Offbeat Places to visit in Goa – it is the regular question that looks at me in my face every time I have a friend visiting. So, I thought of creating a small video that would cover a day in Goa – something that had the essential beaches but also took you through the everyday life of a Goan.
So one fine day me we took out our cameras and drove around to shoot this video.
Offbeat Places to visit in Goa: Elements in the Video include
Drive on the Ribandar Causeway
This is a 400+-year-old causeway connecting old Goa to Panaji. In fact, Panaji owes its existence as a capital city to this causeway. We love driving on this causeway with Mandovi River on one side and salt pans on the other.
Ferry Ride to Divar Island
There are countable numbers of places in India where you can take ferries, and this is one of them. It is a pleasure to take this free ferry and step into the river island of Divar which is so full of history and heritage.
Other places you can take a ferry ride is Majuli Island in Assam and Cochin in Kerala.
We love Divar Island for the nature it has – the mangroves and the birds. This time, we went early morning and we saw Divar people fishing in almost all water bodies. Of course, birds in the sky and crabs on the wetlands is what we enjoyed observing.
Arvalem Water Falls
This is a perennial waterfall next to an old temple wrapped in many folktales. Read in detail about here: Arvalem. It is my personal favorite recommendation of places to see in the state.
Old Goa Churches
Now the UNESCO World Heritage complex of Churches of Old Goa are the must-visit places in the state. We could not have skipped it. In the interest of time, we entered only the Basilica of Bom Jesus and admired the rest from the road.
I am not a fish eater, but the world visits Goa to eat seafood. For this video, I stepped into the fish market for the first time, which is just outside the regular market that we visit for our fruits and vegetables. I stood there for a few minutes and learned the meaning of the fish market.
Goa’s vegetable market is unique as it is a closed complex on two floors. Cartoonist Mario Miranda’s cartoons re-create the market on the walls in his own classic quirky style. I love the colors of this market. It inspired me to write a full post on Pink & Purple fruits.
A day in the state cannot be complete without enjoying the beaches of Goa. So we spent time looking at the sun going down as travelers walked on the beach. Since I live in the state, my favorite beach activity is to sit back on any of the lively beaches and watch the tourist live their dreams. See them scream as they go up parasailing and are in complete awe of the scene they see from the top.
Beaches of Goa are the quintessential experience that brings together Sun, Sand & Sea for the travelers.
Festivals of Goa
The state is a collection of unique villages – each has its own festivals. I have been attending some and reading about others – let me tell you they are all very fascinating. So next time you come holidaying in Goa, check out the local festivals – and soak in a bit of local culture.
Read about local festivals:
This post has been written in collaboration with Expedia India.