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    Baga, Calangute, Tito’s Bar, Panjim market, and Basilica of Bom Jesus – that’s pretty much your itinerary every time you plan a trip to Goa. Little did we know that there are numerous hidden places in Goa that remain concealed in its hip streets and verdant naturescapes just waiting to be explored. If you wish to experience the untouched, unspoilt, rather pristine version of this coastal beauty, then you must head to these unexplored, yet outright divine and hidden places in Goa on your next trip. Make sure you don’t miss out on any!

    Best Time To Visit Goa

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    Are you looking for the best time to have an awesome vacation in Goa? Your best time to visit Goa depends on your purpose of visit. If you are interested in sightseeing then avoid monsoon months. For exquisite beauty with enthralling experiences, you need to plan a visit between November to February. These months are also suitable for those who are interested in relaxing by the beach. 

    32 Hidden Places In Goa

    Are you looking for hidden places in Goa? Goa is a destination that blankets plenty of hidden jewels, offering a great escape from the bustling and crowded city life. Whether you want an adventurous escape or looking for a secluded site, Goa has numerous fascinating places. Here is a list of top beaches that are ideal for those who are seeking roads less taken and also conceal with them top honeymoon destinations in Goa.

    • Kakolem Beach: A Small Paradise
    • Galgibaga Beach: A Clean Destination
    • Hollant Beach: A Picture-Perfect Destination
    • Betul Beach: Where Quaint Lies
    • Cola Beach: Secluded Sands
    • Velsao Beach: Relax With The Cool Breeze
    • Arambol Beach: Explore A Fishing Culture
    • Ashwem Beach: Acres Of Clean Sand
    • Bogmalo Beach: Perfect Taste Of Natural Beauty
    • Butterfly Beach: An Unexplored Destination
    • Mobor Beach: Find Lots Of Handicrafts
    • Querim (Keri) Beach: Ideal Picnic Spot
    • Harvalem Falls: A Scenic Waterfall
    • Bamanbudo Waterfalls: Explore The Slice Of Peace
    • Cabo De Rama: For Those Portuguese Ruins
    • Fort Tiracol: Of Great Design And Architecture
    • Sinquerim Fort: Catch Portuguese Architecture
    • Arvalem Caves: From Ancient Era
    • Lamgau Caves: An Architectural Triumph
    • Rivona Caves: With A Rich Buddhist History
    • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary & Mollem National Park: The Protected Wildlife
    • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary: Perfect Adventure Location
    • Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa: An Enchanting Fauna
    • Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: An Unspoiled Arena
    • Chorla Ghats: Perfect For Adventure
    • Savoi Spice Plantations: An Organic Paradise
    • Carambolim Lake: A Beautiful Paradise
    • Cumbarjua Backwater Canal: For Adventure Seekers
    • Pequeno (Bat) Island: Nature Concealed Within
    • Netravali: A Bubbling Lake
    • Our Lady of the Mount: Where Peace Reigns
    • Convent of Santa Monica and The Chapel of The Weeping Cross: A Historic Building 

    1. Kakolem Beach: A Small Paradise

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    Also known as Tiger Beach, this tiny yet one of the hidden beaches in Goa is a little hard to find. But once you’re here, you’ll find your efforts were certainly worth it. One of the most picturesque hidden places in Goa, the beach is completely deserted and clean since it doesn’t receive many visitors. You can either get there through the NH 66 while driving towards Cola Village, or via a boat.

