The dazzling Indian state of Goa is a treat in itself for travellers coming from across the globe. Famous for its beaches, nightlife, and seafood, Goa also has many well known as well as offbeat attractions. We have listed down some of the lesser known attractions and places along with a few of the more famous ones.
- Grand Island
Grand Island is a mystifying secret in the west of Morumugao peninsula in South Goa. A perfect place to discover the underwater beauty of Arabian Sea; it’s a treat for scuba divers. Adventure junkies can indulge in activities such as fishing and treasure hunting. Enjoy the clear water excursions along with various other tours.
- Bats Island
Also known as The Pequeno Island, the beautiful place boasts a small green stretch and a beach. The Bats Island is in the vicinity of Baina Beach of Vasco-da-Gama. Enjoy scuba diving and spot sea cucumbers, butterfly fish, parrot fish, brain coral, squirrel fish, angel fish, and more of marine life.
- Fort Aguada
Overlooking the Sinquerim Beach, this Portuguese fort narrates the stories of a bygone era. Built in 1613, it is a prominent landmark in Goa’s history. It was the Portuguese line of defence against the Dutch.
- Chapora Fort
Another gem from the bygone era, Chapora Fort offers many mesmeric views of the Arabian Sea. It is an 18th century construction mostly in shambles now; travellers can see stone walls, bastions with cylinder shaped turrets, and a gate.
Known as one of the original beach shacks in Goa, Curlies at the Anjuna Beach is a pleasant place to enjoy. Unwind with your favourite cocktails whilst cherishing the stunning views of the Arabian Sea.
- Netravali – Budbudi Tal
Visit the amazing Bubble Lake or Budbudi Tal in Sanguem. Interestingly, it is marked by continuous emergence of bubbles which gush out in full force when someone claps.
- Cumbarjua Canal
Wilderness at its best! Travellers can visit Cumbarjua Canal to witness giant crocodiles with dagger teeth here. Merging into the thick mangrove forest near Cumbarjua village, it is an intimidating place with muddy banks.
- Chorla Ghats
Nestled on the north-eastern side of Goa-Maharashtra- Karnataka boundaries, Chorla Ghats attracts nature lovers from all places. This tropical forest is perfect to indulge in bird-watching, butterfly spotting, and much more.
- Galgibaga Beach
Quite a pristine beach, it is also the seasonal hatching site for the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. Travel down to Galgibaga beach for a tropical retreat and tranquillity. It is also famous as the Turtle Beach and the best time to spot hatching is from December to February.
- Betul Beach
Quite an isolated destination, Betul Beach is easily accessible from Margao. Enjoy serene views of coastal fishing villages alongside the shimmering beach sands. Ride the Cavelossim-Assolna ferry from Morbor Beach to reach here through the Sal River. A 17th century fort is also quite close to the beach.