If yes, here’s your guide to exploring the offbeat Goa:
When you hear Goa; all that comes to your mind is the beach, booze and party! Doesn’t it? But, have you ever wondered about what are the other things that one can do in Goa? Are there any offbeat places in Goa that remain unnoticed? What if there are? Would you go to Goa and visit these offbeat and unexplored places instead of only exploring the beaches, shacks and clubs?
If yes, here’s your guide to exploring the offbeat Goa:
Yes, a party place like Goa has a butterfly conservatory. When you visit you will capture the beautiful view of lovely little things fluttering around happily. You can see these butterflies gathering nectar, eating and living in their own world. To add to the joy; you are also allowed to feed them with juicy fruits. Spend your time relaxing and cherishing this beauty of life in the offbeat Goa.
Have you ever caught a crab? Or at least wished to but couldn’t so far? Then you must go crab-catching in the Goan backwaters! You can either hop on to the crab catching tours or make a local friend from the village and tag along with them. These crab catchers set a netted trap called ‘Kobblem’ which is homemade and catch the crabs in them. If you are afraid of a snap or do not wish to get dirty; we recommend you tag along a tour.
It may be one of the surprising things but one of the offbeat things to do in Goa also includes Dolphin sighting. There are several cruises that start from Sinquerim and take you for Dolphin sighting. And you may also be allowed to take a dip and get a little playful with these friendly creatures! It sounds like a wonderful part of the Goa plan!
If you are an adventure lover seeking to explore places; then the Panaji Cycling Tour is yet another offbeat Goa activity you can perform. This cycling tour is guided and will allow you to explore the old Goa area. It includes pick up and drop facility from your hotel and comes with snacks too. So when in Goa next time; relive your childhood as you pedal your way through the breezy roads amongst the long palm trees.
A tourist coming to Goa and seeking a serene experience must add the Amboli Jungle Trek to their list. Trek your way through the bulky mangroves and natural canopies of the Sahyadris. For photographers and nature lovers alike; this place offers a wonderful sight. And if you are looking for an offbeat Goa experience then you must trek in the thick forests of Amboli Jungle.
Water activities are undoubtedly fun especially in the waters of Goa! But what is lesser known is the fact that Goan waters bring you the chance to go kayaking. Imagine rowing across the charming village stream and rejoicing on an adventure-filled day.
Full of misty mountains and seasonal waterfalls; Mhadei sanctuary is surely the right place to spot some exotic animals. The roads leading here are also well built and give the visitors a wonderful view especially from the ChorlaGhat. Few experiences are of sighting snakes, leopards, boars and deers. The end of the trail is marked by two landmarks namely: Pisteshwara Temple and PistyachiKond. Do visit here when on your way to visiting offbeat places in Goa.
Would you believe if we said that Goa has one of the best, well-known Yoga centres and retreats? Well, you sure must be surprised to know that but it is a fact. Mandrem- a village in Goa- has some famous Yoga retreats that you can visit. So if you wish to just relax and stay away from all the noise; then Mandrem is your saviour! Though it is an offbeat Goa thing, there are many visitors who rejoice in its calm and peaceful environment.
Popularly known as Grande Island or Bat Island; this is an island in Goa where usually half-day tours are conducted. An astonishing part is that the only way one can ever reach this island is by sailing! Once you get there; you can go swimming, snorkelling, dolphin sighting and there are arrangements for lunch too. It would surely be a fun-packed trip to an island set far apart from the bustling crowd.
Have you experienced hot air ballooning? Or do you love hot air balloon rides so much and miss them? You can now have that off your list in Goa. Chandor in the southern part of Goa is where you can enjoy a ride amongst the skies. Accompanied by a pilot always, these balloons can carry up to 10 people at one time. But if you want to spend time with your special someone then you are free to go for Private rides too! Are you planning to propose in style? Do it this offbeat way in Goa and make a memory for life!
Now, of course, the beach is famous for its cafes, pubs, seafood and sunsets. But that’s not what we are suggesting. Do you know that you can go parasailing at Calangute Beach? Yes, you can have a water sporting adventure in Goa and that too at one of the most beautiful beaches! So next time when you visit Goa; look for parasailing before choosing scooter rides and you will definitely enjoy your time.
While we have seen a list of places to be at and activities to do; our last must try offbeat places in Goa includes Mapusa. So what’s special about Mapusa you must think. Let us tell you that you can learn Wing Chun Kung Fu here. It is a form of comprehensive martial art that emphasises on lethal street self-defence. This is especially important for the solo-travellers but a must-have experience for everyone. So, when in Goa; you must visit Mapusa!
So, now that you know about the top 12 hidden wonders of Goa, pack your bags and get ready to make the most of this offbeat trip to Goa.
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