    Where: 7 km south of Cabo De Rama resort, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: The only way to reach is through NH 66 highway towards the Cola Village. There is a small path that takes you to a platform wherein you will come across some winding stairs that will take you to the beach.
    Places To Stay: Cabo Serai, Cola Beach Exclusive Tented Resort, Cola Beach Sunset Bay, Blue Lagoon Resort Goa, Dwarka Eco Beach Resort

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    2. Galgibaga Beach: A Clean Destination

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    Galgibaga boasts of being the cleanest beach in Goa, apart from being the seasonal nesting and hatching site for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. It is one of those very few hidden beaches in Goa with crystal clear water and shimmering silver sands. And if you’re lucky, you might also spot some turtle eggs or nests.
    Where: South of Talpona river, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: The location of the beach is quite far away from both the nearest airport and railway station. Therefore, you have to hire a private taxi or hire a cab to the beach. There is also an option of buses from the Canacona Bus Station to Mashem from where you have a take a ferry for the Galgibaga beach.
    Places To Stay: Charming Villa Casa Rosa, 1BR Apt near Patnem and Palolem Beach, Base Hostel, Cabo Serai, Varandas De Canacona

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    3. Hollant Beach: A Picture-Perfect Destination

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    The curvy bay lined with rustic boats, the clean, golden sand, the colorful shacks on one side, and the mesmerizing views of the sunset make this beach an absolute favorite for all photographers . It is also a great place for swimming and wading since the beach is shallow due to the absence of currents.

    Where: Bogmalo, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: No buses ply to Hollant beach. You need to have your own vehicle. The beach is well connected by road though. There are restaurants and resorts near the beach where you can enjoy your day.
    Places To Stay: Stonewater Eco Resort, 3 BHK Independent Bangalow in Bogmalo, Sai Leela Guest house, CINCO FILHAS, Casa De Lucas Boutique Guesthouse

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    4. Betul Beach: Where Quaint Lies

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    The quite Betul beach is more of a typical coastal fishing village and one of the top hidden beaches in Goa. Apart from a quaint environment, the beach has a 17th century fort, a small lagoon and various shacks nearby serving lip-smacking seafood. One needs to take the Cavelossim-Assolna ferry across the Sal River in order to get here.

    Where: Salcette district, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Betul Beach is located at a distance of 49.5 kilometers from Panaji. Betul can be reached by bus from Margao but the frequency of buses is low. Private transport such as cabs, auto rickshaws are also available from Margao.
    Places To Stay: Casa Filipinha, The Leela Goa Beach Resort, Mayfair Resort, Holiday Inn Resort, Indy Waterfront Resort , River Castle

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    5. Cola Beach: Secluded Sands

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    Cola beach is one of the best hidden places in Goa for those looking for a quiet place away from the crowded and noisy suburbs of the town. Lovely coconut palm groves, fancy beach huts, Rajasthani style tents, tranquil surroundings, and a pretty lagoon. Beat that!

    Where: Canacona, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: From Margao, you can reach the Cola beach by first taking the MDR41 and then the MDR49. Take the right turn from Cola bus stand. Remember, there are no buses to the Cola beach. You have to hire a car or a bike to reach this beautiful beach
    Places To Stay: Blue Lagoon Resort Goa, Dwarka Eco Beach Resort, Cola Beach Sunset Bay, Cola Beach Exclusive Tented Resort

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    6. Velsao Beach: Relax With The Cool Breeze

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    Soft silver sand dotted with white sea shells and an occasional starfish, coconut groves circling the beach, lakes decorated with lilies, and a cool breeze blowing over shallow warm waters are the reasons this beach is considered one of the best romantic secret beaches in Goa.

    Where: Vasco de Gama near Dabolim Airport, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: There are direct buses available from Panaji to Velsao. The Kadamba Bus Terminal in Panaji is at the distance of 7 km from Velsao. Other regular buses are available from Colva, Vasco da Gama and Margao.
    Places To Stay: Casa Bragança Villa Goa 3bhk, Casa Vita by Vista Rooms, Resort Palmeiras Dourado, Country Side Inn, The Postcard Cuelim

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    7. Arambol Beach: Explore A Fishing Culture

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    Arambol is a small fisherman village that never fails to attract native as well as foreign tourists owing to its lively flea market, its hippie culture, late night parties, barbecue at the shacks, adventure activities like paragliding and kitesurfing, and the lovely views of the cliffs lining both the sides of the area. Despite so much to offer, Arambol is still rather pristine as not many people know about it, which is why this Bohemian paradise falls among the unexplored places to visit in Goa.

