Goa is full of surprises. Your favourite weekend getaway, Goa is famous for its beaches, good food and nightlife. But there’s a Goa beyond beaches. India’s most popular beach destination is a lot more than beaches for those willing to explore. Get ready to explore Goa like never before on your next cruise holiday.
Here are 7 secret places in Goa no one tells you about.
1. The Spice Plantations
Goa has a flourishing spice plantation that grows some of the best spices that are completely organic. Tourists can take a day trip to the plantations and watch first-hand how spices are grown along with unveiling some interesting facts while exploring. You can also buy these as souvenirs and be assured of getting the best quality spices.
2. Chorla Ghats
Chorla Ghats is a place lost in time with a stunning landscape that’s every nature lover’s dream. Untouched by civilization, Chorla Ghats is where you’ll find complete silence sprinkled with mountain mist. It is also home to Goa’s wildlife and can be visited on a day trip during monsoon or winter to enjoy the vast landscape and stunning views.
3. Pomburpa Springs
Goa has several springs and Pomburpa happens to be the best one. The spring is known for its medicinal values and is often visited by local ailing men/women throughout the year. Around 6 km away from the capital, Panjim, Pomburpa Springs makes for a great offbeat experience.
5. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Goa houses the Dr Salim Bird Ali Sanctuary located on the island of Chorao that is only a ferry ride away from Ribandar. The sanctuary witnesses the presence of several migratory birds that come from far off locales and are often spotted early in the morning.
6. Arvalem Caves: Goa’s beaches are famous but what doesn’t get its due is Goa’s historic places such as forts and caves. One such place is the rock-cut Arvalem Caves, also known as the Pandava caves as some local stories suggest that the Pandavas lived here. The caves are full of history and its mysterious aura surely charms visitors.
7. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: With flourishing wildlife, Goa’s sanctuaries are a must-visit for those who love animal life. This wildlife sanctuary situated in a lush area has a lot to offer. Rich in flora and fauna, a stroll in the sanctuary is all you need to spot leopards, sloth bears, gaurs and many other interesting animals
Author: Zahra Motorwala