An global tourist destination, Goa is affectionately also known as the fun capital of India. A small state in Western India and lying in the Konkan region of the Western Ghats, this place is blessed with exotic biodiversity. From beaches to places of religious significance and to flea markets; Goa has it all.
Live entertainment on the beach, at shacks and on docked ships are perennial features. Music and merriment are a part and parcel of everyday existence.
But if Goa is on your mind, and you want to experience some off-beat places then have a look at the options below:
1) FORT AQUADA:
This fort is amongst the many preserved places to see in Goa and essays an era of yore filled with events. A Portuguese fort overlooking the Sinquerim Beach and the Arabian Sea, Fort Aguada was constructed in 1613 and since then it has become a prominent landmark or a reference point for ships visiting the Goan shores from Europe.
Apart from being of navigational assistance, this fort was also of strategic importance for the Portuguese as centuries ago, it added to the defense line of the Portuguese from the Dutch and Marathas. Located in the Candolim Beach, Goa, and at the shore of the Mandolim River, it remains open on all days of the week from nine in the morning to six thirty in the evening.
2) The CABO DE RAMA FORT:
We all remember the famous scene from the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. The Cabo de Rama Fort is one of the oldest in the state. Positioned in Canacona, it was formed before the arrival of British. Myth has it that this is the very place where Lord Rama along with Sita sought refuge at the time of his exile from Ayodhya.
The drive to the fortress is a pictographic one. Once at the top, you can soak in the sight of crystal waters fringed by sandy charms and arching palm furrows. Inside the fort is the well-retained church of Santo Antonio, where devotees still come to.
3) MOLLEM NATIONAL PARK:
Also called the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, this region spreads over 240 sq. km. Amongst all the places to visit in Goa, visitors come here mainly to see the impressive biodiversity of this land and the ancient temples inside the forest. A paradise for the birds and the enthusiasts of reptiles, it houses some of the rare and exotic species of both the species. To name a few of the dwellers, Fairy Bluebirds, Drongos, Hornbills and Wagtails comes up as the most spectacular natives of Mollem National Park.
4) DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS:
Again the famous scene from the movie, ‘Chennai Express’ pops into our minds. But, If you are a nature lover, like me then do not miss the gushing splendor of Dudhsagar Waterfalls, the largest of its kind in the state and the fifth largest in the country. Among the fine places to visit in Goa, this cascade is especially known for its milky white appearance.
The beauty spills over four tires in full force amidst clusters of green and makes quite a sight. The fall is also quite a popular for trekking and lures several adventure enthusiasts for the same.
5) LAMGAU CAVES:
Among the most captivating tourist places in Goa, Lamgau Caves is another place you have to vist. Tucked away in Bicholim, it is situated around 35 km from north-east of Panaji. The caves are engraved out of decomposed laterite and hence quite delicate. Though incomplete, they make for quite a vision and an important educational and cultural Centre.
In here lies a cave that displays an impressive rotunda appearing structure as well as beams and ceiling in the shrine. In the courtyard you will find a stone linga with a tulsi vrindavan as well as a nandi bull image. There is another cave that is mostly used as a shelter during the time of rain. The passage to this cave is a complicated one.
6) Pousada by the Beach:
Finding this restaurant can be difficult. However, father Google can help and it is worth the effort. Look for terracotta soldiers on a wall and proceed up a few steps into the restaurant.
Peace, wonderful ocean views and excellent service is what you can expect. Finely served food in a private space with a beautiful garden around you. The Pina Colada served here was one of my favorite.
This restaurant is open during the monsoon season.
7) ANTARES RESORT:
The view is to Die for and a perfect setting for a romantic evening or just simply to watch the sunset. The service is impeccable. Music and ambience is complimenting to the whole experience.
The food is one of the best I ever had. Garlic Prawns are to die for!
And yes, its not as commercial as it’s much famous Neighbor (Thalassa) so you will for sure feel that you are in Goa sans the commercial crowd.
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