Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Train station near Palolem, to south goa beaches. From Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India travel blog

 

So you’re headed to Goa!

And more specifically..

You’re going to Palolem!

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Best beaches in South Goa. Backpacking Goa India

 

So if you’re trying to get to Goa by train…

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Train to South Goa. Backpacking Goa India

 

 

What is the closest train station to Palolem?!

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Train station near Palolem in South Goa. Backpacking Goa India

 

The closest train station to Palolem Beach is Canacona. 

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Train station near Palolem in South Goa. Backpacking Goa India

 

 

And then…

 

How to get from the train station to Palolem?!

If you’re arriving to Canacona by train, I think the easiest way to get there is to just walk. (Yes, really!) 

At least if you’re arriving during daylight hours, not at night. Just a general precaution especially if you’re traveling alone. 

It’s not too long of a walk. 

Okay, maybe it will feel long if you’re just getting off the train after a long train ride. 

 

 

Just how far it is it to Palolem Beach?!

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Distance to walk to Palolem Beach from train station, how far, how much time. Backpacking Goa India

 

It might take about 20-30 minutes to reach your Palolem Beach accommodation by foot.

But also consider that walking can be a good way to get a nice little introduction to the area too!

I was arriving by train to Goa from Gokarna (so not a long train ride – maybe 1.5 hours), and the walk to near Palolem Beach did start to feel a little hot.

Still, a nice intro to the neighborhood! 😉 

 

In case you really don’t want to walk much in the heat, there might be some rickshaws you’ll find along the way. (Although maybe not immediately at the train station.)

 

 

So…

What’s it like to go to Palolem Beach from Canacona railway station?!

 

Arrival to Canacona train station

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Train from Canacona railway station, South Goa. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Canacona railway station near South Goa beaches. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Canacona railway station near South Goa beaches. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Canacona railway station near South Goa beaches. Backpacking Goa India

 

There’s a “tea stall” that you can buy snacks or drinks in case you arrive to Canacona hungry or thirsty!

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Tea stall at Canacona railway station - food, snacks, drinks, water. Backpacking Goa India

 

There’s also a toilet at the train station that might be slightly better than the one on the train. Maybe. It’s best to keep your expectations low. 

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Bathroom - Toilet at Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Bathroom - Toilet at Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Bathroom - Toilet at Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India

 

So once you’re ready to leave the train station…

 

 

Leaving Canacona train station

Head for the exit and go down the stairs.

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Exit Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Exit Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India

 

Be careful on the steps!

When I was here, some of the stairs were uneven and I nearly fell down the stairs! (I actually did slip a little, but I caught myself.)

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Stairs to exit Canacona railway staation. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Stairs to exit Canacona railway staation. Backpacking Goa India

 

Once you reach the bottom of the stairs…

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Outside Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India

 

There will be 2 directions to go.

 

In one direction is a more narrow footpath like street…

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Outside Canacona railway station, how to get to palolem. Backpacking Goa India

 

And then the other direction is a road that will lead to the “main” road.

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Outside Canacona railway station, how to get to palolem. Backpacking Goa India

 

So you’ll want to go in the direction of the main road.

 

And then…

Start walking!

You can basically follow Google Maps once you start walking. 

 

 

The WALK!

aka intro to Palolem neighborhood 😉

 

From the Canacona train station, it’ll be just a few minutes walk until you reach the main road. 

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Road from Canacona railway station to Palolem. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Road from Canacona railway station to Palolem. Backpacking Goa India

 

Then there will be a sign that tells you which way is Palolem Beach.

You’ll then reach another “main” intersection, and then you’ll keep walking straight. 

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Directions from Canacona railway station to Palolem. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Road from Canacona railway station to Palolem. Backpacking Goa India

 

When I arrived here, there was a mini fish market on the corner. (They aren’t always there though.)

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Directions, way to Palolem Beach. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Fish market in Canacona near Palolem Beach. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Fish market in Canacona near Palolem Beach. Backpacking Goa India

 

From here, specifically where you go will depend on where in Palolem you’re staying!

Here are scenes from my walk!

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Directions, way to Palolem Beach. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Distance to walk to Palolem Beach from train station, how far, how much time. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Distance to walk to Palolem Beach from train station, how far, how much time. Backpacking Goa India

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Distance to walk to Palolem Beach from train station, how far, how much time. Backpacking Goa India

 

 

So then…

 

Where to stay in Palolem?!

Palolem is one of the beaches in South Goa that you can find both beach huts and hostels.

I stayed at Rainbow Lining Hostel, which is one of the top-rated hostels in Palolem (and South Goa!).

Otherwise, put in future dates below (partner website) for prices of accommodation right on Palolem Beach, and right nearby!

 



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Rickshaw to Palolem Beach?!

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Rickshaw to Palolem, south goa beaches. Backpacking Goa India

 

When I arrived to the Canacona train station, there were no rickshaws just outside the train station. 

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Walk, auto rickshaw, or taxi from Canacona railway station? Backpacking Goa India

 

But as you keep walking, there’s a good chance you’ll probably find a rickshaw.

It might take you 10 minutes or so. 

 

On Google Maps, there’s a spot that says “Way to Palolem Beach.” (This is also the “main intersection” referred to above.)

And it’s from around here as you keep walking that your chances of getting a rickshaw will increase.

It seems like this corner also does have a spot to rent a scooter too, if you’re looking to rent a bike during your time in Palolem. (It seems like a spot to get a rickshaw, taxi, or scooter.)

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Rickshaw, taxi, scooter bike rental to Palolem, south goa beaches. Backpacking Goa India

 

Canacona train station to Palolem Beach. Train station near Palolem, south goa beaches. Canacona railway station. Backpacking Goa India

 

HAPPY WALKING FROM CANACONA TRAIN STATION TO PALOLEM BEACH!

 

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