5 Offbeat Locations in Goa, India

Goa is synonymous with unlimited fun, sandy beaches and drop-dead partying, and those who have been there once just keep going back for more. All this gives one the notion that Goa is only for partying and making merry and is jam packed with tourists all year round such that it is always difficult to find accomodation in Goa at one go.

On the contrary though, Goa is also a place for those seeking peace and tranquillity or those wanting to explore offbeat locations and try something different, away from the commonly visited tourist attractions in the state.

Here’s a list of some great offbeat locales and activities you could engage in minus the hustle and bustle of mainstream Goa.

Looking For Secluded Beaches?  Head to Varca or Qerim Beach

One can always expect peak season Goan beaches to be abuzz with tourist activity with visitors thronging the place from across the world and sometimes it becomes a problem to look for a peaceful and secluded beach where you can relax and unwind.

Those looking for beaches that are largely untouched without too much of commercial exploitation can head to the Varca or Qerim beach. Both of these beaches are fairly less crowded and offer tourists an opportunity to soak in the natural beauty and the secluded environment which is just about perfect to relax your mind and soothe your senses.

Varca beach

Catch the Dolphins in Action

If you have had enough of lazing around on the beaches, it’s time to go catch some Dolphins in action. You will be fascinated to watch these amazing and intelligent creatures in their natural habitat.

Local boat owners will be more than happy to take you on Dolphin watching trips but you need to be fortunate enough to spot and photograph one. You can also concurrently indulge in some snorkelling or scuba diving activity to experience and explore the marine world.

Dolphins

Explore the Goan Caves

Not many visiting Goa know much about the Goan caves. There are many natural and man-made caves in Goa that have a historic and mythological significance attached to it with some of them dating back to as early as the 5th century AD.

The notable ones are the Arvalem, Lamgau and Rivona caves. Most of these caves are surrounded by dense undergrowth. Pay a visit to these caves for some truly intriguing experience.

Arvalem caves

Get Up Close and Personal With Crocodiles

If seeking thrills is on your agenda, then here’s something that will give you a taste of some bone-chilling adventure.

Head to Cumbarjua and take a crocodile trip along the Cumbarjua canal to watch the cold-blooded mugger crocodiles.

Catch them basking lazily in the warm morning sun or lurking around the river bank or simply watch them swim past you. Of course, you will be safely tucked in a boat as you watch them in their natural habitat.

Cumbarjua canal

Cruising on River Mandovi

You will love this especially if you are going there as a couple. There’s nothing more romantic than a mesmeric cruise on a moonlit night. And if you are vacationing with friends, well you still can rock the boat literally.

The boats are loaded with all the stuff one can expect from a cruise boat such as beautiful decor and lighting, lip-smacking delicacies, live music, drinks and much more.

There are several cruise operators to choose from and the facilities provided will vary based on the kind of operator and the type of cruise you opt for. All you need to do is get to the Mandovi river dock and pick a cruise package as per your liking.  It’s time to get on board and get set for the cruise of your life.

Mandovi river

On a parting note, most of the resorts and hotels in Goa that you would opt to stay in would be more than happy to help you plan a trip to these remarkable locations.

Lived in England since 1998 and travelled the world since 2005, visiting over 100 countries on 5 continents. Writer, blogger, photographer with a passion for adventure and travel, discovering those off beat places not yet on the tourist trail. Marco contributes the very best in independent travel tips and lifestyle articles.

1 thought on “5 Offbeat Locations in Goa, India”

  1. You may opt for Mandrem, Ashwem or Morjem beach in North Goa and Benaulim, Agonda or Palolem beach in South Goa.

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