Goa is one of the largest tourist attractions in India, not only for Indian tourists, but for people from across the world. For those looking to do something apart from just the touristy things, here are 5 places in Goa that need a little effort to be discovered, but when you do, they’ll surely take you to paradise!
- Cabo de Rama: The Cabo de Rama is a fort that the Portuguese rulers claimed after defeating King Soonda. Located in the south of Goa in Canacona, this fort is a ruinous marvel. It is the largest fort in Goa and is lined by a beach on one side. The locals of Goa claim it to be one of the most beautiful places in the country. The Cabo de Rama fort also houses the Santo Antonio church and offers one of the best views you’ll ever come across. The south of Goa is also home to some of the best beach resorts in Goa.
- Arvalem Caves: The Arvalem Caves, also known as Pandava Caves date back to the 6th century and are believed to be of Buddhist origin. Many also claim that it was under the reign of the Pandavas during their exile from their own kingdom. Either way, these caves are a sight to behold - with a sanctuary at one end and a ‘vihara’ (a Buddhist monastery).
- Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary: Also located in South Goa, is the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. A place where you can surround yourself with tall trees of different types and heights, some as tall as 30 metres. When it comes to the animal kingdom, the sanctuary houses some animal species indigenous to India such as the Indian pangolin and the Malabar pit viper and others such as the mouse deer, the four-horned antelope and the speckled piculet (a small bird from the woodpecker family).
- Chorla Ghats: Located at the intersection of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the Chorla Ghats make for the perfect nature destination where there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for some exotic rare species of wildlife, Chorla is home to the barred wolf snake. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, then partake in a jungle walk, go on a trek or see the Vajra waterfalls. With so much going for it, the Chorla Ghats are the perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts.
- Butterfly Beach: This is an obscure little haven located in Palolem in the south of Goa. The Butterfly beach is barely touched by the tourist influx and it’s a hidden gem you will find only if you’re an explorer. It is an ideal place for honeymooners because together you can sit by the powdery white sand and enjoy a breathtaking view of the translucent water. If you’re lucky, you might even spot dolphins. So, if you decide to go for your honeymoon, you have the option of staying in some of the best honeymoon resorts in Goa.
Keep these places in mind the next time you have a travel plans for Goa. Take a break from all the crowded party scenes and see Goa in a whole new light.