If you see Goa as only a hippie place with picturesque beaches and low-priced alcohol, you need to rethink. There is a lot more to Goa than what you have been seeing all this while. It is beautiful in its own way and there are lots of interesting places in Goa that many of us are not aware of. Scroll down to know more…
A walk through the lanes of the LATIN QUARTERS
The Fontainhas and Mala area is often called the ‘Latin Quarter’ of Panjim.This old district is about 25 kms away from the Goa International Airport and has a completely different atmosphere from the hustle and bustle of the main city. It has a Mediterranean appearance with narrow streets and overhanging balconies of the ancient Portuguese style houses.The houses in the area are built in the classic Portuguese style are still painted in the traditional colours of pale yellow, green or blue, and have red-tiled roofs with overhanging balconies. A walk through the lanes of the Latin Quarters is something that you have to experience.
Arpora Night Market
Most of you must have heard about this but not many of you must have actually made the effort to visit the Night Market of Arpora. It is the largest shopping and entertainment event, which reflects the cosmopolitan and distinctive culture of Goa in the best way.It happens on a Saturday only during the peak season that is, before the New Year and at the end of the month of April. The range of products includes almost everything you can imagine starting with the penny baubles and trinkets to the high-quality branded products and jewelry. Foodies! You can try amazingly tasty dishes from nearly all international cuisines starting from the local food, Tibetan momos to the German pretzels. There is always a wide empty space around the square, which is usually quickly filled with people dancing. Often big trance parties are held at the Night Market.
Crocodile watching, Cumbarjua
Imagine a boat ride through the crocodile’s property. The Cumbarjua canal is one place you’re bound to catch sight of a sunbathing crocodile. The canal is known to be one of the most beautiful places to row through. It is a paradise for birdwatchers as well. Go on a crocodile spotting adventure!
All the trekkers out there! If you were looking for a good trek, you can visit the Lamgau Caves through the Lamgau Village. It is a tough trek but it is definitely something that you can thoroughly enjoy. You can also drive Bicholim on the road towards Mapusa and reach these caves or through the river by a boat ride. These caves show a slow transition from early Buddhism to Hindu religion. Palm trees have covered the caves with abundance. One of the two caves here has a beautiful structure in the sanctum that looks like a pavilion. The next time you visit Goa, make sure you visit the Lamgau Caves.
Corjuem Fort is a fortress situated 4 kilometers from the village of Aldona on the island of Corjuem. It gives a breath-taking view of the surrounding river and land. The fort also has an interesting story according to which an ambitious Portuguese woman named Ursula e Lancastre landed up here as a soldier as she was determined to succeed in a man’s world and also dressed like one. Interesting isn’t it?
Arambol is approximately a one hour drive from the DOI. Are you looking for the perfect way to relax? Take a short walk north off the main beach to the smaller beach, there is a “fresh water lake” close to the sea which has invigorating hot thermals. The jungle valley, enclosed between low hills hide a spectacular Banyan tree. Arambol beach is one of the “not so typical” beaches of Goa.
Butterfly beach is one of the unexplored beaches located in South Goa because it has no road connectivity. It is a lonely beach with no shacks or restaurants around, which means that it is one of the very few clean beaches in Goa. The Butterfly beach was named by earlier tourists who used to visit the place and saw millions of butterflies flying on the blossoms on the hillside. You have to take a short ride from the Palolem beach to reach there. You can sit back and enjoy the most beautiful sunset view or just take a long walk and feel the sand slipping off your feet. This gorgeous beach is well known as a favorite place for dolphins playing.
8. Spice Plantation
Explore the rich spice plantations located in the heart of central Goa around the temple town of Ponda. A walk through the spice plantations in Goa is definitely refreshing. You get a chance to inhale the fragrances of fresh spices. The farm owners welcome you with a herbal drink. You also get to see the art of how Betel Nut pluckers climb these trees, over a hundred feet above the ground and then swaying from tree to tree.
9. Devil’s Canyon
Devil’s Canyon also known as ‘Devcharacho kond’ in Konkani, is a picturesque river gorge near Molem situated in a beautiful patch of the jungle where the river flows with great turbulence and cuts the deep gorge into solid rock. They say a demon used to reign at this place having control over every living creature in the area including the fish. However, when a local duped the demon and stole his fish, the area was cursed. Feel the Chills in the Eerie Environs of Devil’s Canyon.
Tiracol is a beachfront overlooking Arabian sea and home to a Fort over a bit of a hilltop. Fort Tiracol has been converted into a hotel, the Fort Tiracol Heritage. The view from here is spectacular. The place is untouched and less commercialized compared to the rest of the beaches in Goa. Make sure you spend at least a few hours here!