Goa is many things to many people: a haven for party animals, a fascination for 9 to 6 proletariats, a much coveted beach destination by honeymooners, a terminus with the opportunities of water adventures and a place for yearly extended family vacations. And then it’s also a hidden gem for those who are interested in walking on a road less travelled.
Exploring is the term that makes the most sense for the class falling into the latter category. But traveller from any interest background can enjoy this smallest state the most with a well-planned Goa tour package, else you should have sufficient time in hand to plan out every detail of your vacation for the duration you are planning to spend there, which for most of us is a tricky task.
Still, here is a small list of places and things to do while you are in Goa, even if they appear to be a little offbeat.
Keri– The beach in coastal region of North Goa though in itself a big attraction, also flaunts Tiracol Fort. The frequency of the tourists is less on the beach yet the lure is deniable to those who have a whiff about the place. The sight of Tiracol River merging in the Arabian Sea is also to be recorded.
Mobor: This beach alsotops the list of secluded beaches that should be the first choice of the honeymooners as well as seekers of the unexplored.
Bogmalo: It features great beach, less crowd, water sports, shacks offering authentic Goan cuisine and sea-facing places to stay. What more can you ask nearby after getting down at Dabolim Airport.
Arambol: A flea market, fishermen’s village, loads of adventure activities, night parties, and culture native to Goa are top among the things that draws those looking for less commercialised beaches in Goa.
Cola: The beach has lines of shacks on the shores offering accommodation with a view to the lagoon. Coconut palm groves only add to the scenic beauty of the place.
Must try restaurants and bars
Mum’s Kitchen: Ronny and Suzzete Martins, a Goan Couple are credited with coming up with this restaurant to preserve the somewhat lost Goan as well as Portuguese recipes coming from different corners of the state. Thanks to the extensive research performed over the years, the unusual menu has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Andron :Fresh seafood is Goa is one of the prime pulling things. This restaurant in Nachinolaoffers just that. You cannot have fresher meat anywhere else in Goa.
Hotel Venite: Running since 1955, the hotel in Panajim is renowned for its traditional Goan dishes and has a laid back style. Do include rewarding your taste buds withspiced prawns or just vegetable vindaloo with ricehere while planning package on Goa tour. Somewhat rustic like charm is a prime drawer to the place.
Goan Delicacy: Pocket-friendly yet great food has an address, a corner near Dona Paula. So you get a brilliant view of the jetty while digging in your food, even in afternoons. Local brew, King’s Beer which has a cult following can also be found here.
Bhatti Village: Lovers of art and antique as well as surprise in authentic Goan food find themselves queuing outside Bhatti Village, a family-owned restaurant near beach side in Nerul Village. The best aspect is the absence of menu and cooking as per season. A giant whale rib, now converted into a glass rack is also isplayed.
Non-beach but curiosity-piquing attractions
Devil’s Canyon: According to folklore, a man used to fool a demon guarding the place to catch fishes. After realizing, the demon was considerably angered, cursing the place to remain secluded. People believe the stories of deaths while diving and swimming to be true. Fast moving water currents truly make the waters here dangerous giving the place a haunting feeling.
Bubbling lake: You get three things here: free entertainment when you clap and a bubble appears on the surface of the water, free fish pedicure once you dip in your feet in the water, and rejuvenation of city-tired soul. This pond is in Sanguem Taluka.
Mollem National Park: The ruins of Kadamba Dynasty architecture could be found in the Mollem National Park. Most appealing is the 1000 years old The Mahadeva temple, in the tranquil jungle surroundings.Lucky ones can get a glimpse of wildlife as well around the temple.
Arvalem Caves: If you are interested in historical as well as geographical attractions to any degrees, these caves in Sanquelim, North Goa belonging to the 6th century are prime-listed.Also known as Pandava Caves, the origination of the caves is debatable; some say that it is resided by Pandavasdue to the shivalingas inside the caves and some say by the Buddhist for the statue of Buddha.
Butterfly Conservatory: If colours have a charm for you must go to Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda and feel like having entered in an enchanted forest. At a given point of time you can see almost 25 among 133species. Choose your clicks.
So plan your holiday package for Goa tour now to get the most of it!
Author Bio: – Jyoti Sharma is a travel writer, who love to explore different destinations across the globe, In the above article Jyoti is sharing her views about her recent holiday package for Goa tour.