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13 Hidden Places in Goa that Tourists Don't Even Know Exist

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 13 Hidden Places in Goa which tourists don't even have on their lists.

1. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Photos of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, कारंजोल, गोआ, भारत 1/1 by Sreshti Verma
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Tambdi Surla Temple inside 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.

2. Cumbarjua canal:

Photos of Cumbarjua Canal, Betqui, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma
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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.

3. Heritage Panjim Inn

Photos of WelcomHeritage Panjim Inn, Panjim, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma

Welcom Heritage Panjim Inn is housed in a charming building in the heart of Latin Quarter of Fontainhas. The building is of Portugese heritage and despite renovations has maintained its colonial roots and vibe.

You can book for a night in this historic Inn here.

4. Savoi Spice Plantations

Photos of Savoi Plantation, Savoi-Verem, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma
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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.

Photos of Savoi Plantation, Savoi-Verem, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma
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The place also demonstrates the distillation processes of cashew juices in the production of Goa's famous Fenni.

5. Netravalli – Bubbling Lake

Photos of Netravali Bubbling Lake, Vichundrem, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma
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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.

6. Chorla Ghats

Photos of Chorla Ghat, Dongurli Thane, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma

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.

7. Casa Severina

Photos of Casa Severina, Calangute, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma

Once a historical home, this Portugese villa is now transformed into a welcoming hotel which treats its guests as family members.

You can book for a warm stay at Casa Severina here.

8. Harvalem Falls

Photos of Harvalem Waterfall, Sanquelim, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma

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.

Around the fall are other hidden places in Goa such as the Rudreshwar Temple and Arvalem Caves.

9. Arvalem Caves

Photos of Arvalem Waterfall, Sanquelim, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma

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.

10. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Photos of Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma

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.

11. Querim (Keri) beach

Photos of Querim Beach, Pernem, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma
Credits: Jo Kent

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.

Across the river stands the Tiracol Fort which is now a resort.

12. Fort Tiracol

Photos of Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel, Tiracol, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma
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This 17th century Portuguese fort is located picturesquely on top of a cliff in the Indian Ocean. With seven rooms, each named after a day of the week the Fort boasts one of the most stunning views in all of Goa. If you make the investment of renting a room here be ready for a delicious Goan lunch, cocktails enjoyed with sunset and old world vibes as you dip your toes in ocean water.

You can book for a memorable stay at Fort Tiracol here.

13. Rivona Cave

Photos of Rivona, Cavorem-Pirla VP, Goa, India 1/1 by Sreshti Verma

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.

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