    Where: Pernem Administrative Region, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Arambol is located approximately a two-hour drive from the Dabolim Airport. Buses go from Pernem a few times every day. Buses go from Mapusa about every hour until 18:00. The nearest bus stand is a 2 km walk away from the beach.
    Places To Stay: Namahstay Hostel, Piggy Hostel Arambol, Omkar Guest House, Indiana Guest House, Love Temple Beach Resort

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    8. Ashwem Beach: Acres Of Clean Sand

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    Located south of the Arambol beach, Ashwem is one isolated, yet beautiful gem etched in the landscapes of Goa. This rather long stretch of absolutely clean sand and striking blue water is home to the Olive Ridley Turtles, who come ashore to lay their eggs. Other than that, the beach has great boutiques and markets for shopping.

    Where: Mandrem, Pernem Administrative Region, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Ashwem Beach is about 30 km from Kadamba Bus Stand in Panaji and 54.6 km from Dabolim Airport. One can simply hire a taxi to reach Ashwem Beach from Goa Airport or Thivim.
    Places To Stay: Treebo Trend Ashwem Beach Resort Goa, Dolphin Beach Resort, Riva Beach Resort, The Bodhi Village, Treebo Trend Maison Ocean Beach Resort

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    9. Bogmalo Beach: Perfect Taste Of Natural Beauty

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    No matter how scarce its visitors may be, the beach provides to all a perfect blend of commercial space and natural beauty with crystal clear, azure water, a fascinating village nearby, sea-facing accommodation, shacks with delicious cuisines, and utter peace and serenity. Those who wish to indulge in watersports in Goa can either go swimming in the shallow water or scuba diving through the Goa Institute of Diving.

    Where:
    Vasco de Gama near Dabolim Airport, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Regular buses are available from Vasco da Gama (8 Km), which the nearest bus stop. Buses are also available from Panjim (31 kms).
    Places To Stay: Bogmallo Beach Resort, Mariaariose – “Melody of the Sea, Athi Resorts, Komforts Stay, Joets Guesthouse

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    10. Butterfly Beach: An Unexplored Destination

    Butterfly Beach is among the most famous beaches in South Goa

    Set as an isolated cove, Butterfly beach is one of the most beautiful, yet unexplored places in Goa as hardly anyone knows about it. When here, travelers have a thrilling opportunity to spot dolphins, crabs and a variety of butterflies. Blessed with powdery white sand, translucent waters, and unspoilt scenery, the beach is a perfect getaway for those seeking peace and isolation. One can get here via a boat from Palolem or Agonda beach, or trek to it through the lush jungles surrounding it.

    Where:
    Palolem, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: The beach cannot be accessed by buses, cars or bikes as it is surrounded by a dense forest. You can reach Butterfly beach by boat from Palolem or Agonda beaches. A boat ride costs around INR 1000-1200 (to and fro).
    Places To Stay: The Nest, Crystal Goa Emerald Edition, Art Prive, Bamboo Yoga, Laguna Vista Beach Huts, Patnem Garden Resort

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    11. Mobor Beach: Find Lots Of Handicrafts

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    A peaceful and visually attractive abode, Mobor is sought for its impeccably clean white sands, crystal clear water, and a mind blowing sunset. The beach has many shops selling colorful handicrafts, shacks with good food, and budget accommodation options. One can also access the private beach of The Leela when here.
    Where: Cavelossim, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Madgaon in Margao city is the nearest railway station to Mobor Beach which is set at a distance of 1 km. On reaching the railway station, tourists can take taxi or bus to reach the beach. You can also take pre-paid taxis which are available at both the railway station and airport.
    Places To Stay: Holiday Inn Resort, The Leela Goa Beach Resort, River Castle, Shanti Riverside, Indy Waterfront Resort 

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    12. Querim (Keri) Beach: Ideal Picnic Spot

