When we think about Goa, the words ‘party’ and ‘beaches’ pop up in our minds. However, this state is a culmination of incredible beaches, glorious architecture, dreamy quarries, diverse wildlife, delectable cuisines, interesting museums and off-beat activities for the ones seeking to escape the ordinary. As exciting as it is to enjoy the parties and seafood offered by Goa, there are plenty of other things to do in Goa that will help you uncover the true essence of this seaside state.
We have compiled a list of off beat things to do in Goa to set you up for an unparalleled adventure on your next holiday.
1. Go Dolphin Spotting
Quaint beaches in South Goa such as Palolem, Mobor and Cola Beach offer boat tours where you can just sit back and head to the middle of the ocean while enjoying the scenery and spot dolphins on the way. While there, you must experience the luxury of staying at a private beach hotel in Goa. Book your stay at The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa, located at Raj Baga Beach in South Goa. It offers you the ultimate lavish experience. Baroque-Portuguese style architecture, landscaped gardens, an international standard double-T-9-hole links golf course, and a spa help you relax after you return from your dolphin spotting tour.
2. Enjoy Sea Views From a Hot Air Balloon
One of the best things to do in Goa, is to take in the glorious view of the sea from 900 feet up in the air. You can experience this unique hot-air balloon ride from Chandor village located in South Goa.
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3. Visit the Special Unknown Museums of Goa
Goa’s culture and history lie preserved in its unique museums including the BigFoot Museum, Goa Chitra Museum and Houses of Goa Museum. True to their name, these museums have exhibits from renowned artists and transport you to the rich and ancient Goan culture.
4. Go Underwater Sea Walking at Baina Beach
As the name suggests, this interesting adventure lets you walk on the sea bed while enjoying the sea life around you near Piccante Island. This activity requires you to know swimming. You can spt some of the most beautiful corals and marine life while you dive into a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 feet underwater. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience.
5. Visit a Butterfly Conservatory
Located in the Ponda district and spread over 4000 square meters, the butterfly conservatory will leave you mesmerized by its natural beauty. The conservatory houses more than a hundred species of butterflies that you can spot during the walk in its gardens.
6. Experience the Luminescent Sea at Night at Betalbatim Beach
This pristine beach features clear water, golden sand, lesser shacks and has fewer tourists. If you wish to take a dip in the sea, you can totally go ahead, as it’s safe for swimming. If you just want to sit back, throw your feet up and relax, this is THE place to be. However, what follows is something mysterious; if you’re hanging out on the beach at night, you’ll see the sea water glow. Many believe that the ocean reflects the light of the moon, but scientifically, it’s because of the bioluminescent phytoplanktons that live in tides of the water.
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7. Visit Fort Cabo de Rama
This medieval hillfort on the coast of Canacona, Goa gets its name from Lord Rama. Legend has it that Sita, Lord Rama’s wife, took refuge at this fort when they were exiled for 14 years. The fort also provides breathtaking views of the entire length of Colva beach and the Canacona stretch.
8. Go Kayaking
Goa is known for adventurous water activities, and also offers a variety of them for you to unleash your inner fearless self. One of the offbeat things to do in Goa, is rowing across the beautiful creeks which cross the villages of northern Goa. Enjoy mesmerizing views and nature’s tranquility to its best by going Kayaking at spots like Penha de Franca and Mandrem Beach. Add this activity to your list to make unforgettable memories.
Besides these off-beat attractions, some activities you can consider are white water rafting at Mhadei River, quad biking at Mandrem Beach, trek to Dudhsagar falls and more. Some must visit offbeat places in South Goa include Sal Estuary, Betul Lighthouse, Rivona Buddhist Caves, Quepem Salaulim Dam, Curdi and Sadolxem Bridge at Canacona.
Now that you have the list of the most exciting off-beat adventures of Goa, take up the much-awaited trip and make your stay comfortable and luxurious at The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa!