Patnem, located in South of Goa after Palolem is a very calm beach unlike its beach neighbours in the north which is busier and has lots of parties. Depends on how you want to spend your time on a Goan beach, there are places for everyone with different preferences. We thought the serene Patnem was perfect for our in between trip of the ever so noisy Mumbai.
Here in Patnem, all there is to do is to bake yourself brown under the sun with a book and freshly squeezed juice. Watermelon juice was my absolute favourite, and the best thirst quencher. Of course there is more to do than just sun tanning. You can always go for a swim, get a massage, drop-in for yoga or venture into Palolem, the closest beach or other beaches by rickshaw, or rent a moped to discover the city.
Since we were here to for some quiet and relaxing few days before returning to Mumbai, dropping-in to yoga classes would be ideal. What better place to practice yoga than in India! We found a few places along Patnem beach which I have listed below so you will have an idea of where to go to when you plan for your next trip to South Goa.
Just behind the Solitude Bar & Restaurant is where Kranti Yoga is hidden. On the right of solitude is a little alley with a hanging bed. Walk through it and as soon as you see a well, walk further in and you will be able to see the hidden yoga residence. Kranti Yoga offers drop-in classes, courses and teacher trainings. They even have very clean and well built cottage accomodations for people who would like to have a yoga based holiday. We instantly liked this place. The drop-in class we went was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed practicing yoga in an open space surrounded by trees. Remember to spray some mosquito repellent so you won’t be disturbed during the session.
SOLITUDE BAR & RESTAURANT
At Solutide Bar & Restaurant, they have wifi and that fish soup on the far right was delicious een though it does not look very appetising.
Harmonic is located at the far end of the beach, behind the Sea Touch Bar & Restaurant. There is a broken yellow rickshaw right at the entrance where the stairs start. To reach the top where Harmonic sits, there are flights of stairs that get your thighs working but it is well worth it. The view from the top was stunning. Harmonic has yoga classes, massage, treatments and accommodation. Do check out their website for more details. We only found this place the night before we were bound to leave and wanted to go there for massage the next day but we were not able to make an appointment on that day as the receptionist was not in. If you are planning to have any treatments here, remember to pop in or call them to make an appointment at least a day ahead to avoid disappointment like we did.
Entrance of Harmonic
Common area in front of the reception