A bit of beach hopping, parties, lazing at the shacks and sipping on Feni – that almost covers the entire itinerary if you are one of the tourists in Goa. But a real traveller wouldn’t be satisfied with just that.
To experience the real Goa and get your heartbeat thumping, you ought to dig a bit deeper and explore places that go beyond the beaches. Here are some of the most amazing things to indulge in to make the most of your trip to Goa-
- Stroll Through Fontainhas, Goa’s Latin Quarter
Get transported to the colonial era at Fontainhas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the numerous cobbled streets and witness the traditional Portuguese houses and structures in their best form. Do visit the Chapel of St. Sebastian which is quite popular for its pristine white façade and Maruti Temple that offers unrestricted views of the town. Another sight that quite makes an impression is the Gitanjali Art Gallery. The place also boasts of some of the best places to eat in Goa for you to satisfy your taste buds.
- Explore The Old Goa
What cannot be missed in Goa are the quaint, whitewashed churches dotting the entire countryside. The Portuguese legacy is quite apparent in the region since Old Goa was under the Portuguese rule for about 400 years. Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the decomposing corpse of St. Francis Xavier is rested, is a famous attraction to explore and discover some fascinating facts. Strolling around old Goa is similar to getting lost amidst the Portuguese and Baroque styles of architecture.
- Marvel At The Historical Forts
Goa’s colourful history has presented it with many crumbling forts. Some of the most prominent ones are the Chapora Fort offering panoramic vistas of the beaches and seas, the Aguada Fort housing a Portuguese style lighthouse, the Reis Magos Fort offering breathtaking views of the Mandovi river and the Arabian Sea, and many more. Spending time at one of these forts calls for an amazing offbeat experience.
- Go Cave Exploration
Although not widely known, the spectacular caves of Goa await a traveller’s exploration. Some of the best ones to add to your itinerary include the Lamgao Buddhist Caves that impress with their rock cut carvings, Harvalem Caves dating back to the 6th century, Rivona Caves exuding rich historical vibes, and the Khandepar Caves that date back to the 10th century.
Book one of the five-star hotels in Goa but try these offbeat experiences to paint a different picture of Goa, showcasing its tranquil and calm side this weekend.