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5 offbeat things to do in Goa

When you think about Goa, you can only visualise party places and beaches. Goa has become synonymous as the party hub of India. Every year, millions of people flood this state to enjoy its beaches and its rich Portuguese heritage. While people are only privy to its nightlife and lush beaches, there is so much more to Goa that is yet to be discovered. Here is a list of things you can do:

1. Crab Catching

Experience the rustic life of Goan fishermen with a day of Crab catching. Imagine lounging on the boat while you roam around the backwaters of Goa. You will learn to catch crabs with nets and will be provided with the bait too. The fishing is carried out from 3 PM to 7 PM, and you can also ask to be picked up from various locations like Baga, Arpora, Candolim, Sinquerim, and Nagao.

2. Dolphin Watching 

Not many of the tourists know that they can watch the magnificent Dolphins swim and play around them. This once in a lifetime experience is best witnessed with your friends and family.  The cruises start from Fort Aguada, Sinquerim or Panaji Jetty. You can even take a dive and swim around them, only when adequate safety measures are undertaken.

3. Devil’s Canyon

Head to the Devil’s Canyon is spooky stories is your thing. One such story is that of a Demon who used to rule over this canyon. He controlled every living creature around it. However, when a local duped the demon and stole his fishes, the devil cursed the whole area. When you visit the canyon, you can feel the eerie silence. When in full force, the river’s strong currents are infamous for taking many lives. If you are looking for an otherworldly experience, then this place should be at the top of your list.

4. Grande Island

Ilha Grande reminds you of some South American beach. Crystal clear water just lures you in for a dive. The only way to reach Grande Island is by boats. The boat rides are usually half-day rides. You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and dolphin spotting. If you hire an operator, you can even eat lunch while gazing at the sea.

5. Cabo de Rama

Known to Goa’s oldest fort, Cabo de Rama has witnessed many rulers from Hindus to the Mughals to the Portuguese. The chapel and barracks were built in 1700 by the Portuguese. Despite carrying a rich heritage, this fort is not very well known among tourists. The church of Santo Antonio resides inside the fort which is in excellent condition and used by locals. You can visit this fort to take in the beautiful views of the sea.

Goa has always been at the centre of everything when it comes to adventure and partying. However, not many know that Goa has a serene side to it too. Numerous Goa hotel deals can be availed during the holiday season. There are numerous stay offers as well as holiday packages offered by hotels in Goa. You should analyse all the Goa hotel packages before booking a hotel.