If there is any place which is an ultimate wanderlust and a hot-favorite tourist spot in India then easily it has to be Goa. Now, what is left to say about the gorgeous beauty of this Coastal paradise? Every travel site and every wandering writer has penned down their experience making this seafront city look more alluring than it is. Goa is an experience and in the true sense, it is an experience of a lifetime. On a usual note, few things that come to the top of our mind when we think about Goa are Beaches, Church, Liquor, Adventure, Casinos, and one hell of solace and liveliness. Today, let me take you through few off beat and must do things in Goa and this list is inspired by self-experience, peer group, and research.
15 Off Beat and Must Do Things in Goa
#1 Explore Old Goa
Old Goa is all about historic monuments, churches, museums and a gray glory of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Old Goa or Velh Goa as called in Portuguese is a scenic drive along Mandovi river. It is indeed a beautiful place to explore and based on your interest, you can list out the places to visit here. If you are living in Panaji then you can take a bus or simply rent a bike to get to Old Goa.
Attractions: Viceroy’s Arch, Arch of Adil Shah’s place, Se Cathedral, Chapel of St. Catherine, Museum of Christian Art, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga temple, Candolim Beach, Deltine Royal Casino, Sinquerium Beach, Divar Island, and Miramar Beach
#2 Go to these Off Beat Beaches of Goa
If you go to Goa then anyone can guide you to the popular beaches like Baga, Calangute, Anjuna, and Colva. Here I have listed few offbeat beaches which are not counted among mainstream beaches but are equally beautiful and serene.
Beaches in North Goa
As you move towards North from Central Goa, you will find these beaches and believe me, you will enjoy more here than in the mainstream beaches.
Vagator: This is a place where you can become one with the roaring waves of the sea. With less chaos around, Vagator beach is perfect for couples, and introverts.
Ashwem: It is said that this beach has a delta where river Chopra meets the Arabian sea. There is a bridge you can walk through to catch the mesmerizing viewpoints and also enjoy the culture of Shacks.
Kalacha: This is an unexplored beach of Goa. If you want to enjoy this beach to its fullest then you should walk. There is a sweet lake opposite to the shore which looks stunning. You can also try paragliding from the cliff behind the lake.
Arambol: I have to say that this is one of the must-visit beaches in North Goa. The very ambiance of this space filled with hippies, travelers, locals, and a mix of expats is an enthralling experience. The main attractions here are the drum circle and hippie’s flea market on the shore which is as vibrant as the alluring beauty of the beach.
Beaches in South Goa
As you move towards South from Central Goa, you will find these beaches which you can’t afford to miss as well.
Butterfly Beach: This is a beach stretch which looks so wonderful that it is becoming popular among the Southern beaches of Goa.
Agonda: This beach has a clean, white sand shore where you can walk and play with waves. The seashore has cafes, and shacks to rest and satisfy your appetite.
Beanulim: This is very close to Margao and so it makes a must visit as the way to it is super-awesome. One of the less-crowded beaches which are less commercialized in Goa.
Information Credits: thesologlobetrotter
#3 Goa is also known for Forts
Goan forts are pretty popular and you might have seen them in movies as well. These are there from generations and are known for their historic significance. When you are in Goa, you should definitely make time for these age-old Forts.
Popular Forts of Goa: Corjeum Fort, Cabo De Rama Fort, St. Estevam Fort, Tiracol Fort, Fort Aguda, Sinquerium Fort, Mormugao Fort, and Anjediva Fort.
#4 Make time for Waterfalls
Yes, you read it right. Goa is not only known for beaches and forts. You will find few inspiring waterfalls if you travel few kilometers from main Goa.
Dudh Sagar Falls – 46 km from Mudgao Railway station
Arvelam Falls – If you go to Sanquelium in Old Goa then it is just a 10 min drive from Arvelam Caves.
Hivre Falls – Situated at a distance of 14 km from Valpoi city, Hivre falls is known for its mystic view and natural beauty.
Sadda Falls – It lies at a distance of 8 km from a small village situated in Chorla ghats.
