Smaller and less crowded than Palolem to the north, Patnem makes a quiet and friendly alternative for those who don't want to be right in the middle of the action but still want some entertainment. It's lined with beach shacks and huts, yet there's plenty of space for everyone.
Patnem is located in south Goa, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Marago and 78 kilometers (48 miles) from Panaji, the state's capital. It's only 5 minutes from Palolem beach, with Colomb beach situated in between. 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.
The closest railway stations to Palolem are at Canacona and Margao. Canacona is a 5 minute drive away from Patnem while Marago is 40 minutes away in a taxi. Alternatively, Goa's Dabolim airport is around one and a half hours away.
Patnem has warm weather throughout the year. Temperatures rarely reach more than 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day or drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. Some winter nights can get a bit chilly from December to February though. Patnem gets rain from the southwest monsoon from June to August. The tourist season kicks off in late October and starts winding up late March.
What To Do
There are a couple of popular yoga retreats at Patnem. The nightlife in Patnem is very laid back but sometimes there will be live music in the beach shacks, which encourage tourists to bring their instruments and play. However, the main attractions at Patnem are just lazing on the beach and swimming. There are a few shops lining the road leading up to the beach if you feel like shopping. They sell the usual tourist fare -- silver jewelry, hippie clothes, and bags.