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Goa is a place well known for its parties and beaches. We all are familiar with the chilling and nightlife one can experience here. But actually, Goa is way more picturesque than this. There are a lot of offbeat places in North Goa worth exploring. If you are done with parties and drinks, the gorgeous natural beauty of the region welcomes you to embrace the most beautiful experiences you will cherish. From scenic sunsets or greenery to the Goan villages, roads covered with flora, drizzling rain, and much more, Goa is packed with bountiful surprises. Let’s explore the hidden gems of North Goa like never before.

6 Offbeat Places In North Goa

Goa has a lot to offer and if you wish to escape the crowd be ready to discover some of the most stunning offbeat places in North Goa.

1. Zuem Bridge

Zuem Bridge is a must-visit

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This bridge became famous after a scene from Shahrukh Khan’s movie Dear Zindagi was shot here. Zuem Bridge is located 25 km away from Calangute beach. This bridge is built between a small village and is a perfect spot to spend time with your loved ones away from heavy tourist crowds. If you have some time, then it is recommended you cross the bridge to come to a small island called Zeum Island. This place is covered with tall and beautiful coconut trees. This island floats on the Chapora River. The best time to visit the bridge is in the evening to experience the best sunset.

Location: 12 km away from Calangute beach
Duration: 30 mins
Nearby cafes/restaurants: Café de Port by Radisson Resort, Vivenda Kafe, Kava.

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2. Keri Foot Bridge

Surreal view of Keri Foot Bridge, one of the finest offbeat places in North Goa.

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This bridge is one of the best offbeat places to visit in North Goa. It is 35 km from Calangute and named after the village of Keri. No vehicles are allowed on the bridge, and the entrance is partially blocked so that only tourists can walk. It is surrounded by lush greenery, and the Western Ghat can be easily witnessed. Recently, this has become a unique place in North Goa for couples.

Location: 35 km away from Mapusa bus stand
Duration: 1 hour (approx.)
Nearby cafes/restaurants: Shimon Falafel, Chique Shanti, Cafe Nu.

3. Sweet Water Lake

Tropical view of Sweet Water Lake, Arambol

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Sweet Water Lake is a short distance from Arambol Beach and one of the best offbeat places in North Goa. Walking through the right side of the shops, a narrow lane will take you to the mesmerising spot. You may also take a mud bath here. The best part of this lake is that it is surrounded by greenery, and you can witness the most heartwarming sunset here. This can be the best offbeat place in north India to romanticise your walking experience with your beloved.

Location: A trek of 2 km from Arambol Beach.
Duration: 20-30 min.
Nearby cafes/restaurants: This is it, Outback Bar and Restaurant, Eyes of Buddha.

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4. Panaji

Dona Paula View Point in Panaji is a fantastic attraction to cover during offbeat places in North

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This capital city of Goa is situated in the Northern region at the bank of River Mandovi. The Portuguese called the town ‘Panjim’ which later changed to Panaji after liberalisation. Fontainhas, the narrow U-shaped Street in Panaji, offers an exciting glimpse into Goan history, depicting houses with roofs of vibrant colours such as yellow, green, red and blue and attractive street art. If you are an art and history enthusiast or want to explore the other side of Goa, you must participate in the ‘Heritage Walk’ recognised by UNESCO in 1984.

Location: 2.5 km away from Panjim Kadamba bus stand, 28 km from Vasco-da-Gama railway station, 17 km from Mapusa
Duration: Varies as per exploration
Nearby cafes/restaurants: Perfect Cup Cafe, Cafe Tato, Panjim church, Copperleaf Panaji.

5. Chorao Island

Captivating view of Chorao Island

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This little island is less known by many people but holds the utmost beauty. It is the place for many migratory birds and gentle backwaters. Dr. Salim Bird Sanctuary is also one of the attractions here, a perfect place for nature enthusiasts. The serenity and peace this place brings is inimitable. The silence here is beautiful. You can also book a ferry ride. This ride on the Mandovi River takes you through the mangroves.

Location: 11 km away from Panjim
Duration: 30-40 min
Nearby cafes/restaurants: Lemon Chili, The Caravela Cafe and Bistro, and Ritz classic Panjim.

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6. Basilica of Bom Jesus Church

Divine view of Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, one of the most admired offbeat places in North Goa.

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Talking about Goa and not the church? That’s quite unfair. We’ve got you covered with this church that stands out as a great offbeat place in North Goa for architects and history lovers. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a pilgrimage centre and a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. This church is a perfect example of Portuguese architecture. Another exciting part of a visit here is the magical dead body of St Francis Xavier. The body lies in a silver casket in the Church as it was after his death. It is exhibited to the public every ten years. Sounds thrilling.

Location: 21.7 km away from Mapusa bus stand via NH-66
Duration: 26 min
Nearby cafes/restaurants: Annapurna restaurant, Garrafo bar, Greenyard restaurant.

Best Time To Visit Offbeat Places In North Goa

 Offbeat places in North Goa allow you to explore secret spots beyond the regular attractions.

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Goa has a tropical climate with usually high temperatures. Drizzling may occur anytime, but the sky clears up quickly. The best time to explore these offbeat places in North Goa is between December and March when the weather is much better. Because of the extreme climate conditions, you must avoid the hottest month, May (max 34 degrees Celsius; min—27 degrees Celsius), and the coolest month, July (max—30 degrees Celsius; min—25 degrees Celsius). Since we are visiting offbeat places, you may also plan your visit during the rainy season. Rain amplifies the beauty of nature.

The monsoon starts in May and sometimes extends up to September, but the best is experienced during July-August. Another pro of visiting offbeat places now is a comparatively smaller crowd.

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How To Reach North Goa?

 A glorious view of North Goa

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By Air

Most of India’s leading cities have hassle-free flights to and from Goa. It is well connected through flights across the world. All the flights are operated through the Goan Airport at Dabolim, which is closest to the port city of Vasco-da-Gama. Another international airport was constructed in 2022 in Mopa, North Goa, and has recently started its operations.

By Train

There are two major railway stations in Vasco-da-Gama and Madgaon. These offer a strong railway system connected to many cities in the nation. Thivim Terminus is the primary station serving North Goa.

By Road

Goa is linked to all the major National Highways such as NH-4A, NH-17, and NH-17A. Mapusa bus stand is the main hub for travellers visiting North Goa.

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Life in Goa is much more than parties, drinks, and beaches. It encompasses quaint Goan villages, scenic views, the Western Ghats, swaying coconut trees, mouthwatering seafood, Portugal’s history, and so on. Offbeat places in Goa offer a genuine escape that one should experience at least once in one’s lifetime, for they unveil the true essence and charm of this coastal destination. Book a trip to Goa now and get ready to fall in love with nature firsthand.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Offbeat Places In North Goa

What should I avoid in Goa?

Do not drink and drive, do not fall asleep at the beaches, do not throw waste anywhere. Use trash cans/dustbins.

How many days are enough to explore the offbeat places in North Goa?

A minimum of 4 to 5 days is sufficient to indulge in several activities and explore the offbeat places in North Goa.

Which beaches can be found in North Goa?

Baga, Anjuna, Arambol, Candolim, and Calangute are popular beaches in North Goa.

Is pre-booking of accommodations compulsory in Goa?

Yes, as ordered by the Department of Tourism, everyone must pre-book accommodations and register their place of accommodation with the department.

Which are the unique places to visit in North Goa for couples?

Butterfly Beach, Harvalem Waterfall, Chapora Fort and Arambol Sweet Water Lake are some of the unique places to visit in North Goa for couples.

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