It is a place that offers excitement and fun. What do you do when you grow tired of the Goa beaches, churches, and nightclubs? Is that the end of Goa’s popularity as a tourist destination? Is there still more to be seen in this sunny city of friendly faces? There is definitely more to see in Goa. There are many Places to visit in Goa that will entice the wanderlust traveller to visit. Goa is home to many things, from heritage museums to caves to forts.
These are seven amazing, less-known spots in Goa
- Cabo de Rama Fort & Beach, Goa
Cabo de Rama Fort is named after The Great Lord Rama who lived here during his exile from Ayodhya with Sita. It is one of the oldest and most ancient forts in Goa. This fort was captured by the Portuguese under their rule and earlier by the great Mughals. It has played an important role in India’s rich historical past. From the top of the fort, you can see breathtaking views over the Arabian Sea as well as the Goan coastline.
- Bhagwan Mahaveer Wild Sanctuary, Caranzol in South Goa
Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary is the largest of the six wildlife sanctuaries located in Goa. It covers 240kms of moist deciduous forest. This sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats near the border with Karnataka and offers a wide range of species. All species can be seen at the Bhagwan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary, Caranzolthe sanctuary. It is also well represented in the flora. Dudhsagar Falls is another beautiful spot to visit in the southeast of the sanctuary.
- Hollant Beach, Vasco da Gama, Goa
This spot is close to Bogmalo beach, Vasco da Gama’s Hollant beach. It offers stunning views of Goa’s southern coast. Hollant beach is a wonderful place to take your family or friends. There are many good restaurants and resorts around. Hollant beach is the only beach where you can see both sunrise and sunset. You can also visit here early in the morning for a refreshing start.
- Bamanbudo Waterfalls, Canacona, Goa
This stunning waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery all around, and it looks like it comes from the roots of the giant trees. The waterfall is accessible from Margao and Canacona via road. It lies at the edge of the road so no trekking is required. Only the monsoon can bring out the waterfall’s full glory, when its huge volume of water cascades down at a rapid speed and with great force.
- Tambdi Surla Temple, Valpoi, Goa
The oldest and most ancient temple in Goa is located in Tambdi Surla, at the root the Anmod Ghat. It was built in front of the Shiva idol in its still form. The small, well-maintained temple, which was built in Jain architecture, is decorated with intricate motifs of Lord Brahma and Vishnu, as well as elephants and snakes. It has withstood the tests of Portuguese colonisation and Mughal rule. You can reach the river Surla by climbing a few steps. It flows near the temple.
- Dudhsagar Falls
Dudhsagar, also known as the ‘Ocean of milk’, is a must-see on any traveller’s list. The monsoon is when the flowing water is at its best, while a steady stream of water flows throughout the year. The jeep drivers will charge you for a shared jeep ride to the bottom of the waterfalls, where you can splash and bathe to your heart’s content. Although the drive to the waterfalls can be bumpy, it is a great way to beat the summer heat.
- Three Kings Church, Cansaulim
A holy sanctuary that has gone rogue is located in Cansaulim, South Goa’s village. It is situated 15km from Velsao. Local villagers claim that the spirits of three kings have possessed the church. Many supernatural sightings were reported in and around the church walls. The GRIP team from Indian Supernatural Society visited the site and confirmed all the worst fears. This place has been a top pick on the list of most haunted locations in Goa since that time. You can find real horror and spooky chills in Goa if you are looking for them!