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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the places one can explore around Goa?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Goa, as a land of plenty, will certainly not allow you to go too far from its precincts. It has a surreal charm that has been wooing tourists from all across the world from time immemorial. But while you are devouring the perks of your Goa holiday package, try to get away to some alluring places around it for a complete experience. Sneak away from the hustle bustle to these tempting places to visit near Goa:


  • Sawantwadi

If Indian art, culture and handicrafts interest you, a quick tour of Sawantwadi is a must on a trip to Goa. With just 80 kms of a pleasant stretch and an hour's distance, it's certainly a stone's throw from Goa. Apart from the diverse flora and fauna, the lure at Sawantwadi lies in exquisite paintings, wooden toys, pottery artifacts, bamboo products and many other handcrafted products that you can get here. Pack your bags with some interesting gifts for your loved ones, for you can't get it anywhere else.

Spend a day or two at this eco hotspot that lies in the towering Sahayadri Hills near Goa. It's nestled at less than 2 hours and approximately 111 kms away from Goa, and is sought by vacationers looking for a cosy, hill-station near Goa. Take a Goa to Amboli cab for a comfortable road trip. Amboli is for the solitude seekers who are eager to spend some time in repose, away from din and the maddening crowd of the cities. The unusually heavy rainfall of Amboli is its main attraction, for it bathes the hill with a strange calmness and waterfalls that seem to sprout out from nowhere.


  • Karwar

If the little wonders of world woo you more passionately than the bigger, more celebrated ones, Karwar is just the place for you. You can give a more-than-welcome turn to your Goan vacation by reaching Karwar in just 1.5 hours, covering 87 kms of road distance. Karwar has managed to retain the old world charm of the days when it was one of the major trading centres for the Dutch, the British and the Portuguese. Mark a day on your itinerary for Karwar for it houses attractions like Oyster Rock Lighthouse, Sadashivgad Fort, Karwar Beach, Devkar Falls, High Church, Maruti Temple and much more.

At just about 155 kms away from Goa, the temple town of Gokarna draws a vast number of travel buffs. A pleasant, scenic drive of 2.5 hours from Goa will land you in the throes of Gokarna. You'll have the Western Ghats on one side and the roaring Arabian Sea on the other on your road to this scenic town. Soak in nature's bounty as the winding road leads you through some breathtaking views and turns. Starkly different from the bustling seaside of Goa, you can leisurely stroll around at the famous Gokarna beaches, namely Kuddle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach, Om Beach and Gokarna Beach. You can also give a religious turn to your trip by paying obeisance to Hindu deities at the famous temples - Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganpathi Temple, Uma Maheshwari Temple, Venkataramana Temple and a score of other temples. And if you are lucky enough to land at Gokarna at the time of Shivratri, a major Hindu festival, you are in for the experience of a lifetime. Gokarna brings out all the pomp and fervour that's associated with this festival.


  • Jog Falls

Drive down towards Jog Falls that lies some 261 kms from Goa for a memorable time. You'll come face to face with this awe-inspiring natural wonder after a 4 hour drive from Goa. Swooping down from a height of 830 feet, it's India'ssecond highest waterfall! Let your heart skip a beat, as you see rainbows forming out of thin air at noontime, when sunrays play some wonderful tricks with the misty spray of water from the falls. Enchanting!

Though Goa as a tourist destination has much more than you can imagine, satiate the wanderer in you by walking some extra miles. Find cheap air tickets on ixigo. A trip to Goa will take on the hues of an odyssey when you spend a day or two at these picturesque places.

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