Beaches, parties, drinks, great night life and water sports like banana rides and paragliding are some of the most common experiences of anyone that comes back after a visit to Goa. If you wish to try something new, continue reading to know about the offbeat things to do in Goa.
1. Night market shopping
If you love shopping, head to the Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora of Goa. Usually shopping is about spending money, but at the night market here you can enjoy live music and delicious food and drinks besides having the most amazing things to buy.
2. Birdwatching at the Spice plantations of Goa
The spice plantations of Goa take you to a world beyond the chaotic beaches and traffic of the city. More than 75 species of birds have their abode amid these plantations. You can enjoy an elephant ride over here , interact with them or even see elephant bathing and be a part of it.
3. Trekking at Dudhsagar Falls
Kulem or Castle Rock are the starting points of the trekking trail to Dudhsagar Waterfalls. According to a legend, it is believed that a princess was taking bath at this site when she saw that a prince was watching her. To make sure that he cannot look any further, she dropped a milk curtain and obscured the view. Hence, it is named Dudhsagar Falls.
4. Devil’s Canyon
Devil’s Canyon is a scenic river with risky water currents. It is said that a devil cursed the canyon because of which no fishing or swimming can be carried out over here. Many swimmers have lost their lives trying to win over the turbulent river flowing in a deep gorge and you can still feel the eeriness in the air.
5. Chorao Island
Chorao Island is such a splendid site that you would forget the remaining world once you are here. Go for hiking at the top of Chorao hill and check out the mesmerizing view of Goa. You can even spot some migratory birds at this island.
6. Poi at the Village bakery
Poi or wheat bread is something worth tasting if you happen to be in Goa. Imagine relishing tasty hot breads prepared in an earthen oven. Besides wheat bread, you can even try out bangle bread, butterfly bread and white bread.
7.Panjim to Pomburpa drive
It is always amazing to drive on your own vehicle with beautiful surroundings around you. Panjim to Pomburpa is one such drives. It would give you the feeling like you are in a foreign city. The plush meadows, rice fields and fishermen catching fishes in the backwaters make the drive even more wonderful.
8. Island hopping
Ferry rides from one island to another is one of the most offbeat things to do in Goa. Lush green meadows, laid back villages and old world Portuguese charm and traditional baked food items would give you a unique experience over here.
9. Butterfly Conservatory
Butterfly conservatory of Goa is a place where you can have an amazing time with family. Love birds, turtle and butterflies are the prime highlights of this place. The best time to visit it is early morning. Do not get disheartened if you do not get to see the butterflies.
10. Kayaking in Backwaters
Kayaking in the tranquil backwaters is surely an experience that cannot be missed. Start the trip early in the morning if you wish to spot various bird species. Look out for eagles and bats while you are on the kayak amid lotus flowers.
11. Explore Goan caves
Arvalem caves or Pandavas caves are around 15-16 centuries old rock cut caves. They have managed to attract many archeology enthusiasts too along with tourists. Harvalem Waterfalls and Rudreshwar temple are also the sightseeing places worth visiting around the caves. Around 35 kilometers from Panjim, there is Khandepar that houses beautiful rock cut caves.
Corjuem Fort, Casino cruise, Mayem Lake and delicious coastal cuisine are other highlights you cannot miss out if you are on a trip to Goa. Building sandcastles on Goa beaches is surely an experience to cherish, but so are the offbeat things described above. If you happen to visit Goa in June, celebrate San Jaoa festival by jumping in a shallow well with the villagers.