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Hidden gems in Goa we bet you didn't know about

Hidden gems in Goa we bet you didn't know about
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By Akansha

28 Mar, 2023

Topping the charts for being the most desirable destination, Goa has a place in every traveller's heart. Being one of the hottest winter break getaways metaphorically and literally, it manages to be everyone's favourite holiday destination. Right from kids eager to build sandcastles, newlyweds looking to spend a romantic weekend together or solo travellers trying to explore some hidden gems in Goa. It has something for everyone, making it the ideal location to celebrate the love for travel. 

Owing to its geographical location, balmy weather, and remnants of the grand vintage world, this ancient Portuguese colony, has managed to leave a mark on the world travel map as well. Thus, you're bound to find a foreigner heading to the beach in an attempt to absorb a lifetime's worth of sunshine.

If this small southern Indian state had an Instagram handle, flaunting its beautiful beaches and endless palm-coconut trees would be the highlight of every post. Having a bad boy reputation, Goa is also home to architectural marvels and historical landmarks. If you’re a nature lover, the city’s abundant wildlife, colourful sea world and unadulterated beauty will take your breath away.

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We Bet You Didn't Know These Hidden Gems In Goa - 

1. Butterfly Beach

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Butterfly Beach is one of the most secluded beaches in Goa. One of the most scenic beaches of South Goa, the mystical calmness and stunning views are enough to let you relax back and enjoy the quiet. In addition to that, the aura of peace and tranquillity unique to this place is hard to match anywhere else making it an ultimate hidden gem in Goa!

To get to this spot in Goa, you can either take a boat from a nearby destination or trek through the dense forest. So get your adventure caps on because the view on arrival activates all your senses. To give you a picture, imagine a semi-circle landscape, a small hilltop decorated with a backdrop of myriad colourful butterflies. The exotic butterflies in every shape and size make it an obvious story behind the island’s name. It is also home to some rare goldfish and crabs that are exclusive to this location. This is a beautiful location to end your day by spotting the dolphins while the sun sets away.

2. Saint Jacinto Island

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One of the most beautiful yet exotic locations, Sao Jacinto is one of the few inhabited islands in Goa. Lesser known and unexplored, this silent island is located in Mormumao bay. It's the perfect getaway to find the most picturesque views of the Arabian sea, heritage buildings and abandoned buildings. The residents of this island had decided to protect it from any form of construction or leasing. It was the firm vow of locals that gifted us such a raw destination in Goa.

Most of the island is dotted with lush green forests. Only a part of the southern portion shows some colourful houses. The ancient houses are scattered here and there in vast numbers, although the living population remains low. The most mysterious place on the island is an abandoned lighthouse. Built by the Portuguese in the year 1900, this landmark has been the most loved one for locals. It’s protected by dense bushes and lush forests, making it difficult to access. Climbing up to the top, and witnessing the mesmerizing scenes of the Indian Ocean and Goan coast is a one-of-a-kind experience you must definitely have at least once in your life.

3. Fort Tiracol

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The Portuguese came bearing gifts and those in Goa still reap the benefits today. One of the most remarkable gifts is the marvellous forts. There are numerous forts in Goa, but fort Tiracol manages to sweep you off your feet. The cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, and the intricate architecture of the fort are the wow factors of this spot. It is the only property located on the overhanging cliff, and that makes it an offbeat location not known to many.

A part of the fort has been transformed into a heritage hotel. Apart from the enchanting views be sure to enjoy the food and drinks as this is the one spot in Goa where you can enjoy authentic Goan curries. Your eyes will surely remember the location and the vivid colours of the fort for years to come.

4. Netravali – A Bubbling Lake  

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Have a natural fish pedicure at Netravali. Goa is one of the most densely packed states with endless forest stretches and vivid wildlife. You won’t have any idea when a walk in the wild could take you to a hidden natural gem. There are so many waterfalls, dams and lakes around various hamlets of Goa. But Netravali is a special one. Located in Sanguem, it's just a little muddy stepped lake. The serenity of this place makes it an ideal place for meditation, romantic escapades or an odyssey to your own discovery.

The most exciting thing about this Goa attraction is the sci-fi nature of the water. Due to the Methane gas accumulation, bubbles appear from underneath the surface of the water in a clapping rhythm.  What if we tell you that you can have a natural fish pedicure too? Yes, if you have the patience and don’t get creeped out by the idea of fish feeding on your dead skin, then you’ve secured yourself a free pedicure. One of many gifts of nature.

5. Pomburpa Springs

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Fighting the beach waves can be chaotic and if that’s not your scene then head to Pomburpa in the countryside. This offbeat spot in Goa offers you the opportunity to soak in the natural spring water which is believed to have medicinal properties. This is the perfect chance to hydrate yourself with clean water. Take an afternoon off to fully enjoy the laid-back vibes of the countryside and immerse yourself in the true Goan culture. 

Goa has a lot up its sleeve, and the best way to discover it is to wander by yourself! Don't limit yourself to the popular attractions and take the initiative to explore the hidden gems in Goa. Don't make Goa wait and book your next trip here! 

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