Goa, for the longest time, has been known as the party capital of the nation. But this time around, we suggest you to ditch the routine of clubbing, partying, and drinking some cheap booze. Instead, do yourself a favor and visit some of the places that motivate you to stay sober in Goa.
Now, before you start making fun of us for suggesting a sober holiday in Goa, we suggest you to quickly scan through this short list. Have a look.
1. Butterfly Beach: Hidden land of beauty, adventure, wildlife
While many might argue that the famous beaches in Goa are for partying, boozing, and having all kinds of crazy fun, some others know that there are exceptions for this too. The semi-circular hidden land is where you can find calmness and bliss. If anything, this place will surely motivate you to stay sober in Goa. And the reasons galore.
- Exotic species of butterflies, gold fishes, and crabs can be found here.
- Dolphin sightings are very common here.
- Canoe riding along tiny streams, boat riding to nearby beaches, sunbathing, walking on the beaches, rock climbing, and trekking through the forest cover are also possible.
2. Cumbarjua Backwater Canal: Ideal for adventure seekers & nature lovers
The moment somebody mentions backwaters, our minds think of Kerala. Little do people know of the backwaters of Goa. But the natural creek, along with the lively Cumbarjua village in the center, finds its name in the list of hidden places in Goa. But watch out! Crocodiles might be sunbathing on the banks of the canal.
What’s special: Backwater cruise ride in the canal surrounded by thick mangrove forests
3. Divar Island: A riverine wonder for the hopeless romantics
The numerous unknown water bodies of the tiny state make room for numerous places that motivate you to stay sober in Goa. And one such place is the Divar island. It is yet to be commercialized and offers a unique experience of the Goan countryside. And the setting is so romantic that it must not be missed on a honeymoon in Goa.
What’s special: Our Lady of Compassion Church in Piedade village
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4. Dudhsagar Waterfalls: A marvel in the Western Ghats
The 3-streamed, 4-tiered waterfall on the the Goa-Karnataka border is a mystery to no one; least of all to those who like to plan before booking their Goa tour packages. Thousands of tourists each year flock here to witness this attraction that exudes power & beauty. And the staggering 600 m height of the waterfall creates an illusion of milk flowing down the mountains.
What’s special: Castle Rock adventure camp, treks from Castle Rock & Kulem, and Dudhsagar Fall river bridge
5. Salaulim Dam: Goa’s biggest man-made water storage
About two decades ago, Goa added to its long list of attractions the Salaulim Dam. While it was set up to contribute to the state’s irrigation & drinking water supply systems, the modern-day engineering marvel has scope to develop into a tourist attraction.
What’s special: Curved rim-like shape of structure & drop height of about 140 feet; presenting a spectacular sight
So, we are suggest you to avoid the bustling tourist attractions of the beach capital and explore the other side of Goa. But before we sign off, we’d like to know if you found some other places that motivate you to stay sober in Goa. Do let us know.
Further Read: 10 Best Beach Resorts In Goa
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