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Ravinder Malik Nov 21 2014

What is there to Goa beyond beaches?

Jigyasha Prasad Nov 21 2014
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There is a lot to Goa beyond beaches. Goa is one place which is best visited during winters and while beaches are a major tourist draw here, the state has other things on its plate for people who seek new experiences. So, its time to take the road less travelled on your next vacation and go an extra mile from your typical Goa holiday package.

1. Chorla Ghats

Part of the majestic Western Ghats, Chorla Ghats, at a height of 800 meters, promises a bird’s eye views of the adjoining Sahyadri Mountain Range. It is about 50 km from the main Panaji Road, on its north east side. Don’t forget to bring your camera along!

Chorla Ghats (by Saleel Kudchadker)

2. Chapora Fort

The magnificent Chapora Fort atop a hill dominates Vagator. Even first-time visitors will recognize the fort from movies such as Dil Chahta Hai. Built way back in 1717 by Goa’s viceroy, the Count of Ericia, the fort is a delightful place for the views it offers on all sides. Take a Panjim to Chapora Fort cab to reach this spot within 15 minutes.

Chapora Fort (by JotaCartas)

View from Chapora Fort (by Os Rupias)

3. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Housing the famous Mollem National Park, a day’s trip to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary will allow you to spend some time in the company of exotic flora and fauna. It is also home to Mahadeva Temple and the Tambdi Waterfall.

A view from Mollem National Park

Mahadeva Temple, Mollem National Park (by Marcus334)

4. Dudhsagar Waterfall

Located about 40 km from Panaji, Dudhsagar Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India. You can enjoy a lot of activities like trekking, swimming and photography when you are here. These falls are the perfect example of there being a lot to Goa beyond beaches.

Dudh Sagar Waterfall (by Purshi)

Dudh Sagar Waterfall (by Sharat Chandra)

5. Magnificent Churches

There are a number of number of ethereal churches in Goa which are spread across every patch of the state. All the churches here are superb examples of late Renaissance, early baroque architecture, which follow the sumptuous, composite Portuguese style of ornamentation that is called Manueline (after the Portuguese king Dom Manuel).

A famous church in Goa

A famous church in Goa

6. Colourful Festivals and Rocking Concerts

Goa gets more and more excuses for entertainment and fun during the winter season. These excuses come in the form of festivals like Christmas, New Year, Sunburn and Goa Carnival. You must try and catch one of the several annual music concerts lined up for the months of November, December and January.

Goa Carnival (by Andy Weisner)

Sunburn Festival (by Pdmsunburn)

7. Eating Out

Restaurants in Goa are a pure delight for those who love food! From absolutely delectable sea food to exotic varieties of Continental delights, this foodie abode shall not disappoint. There are a number of fine dining as well as local eateries which are just perfect for enjoying Goan as well international cuisines. Some famous names include Thalassa, Viva Panjim, Upper House, Plantain Leaf and La Page among others.

Thalassa Restaurant (from official website of Thalassa)

Goan cuisine (from official Facebook page of Upper House)

8. Spice Plantation

Spice farms dot Goa, and a cluster of these around Ponda are open to visitors. Practically all use organic methods of cultivation. Take a guided tour and enjoy a mouth-watering Goan Saraswat at the end of the tour. Some famous options are Sahakari Spice Farm, Pascol Spice Village, Savoi Plantation and Tropical Spice Plantation.

Sahakari Spice Plantation (from official website of Sahakari Plantation)

Sahakari Spice Plantation (from official website of Sahakari Spice Plantation)

9. Shop Till You Drop

Shopping in Goa is an incredible experience with a lot to choose from. There are two categories of shopping here, the first one is visiting up-market boutiques for good quality curios, antiques, handicrafts, and silks or embroidered items and other is the shopping from the ever famous flea markets on Goan beaches.

Shopping at Flea Market

Anjuna Flea market (by Artist in doing nothing)

10. Try Your Luck at Casinos

Goan casinos are magnificently built and their bright, twinkling lights make them hard to miss once you’re in Goa. There are, at present, 12 casinos in Goa, out of which 5 float on the River Mandovi! The most famous ones are Casino Carnival and Chances Casino Resort.

Casino Royal (from official Facebook page of Casino Royal)

Chances Casino Resort (from official Facebook page of Chances Casino Resort)

Plan something different when you head to this thriving tourist destination this time and explore Goa beyond beaches!

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