10 Hidden Places in Goa
Goa is India’s most popular beach destination.
In fact it’s so mainstream that many travelers want to stay away from the touristy crowd of the place. But there is more to Goa than crowded beaches and Love Passion Karma.
Here are 10 Hidden Places in Goa which tourists don’t even have on their lists.
Arvalem Caves — The rock cut caves are monuments of the pre-historic life in Goa, a time of Pandavas and Mahabharata. These caves (located 9kms south of Bicholim Town) are now a rather recent discovery and are said to be a hide out for Pandavas during their exile.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary — Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary are an epicenter of flora and fauna in Goa but remain one of the many hidden places in Goa. Where Mollen National Park boasts reptile spotting, the Wildlife Sanctuary is known for sights of leopards, gaur and sloth bears.
Chorla Ghats — Located in the north-eastern side of Goa- Karnataka- Maharashtra border, Chorla is a stunning misty tropical forest. And unexpected sight for people used to a beach-y image of Goa, the ghats are popular amongst eco-tourists.
Cumbarjua canal- If waiting for crocodiles in a sanctuary is too much effort, then take a ferry in the Cumbarjua canal to see crocodiles in the wild. The narrow creek is on the list of hidden places in Goa because not many venture into the muddy waters and thick mangrove for a sight of sunbathing crocs.
Harvalem Falls — This 50 meters waterfall is an underwhelming sight for those who have witnessed the Dudhsagar. But not many people know this isolated little waterfall and is great for spending some quiet time with the sound of water.
Netravalli, The Bubbling Lake — This little pond in Sanguem Taluka is must of the hidden places in Goa. If you clap your hands or step heavily on the steps, there is an immediate reaction from the water. The surface starts bubbling and is quite a fascinating sight. The reason is the accumulated methane gas from the vegetation underwater which escapes at the subtlest of movements. In fact you can get yourself a natural fish pedicure by dipping in feet for long enough.
Querim (Keri) Beach — Keri is the northernmost beach in Goa. Its beauty lies in the clean white sand, strong waves and the fact that you can see a river meeting the Arabian sea. A quiet beach with a few shacks, this is of those hidden places in Goa which solitary travelers run after.
Rivona Cave — Many don’t know that Goa has a rich Buddhist history and Rivona Cave is a living example of that. This Buddhist cave, carved in laterite rock is said to be the seat of a Buddhist Monk. The cave even has a stone sculpture of Buddha in ‘Bhumisparsha’ posture, belonging to the Mahayana Sect. On the insides of the cave Kadamba lion icons decorate the stone walls.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary — A ferry ride away from Ribandar, the Bird Sanctuary is located in the island of Chorao. During the migratory months birds come from as far as Siberia, and are best spotted early in the morning.
Savoi Spice Plantations — A completely organic garden which prohibits use of any pesticides or fertilizers, Savoi Spice Gardens are more than just a touristy spot. With a guide explaining how the history of Goa is intricately connected to its spices, a visit here is a must for anyone wanting to be more than a mainstream tourist. The place also demonstrates the distillation processes of cashew juices in the production of Goa’s famous Fenni.