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    The beach is usually overlooked due to the absence of tourists, which is why it makes up for one of the most awesome Goa secret beaches. The beach is adorned with white sand, attractive beach shacks, deep water with ferociously lapping waves, and the handsome Tiracol Fort. There’s also scope for activities like paragliding, which makes it an ideal place for a family picnic. When here, one can also witness the Tiracol river flowing in and blending into the Arabian Sea, a sight too pretty to miss.
    Where: Pernem Administrative Region, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Keri beach is at a distance of around 50 km from Panjim or Panaji, Goa’s capital. It takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to reach by road.
    Places To Stay: Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel, RajStar Villa, Inn Coconut, Eisra Wellness Retreat, Oxygen Adventures Beach Huts & Restaurant Arambol Goa

    Concealed Waterfalls In Goa

    The magic and enchanting waterfalls of Goa leaves no stone unturned to ensure that travelers get to rejuvenate and refresh on their vacation. Take a look these waterfalls which are serene and places to visit in Goa other than beaches – that surely deserves a place on your bucket list!

    13. Harvalem Falls: A Scenic Waterfall

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    Tucked away in lush jungles, Harvalem is amongst the most beautiful waterfalls in Goa with milky white water cascading down tough scenic boulders. And the best part – the waterfall remains concealed from the eyes of the world, which allows visitors complete privacy. While here, one can visit the Rudreshwar temple and the Arvalem caves nearby.

    Where: Near Sanquelim village, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: The closest villages are Bicholim, which is 8 km away and Sanquelim which is just 2 km away. Transport is available from Panaji and Mapusa to reach the falls. 

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    14. Bamanbudo Waterfalls: Explore The Slice Of Peace

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    The Bamanbudo waterfall is a charming refreshment for those looking for peaceful and unexplored places in Goa to get away from this hippie town’s maddening crowd. Though the waterfall is easily accessible and provides a fun spot for a rejuvenating dip, tourists still tend to miss it. One should not miss an excursion to this ecstatic tourist place in Goa.

    Where: Gaodongrem, Canacona district, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: The waterfalls are easily accessible from the main road. You can drive to this cascading waterfall and experience the journey.
    Places To Stay: Mangaal Farmstay Goa, The Earthen Nest, Drishti yoga international riverside, Modish 3BHK Accommodation, Turiya Villa & Spa

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    Unexplored Forts In Goa

    Hiding something for everyone, Goa is paradise on earth for the history buffs out there. The eye-catching architecture of the forts in Goa are bound to teleport visitors to the ancient times. Go through these forts and mark them on your travel list to not miss out on something so mysterious!

    15. Cabo De Rama: For Those Portuguese Ruins

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    Located off the Mumbai Cochin highway in South Goa, this fort is one of the most relaxing secret places in Goa that offers splendid views of the Cabo De Rama beach below it and the sea vanishing into the horizon beyond it. The fort houses ruins and old canons of the erstwhile Portuguese troops which makes the fort perfect for shoots and picnic with friends.

    Where: Cola, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can either drive, reach by bus or by taxi. The road ends near the Fort entrance, and from there you can walk to the fortress or to the beach.
    Places To Stay: The Cape Goa, Red Crab Eco Resort, Mayfair Resort, Cabo Serai

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    16. Fort Tiracol: Of Great Design And Architecture

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    Fort Tiracol is the most delightful fort in Goa due to its design and architecture. This 17th century Portuguese fort is located off a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and has seven rooms, each named after a day in the week. The day you visit, the room bearing that name will have the best view out of others. Fascinating, right? Though the fort has now been converted into a marvelous hotel, it remains as one of the most beautiful hidden places in Goa. One can visit via a ferry from Keri beach.

    Where: Near Querim beach, Pernem Administrative Region, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can catch a Taxi from Panaji Bus Stand (about 45 km from the fort) to Keri or the hamlet of Querim, then ferry to Tiracol.
    Places To Stay: Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel, Shail Home, Mulberry Suites; Vagator Beach Road, JUNGLE, EKO STAY- SUBLIME VILLA 

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    17. Sinquerim Fort: Catch Portuguese Architecture

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    Thanks to its eye-catching Portuguese architecture and breathtaking views of the sunset, Sinquerim fort is the favourite subject of every photographer who comes looking for unexplored places to visit in Goa. Other than that, the beach is also a pure delight. With soft sands and a cool breeze, Sinquerim beach serves as a superb place to relax and provides recreation opportunities like swimming, beach volleyball, scuba diving, water skiing, fishing and windsurfing to visitors. The entire area is well kept, pristine, and houses a number of luxury accommodations and budget eateries.

