5 Must Visit Goan Gems in 2024

 In Goa, summer isn't just a season; it's a celebration of life, laughter, and leisure. Diving into beach waters, lazing at the beach shacks, or partying at clubs may sound like a tourist itinerary for Goa. But you must dig a little deeper if you seek an authentic experience. Let’s discover the hidden gems and offbeat adventures that reveal the heartbeat of Goa beyond the typical tourist trail. 

Grande Island

Turquoise waters, white sands, and lush greenery as far as the eyes can see; that's Grande Island for you. The only way to reach this island is by sailing through it for which boat tours are available. Water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, and kayaking, will fill you with excitement and joy of wonders. You can also indulge in the local cuisine where fresh seafood gets caught straight from the ocean and traditional Goan delicacies burst flavours in your mouth. 

Chapora Mangrove Kayaking : 

Surrounded by the serenity of the mangroves, you will find Chapora River in Siolim Goa. This river is just 22 minutes away from Vagator Beach and is located near the iconic Chapora Fort. The Chapora Mangroves are not just a treat for the eyes; they're also a hotspot for biodiversity. As you kayak through the mangroves, keep an eye out for various bird species like kingfishers, herons, and eagles soaring overhead. If you're lucky, you might even spot some elusive creatures like mudskippers and fiddler crabs scurrying along the muddy banks.

Dudhsagar Falls

Standing at a height of over 300 meters, Dudhsagar Falls is one of India's tallest waterfalls. You can explore Dudhsagar by trekking through the dense jungle, but the most popular way to experience its majesty is by taking a jeep safari or a train ride on the Konkan Railway. A dip into the cool waters of Dudhsagar and the thunder roar of the waterfall will refresh you in many ways.

Old Goa

Old Goa, also known as Velha Goa, is known for its Colonial Architecture and Churches. Surrounded by lush greenery and serene backwater, It offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. You can explore its serene boat ride or a scenic picnic by the riverside, you can’t help but get soaked in the vibrant atmosphere here. This town covers numerous churches and chapels, each with its unique history and significance. Old Goa is the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.


Nestled in the heart of North Goa lies a quaint village known as Socorro. As you enter the village, you'll encounter the Socorro Plateau, a picturesque landscape adorned with lush greenery and rolling hills. A must visit? Our Lady of Church in Socorro; it’s not just a place of worship; it's also a testament to Goa's multicultural heritage. The church's architecture and design reflect the influence of Portuguese, Indian, and native Goan cultures. 

Given the recognition it deserves, Goa's landscapes are not just to be admired from afar, they are meant to be explored, conquered, and savored up close.

So the next time you're considering a trip to Goa, try visiting some less-explored places that only a few people know about. You never know what hidden treasures you might uncover!

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