The long shoreline and the expansive beaches of Goa have been the traveler’s paradise for the longest time. The place attracts tourists from all over the world and thanks to the climate of the region the tourist influx is seen through the year and in every season. So, have you been planning a trip to Goa recently? And what is your travel itinerary? It must be the usual places like Basilica of Jesus; Tito’s Bar, Calangute, Baga, and the likes. Ditch the plan and take the route less traveled this time by exploring the unseen beauty of Goa.
Goa has numerous unknown beaches that remain hidden in its verdant landscapes waiting to be explored. The other major plus of these places is that they are away from the hustle bustle of the main beaches and city center. You can lounge around and click as many pictures as you want with no one interrupting you. Here is a brief rundown on five of the secret beaches that you must explore in Goa.
1. Kakolem Beach
Kakolem Beach is also called Tiger beach and it is a small cove that is located in one of the bays. It has the distinction of being one of the most secluded locations in Goa. Kakolem Beach is located to the south of Cabo de Rama beach and the scenic beauty of the place makes up for all the trouble that you are going to take in reaching there.
By land, the only way to reach the beach is through the NH 66 that passes through Cola village. When you turn north-east from there and drive through a broken road, you will reach a small platform. You will get the narrow stone stairs that lead down to the beach. The easiest way to reach there is through renting a boat to take you and bring you back.
2. Butterfly Beach
The Butterfly beach is as beautiful as the name and its location provides it with the isolated quality that you are looking for. It is located at Butterfly Island and is the perfect place to venture out to if you are looking for some solace. The beach lies in the middle of a forest and thus, it is not reachable by roads. The only way to reach this beach is by a boat from Palolem or Agonda beach. However, you can trek through the forest and it takes around two hours that way but the effort is totally worth it because of the serene beauty of the place.
Go there wearing your favorite ladies jumpsuits or dresses and click away to your heart’s content. The beach might not be too expansive as the others but the views and the crystal clear waters make up for it.
3. Galgibaga Beach
The Galgibaga Beach is seasonal nest and the hatching site for the world famous endangered olive Ridley turtle. This has also made the place earn the name of Turtle Beach and it is among the three beaches that the State has marked for its Turtle conservation program. Visit the place between December and February and you might just be able to spot the turtle nests and eggs.
The beach is mostly isolated and the only exception is made by the very few shacks selling drinks and seafood. It is advisable that you do not rely on the shacks as they are far in between and do not open regularly. Carry your own food packets if you are planning to visit Galgibaga Beach. It lies 18 km away from Canacona to the south of Talpona river estuary and has the distinction of being the cleanest beach of Goa.
4. Hollant Beach
Hollant Beach is one of the beaches of Goa where you need to head to catch a glimpse of a radiant sunrise. Hollant Beach is also known as the Issorcim beach and it lies close to Bogmalo beach. If you are a non-swimmer that only wants to dip the toes in the cool blue water, then this is the place to be. The beautiful bay has an expansive stretch of narrow water that mixes into the sea. The boats of the fishermen line the shores of the rocky beach and that makes for a great photo opportunity.
There is a chapel very close to the beach where the Feast of Three Kings gets celebrated on the 6th of January. There are ample numbers of seafood places nearby that serve mouthwatering dishes so you can stay assured that you are not going to stay hungry while watching all of the scenic beauty.
5. Arambol Beach
Want to enjoy a nice quiet evening with your friends? You must head to the breathtaking Arambol Beach that looks even better by the evening. The beach is bound by rocky cliffs on both sides. The depth of the clear waters along with the gentle curve of the beach makes it the perfect place for the swimmers among you. There are a few restaurants and cafes closely that serve snacks and drinks to the tourists.
Arambol Beach is bordered by Keri beach on the north and Mandrem beach on the south. There is also a smaller beach here at a walking distance that contains a thermal freshwater lake. Sounds cool, right? You can take a relaxing yoga therapy here and there are also arrangements for adventure lovers. Go to the headland from the beach and there you will get paragliding opportunities.
These five beaches of Goa are undoubtedly one of the best places to get away from the din of the city and indulge your wanderlust. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your backpacks and head out for these beaches.
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