    Where: Sinquerim village, Bardez sub-district, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Sinquerim is about 37 kilometres from the Dabolim Airport in Goa. It takes around one hour to reach Sinquerim from Goa Airport by car.

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    Secret Caves In Goa

    Caves are an amazing way to explore places to visit in Goa other than beaches. Satiating the adventurous and thrill seeking inner selves of the travelers, caves are the hidden gems in Goa sitting in the lap of the small state of India. With stories from Hindu epics being latched to them, the caves of Goa are breathtakingly beautiful. Take a look!

    18. Arvalem Caves: From Ancient Era

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    Dating back to the 6th century, the Arvalem Caves or Pandava Caves have long been the centre of debate on account of their mixed form of architecture. Some say the caves were used by the Pandavas due to the presence of Shivlingas inside the compartments. Perhaps, this comes under the category of best places to explore in Goa. Others argue the caves are Buddhist as there’s a huge statue of Buddha near the place. But whatever be the origin, the cave’s rock cut foundations, its mysterious aura, and its historic appeal never fails to charm visitors.

    Where: Rudreshwar Colony, Sanquelim, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can use buses to ply easilt. The caves are at a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway station and 9 km south of Bicholim.
    Places To Stay: The Island Sanctuary – A Village Secret, HOSPITALITY INN GOA(2), Mayem Lakeview, Hotel Swarnam, Beautiful 3bhk bunglow (2 units) with Lakeview

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    19. Lamgau Caves: An Architectural Triumph

    The hidden caves of Lamgau in Goa

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    Nestled away in Bicholim, this cave is an architectural masterpiece. Though it does not get many visitors, the ones who come are always charmed by its elaborate carvings and mystical outlook. Inside the cave is a shrine that showcases some impressively designed structures like a pavilion, beams and a ceiling. The courtyard bears a stone linga with a tulsi vrindavan and an image of the nandi bull. The caverns are quite delicate, which is why one is not advised to venture inside.

    Where: Bicholim, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: To reach Lamgau caves, you can drive from Bicholim towards Mapusa and then Panaji. Or you can drive via Lamgau village where one needs to trek along the hill base to reach the caves.
    Places To Stay: Mayem Lakeview, Kokum House, Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat, The Island Sanctuary Rock Pool Villa, Elegant 2BHK House near Aldona in Mapusa

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    20. Rivona Caves: With A Rich Buddhist History

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    This cave has a very rich Buddhist history and one of the best places to explore in Goa. The laterite rock inside is said to have served as a Buddhist monk’s seat who once meditated here. Other than laterite formations, one can also find beautiful Buddhist sculptures and paintings inside the cave. Overlooking the mighty seas and bearing a unique layout, Rivona caves are among the most fascinating hidden places in Goa.

    Where: Rivona village, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Take SH 7 to reach here from Goa for some 50 minutes, and continue straight to Tilamol-Curdi stretch. You will find Rivona caves after 10 minutes.
    Places To Stay: Chrisander’s Resort, FOUR SEASONS FARM, Nagesh Jungle Resort, South Goa , Casa De Xanti, Mangaal Farmstay Goa

    Undiscovered Wildlife Sanctuaries In Goa

    Housing exotic and magnificent wildlife of the destination, these sanctuaries are nothing less than perfect for all the animal lovers out there. Scan through this list of the natural retreats that ensures that visitors get to witness how intriguing the wild species are!

