Palolem Beach: “They Have Steaks Here?”

Palolem Beach: “They Have Steaks Here?”

Between the auto rickshaws, the crowds and all the noise, India can be a pretty hectic place. I love it. But after a month, I was starting to miss some necessities like the latest Modern Family episodes, motel hot tubs, and steak. Mostly steak. Delicious medium rare grass-fed, 2” thick, even marbling, the cow goes “moo” bovine. Since Hindus worship cows in their religion the act of grilling, smoking, broiling, braising, and yes, even roasting a wonderful cut of beef steak is considered a no-no.


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Cow In The Middle Of Street In India

I understood this and had resigned to being a partial vegetarian until I left the country. That was until a friend on Facebook mentioned that he had steak in India? Challenge accepted.

Cosmic Intervention

But India was a big place? Was I supposed to be checking every menu and asking every local where I can eat their sacred animal? Turns out, I didn’t have to do anything. Turns out, almost every restaurant on Palolem Beach in Goa served steak. And we had just arrived. I also needed a shave after lounging around in Udaipur for a week to catch my breath.

Riding Auto Rickshaw To Palolem Beach

How great to arrive after a long overnight train journey to a sizzling plate of this?

Beef Steak In India Found On Palolem Beach

Eating Steak In India

It’s A Beach, Relax

Now that I had resolved my steak dilemma, what was a weary traveler to do on a beach filled with soft cushions, hammocks and swinging beds?

Relaxing On A Hammock On Coca Cola Beach

View Of Palolem Beach

On a Hanging Hammock Bed In Palolem Beach

Top 5 Things To Do on Palolem Beach

1. Get Your Tan On: There’s 2 km of beach. Pick a spot and relax. When you’re done, make a beeline to any of the restaurants behind you and grab a lime soda. Take it with sugar.

Palolem Restaurants and Beach Bungalows

Palolem Beach Lifeguard at Sunset

2. Rent A Bike And Check Out Cola Beach: You can rent a bike for about $2 a day. That’s just ridiculous. Fuel up and ask for directions to one of the other beaches. It’s a bumpy ride to Cola Beach, but it’s a great way to get away from crowd.

Renting-Bike-Palolem-Beach-Cola

Cola Beach South Goa

Cola Beach Palm Trees South Goa

3. Choose Your Catch Of The Day: After a day on the beach, grab a seat, well, right back on the beach and choose from the catch of the day. Do the sniff test to make sure it’s actually a catch from that day.

Palolem Evening Restaurants On The Beach

Fresh Fish Palolem Beach Restaurants

4. Go To A Silent Disco: Why dance to the same music as everyone else. Ask around for the next silent disco and rock away with one of the wireless headsets pumping 3 different tracks so you can do the swing while someone else is doing the air guitar.

5. Get Your Yoga On: There are number of schools and instructors advertising on the beach. Pick one and work on your downward dog.

Rooftop Yoga in Palolem South Goa

Climbing Tree on Palolem Beach Goa India

Enjoy and if none of these things appeal to you, just do nothing. It’s the perfect place for that.

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