Offbeat things to do in Goa
Goa, the thriving beach state of India, doesn’t need much introduction. Drawing the highest number of tourists in the country, both domestic and foreign, a holiday in Goa is much sought after. For those of you who have been here before and for those of you who are yet to visit, here’s a list of things to do in Goa that are off the beaten track, far from maddening crowds and more akin to the real treasures of Goa.
Spend a day with Dolphins
Dolphin sighting is one of the most wonderfully offbeat things to do in Goa. Not many people know of this amazing activity here and is often ignored. The cruises usually start from Fort Aguada, Sinquerim or Panaji Jetty. If you’re allowed you can also take a dip in the sea and play with these lovely creatures but only if the adequate safety arrangements are made.
Read about my experience of Dolphin watching tour here
Go for a Yacht holiday
Yachting is a very popular sport as well an exciting leisure activity for those who want to have unforgettable holiday. Each trip is tailor-made to the music, food and drinks of your choice.
Depending upon the cruise you choose, explore the beautiful private backwaters of the Chapora river heading into deep river country passing quaint villages along the riverbanks or for the sea lovers, cross the Chapora fort and enter the channel leading out to the Arabian sea. Alternatively, hug the coastline and cruise along it, glimpsing the last white northern beaches of Goa – Morjim, Ashvem, Mandrem, Arambol and Keri.
Rent a Villa in rural Goa
Far from the city din and the rowdy tourists these secluded islands of Goa are perhaps the most beautiful part of the state. Multiple ferry rides away, these villages welcome you with old Portuguese-style houses dotting the landscape, lush vegetation and a quaint environment. Indulge in the local ambiance, hog on some of the most delicious bakeries you’ve ever tried and interact with the lovely locals.
Raia is a very scenic village located in south Goa. It has its fair share of picturesque places such as the rachol backwaters and santemol which are ideal to visit with loved ones or simply all alone as they are very serene and peaceful and bring u the closest to nature that you can get.
Goa Villa offers a wide selection of villas for rent in Goa, ideal for a week of unforgettable vacation in Goa. Most of our properties are of the highest standard and therefore we recommend that you book the best one as early as possible, as these luxury rentals are extremely popular.Here is the link if you are thinking of spending next holiday in Raia
Goa really does have something for everyone. And no better example of that than the smorgasbord of food you can find there. From the classics to buzzy newcomers, these are the 10 best Goa restaurants you need to know about, right now. Whether you are peckish and want to eat something that hits just the right spot or you want to try some delicious local cuisine, there is a Goa restaurant that will satisfy. It is a must to explore these cafes, which are beautiful blend of culinary skills and creativity
Here are my favourite 5 cafes of Goa.
Be the part of richness and beauty of the churches in Goa
Goa spent over 400 years under Portuguese rule and the legacy of the Portuguese is still apparent today. Take a day trip to visit Old Goa, once the capital of Goa under Portuguese rule and once so grand and important that it was known as ‘the Rome of the East’ and rivaled Lisbon.
However, it was was blighted by illness and disease and was abandoned for the new capital of Panjim in 1843 and is now a Unesco World Heritage site. Marvel at the massive churches they left behind, including the largest church in Asia and the remains of an over 300 hundred year old, very slowly, decomposing corpse of St Francis Xavier in the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
If you had an offbeat experience in Goa, I would love to hear 🙂