10 Places To Visit Near Goa

OT Staff


Ranked as the topmost summer destination this year by Indians in a MakeMyTrip survey, Goa’s sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, and stunning built and natural heritage attract millions of visitors every year. Check out these unique destinations within 100km of the state for some added relaxation.

A catamaran at Baga Beach | Shutterstock


This scenic town is 57km from Panaji and is situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Sawantwadi during the pre-independence era. Moti Lake and the Sawantwadi Palace are its top attractions.

Sawantwadi Palace | Shutterstock


Amboli is 60km from Arambol in north Goa. This picturesque hill station’s most popular attractions are the Amboli Falls, the Madhavgad Fort, Shirgaonkar Point and the Hiranyakeshi Temple.

Kavalshet Point in Amboli | Shutterstock


Just 13km from Polem in south Goa is Karwar. This seaside paradise is a multicultural destination home to Konkani-, Kannada- and Marathi-speaking communities. It is famous for its historic monuments, beaches and seafood cuisine.

Anashi Waterfall in Karwar | Shutterstock


Vengurla is 63km from Panaji and is surrounded by lush green foliage consisting of cashew, mango, coconut and berry trees. Visitors will have an enjoyable time at its Snow Park, the Splashdown Waterpark and Sagareshwar Beach.

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Tarkarli is 77km from Arambol. This remote place in Maharashtra receives an influx of tourists looking to snorkel and scuba dive in the clear waters of the Arabian Sea. Don’t miss out on a gentle boat ride through the Karli backwaters.

Herons in Tarkarli | Shutterstock


Also known as Belgaum, Belagavi is 50km from Surla in north Goa. Due to its location in the Western Ghats, the place is a feast for the eyes with its green forests, lakes and waterfalls. Its built heritage consists of temples, mosques and churches.

The Kamal Basadi is a Jain temple | Shutterstock

Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary

Just 68km from Surla, this sanctuary is known for its Barapede Caves, the only known breeding area of the Wroughton’s free-tailed bat. The sanctuary is also home to the velvet-fronted nuthatch, the grey Malabar hornbill, the Malabar trogon and the common emerald dove.

The elusive Malabr trogon | Shutterstock


Gokarna is 69km from Polem and is a key pilgrimage site for Hindus. Its pristine beaches attract holidaymakers looking to relax amid coconut and palm trees. Surfing is a popular activity with visitors, too.

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Tilari Waterfalls

The Tilari Falls of Maharashtra are 90km from Panaji. These three picturesque waterfalls are surrounded by greenery and a foggy landscape. The falls are best enjoyed during the monsoon season.

The Tilari Falls are a group of three waterfalls | Shutterstock


This place combines natural beauty and adventure activities in just 8.5 square kilometres. Best of all, it is only 88km from Sonaulim in Goa. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular activities. Do explore the Kali Tiger Reserve and the Kavala Caves.

Whitewater rafting in Dandeli | Shutterstock

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