Top Ten Hidden Tourist Attractions in Goa
Goa is a very popular tourist destination in South India. It is considered as the Las Vegas of India. There are numerous beaches in this place and most of the Goa is crowded with tourist always. But, the interesting news is that many places in Goa have been overlooked by tourists due to some very popular attractions nearby.
These hidden tourist attractions are serving honeymooners and romantic travellers as a hidden and serene paradise. This article talks about the ten hidden places in Goa that you ought to visit.
1. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Goa is not just beaches and pubs. This wildlife sanctuary is a lush area of flora and fauna. You cannot find safaris here but, a good stroll would be enough to spot sloth bears, leopards and gaur.
2. Cumbarjua Canal
You can spot crocodiles in Cumbarjua canal too. Taking a ferry ride in this canal is an important activity. The thick mangrove trees and muddy waters give an adrenaline rush and it is also a romantic place. This narrow creek has been overlooked by a lot of tourists during Goa Tour.
3. Spice Plantation
Just like Kerala’s coffee plantation, you can take a stroll through the spice plantation here. You can find a lot of interesting spices that you would have never seen in the plant form. These plantations are completely organic. You can also find places for distillation of cashew juices. On the same note; Goa is famous for cashew wine called as fenni. You can buy a few bottles as a souvenir from markets.
Suggested Tour : 11 Days – Goa with Kerala Tours
4. The Bubbling Lake of Netravalli
This is a small muddy stepped pond in Sanguem. It is a serene place worth for strolling and romantic activities. But, the most important and interesting element is the water here. If you clap your hands near the pond or step heavily on the steps, the water surface in the pond starts bubbling. This is due to the accumulation of methane gas under the water. The water is clean and you can have a natural fish pedicure if you dip your feet into the pond for a considerable amount of time.
5. Chorla Ghats
The north-eastern border of Goa is filled with tropical forests. In the Karnataka–Maharashtra border of Goa, you can find wonderful hillocks and valleys. It is a hill station style of place in Goa. If you are fed up of beaches in Goa, this would be a good change.
6. Harvalem Falls
This falls is not too hidden. There are a few tourists who visit this falls and the caves near them. This waterfall is a good place for picnic. It will be relatively quieter than the Dudhsagar falls. Top attractions near the waterfalls are the Rudreshwar temple and the Arvalem caves. These caves were used by Pandavas during their exile. These caves are rock cut monuments of pre-historic period.
7. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
If you are in Ribandar, take a ferry ride to the island of Chorao. During early winter, you can spot a lot of migration birds here. Most of the birds are from Siberia. You can find most of the birds only in the morning. It would take a lot of patience to spot birds here. Thus, usually expert birdwatchers and adventure travellers visit this island. The ferry ride to this island is another attraction.
8. Keri Beach or Querim Beach
The northernmost beach is the Keri beach. It has white sand, roaring waters and a quiet beach. You can find a few shacks here. Due to the lack of any tourist attractions, this beach is usually overlooked. You can spot the place where the river meets the Arabian Sea from this beach. If you are looking for some lone time with your family or for a picnic experience, this beach is the right place.
Suggested Tour : 4 Days – Goa Beaches Tour
9. Fort Tiracol
This is a 17th century fort of Portuguese located in a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. The main attraction of this fort is the room arrangement here. There are seven rooms in this fort and each one is named after a day in the week. If you are visiting on a particular day, that room would have the most stunning view of all others. It is an architectural marvel. You can enjoy Goa styled lunch and cocktail here as you enjoy the beach. It is located very near to Keri beach.
10. Rivona Cave Goa
This attraction is for those who are ready to take adventure trips. This cave has a rich Buddhist history. This cave has a laterite rock that served as a Buddhist monk’s seat. You can find sculptures and paintings inside the cave.
These hidden gems are no way lesser in beauty or attraction. It is all about what you want to enjoy. Beaches and nightlife are important elements of Goa but, these hidden gems would give more experience and help you have a unique time in Goa.
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