Goa has a lot more to it beyond the exquisite beaches and extensive coastlines. Indulging in beach entertainment might form the primary attraction of Goa but Goa Tour Packages include some of the other scintillating and amazing surprises that Goa has to offer. Let us look at some of the gorgeous inland attractions of Goa to enjoy a wondrous vacation in this coastal, exquisite and happening state.
Goa’s gorgeous and extensive beaches are infinitely alluring and promise an idyllic time lazing on the sand or soaking in the sea. But Goa is also the home to some gorgeous old-world charms in the form of churches and mighty forts that add splendour to the Goa itinerary and can never be missed while on a Goa tour. Enjoy the sightseeing trips of the various temples, waterfalls, streets and local business markets to enjoy the immense cultural heritage, bustling markets to stunning natural landscapes. Here goes the 10 bewildering things to do in Goa without going to the beach. Step away from the sand for a while and include some unique itinerary details in your Goa tour package.
1. Visit Dudhsagar Falls
In the far east of Goa, the Dudhsagar Falls await to enthral the visitors who love to swim in the languid pool at the base of the waterfall. Watching the spray of milky white gushing waterfall cascading down from a height will keep you spellbound. This fall is one of the highest in India, falling from a height of 603 metres.
2. Explore Goa’s Portuguese heritage
Old Goa, the capital of the state’, can easily be dubbed ‘the Rome of the East’ and is undoubtedly the largest, richest and most animated city in the whole of Asia. Goa’s colonial history has rich association with Portuguese culture. In Panjim, history recreates itself. Old Goa is sprinkled with a generous cavalcade of churches, convents, museums, art galleries, government buildings, bungalows and bakeries and thus commands unhindered attention. There lies the ornate and majestic Basilica of Bom Jesus, widely known for its architectural magnificence, and Sé de Santa Catarina, which is the largest church in Old Goa. Old Goa upholds its richness of tradition in a superb style which makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Discover Goa’s wildlife
Goa is the home to some fascinating wildlife sanctuaries, such as the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Bondla has some interesting species of animals such as Indian bison, wild boar and wild elephants. Cotigao houses a milieu of 200 species of birds. The Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an important landmark and is worth a visit. It is located on the small secluded island of Chorao. Spend some idle joyful moments inside the reserve enjoying the sightings of various birds and flying foxes.
4. Visit a spice plantation
If you are an admirer of the heady aroma of fresh spices, the spice gardens of Goa deserve a visit. Discover the authentic flavours and smells through a sojourn of the most popular spice plantations of Goa such as the Savoi Plantation and the spice Plantation of Ponda area, known as Sahakari spice plantation. The guides take you around, getting you familiar with the look and feel of the most common and exotic spices. You taste turmeric and pluck pepper, bite a Peri Peri or the hottest chilli of the world and watch vanilla pods hanging temptingly. You learn the various complicated ways and means of spice processing and get to know why certain spices are astoundingly expensive. To round off the spice tour, a traditional Goanese lunch cooked with in-house spices shall be served.
5. Enjoy a Luxurious Spa Session
A luxurious spa therapy or ayurvedic massage by the professionals in the numerous therapy centres that you find in Goa is intensely relaxing and can probably be compared to the joy of sunbathing on Goa beaches. These therapies are immensely relaxing.
6. Get Lost in Your Love for Shopping
Goa offers a wide range of items to enjoy a gala shopping spree. Explore the bustling Saturday Night Market in Arpora and the buzzing flea market in Anjuna each Wednesday to grab some remarkable and fascinating artefacts to boasts of back home. Embrace the chaos of the mundane shopping to get hold of the best of souvenirs, fabric, cashew, artefacts, jewellery, handcrafted items and soak in the sights and smells of Goa countryside.
7. Drool on Goanese Dishes
The taste of authentic Goanese cuisine fills all senses and satiates all food lover’s souls. One can easily get lost in the authentic dishes of Feijoada, Chicken Xacuti, Shark Ambot Tik, Goan Fish Curry, Sorpotel, Chicken Cafreal, Sorak, Samarachi Kodi, Crab Xacuti and more. Most of the dishes are delectable concoction of coconut, rice, fish, pork and meat soaked in local spice of Kokum. Enjoy eating in the beach shacks as well as classy eateries to discover the essence of flavours of Goa.
8. Explore the Enchanting Festivals of Goa
Goa is a sensational land of culture, heritage and traditions. The festive attractions of Goa with the feast of food, drinks, music, dance and fun can be enjoyed in festivals such as the Goa Carnival, Christmas, New Year Eve, Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, Three Kings Feast, Grape Escapade, Goa Food and Culture Festival, Goa Cashew and Coconut Festival, Sao Joao Festival, Shigmo, Vasco Saptah, Bonderam Festival and Sunburn Festival.
9. Take a trip to Tambdi Surla Falls
Tambdi Surla Waterfalls Trekking offers an unforgettable experience. The waterfalls and the temple is located at a distance of 69 kilometres from the capital city of Panjim, inside the serene and picturesque Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, on the Goa-Karnataka border.
10. Quad Bike Ride Adventure
Realise the thrill seeker in you and go for an adventure ATV ride to the spectacular tracks with natural elevations through mud, sand, rocks, wood and bumps. Cross through some thrilling jungle tracks and also pass through the spice plantations.