    21. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary & Mollem National Park: The Protected Wildlife

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    The presence of three wildlife sanctuaries in Goa goes on to prove that there’s more to Goa than mere beaches and pubs. The Mollem National park and Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary are a haven for wildlife lovers and reptile researchers. Apart from a diverse variety of flora and fauna, the park is listed among the best and hidden places in Goa on account of its hiking and trekking trails that facilitate sightings of Leopards, Gaurs and Sloth Bears amongst others.

    Where: NH 4A, Caranzol, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: The national park and sanctuary is well-connected by road to other parts of Goa, and you will find plenty of private and government-operated buses and vehicles going to the park at frequent intervals. Panaji is around 70 km from the park, and you can book a private car directly from here.
    Places To Stay: Jungle Book Resort, Off The Grid, Doodhsagar Jungle Resort, Dudhsagar Farmstay, Indismart Woodbourne Resort

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    22. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary: Perfect Adventure Location

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    Though it is Goa’s second largest wildlife reserve – it is one of the hidden gems in Goa, you may not find as many animals in Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary as you would in Goa’s other two sanctuaries. Cotigao provides visitors with vivid sights of flora and a perfect place for recreation and hiking. Tall trees, rare plants, rocks, marshes, and ponds – it let’s you connect with the most peaceful form of nature. If you’re lucky, you may also spot animals like Sloth Bears, Laughing Hyenas, Indian Bisons, monkeys and the Malabar Crested Eagle.

    Where: Canacona district, Cotigao, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach:  Reaching this sanctuary is very convenient. You can also do a day trip to Cotigao from the Palolem beach which is 12 km away.
    Places To Stay: The Earthen Nest, Mangaal Farmstay Goa, Mystique Copper, Modish 3BHK Accommodation, Drishti yoga international riverside

    23. Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa: An Enchanting Fauna

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    Among the most exciting yet least known places to visit in Goa is the Butterfly Conservatory of Goa. The park was established as an effort to conserve butterfly species native to Goa and is currently home to over 133 species of butterflies. On a typical day visit one can spot up to 25 species. Imagine walking through a lush forest with colorful little butterflies fluttering past you! It’s nothing short of an enchantment! This is one of the secret places in Goa which is a must visit for nature lovers and photographers.

    Where: Rajnagar, Ponda, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can reach by bus. At a distance of 26 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 25 km from Margao Railway Station and 4 km from Ponda Bus Stand.
    Places To Stay: Farmagudi Residency, Empire Guesthouse, Avdhut niwas Organic farmstay, Rock Valley Goa, THE ENCHANTING NEST

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    24. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: An Unspoiled Arena

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    What makes a visit to this bird sanctuary exciting is that it is located on the island of Chorao and lets you indulge in a fun ferry ride up to it from Ribandar. Other than that, this unspoiled sanctuary is a haven for bird watchers and nature fanatics, giving it a prominent place on the list of hidden places in Goa. One can spot a number of migratory birds, especially Siberian, during winters. If not birds, you can get to the reserve for its exhilarating boat ride through mysterious mangrove forests.

    Where: Near Ribandar Ferry, Chorao, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: A bus or car ride from the capital city of Panaji will take you to the Ribandar ferry wharf. From there, take a ferry across the Mandovi River to the island of Chorao. The sanctuary is within walking distance from the ferry wharf.
    Places To Stay: Damodar Guest House, 3 BHK Apartment, Serene Waters Goa, DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Panaji, Backwater Villa

    Other Hidden Places In Goa

    There is no dearth of unexplored and unraveled places in Goa to pay a visit to. From pristine lakes and fragrant plantations to shimmering ghats and intriguing island, Goa is a one-stop destination to witness all the marvels of mother nature. Here are some of the hidden jewels of Goa that are mostly free from the crowds.

    25. Chorla Ghats: Perfect For Adventure

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    Lost in the glittering suburbs of Goa, perhaps one of the offbeat and secret places in Goa, people forget all about this gem nestled snugly on the Western Ghats in the Goa-Karnataka-Maharashtra border. With lush valleys and tropical jungles, this hill station in Goa makes up for one of the most surreal hidden places in Goa for a fun weekend getaway with family and friends. When here, one can go bird watching, butterfly spotting, trekking, hiking, or simply revel in the abundant natural beauty.

