Goa Beyond Beaches Top Offbeat Experiences

Goa isn't all beaches and shacks. From fort hopping to treks that lead to hidden waterfalls, this popular all-time favourite destination hides many secrets
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Goa, a well-known tourist destination, has a lot more to offer than just its magnificent beaches and shacks. One can explore the hidden waterfalls on scenic treks that offer breathtaking views of the surroundings or can hop between the historic forts to witness the rich cultural heritage of the place. This enchanting place is full of surprises that will leave you awestruck.

Fort Hopping

The forts of Goa add to the city's magnificence. Most of these forts were built by the Portuguese, who ruled the city for about 450 years. The sturdy fortifications and tall towers magnify the heritage of the city. What adds to the view is the rising fortresses dotted by the vast sea. Besides the historical aspect, these forts are great for sightseeing. With about 11 forts, including Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Corjeum Fort, and Reis Magos Fort, fort hopping in Goa is worth every penny. Despite being relatively small compared to other forts in the country, the Goan forts stand out for their historical uniqueness.

Stroll Through Spice Plantations

With a spice plantation as old as 200 years old, Savoi Spice Plantation is a must-visit spot. This family-owned plantation has the most hospitable vibe offering tourists an enriching spice tour while enjoying fresh refreshments during sightseeing. Tropical Spice Plantation is another must-visit spice hub in Goa. With trees like cashew, betel nut, palm trees, papayas, and star fruit, visitors will get a first-hand view of how spices are made from these tropical trees. Besides, there is also an open-air restaurant to relish food made of authentic herbs freshly plucked from the farm. Other plantations include Pascoal Spice Village, Sahakari Spice Farm and Tanshikar Spice Farm. For those seeking leisure, spending a day at these plantations is an ideal way to wrap up your Goa tour. 

Explore Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

This 240 square km wide protected natural habitat is touted to be Goa's largest wildlife reserve. Located on the Goa-Karnataka border, the wildlife sanctuary has several tourist attractions like Dudhsagar Falls, Mollem National Park, Tambdi Surla Temple, and Devil's Canyon. Besides, the availability of various plants, birds and animals will please the visitors' eyes. The wildlife reserve is ideal for those seeking to hike in the forests. 

See The Rock Carvings

Spot Goa's prehistoric souvenirs at the Usgalimar Rock Carvings. A mini road trip is all you require to get to this historically-enriching place. The best part about the site is that you will find minimal footfall here, giving you ample space and time to dig deeper into the history of the place. Find over 100 intricate prehistoric remnants, believed to have been discovered in 1923. All of these carvings signify tribal art as old as 30,000 years old.

Trek At Todo Waterfalls

With beaches and shacks dominating the tourist landscape of Goa, a trekking trail may not make it to your travel itinerary. However, the Todo Waterfalls have made it possible. Located in a small town named Netravali, trekking at Todo Waterfalls offer a perfect respite to adventure seekers. Walk through the dense greens surrounded by small streams and mountainous terrains and experience a hilly thrill in Goa.

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