on. We heard several other groups of tourists complaining how their hut price at Madhu had been increased over Christmas with out them being told and how they were presented with a huge bill they did not expect. Also stories of food poisoning and noise from the kitchen that kept them awake every night until the early hours! I and my wife cannot recommend Madhu!

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