5 hidden treasures of Goa
Goa is India’s most popular tourist beach destination. In fact, it is so mainstream that many travelers want to stay away from the crowd of the place. But there is more to Goa than crowded beaches and Love Passion Karma. Here are 5 hidden treasures of Goa about which tourists never knew:
1. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary are an epicenter of flora and fauna in Goa but remain one of the many hidden treasures of Goa. Where Mollen National Park boasts reptile spotting, the Wildlife Sanctuary is known for sights of leopards, Gaur and sloth bears.
2. Cumbarjua Canal
If waiting for crocodiles in a sanctuary is too much effort, then take a ferry in the Cumbarjua canal to see crocodiles in the wild. The narrow creek is on the list of hidden treasures of Goa because not many venture into the muddy waters and thick mangrove for a sight of sunbathing crocs.
3. Heritage Panjim Inn
Welcome Heritage Panjim Inn is housed in a charming building in the heart of Latin Quarter of Fontainhas. The building is of Portugese heritage and despite renovations has maintained its colonial roots and vibe.
4. Savoi Spice Plantation
A completely organic garden which prohibits use of any pesticides or fertilizers, Savoi Spice Gardens is more than just a touristy spot. With a guide explaining how the history of Goa is intricately connected to its spices, a visit here is a must for anyone wanting to be more than a mainstream tourist. The place also demonstrates the distillation processes of cashew juices in the production of Goa’s famous Fenni.
5. Netravalli – Bubbling Lake
This little pond in Sanguem Taluka is a visit must of the hidden treasures of Goa. If you clap your hands or step heavily on the steps, there is an immediate reaction from the water. The surface starts bubbling and is quite a fascinating sight.
The reason is the accumulated methane gas from the vegetation underwater which escapes at the subtlest of movements. In fact you can get yourself a natural fish pedicure by dipping in feet for long enough.