Because of its scenic beauty, its varied flora and fauna, its cultural diversity and its most well-known forever festive mood, Goa makes the perfect place to chill out and restore the peace of mind you need. Keeping these pointers in mind, below listed are few of the most offbeat places in Goa, so you get the best this place has to offer.
This isolated cove is one of the most serene yet isolated places in all of Goa. If you are closer to mother nature this is a place you must visit. The soft white sands of the beach, the vast beautiful sea, the lush green forest surrounding the cove all add up to an eye-soothing environment. The flora and fauna of the place appeal to not only biologists but also a variety of enthusiasts worldwide. You can often spot crabs, many different species of butterflies and dolphins peak from the seas quite often.
People either get here via boat from Agonda beach or trek through the jungle. The journey to this paradise itself is a treat. This place can be found at its best from the span of November to March.
If you love scuba diving or have never tried scuba diving, you should visit Grande Island. There you will get the experience of a lifetime when you go scuba diving underwater. Other than scuba diving, you can also go fishing and snorkeling there. And if you are lucky you may even spot a few dolphins while you’re there.
These are ancient caves that date back to the 6th Century. It is located close to the Harvalem Waterfalls and is also known as the Pandava Caves. Owing to its name, there are stories that say the Pandavas from the Mahabharata used to visit the cave to pray. There is shivlings present inside the caves. But there is a huge statue of Buddha nearby as well, so some claim the caves to be Buddhist.
There are many modes of transport for you to take if you are visiting the Arvalem caves, you can take a bus or a train as the nearest station is Vasco Da Gama railway station.
Our Lady of the Mount
The church of Our Lady of the Mount is located in a deserted area atop a hill. It is known to have splendid architecture and design. It usually gets overshadowed by the Basilica’s fame but from the church, you can get a beautiful view of the city. To reach the church you can hire a taxi or take a bus. The calmness of the place will make you feel whole once again.
Best time to visit would definitely be anytime between November and Marcha as the weather is beautiful during this time.
Amidst an evergreen jungle, you will find the most serene waterfalls, that is the Harvalem waterfalls. Not many people know about it, so you won’t find the common crowd there. You can enjoy your peace with your family or your friends and watch the pale white waters cascade through the rocks and fall on the lake.
If you are in search of a place of utmost serenity and you don’t want anything to bother you and your friends while you spend lazy hours on the beach sipping on coconut water and discussing good times as the sound of the waves breaking at your feet fill up the silence in between, this is the right place for you. This place is secluded and is quite different from the ever partying Goa mainland. You can visit the old temples found here that were established before the Portuguese came here.
The only means to reach this place is via Ferries that are deployed timely from the mainland. And you can turn up all throughout the year, whenever you are in need of mental peace.
It is a colorful piece of urban heaven located inside the capital city of Panjim. This place is the epitome of Portuguese cultural remains in India. With Portuguese influenced architecture, local food items, and dishes, you can truly be a part of the cultural diversity that India is famous for by visiting Fontainhas.
This is the only place in India where Portuguese is still the mother tongue for the locals.
These are some of the most offbeat places in Goa that will go on to restore your mental peace, refresh your thought process and give you the right mindset to tackle your daily life and overcome adversities with ease.
Author: Sayontoni Hazra
Author: Sayontoni Hazra