Agonda is one of Goa's best kept secrets. The remoteness of the Beach from the main cities of Goa ensures its exclusiveness, and for this reason it is called the Silent Beach. Though just 3 kms long, the Beach is striking with white soft sand and swaying palm trees and casuarinas with a large hill framing the southern edge. The Beach is 37 kms from the town of Margao and the second beach if you are driving towards Panaji from Palolem.
Getting There: Agonda is not easily accessible so it is advisable to hire a bike or scooter.
Otherwise, you can book a cab from the airport or Margao railway station or from Chaudi and Canacona railway stations. There are local buses from Chaudi, the nearest town, or Canacona to Agonda.
Accommodation: Though few, the hotels at Agonda provide first-rate service. Most of the rooms provide excellent view of the sea which allows you to relax to the sound of the ocean but be sure to book your accommodation in advance. The guesthouses are another good option. Otherwise, for the adventurous, you can hire a tent and camp at the beach and spend the night under the clear starry skies.
Activities: If you feel thoroughly rejuvenated after unwinding at the beach then head to the Agonda village and watch the villagers working in the green paddy fields or fishermen leaving their big catches to dry. And don’t forget to sip a bit of the Goan "fenny" (local drink) along with the friendly villagers. The natural beauty of the village is intoxicating with a lush green cover running for at least 120 acres.
Another attraction is the citadel of Cabo de Rama named after Lord Rama from the Hindu epic Ramayana. The castle is believed to be the resting place of Lord Rama during his 12-year exile. A visit to the citadel and you will be taken away by a sense of history or the impressive views of the ocean. The historical structure is not far from Agonda Beach but does not get many visitors and lies mainly in ruins.
Some of the resorts in the area offer water sport facilities or you can hire a local fishermen's boat for some dolphin spotting cruise or relax with a traditional ayurvedic massage. After that you can gorge on fresh seafood at the beachside restaurants.