Think Goa, and immediately your mind is bombarded with images of lazy beaches, colourful markets and flowing supply of beer. The party state of India has people coming in droves to have the time of their lives. From families to a group of friends, Goa evolved from being a tourist favourite to a land of escapism and embracing nature at its best. You may think lounging on the beaches or dining at the top restaurants in Goa is the true blue Goan tourist life. But there’s so much to explore beyond these sights. Hidden treasures are aplenty, less explored, more ethereal. Head to these spots for the loveliest time and experience everything quintessentially Goan:
Go kayaking in the backwaters
Backwaters and Goa together throw a lovely curveball to the traditional Goan trip. You can row across the quaint creeks and by the villages of Northern Goa; the daunting mangroves against clear skies are a sight to behold. Mandovi, Zuari, Nerul & Sal backwaters will be your go-to spots for some quiet time away from the commercial spots of the state.
Scuba-dive to spot shipwrecks
Scuba-diving as an activity is a visual marvel. Scores of vibrant underwater species whizzing past you can take your breath away. You can step into history and indulge in something more mysterious – shipwrecks close to Grande Island. Blown and sunk during the Second World War, the German and Italian ships rest on the seabed near Mormugao harbour. Be ready to be mesmerized and intimidated by their grandness, and enjoy the new spin to revisiting history in Goa.
Dip in for a mud bath
Close to the scenic Arambol beach is a bay hidden from the main road. The natural sweet-water lake is supplemented by the hot water springs, creating that perfect outlet that are perfect for lounging in to sit back with a can of beer. The natural clay belt around the lake makes for a great rejuvenating mask for skin. Make your own mask and bathe yourself for a fresher looking skin.
Explore the Goan caves
Goan caves date back to the 6th century and are present in different parts of the state. The mystery behind Arvalem caves’ origin is fascinating with the locals sharing different stories. The cave’s incredible rock cut foundations and the air of mystery is what you’ll take back from here. Rivona Caves in South Goa is said to have served as a Buddhist monk’s meditation seat. The cave also houses beautiful sculptures and paintings that’ll take you back into time. Soak in the peace of the environment to get in touch with your inner self.
Head to the Forts
Cabo De Rama, Tiracol, Sinquerim are some of the unexplored forts that are a photographer’s delight. Exquisite Portuguese architecture and stunning view of the sea merging with horizon are just some of the perks visiting these forts. Less crowds mean great picnic spots if you’re travelling with family or a group of friends. Get ready to capture some lovely shots for your social media against the expanse of the clear sky and fort surroundings.
To catch all of these and have a perfect trip, it’s essential to nail your online hotel booking in Goa with the right place to stay. The luxuriously comfortable The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa, strategically located at Canacona by Raj Baga, would be your best choice. Their elegant rooms and suites provide the much-needed comfort after a day’s sightseeing or play time at the beaches. Their fine-dine eating options are absolutely flawless; from Corta’s beach shack to the peaceful Gazebo. Plan your vacation at The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa to explore Goa the way it is meant to be!