Regular things to do in Goa such as water sports on the beaches, club-hopping, binge boozing at the beach shacks are now passé. There is much more to Goa than just its beaches and churches. And thus, there are a number of other things to do in Goa for people who like to go offbeat. Popular for being a hippie-heaven, this beach state reveals its hidden pulse once you look beyond its regular side.
Here are 10 offbeat things to do in Goa only for the real traveler:
Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda for its colorful wonders
If you were one of those kids who was always fascinated with butterflies, here is your chance to live your childhood again. Visit the Butterfly Conservatory of Ponda that is open to visitors on all the days of the week, including Public Holidays.
The fluttering wings are going to catch your attention. There is also the facility of feeding fruits to these butterflies. You can also notice the way in which they collect nectar. The conservatory opens at 9 in the morning till 4:30 in the evening.
Visit a Spice Plantation for its spicy delights
It happens on very rare occasions that the spice plantations of Goa are visited by tourists. However, not many know that it is one of the best offbeat things to do in Goa. Take a guided walk through the plantations, soaking the aroma of the spices. The plantation owner will keep you informed about the spices and their interesting trivia.
Savor Spice Plantation, Tropical Spice Plantation and Sahakar Spice Farm are some of the famous ones. You can also get spices packaged for your home and do not forget to capture some wonderful vistas in your camera. While you walk, you may also spot birds and even elephants. You can also give the elephants a bath and sit on their back. After you have explored the place, a special buffet lunch is waiting for you.
Catch a Crab, If you can
Here is your chance to get rid of your fear of crabs. Book an exciting Crab Catching Trip for yourself. Nevertheless, this definitely is not a child’s play. If you do not mind getting your hands dirty with mud and really like doing some adventure, this activity is going to be fun for you.
No official booking is required for this as the local boys here are trained in this task and will be happy to help you. Kobblem, special home-made nets are installed at the important sights such as the backwaters and the seaside to trap crabs. They put a few number of nets together so that you do not miss out on catching a crab.
Spend few days in a Goan village
The rural scene of Goa is truly delightful, shun the idea of staying in a luxurious beach resort, and instead stay in a village of Goa. Enjoy the hospitality of the locals who serve you from their heart and enjoy the simple Goan life. Interact with the locals, savor fresh bakery delights, take a walk on the rugged paths, treat your eyes to the lush views, and admire the peaceful surroundings.
Head towards the creek, for fishing, kayaking and swimming. For your food and booze requirements, there are relaxed bars and eating joints, serving lip-smacking local delicacies. You can also stay in old Portuguese style houses.
Go Island hopping
Get away from the regular touristy hullabaloo and go island hopping. Visit the picturesque thinly populated islands of this beach state. Ferry rides is the best way to arrive at these islands. The bakeries here sell some delicious freshly-baked sugary delights. The people living on these islands are quite helpful and are always happy to help you.
As you take a walk, relishing the tranquility, notice Portuguese-style houses, made here and there. One of the best islands worth visiting here is the Chorao Island in North Goa. You just cannot miss this beautiful place. Climb up to the Chorao Hill and enjoy the surroundings. Spot colorful birds here.
Get Spooked at the Devil’s Canyon
Also known as Devcharacho Kond, the Devil’s Canyon is located near Molem at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. This place has a tale behind it. It is said that this place was under the rule of a Demon King, who ruled all, be it the fishes or the human beings. It once happened that the king was duped by a local boy who took all the fishes for himself. He told the demon that he is taking the fishes for his guests. When the king came to know, he became very angry and cursed this place.
Once you step here an eerie feel always remains with you. The vegetation and canyons are look slightly spooky. However, for adventure enthusiasts, this place is truly a delight with its splendid river gorge. Admire the peace and get awestruck by the unique rugged surroundings. But, please take note that this place is not for swimming.
Walk through the site of the Caves in Goa
Very few people known that there are caves in Goa. These caves not only are natural wonders but are also known for their historical importance. Some of the caves are man-made, while there are some are natural caves.
During your next Goa tour, enjoy a visit to Lamgau Caves, Arvalem Caves or the Pandava Caves as well as the Rivona rock-rut caves of Khandepar This visit would be different from normal attractions in this beach state.
Explore the placid Backwaters of Goa
Kerala backwaters are world-renowned, but not many know about the Goan backwaters. However, these backwaters are no less than in any way and are equally lush and wonderful. You are really missing something worth-visiting, if you haven’t been here till now.
For exploring the backwaters in Goa, you can either indulge in kayaking or can ride a speed boat. This is going to be a splendid experience. The tranquility and green surrounding is an added bonus. While you enjoy the views of the thick mangroves, spot colorful birds such as eagles, peacocks, and kingfishers.
Heritage walk at the Fontainhas, Goan Latin Quarters
Opt for a heritage walk along the Fontainhas, the historic Latin Quarters in Panjim, Goa. This is going to be a relaxing experience. Start the walk early when the weather is pleasant and yes, do not forget to click photographs.
As you walk, notice the Portuguese heritage houses on both sides of the roads. The ambiance of this place is absolutely calm and soothing. While you complete the walk, enjoy morning breakfast at a local bakery. Do not miss tasting a slice of freshly baked Goa’s special Poi, a kind of bread to go with your cup of tea.
Boat riding on Mayem Lake
Are you thinking what is so special about boating? Do not worry! Boating on Lake Mayem is going to be a memorable experience due to its panoramic surroundings. This is a freshwater lake in North Goa.
As you enjoy boating on its placid waters, savor the views of thick jungles in the surroundings. Crisscross your boats in the length and breadth of Mayem Lake in a shikara-style boat, a paddle boat, special leisure boat, bumper boat or a float boat.