Goa remains the undisputed party capital of India. The northern part of the state is a melting pot for party lovers besides being home to some of the best beaches and natural attractions. On the other hand, South Goa remains relatively unexplored despite offering a culmination of seaside attractions, an insight into the Portuguese culture, historic landmarks, unique museums and nature parks. Lesser crowds in South Goa account for more cleanliness on the beaches, fewer traffic jams and ample peaceful time which is as appealing as it gets.
If you are looking forward to visiting South Goa any time soon (it’s the season!) then the following list will be useful for you. Read on to know more about the best things to do in South Goa for a peaceful yet adventurous time.
5 Best Things To Do In South Goa
1. Explore Beaches
While this goes without saying, exploring the stunning beaches of South Goa should be at the top of your itinerary. The beaches here provide you with unique experiences that you will cherish for life and although there are several sandy attractions, here are the top four ones that you just can’t miss.
One of the top South Goa attractions, Palolem Beach is a traveller’s delight lined with beautiful palm trees and golden sand. The beach is perfect for adventure sports and equally amazing to catch a gorgeous sunset. While you’re there, you can also explore the Palolem Market which is lined with jewellery shops, clothes vendors and home decor shops.
A unique beach where a picturesque backwater lagoon meets the sea, Cola Beach is a must-visit destination in South Goa. Besides enjoying a laidback day here, you can also go kayaking in the lagoon to add some much-needed adrenaline to your visit. The way to the beach requires some off-roading, so do consult with the locals to reach here.
Raj Baga Beach
Raj Baga beach is situated 4 km south of Palolem Beach, in the Canacona region. Amidst Baroque-Portuguese style architecture and traditional Goan design touches, you can experience the perfect beach hideout at The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort, Goa – one of the best private beach resorts in Goa. Indulge in the area’s water adventures with kayaking and waterskiing, visit the Holy Cross Chapel-Baradi, or take a stroll and witness the natural beauty at Raj Baga and Patnem Beach.
A secluded yet scenic spot, Butterfly Beach is best described by its name as plenty of butterfly species reside here. The beach itself is as quaint as they come and is perfect for spending a relaxing day with your significant other. One of the easiest ways to reach this beach is by hopping on a ferry from the neighbouring Palolem or Agonda Beach.
One of the four beaches which is a nesting ground for Ridley Turtles in Goa, Agonda Beach is perfect for spending a day relaxing and watching the sunset. You can also partake in activities such as dolphin spotting and kayaking at this beach.
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2. Visit the Churches
The influence of Portuguese culture on the state of Goa is reflected in its architecture, especially its churches. South Goa is home to numerous churches that should take up a considerable amount of space on your itinerary. Some of the best ones that should not be missed include:
Our Lady of Remedios Church
Located in Betalbatim, Our Lady of Remedios Church is believed to have been built in the year 1630. The church has a stunning white exterior surrounded by lush green lawns that looks equally beautiful during the day and night.
Saviour of the World Church
Designed in the Mannerist Neo-Roman style of architecture, Saviour of the World Church is one of the oldest in the state and is truly a sight to behold. You can visit this shrine located in Loutolim between 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on any day.
St. Alex Church
Located on the banks of Angoddi Tollem Lake, St Alex Church is believed to have been built in 1597. Its white facade is majestic and perfectly depicts the rich history of the region.
3. Visit Wildlife Sanctuaries
While beaches form one natural aspect of South Goa, the presence of wildlife sanctuaries enhances its beauty. You can explore the best flora and fauna of the state at these parks and sanctuaries.
Mollem National Park
Animals such as wild boar, barking deer and bonnet macaques are not the only residents of the Mollem National Park – this beautiful natural attraction is also home to more than 120 species of birds that you can spot while taking a safari through its trail.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are looking forward to exploring exotic flora and fauna including rare species of animals such as the Indian Pangolin, Malabar Trogon and more then you should surely spend a day at the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.
Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary
A coveted spot for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the southeastern part of Goa. While you’re here, you can spot a variety of animals as well as birds which are rarely seen elsewhere.
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4. Take A Trip Through History At Forts and Museums
South Goa is home to some of the most unique museums in all of India and it is for this reason that the following ones are a part of your visit.
Indian Naval Aviation Museum
Depicting the evolution of naval aviation in the country, the Indian Naval Aviation Museum is one of the most famous South Goa attractions. The museum has various interesting features including a cafe, movie theatre and exhibits about flying.
Goa Chitra Museum
With more than 4000 exhibits, Goa Chitra Museum takes you through the rich history and culture of the state. The museum has numerous artefacts ranging from staple foods to musical instruments and agricultural tools.
Cabo De Rama Fort
One of the oldest forts in Goa, Cabo De Rama Fort is a must-visit spot owing to its numerous legends and magnificent architecture. The fort is now home to the Church of San Antonio which offers amazing views of the magnificent Arabian sea.
5. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping With Adventure Activities
Adventure activities are amongst the best things to do in South Goa. The southern part of the state offers ample exciting activities that will surely make your trip a memorable one. You can explore some of the activities listed below.
Hot Air Balloon
A unique experience that you can check out in Chandor, a hot air balloon ride will offer you stunning views of the sea along with a picturesque sight of the Goan landscape.
While South Goa has plenty to explore on land, you can also experience the rich flora and fauna underwater by trying your hand at scuba diving.
Jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides and kayaking are just a few of the many water sports that you can try along the beaches of South Goa. You can easily find these sports on Palolem Beach, Bogmolo Beach and more.
As you start planning your trip here, you can book a stay with us at The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa, one of the leading resorts in Goa to experience the perfect culmination of luxury and comfort. Located at Raj Baga Beach, offering stunning views of nature, the resort is fully equipped to help you unwind and make precious memories with your loved ones.