One of the things that make Goa so great is the fact that it’s got a ton of hidden treasures. Some are beach destinations, others are perfect for those looking to do a little hiking, and still others are located in truly remarkable natural areas. This is my list of the top ten secret spots, which I think people should definitely check out if they’re planning on going to Goa this year.
If you’re ready for some serious adventure, the Cumbarjuacommunity in North Goa has quite the treat for you. This is the kind of place where one can spot crocodiles sunbathing lazily on the banks of a mangrove-filled creek, and where one can have an unforgettable experience taking a Backwater Cruise through the waterway.
This neighbourhood is just off NH 748, and it’s located on the banks of Mandovi River. From there, you can either walk along the water or travel in a boat to get a closer look at this unique part of Goa. If you go during November through March, you’ll find more than just reptiles to marvel at: The Cumbarjua canal is home to thousands of migratory birds that show up each year to rest and enjoy themselves.
Bat Island, also known as the Pequeno Island, is just a 30-minute boat ride away from the Baina beach in Vasco Da Gama. The island can be reached via a boat or ferry and is thus one of the most secluded and unexplored places to visit in Goa. With a tiny rock beach, stretches of green landscapes, facilities for snorkelling, and day picnics, the island is loaded with surprises for adventure enthusiasts and couples.
Boat rides to Bat Island begin at 8 am every morning at Degaon pier, located about 1 kilometre from Baina beach. Entry fee for Bat Island is Rs 50. Snorkelling gear is available on rent for an additional Rs 100.
The peaceful and pristine Ashwem Beach is located in Mandrem, Pernem, North Goa. Ashwem is one of those beaches in Goa that are least crowded and popular among the locals. This beach is a great place for sunbathing and swimming since it has clean waters, calm waves and absolutely no rocks.
In addition to all its other attractions, Ashwem beach is home to Olive Ridley Turtles who come here every year between October and December to lay their eggs on the sand. Apart from turtles, there are other marine animals like dolphins and whales that can be spotted while enjoying water activities at Ashwem Beach.
Ashwem Beach is about 30 km from Kadamba Bus Stand in Panaji and 54.6 km from Dabolim Airport
Keri Beach is just 50 km away from Panjim/Panaji, making it a quick drive for anyone staying in the area.
The beach is gorgeous with white sand and beautiful beach shacks. The deep blue water is perfect for swimming or doing water sports like paragliding. During the monsoon season, it’s also a great place to see the Tiracol River flowing into the Arabian Sea.
It does have plenty of activities that are fun for whole families like biking, trekking, and sightseeing,paragliding.
This beach is a paradise for people who love to spend time in a quiet environment. The beach is very calm and the waves are not very strong. Coconut trees decorate the beach, providing shade to the visitors.
The calm waters and the beautiful surroundings of this beach make this place a very popular destination for those who want to spend some quality time with their loved ones. There are plenty of options available for accommodation ranging from 5 star hotels to budget-friendly resorts. You can also find budget-friendly homestays at velsao.
The waterfall is a picture of serenity with its sky high waterfalls and the water crashing down over rugged boulders. The cascading water turns milky white as it flows over smooth rocks and dense vegetation.
In addition to the main falls, there are two smaller but equally spectacular waterfalls nearby.
To reach the falls, visitors can take a morning walk from Harvalem village or drive all the way to the falls from Sanquelim village. Another option is to hail a boat from Dudhsagar resort near the falls.
7.The Arvalem caves.
Arvalem Caves is one of the most visited places in Goa. It is located at a distance of 29 km from Panjim and 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway station, in the Sanquelim village, District Bicholim. These caves dating back to the 6th century are famous for their mixed architecture.
The mythological legend says that these caves were originally used by Pandavas. It is believed that Pandavas stayed here during their exile period. Shivlingas can be seen here which confirms that they are Hindus’ cave. Some people believe that Buddhist monks too used it as a shelter.
The Sahyadri mountain range, located off Sankhali, Chorla in North Goa, is a beautiful hill station among the Western Ghats
Sahyadri offers scenic views of the surrounding Sahyadri ranges. The undulating hillsides are covered in dense foliage and accentuated by wild flowers and creeping vines that hang from overhanging branches. The area serves as a sanctuary for birds such as parrots and peacocks; butterflies such as the common brown butterfly and the crimson rose butterfly; jackals; various types of monkeys; and sloth bears. You can also see rare species of plants including orchids and bromeliads.
Netravali’s natural phenomenon draws visitors to the place with its continuous bubbles on the surface which are extremely fascinating to watch.
The ambiance of Netravali is quite fascinating. The lake, surrounded by mountains and dense forests, is completely void of human life. While you are watching the bubbles dance on the lake’s surface, you can hear only the sounds of birds chirping or an occasional monkey screech. You also have to be careful about the wild boars there but not to worry as they never bother humans.
10.ella church:Our Lady Of The Mount
the Church of Our Lady of the Mount, located in the village of Old Goa. This church is one of the oldest churches dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, in India. It is also known as Nossa Senhora Do Monte (meaning Our Lady of The Mount) and was built by the Portuguese in 1566. It is a must visit for anyone visiting Goa.
Also, it sits atop a small hill which provides stunning views of the city below during sunrise and sunset
It is best to visit this church early morning or late evening since it’s usually deserted during these times.
Goa has always been crowded with tourists and backpackers, but if you are looking for a quieter time of your life, look no further. Here’s the best 10 places to visit in Goa and where they are in order to get you away from crowds, and on an adventure in one of the most beautiful paradise destinations.