#5 Visit Ancestral Goan Museums
Goa is a ballpark for culture, heritage, and prevailing lifestyle. This seafront city is known for its historical significance and as a testament to it, you will find museums telling a story of the bygone days of Goa.
Popular Museums – House of Goa Museum, Goa State Museum, Bigfoot cross museum, Goa Chitra, and Goa Science Centre, Panaji.
#6 Do not miss Anjunem Dam
Anjunem Dam is one of the idyllic places of Goa which has a breathtaking mystic charm and an enticing beauty of greenery around. It is located on the Sanquelium – Belgaum highway in Chorla Ghat which lies at a distance of about 10 km from the Sanquelium town. You can enjoy the beauty of Morlemgad in South-east and Vagheri Hill which is considered as one of Goa’s highest peaks.
Accommodation: Forest dept. rest house and irrigation dept. Resthouse.
#7 These two Islands of Goa are a must visit
#8 Enjoy the Nasha of Fenny
Fenni or Fenny is a local alcoholic drink of Goa. It is prepared from cashew and you get it in its pure and unadulterated form. Experience of enjoying the sip of Fenni in the cool breeze of Goa is something I can’t explain in words. You can also take a trip to a spice farm and taste the traditional beverages like Kokum and witness the preparation of Fenni.
#9 You must try Goan Food and Cuisine
See, you are in Goa and you can’t eat the same Idli, Dosa, and Chapathi, right? Try the menu of Authentic Goan food and Goa specials and say me if you don’t like them. It is so wonderful to be a Goan in Goa.
Must Try Goa Foods – Bebinca (Dessert), Ambot Tik (Fish Gravy), Fish Curry Rice (Konkani Special), Mushroom Xacuti, Sanna (Coconut dish), and Goan Sausages.
#10 Adventure and Aqua Sports
When you are in the Coastal paradise, you cannot afford to miss the adventure activities for which the Goa is famous for. Try your hands on few of the thrilling and rip-roaring activities for all fun and adrenaline rush.
Must-Try – Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Parasailing, Kayaking, Dolphin Spotting, Crab Catching and quad-biking.
#11 Anjuna flea market
If you are a shopping freak and wish to take Goan special back home then visit this vibrant and happening flea market in Anjuna Beach. You will get everything Goan here from spices, cashew nuts, old monuments, fancy items, clothes, leather items, and etc. One of the bustling market and if you don’t haggle then Shopping at Anjuna market can be expensive for you.
Other Flea markets in Goa – Saturday night market, Arpora, Friday market, Mapusa, Calangute Bazaar, and Makies night market.
#12 Mangesh Temple
Mangesh temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated in South Goa. This place of religious significance looks beautiful with a lot of trees around. If you have time and if you can afford to travel a bit from the main city then you can surely visit this.
#13 Tambdi Surla
Tambdi Surla is blessed with a phenomenal architecture. Built-in 21st century, this is said to be the Oldest temple of Goa. It is quite a good place to visit if you wish to move a bit away from beaches and forts.
#14 Arvalem Caves
Aravalem Cave is just a 20-minutes journey from Arvalem falls. The cave is associated with Mahabharatha and hence it is also called as Pandava cave. An age-old cave (6th century) has its own story to tell. As you get down from Arvalem falls, you will find this. The cave is open for public from 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM.
#15 Casino (Deltine royale), Panjim
Well, we have come to an end of this article. Casinos are an integral part of Goa and the vibe of Casino is way too higher in this city. If you are a budget traveler then I don’t recommend this. However, Deltine Royale Casino is something that deserves your visit at least once in your lifetime. Easily one of the must do things in Goa.
Attractions: 24/7 open, Sky Bar, Unlimited drinks, Live Entertainment, 30-40 games, and Buffet.
Note: There is a dress code and only formals are allowed. Shoes are mandatory.
Price: Rs.2000 – 4000
So, these were a few offbeat and must do things in Goa. If you have anything to add to this listicle then please let us know in the comments below.
Have a good time in Goa!
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