South Goa has many attractions that attract many tourists to visit some of the most famous places. If you would like to explore the not so wild side of Goa then take an offbeat tour of Goa down South and discover pristine clean beaches, jungles, temples, waterfalls, and wildlife. Here are a few things to make your South Goa journey memorable and fun for group and solo travellers alike.
South Goa has popular white beaches Palolem, Patnem, Mobor, Cavellossim where watersports activities are in full swing during the busy winter and summer seasons. You can also head to closer beaches like Sernabatim, Majorda and Bogmallo frequented by tourists all year round and check the variety of water sports to try. The most common are banana rides, boat rides, jet skiing, bumper rides, dolphin rides, parasailing.
If you haven’t tried camping out in luxury tents with all amenities then head to Cola Beach in canacona and rent out a tent by the beach. With mid night star gazing and having dinner by the bonfire lounging out with a drink in hand and listening to the waves is a site to behold. You can also setup a tent and explore the mountains and do some jungle tree house camping.
Take a jungle trek to the wildlife sanctuaries and explore the beauty of the place. Cotiago wildlife sanctuary is a popular South Goa trek which is open to tourists throughout the year. You will get to check some wild animals and rare spices of birds on the way.
Apart from being famous for water sports, beaches and modern culture, South Goa has some famous temples. Pay your respects to the Mangueshi temple and be amazed by its architecture. Just four hours away from Ponda, this temple has the mesmerizing deity Lord Mangueshi, an incarnation of Lord Shiva the Hindu God of Destruction.
There is no goan cuisine without spices, know the most popular spices of Goa by taking a tour to a spice farm in South Goa. The Sahakari spice farm holds some varieties like cinnamon and cloves. You will also get a tour of the farm and see some spices. Enjoy a relishing meal on the farm cooked by the villagers.
Netravali waterfall is a must see in the monsoon with the gushing waters pouring down from the mountains. It also has the Netravali wildlife sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in South Goa as it has some amazing collection of species. Combine this nature and water tour and get to see the best of Goa in a day, you can also stay overnight in the lodges close by and go trekking in the forest.
If you want to know south Goa with the best of its details and information, then planning a visit to the Big Foot museum can be one of the things to do in south Goa. The museum will also highlight the beautiful and inspiring past of Goa’s culture in the best possible manner. The main aim of this museum is to pass some relevant knowledge about the actual way of living in Goa to the people visiting this place. Everything here compliments to the beauty of south Goa and this is a must visit the place.
There is still the architectural side of South Goa, the Portuguese influence in the state can be seen in many of the houses in Raia and Loutolim and you can take a bike tour around the place and see the large vacant but well maintained houses. The tour to this place never ends as long as you have a new muse to see. Talk to the locals and you may get to see a new spring or a cave hidden somewhere which no one has explored as yet.