Goa screams of gorgeous beaches lined with beautiful palm trees, romantic sunsets and clear sparkling waters under spectacular azure skies. However, it offers numerous unexplored activities that may not feature in the run-of-the-mill to-do list. The quaint winding lanes and streets, picturesque Portuguese heritage homes, magnificent churches and cathedrals give a glimpse into Goa’s fascinating history. Once a thriving Portuguese colony, Goa has a delightful mix of charming Portuguese and Indian culture with an abundance of unexplored treasures off the beaten track.
Revealed here are 10 unique ways to discover Goa in a new light.
Give the usual sites a skip and explore fascinating rock carvings dating back almost 10,000 years to the Mesolithic Period or Stone Age. These ancient ‘Petroglyphs’, discovered in 1993 on the banks of the Kushavati River in Usgalimal village by villagers and a team of archaeologists, have been carved on hard surfaces of laterite rock making them unique. The designs depict animals and aspects of people’s lives in a bygone era.
For an unusual fishing activity, try catching crabs in the backwaters or the seaside of Goa! Sign up for a crab catching tour, head towards Sinquerim Jetty in North Goa and learn the various techniques to catch these snappy crustaceans. Seafood lovers can savour their day’s catch, cooked in traditional Goan style.
If a spooky adventure is your thing, head to Devil’s Canyon in Mollem National Park. The pristine spot is hard to miss as is the eerie chill you feel here. The raging river, deep below, slices the gorge into the solid rock which is dangerous and slippery. A spooky lore narrates the tale of an angry demon residing in the river, who cursed this place when a local villager stole his fish. The haunting silence felt even today, can be quite chilling!
Beaches are the distinct personality of Goa. But who knew Goa has numerous spice plantations too? Take a spice trek and awaken your senses! Walk through Savoi and Sahakar plantations and take in the aroma of fresh spices. Catch a break from the chaos to enjoy the beauty of natural surroundings.
Witness the rarest and delicate butterfly species in the world fluttering away in their natural habitat. Watch these winged creatures delightfully gather nectar from beautiful flowers that add to the magic of the serene surroundings.
For an extraordinary thrill in the sea, try flyboarding. Set off on this thrilling hydro flight activity by wearing a device that springs you up in the air. Instructors are available to guide you through this unique and unusual beach activity.
Get a whole new perspective by floating high up in the air with family and friends. Head to Chandor village in South Goa for hot air ballooning. Soaring in a colourful hot air balloon promises an exquisite experience.
Hop on dolphin cruises from Fort Aguada or Panaji Jetty in Goa for rare dolphin sightings. With safety arrangements in place, you may even be able to jump into the sea and play with these friendly creatures.
Goa is synonymous with sun, surf and beach parties. Yoga seems like quite an unlikely activity here. However, Goa offers relaxing yoga centres and retreats to help you get centred and calm, away from the maddening crowds.
Head to Galibaga Beach in South Goa for one of the most unusual experiences. On winter nights, witness the protected Olive Ridley turtles crawling towards their nesting grounds on the shores of this serene beach. Wait until midnight to catch a glimpse of turtles hatching in their natural surroundings.
Make the next trip to Goa unforgettable by exploring its best-kept secrets. To quote the poet Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. ” So, go ahead and take the road less travelled by next time you visit Goa.0