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Colva, Benaulim and Palolem, Colva

India's insider take:

Hard to believe that only about 25 years ago, little existed of what visitors today know as Colva, the main package-holiday resort of south Goa. Benaulim Beach, less than two miles south, is tranquil, but Palolem is probably Goa's most beautiful and idyllic stretch. The sweeping crescent of white sand is fringed by a shady rim of coconut palms, and the whole shore is hemmed in by rocky crags at either end. The development is low-key and mostly consists of simple rickety beach huts and guesthouses.

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