Goa and beaches go along hand in hand. When we talk about Goa, the first thing that clicks your mind are the beaches. Then the parties, the romantic walks, the local drink, the sea food, the night clubs and so on and so forth. Summer has already set in and monsoon is few months away, which are perhaps best times to head to this beautiful land of ‘sun, sand and sea’, but with a twist. Let’s take a look at places to visit in Goa that goes beyond golden beaches and turquoise sea, let’s explore the best of Goa tourism that does not include the conventional spots.
Situated near the border of Goa and Karnataka, Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa is one of the most visited places after the beaches. The sheer beauty of standing there and watching the water fall is indescribable in words. You need to actually see it in order to understand the sentiments. It is easily reachable through bus and taxi.
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Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Located quite close to Panaji on the river Mandovi, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove forest where you can spot some amazing bird species. Named after the great Indian ornithologist, it is spread over an area of 1.78 sq. meters. One needs to take a ferry in order to reach there. It is recommended that you visit this place during early hours of morning.
The Tropical Spice Plantation, Goa lies in Keri (ponda), a small village in the outskirts of the state. It can be reached from Panjim via Mardol. It is undoubtedly one of the best spice plantations you’ll ever get to see in India. Enjoy the typical Goan lunch along with the cashewnut or coconut feni, if you have the capacity to handle it. It is a must do activity in this place and you should know that you are missing out if you are striking Goa Spice Plantations off your list.
Goa’s Portuguese Architecture
Another prime attraction of Goa is the Goan architecture that reflects the existence of Portugal civilization at its best. The churches and old building are clear epitomes of the Portuguese architecture. The bungalows with pillared porches and wrought ironed balconies portray the times of the 18th century pretty well. The inner courtyards happened to be quite common during days and even today, architects in Goa follow this particular style. In order to take a tour of this kind, head to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis, Se Cathedral, Church of St. Augustine, St. Anne Church and Mary Immaculate Conception.
For more information on places to visit in Goa, please have a look at our Goa Travel Guide .