Panjim Church one of the oldest heritage structure

The image of Goa has been portrayed as a beach and party destination and most of the domestic tourists come to Goa to have fun, but Goa is much more beyond beaches and bars and there are many offbeat things that you can do while on your trip to Goa. This piece of article will shed some more light on the offbeat activities that you can do while in Goa.

“Goa”, the word rings a bell to everybody, but most of the time, the bell sounds of beaches and bars. Of course, Goa is famous for its pristine beaches and amazing parties but Goa is much more than that. Goa is a state that offers something to every traveler of every different taste. This tiny state is packed with all the goods that make it one of the most coveted tourist’s destinations of the country.

It is of no doubt that the brand image of the state lies in its reputation as a party destination and Goa does host amazing beach parties. It attracts millions of tourists nationally and worldwide every year. But it is sometimes good to get out of the mix and break the stereotypes of this place. So we have compiled the top 5 best off-beat experiences you can try in Goa when you visit here next time. 

1. Revisit the Past

Remains of St. Agustine Church in old Goa

Ruled for almost 4 and a half decades, this tiny state has embodied a part of the Portugal essence in every aspect. Even in its magnificent buildings. Many structures of this place have been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Visit Old Goa, to witness the grandeur of Goa. The Churches, convents, and buildings here will give you a glimpse of the era before. The Portuguese influence can be seen in the buildings of the state. Indo-Portuguese architecture is sure to be a sight to adore.

2. Visit the Forts

Aguada Fort in North Goa

Goa is home to some of the most stunning forts. This is one of the aspects of exploring Goa. There are a number of forts in Goa but Reis Magos Fort is the oldest.  Mostly built by the Mughals and Portuguese rulers, these Forts are attached with a historical symbolism and heritage of Goa. The other top forts that you can visit are Aguada Fort, Corjuem Fort, Terekhol Fort, Chapora Fort and much more. Most of the forts have scenic views and that you and your friends can enjoy.

3. Relish the Cuisine of Goa

Goan Bibinka and Fish Fry

The sea-food is one thing you must try on your trip to Goa. The amazing dishes of Goa are famous around the country. Fish curry and Rice is a staple food here and other many other sea-food recipes are sure to satisfy your taste buds. According to Trip Savvy, the Goan Food is distinctly diverse and non-vegetarian and has been influenced by its Hindi origins, Muslim rule, and Portuguese colonization.  Some of the famous dishes include Xacutti (coconut-based curry), cafreal (marinated and fried/grilled), sorpotel (stew), recheado (stuffed), and ambot tik (sour and spicy).

4. Attend a Festival/Carnival

Traditional Festivals of Goa

Ever lively and laid-back, Goans love festivals and good times. There are many carnivals that are organized in this state. Goans love good food, drinks, and music, and you are surely going to find all these in every festival here. Try out attending a festival in Goa and enjoy among the crowds of the locals. The colorful procession, amazing food, and music are going to leave you feeling happier than ever. Some carnivals that we can recommend are Goa Carnival, Shigmo, Ganesh Chathurthi, Sao-Joao.

Others Include

If you are willing to try more of these off-beat experiences, then the list doesn’t end here. Architectural treks, a visit to the wildlife and spice plantations-to catch a glimpse of the flora and fauna of the state, a trip around the serene temples and churches around Goa or even a visit to the waterfalls and landscapes of the Goa will leave your soul feeling refreshed.

So what are you waiting for? Ditch the same old parties and beaches and try something new for your next trip to Goa. Carry a bagful of refreshed experiences and memories back home and share and recommend more of such experiences and activities here too. 

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