The party capital of India – Goa!
From dil chahta hai to Malang, a number of Bollywood movies have shown us the beauty of Goa. The stunning architecture, street shopping, tranquil beaches, beautiful churches and of course party streets, goa has it all. Most of the people have been to goa at least once in their lifetime, and they’d trade anything to go back again. In this article, you will come to know more about the unexplored side of goa. Because there’s more to goa than Baga beach and rave parties. For the people who love exploring the beauty of nature and are adventurous, there’s lots in the store for you all.
Talking about unexplored beaches, here are four beaches situated in south goa, which will help you rejuvenate.
Cabo de rama beach
All of the above beaches are surrounded by pretty shacks. One can always go fishing, swimming or enjoy other water sports. Some of the beaches have network issues so say bye bye to instagram stories for a while and just relax.
Offbeat things to do in goa..
These offbeat things will surprise you with life changing experiences especially if you are backpacking.
Hot air ballooning – there’s no need to travel all the way to cappadocia for a thrilling hot air balloon ride. You can get it here in goa. It is a two-hour extravagant affair where the captivating sights and being a part of the whole process will elevate your spirit. Book you tickets well in advance. These rides are closed during the monsoon.
Capoeira crash course – on weekends, you will see a group of people performing capoeira and giving you major fitness goals. So why not learn it with them and get one step closer to your fitness goals ? Your Goan holiday could be transformed into a lot more than just relishing the cheap alcohol and liberal views.
Stay in a portuguese villa – say bye to your lavish resorts and book a portuguese villa. These villas have beautiful and authentic architecture, not to mention that they are situated near villages so you can explore the culture and people of villages in goa.
Drum circle at arambol – if you cannot foresee a holiday without the side of bohemia, arambol beach is the best place for you. Solo travellers from all over the world gather here during sunsets and play drums besides the bonfire. So if you are wondering if the bonfire parties which are shown in the movies really exist then yes they do ! now you can attend one too !
Go surfing – windy beaches and dancing waves will make your surfing experience a memorable one. Take surfing classes and get on your surfing board.
Beach side camping – go beach side camping in goa and beautiful sunsets and lush green coconut trees will give you a mesmerizing experience. You can make new friends here as people coming from all over the world come to camp by the beach side. Play your favorite songs by the bonfire at night and just live in the moment.
Cooking lessons – take cooking lessons in goa and learn to cook goan food. Some of the cookery classes also involve a market tour. So take a look at the other side of Goa too.
River cruise – river cruises in goa are so worth it. These cruises give you a beautiful view of the goa at night. These cruises have DJ’s and fun activities organised for you. One can also taste local and other cuisines on the cruise.
Go fort hopping – fort Aguada, Chapora and Tiracol offer you beautiful views in all the directions. You can hire a guide at the fort and know more about the history of those forts.
Go shopping – any trip is incomplete without shopping. Visit the night flea markets in goa and buy colorful things and souvenirs for friends and family. If you do not wish to spend on shopping, there is live music at the market and food stalls too. So a stroll in the market is always a good idea.
Take a walk in spice plantation – In search of some places to visit in Goa other than beaches? The spice plantations are some of the most offbeat places to visit. Walk through the aromatic fresh plantation and learn about various spices.
Kayaking – water babies will never run out of things to do in goa. nothing like rowing across the charming creeks crossing the villages of northern Goa.
Go cycling – you can book a cycling tour at Miramar beach and relive your childhood. Cycling on the beaches and in the rural areas of goa is the kind of experience you will enjoy the most. As a famous quote suggests, ‘ TRAVELLING LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS AND THEN TURNS YOU INTO A STORYTELLER.’
Quad biking – imagine being on a bike that doesn’t even look like a bike but a beast in the real sense of the term! Well, that’s somewhat what quad biking looks like. Run the quad bikes on the sands of goa beaches. This is the most crazy thing to do in goa.
Visit museums – if you visit museums of christian art, old goa. You will wonder if you are really in goa or in Europe. The museum has european architecture and will stun you with its beauty.
Following museums should be on your must visit list.
1.Palacio do Deao
2.Ancestral Goa, Loutolim
3.Naval Aviation Museum (India), Vasco da Gama
4.Goa Science Centre, Panaji
National parks and sanctuaries
Set in the Western Ghats, Goa’s thick jungles, expansive marshes, alluring hills, glistening lakes, and meandering rivers provide shelter to an overwhelming range of plant, animal, and bird species that are sure to blow your mind. Here is a list of national parks that you must visit and explore the wildlife
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Anshi National Park
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are travelling to goa in the month of june or july, you will witness breathtaking waterfalls all around the goa. One of the famous waterfalls in goa is Dudhsagar waterfall. The name translates into a ‘sea of milk’ as it is this illusion one gets on seeing the waterfalls. The sheer power of roaring water amidst the surrounding forest mesmerizes you. Netravali waterfall looks even more magnificent after the monsoon due to the heavy flow of water. If you are a trekker then tambdi surla water must be there on your ‘ GO TO ’ list. The lush green water, turquoise blue sky and crystal clear water falling right from heaven will blow your mind.
Churches in goa
A trip to goa without exploring the beautiful and unique churches is incomplete. You can witness the portuguese architecture and listen to the portuguese tales if you hire a guide. Of all the Churches in Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most frequently visited. Se cathedral church is one of the beautiful churches in goa. It was built to commemorate the victory of Portuguese rule over India dedicating it to St. Catherine. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is shown in a lot of movies. The church is famed for an ancient bell that is believed to be the second largest of its kind in Goa. the holy cross shrine church will make you wonder if you are in india or europe. The church is an extravagant illustration of religious harmony. All the mentioned churches are beautifully decorated during christmas. So get ready to seek blessings.
There’s much more to do in goa other than above mentioned things and places in goa. The delectable goan food will drive you crazy. You can try street food or go to fancy restaurants, the food in goa will never disappoint you irrespective of the place you are eating at. One can book their stay at lavish resorts or rent an airbnb apartment according to their preferences. All the gambling lovers can try their luck at casinos in goa. Go on the river cruises and dance the night away with your loved ones. So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Goa soon.