Goa as we know if one of the most popular beach destination in India. Well it would be wrong if I say that this little town is just popular in India, but the fact is that people from across the world visit Goa to spend a relaxing vacation. Did you know? The Agonda beach and Palolem beach are two beaches from Goa that actually make place in the Asia’s top 10 beaches. The popularity of Goa has been attracting end number of crowd from across the country and even across the globe. Guess this is one reason why travellers have started counting Goa in the list of places which are too crowded to visit. But people there is much more in Goa, it is not just about crowded beaches and that Love Passion Karma. Let’s explore 12 Hidden Treasures In Goa That You Got To Explore Right Now
12 Hidden Treasures In Goa That You Got To Explore Right Now
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1. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is known to be the hub of flora and fauna in Goa. But this place still remains as one of the untouched spots and hidden places in Goa. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is immensely popular for its leopards, gaur and sloth bears sights. And if you are a reptile lover then the Mollen National Park will cater to your dream of reptile spotting quite well.
2. Heritage Panjim Inn
Housed in an amazingly charming building is the Heritage Panjim Inn. It is located in the heart of Latin Quarter of Fontainhas, the most amazing part of this beautiful building is that it stands strong as a Portugese heritage. Well despite of many renovations this place has managed quite well to maintain its colonial roots and vibe.
3. Netravalli – Bubbling Lake
Located in Sanguem Taluka, Netravali is a little pond which is a must visit in Goa. Not lot of people know about this hidden place. Well thinking what is special about a little pond? Well if you clap your hands or try stepping heavily on the steps, the water starts bubbling. Yes your movement affects the water it seems; you will actually see an immediate reaction in the water. Seeing the water surface bubbling is one of the most fascinating sights trust me.
4. Cumbarjua Canal
If you love adventure and don’t mind getting wild to see the wild then the Cumbarjua canal is the just right place for you. Nope you don’t need to wait for the crocodiles any more, just catch a ferry in the Cumbarjua canal and see live crocodiles. Isn’t that wild? Well it can’t get wilder than that. Despite of being such an adventurous spot not many enthusiasts could actually venture into the muddy waters and thick mangrove to experience the sight of sunbathing crocodiles for real.
5. Harvalem Falls
The Harvalem Falls is a 50 meters waterfall which is surely going to be as exciting as the Dudhsagar waterfalls. But what makes this place a worth visit is that since this place is a little isolated, the area around the waterfall is perfect for spending some quiet moments amidst the sound of water with your near and dear ones. The Rudreshwar Temple and the Arvalem Caves are another two hidden destinations in Goa.
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6. Savoi Spice Plantations
Savoi Spice Plantations is a completely beautiful organic garden. The plantations done at the Savoi Spice Plantations totally prohibit the use of any pesticides or fertilizers. Well don’t consider the Savoi Spice Gardens to be just another tourist spot in Goa as this place is somewhere and somewhat connected to the history of Goa. Yes if you manage to get a guide there, you can explore how intricately this place in Goa is connected to its spices. I am sure you would have heard of Goa’s most famous drink Fenni, this place demonstrates the distillation processes of the cashew juices which are used in the production of this local drink.
7. Querim (Keri) Beach
The Querim or Keri is the northern-most beach in Goa. What make this place immensely beautiful are the clean white sand and the strong waves. This is a quiet beach and has only few shacks around.
8. Chorla Ghats
The Chorla Ghats are located in north-eastern region of the Goa- Karnataka- Maharashtra border. These Ghats are a totally stunning misty tropical forest. The Chorla Ghats are immensely popular among the eco-tourist; this is a totally unexpected sight for those people who think Goa to be just a beachy destination.
9. Rivona Cave
Did you know Goa is has a very rich Buddhist history associated with it. Well to see it for real you got to visit the living example, the Rivona Cave. This is a Buddhist cave, which is beautifully carved in laterite rock. And the interesting thing about this rock is that it is believed to be the seat of a Buddhist Monk. One more interesting thing to see in this cave is the stone sculpture of Buddha which is in a ‘Bhumisparsha’ posture, that belongs to the Mahayana Sect. The cvave has beautifully decorated stone walls which has icons of the Kadamba lion.
10. Fort Tiracol
Located on top of a cliff in the Indian Ocean the Fort Tiracol is a 17th century Portuguese fort. It has seven rooms and each one is named after a day of the week. People visit this fort to witness one of the most stunning and amazing view in all of Goa. People can even rent rooms here, and if you do make that investment do taste the delicious Goan lunch and cocktails amidst the sunset and old world vibes. Well this fort is not turned into a resort; hence it offers you the opportunity to stay.
11. Arvalem Caves
The Arvalem Caves are rock cut caves which are monuments of the pre-historic life of Goa. It talks about that time of the Pandavas and Mahabharata. Located at a distance of about 9 Kilometres south of Bicholim Town these caves an very recent discovery. It is believed that the Arvalem Caves was the hide out point for the Pandavas during their exile.
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12. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
The Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located in the island of Chorao which is a ferry ride away from Ribandar. Tourist can spot birds that come from as far as Siberia during the migratory months. The best time to spot beautiful birds is early in the morning so make sure you get in there on time.
It’s time to take a different look at Goa. Yes get off with that beachy concept about Goa, because it’s much more than that. Well it doesn’t matter if you have already been to Goa before, this time plan to explore these hidden treasures of Goa. Trust me you won’t regret. Do you have anything place to add to the above list? Drop us a comment we would be glad to include it right here. Until then, Happy Vacation.
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