    Where: Sahyadri mountain range off Sankhali, Chorla, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Car and bike rides are thrilling all along the way crossing numerous bridges and paddy fields and then open the view of the picturesque Sahyadri.
    Places To Stay: Natural Paradise, Vanoshi forest homestay, The Island Sanctuary – A Village Secret, Mayem Lakeview, HOSPITALITY INN GOA(2)

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    26. Savoi Spice Plantations: An Organic Paradise

    The famous savoi plantations of Goa

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    The soils and jungles of Southern India are replete with these native treasures of ours. So why should Goa be left behind! Savoi Spice Gardens is an organic paradise in Goa that takes you through the verdant plantations bearing rare herbs, colourful fruit orchards, peculiar looking plants, and the Goan urak and feni. Though an enjoyable part of Goa sightseeing, it is easily missed by those venturing into Goa for its lively parties and beachy fun.

    Where: Ponda, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Located in Ponda village, the place is easily accessible via cabs/taxis. 

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    27. Carambolim Lake: A Beautiful Paradise

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    Carambolim Lake is one of the offbeat places in Goa – an inland freshwater and marshy lake which supports the vast expanse of irrigated paddy fields. To many it is just another of the hidden places in Goa, but to most bird watchers, nature lovers and photographers who visit, it provides a beautiful respite from the constant views of beaches and seas. On a good day, one can spot a number of species of migratory ducks, jacanas, moorhens, harriers, pipits, wagtails and kingfishers here.

    Where: Carambolim, Corlim, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can take a taxi or motorbike on rent from Panaji or Margao to reach Carambolim Lake. You can also go by bus up to Karmali railway station and then to Carambolim Lake.
    Places To Stay: YOGESH VILLA, Beautiful 3bhk bunglow (2 units), Cozywoods Hill Resort, The Postcard Velha, Old Goa Residency

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    28. Cumbarjua Backwater Canal: For Adventure Seekers

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    Another ideal place for adventure seekers and nature lovers in Goa is the Cumbarjua canal. One can take a Backwater Cruise ride through the thick mangrove trees and marshes of this canal and spot crocodiles sunbathing lazily on the banks. This narrow creek and the lively village of Cumbarjua are some of the most enriching of Goa secret places that one should definitely visit on their trip to Goa.

    Where: On the banks of Mandovi river, Cumbarjua, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can reach close to the canal via NH 748. From there, you need to travel by foot to discover the water adventures.

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    29. Pequeno (Bat) Island: Nature Concealed Within

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    The Pequeno Island, or Bat Island, is just a 30 minute boat ride away from Vasco da Gama’s Baina beach and can be reached via a boat or ferry. Due to its concealed nature, it is easily overlooked by most and is thus one of the most secluded and unexplored places to visit in Goa. With a tiny rocky beach, stretches of green landscapes, facilities for snorkeling and day picnics, the island is loaded with surprises for adventure enthusiasts and couples.

    Where: 1 km from Vasco da Gama, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: The island is located just a kilometer away from Baina beach of Vasco-da-Gama. You can reach via bus or private taxis.

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    30. Netravali: A Bubbling Lake

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    If you wish to experience something extraordinary in Goa, head to the bubbling lake of Netravali. Still hidden from the armies of tourists that flock to Goa, this small muddy pond has an interesting phenomenon governing it. The presence of natural gases like Methane below the lake makes continuous bubbles emerge on the its surface which is quite fun to watch. Other than the bubbles, one can also dip their feet in the clean water and delight themselves with a free Fish Spa!

