5 Offbeat Things to Do in Goa
Do you think Goa is all about beaches? Think again! There are many things to do in Goa which do not involve the beach. Monsoon is one the best season to visit Goa if you want to enjoy experiences that are off the beaten path. It is the time when you can explore the hidden gems Goa has to offer. Go on trails that offer the most breathtaking views of the Western Ghats, trek to waterfalls, swim in the quarries, visit the churches in Old Goa, walk around Fontainhas. The beaches may not be accessible, but there’s a lot more to Goa than just its beaches.
Monsoons are the time where you can have a true adventure in Goa and take the road less travelled. Here are some offbeat things to do in Goa on your next vacation.
If you’re a water baby and are missing the beaches, you can fulfill your desires by visiting the quarries. Quarries are large, deep pits which have been excavated. During the monsoons, these quarries fill up with rain water, becoming a natural swimming pool surrounded by greenery. The monsoon months of July, August and early September are the best times to visit these quarries since the monsoon is in full swing in Goa.
If you’re looking for adventure and offbeat activities to do in Goa, you can visit the waterfalls. Many monsoon trails open up which take you to gushing waterfalls. There are many tour operators that arrange treks to the various waterfalls in Goa. You can choose the difficulty levels based on your fitness levels and go on one of these treks. You will discover some of the most beautiful spots and witness majestic waterfalls you will remember for years to come.
While most people crowd the same churches in Old Goa, you can drive further and find some beautiful and dilapidated churches. The Portuguese culture and heritage ooze from the architecture of these magnificent churches. During the monsoons their beauty is magnified with the surrounding greenery. Don’t forget to catch the sunset from the Our Lady of Mouth Chapel. It’s a sight to remember and treasure!
The Latin quarter of Panjim has so much colour and character! Walking around the narrow lanes of Fontainhas visiting with the quaint cafes, bars, and bakeries on the side is one of the best things to do in Goa. Fontainhas is a UNESCO heritage site, and is one of the most picturesque areas in the country. Confiteria 31 De Janeiro Bakery, Joseph’s Bar, and Cafe Bodega are some of the places you can visit in this area.
Feni is a local Goan drink made out of cashews and coconuts. There are many distilleries in Goa which offer tours and explain the process of making this delicious and very potent drink. Some distilleries also offer tasting trips. You will get a platter with a variety of food items. You can pair the drink with various food items and see for yourself which combinations work and which don’t. This is an offbeat experience you shouldn’t miss when in Goa.
These offbeat experiences in Goa are best enjoyed with a comfortable stay. Plan your stay at one of Club Mahindra’s resorts in Goa. There are two resorts in Varca Goa located in South Goa, one resort in Madgaon which is in central Goa, and one resort in the bustling North Goa. If you’re looking to enjoy an offbeat experience you can visit the Resort in North Goa by Club Mahindra Assonora. The resort has a water park where you and your family can have a fun-filled day. The water park has a lazy river and many water slides to make your stay exciting and more enjoyable. The resort also offers many amenities that ensure you have a comfortable stay.
There are so many offbeat things to do in Goa. There is a lot of natural beauty to explore and experiences to be had. So, plan your next trip and make sure to include the above things to do in Goa in your itinerary.