    Where: Sanguem district, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: Dabolim airport is just 65 km away from the Netravali . From the airport, you have to hire taxis to reach the sanctuary. Margao (45 km) one of the major railway stations of Goa, is the nearest railhead. Buses and taxis are available from Margao and Panaji (75 km).
    Places To Stay: Mangaal Farmstay Goa, The Earthen Nest, FOUR SEASONS FARM, Drishti yoga international riverside, Turiya Villa & Spa

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    31. Our Lady Of The Mount: Where Peace Reigns

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    Set on a small hill, the Church of Our Lady of the Mount is a beautiful masterpiece of architecture and history. Though completely deserted and often overshadowed by the popularity of Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral, it makes up for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Goa and provides stunning views of the city thanks to its location. In fact, it turns into one of the most beautiful secret places of Goa on a moonlit night when it provides breathtaking panoramic vistas of this shimmering coastal town below.

    Where: Ella, South Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can take local buses or hire a private taxi to reach the destination.
    Places To Stay: The Postcard Velha, Hotel Swarnam, Cosy 1BR Homestay, Old Goa Residency, Beautiful 3bhk bunglow (2 units) with Lakeview

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    32. Convent Of Santa Monica And The Chapel Of The Weeping Cross: A Historic Building

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    This church is a thrill for its exquisite artwork, statues, paintings, and other vintage items and is considered Asia’s first and largest convent. After many years of restoration work, this 450 year old church has finally been re-opened for the public. This is one of the hidden spots in Goa which will surely intrigues the visitors. 

    Where: Monte Santo, Velha, North Goa
    Best Time To Visit: Between November and March 
    How To Reach: You can take buses which can easily drop you at the location which is at a distance of 8.6 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 24 km from Mapusa..
    Places To Stay: Old Goa Residency, Cosy 1BR Homestay, The Postcard Velha,Goa, The Fern Kadamba Hotel And Spa, 2BHK Cosy Retreat near Karmali Railway Station

    How To Reach Goa

    Goa can be easily reached by rail, air, and road. However, your mode of transportation depends on the place where you are traveling from and the budget. Check out the below mentioned best ways to reach Goa:

    By Air

    Dabolim Airport in Goa welcomes international as well as national flights from the major cities. If you are traveling from international boundaries then you can take a flight to Goa from Doha Muscat, and Copenhagen. However, for those staying in India, cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, etc. have regular connectivities. 

    By Rail

    Taking a rail journey to Goa makes you witness the exquisite beauty of the region. Goa has two main railway stations, that are, Vasco da Gama and Madgaon. Both the railway stations are well-connected to other parts of the country. 

    By Road

    If you are traveling from the nearby cities in Karnataka or Maharashtra then you can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach here. 

    Further Read: 10 Commandments: Don’t Do These Things While In Goa

    Fascinated much? Now plan a trip and visit all these hidden places in Goa before the world discovers and commercializes them! Know any more of Goa’s unexplored jewels? Pop them in the comments below.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Hidden Places In Goa

     

    Q. Which are the most beautiful but unseen places in Goa?

    A. Ashwem Beach, Butterfly Beach, Fort Tiracol and Rivona Caves are the most beautiful and best-hidden places in Goa.

    Q. Which are the offbeat places to stay in Goa?

    A. The top offbeat places to stay in Goa are Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel, Nilaya Hermitage, Champions Yacht Club Goa. Skit the obvious luxurious resorts and budget hotels and experience a comfortable stay at these places.

    Q. Which are the popular secret beaches of Goa?

    A. Some of the secret beaches of Goa are Kokolem Beach, Butterfly Beach, Betul Beach and Arambol Beach. Make sure to pack lunch before you plan to visit these beaches as there are no hotels near most of them.

    Q. How do you get to Butterfly Beach?

    A. One can Butterfly Beach by boat from Palolem or Agonda beaches. The beach is inaccessible by buses, cars or bikes as it is surrounded by a dense forest.

    Q. When is the best time to visit Goa?

    A. The best time to visit Goa is from November to March. The weather during this time is extremely pleasant. It’s also a good time to enjoy adventure activities at the beaches.

    Q. What should I wear in Goa?

    A. Goa exhibits all the casual and relaxing vacation vibes. One can wear short dresses, shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, hats, and all the summer wardrobe. However, when paying a visit to any place of worship, it is better to cover oneself up as a token of respect.

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