30 Hidden Gems of Goa that you should add to your Goa Bucket List

Secret Places in Goa :

1. Kakolem Beach

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You can definitely call this heaven on earth! Kakolem beach is a tiny beach cove situated to the south of Cabo de Rama beach.Lying southwards of Cabo de Rama beach, it boasts of abundant scenic beauty. By far Kakolem, also known as Tiger beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. The view of the beach from the cliffs above is breathtaking. There is no proper road to the beach but only a small path, off the main road that leads to the beach.To reach this beach one needs to climb down a series of steps which takes a considerable amount of time but the stunning view makes it totally worth it. The beach has a small spring that splashes down the hillside to the beach, ultimately flowing to the sea. Make sure you don't miss this one the next time you set foot in Goa

How to get here: The beach is located at a distance of 31 kms. from the city of Margao.

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2. Butterfly Beach

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This exquisite beach cove is an unexplored beach, offering unspoilt scenery and much-needed privacy. The beach lies on the Butterfly Island and is a wonderful place with glowing crystal clear waters.The sands here are perfectly white and the water translucent. There is no access to the beach by road since the area is heavily forested. One can take a 2 hour trek through the forest. Vehicles, not even bikes can make the trip through the forest since the road takes one through brooks, steep climbs, fields and forested areas. Usually tourists take a short boat ride up from Palolem beach to reach here. Since there is no access by road, not many people visit this beach and visitors who make it here can enjoy the beach all by themselves. Behind the beach are hills full of dense vegetation. If you think of it this way, it’s a package view of a valley as well as a beach!

How to get here: Lies 37 km away from Margao, northwards of the Palolem beach.

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3. Velsao Beach

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Famous for its large stretches of silver soft sands and picturesque sunsets,Velsao is a large sandy beach located close to the village of Cansaulim. The shoreline of the beach is dotted with numerous palm trees where Starfishes can be frequently found.The beach has plenty of shacks and beachside restaurants that serve great food. In terms of accommodation the choices are pretty limited. However the nearby areas of Betalbatim, Arossim and Colva have many options that one could choose from.

How to get here: Velsao beach is located about 26 kms. from Panaji and 14 kms. from Margao.

4. Hollant Beach

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It occupies the coastal strip of a small but deeply etched into the land Arabian Sea bay, and the South Goa coastline contouring in this place the form of a right angle. Thus, at Hollant beach you can not only watch the amazingly beautiful sunset, but also enjoy the view of glorified sunrise over the Indian Ocean.A picturesque road among the lush tropical plants leads to the beach and, once you reach it, your sight reveals a breathtakingly beautiful view onto the brilliant braid of South Goa beaches and Western Ghats’ foothills.

How to get here: It’s 27.5 kms. from Panaji and Margoa

5. Ashwem Beach

Another isolated beach in Goa where one can see vast stretches of sands until you arrive at a place that has some beach shacks and huts midway along the beach. Ashwem beach has its own idyllic charm and is quite appealing, as it is a very quiet and clean place. Even the waters are safe for swimming. In reality the coastline is one long, palm-fringed delight that are powdery sands usually silver, occasionally dusted golden. Whether secluded and peaceful or broad and lively, they exist for all to enjoy for none are private.

How to get here: Situated south to the Arambol beach.

6. Querim beach

The northernmost beach of Goa that is backed with palms and casuarinas trees is one delightfull sight to have.The white sandy beaches of Querim also known as Keri is one amongst the lesser-crowded beaches of Goa and is a serene and calm place to spend a beautiful holiday. Across the riverbank one can also see the famous ancient Portuguese fort known as the Terekhol Fort. There is a ferry service available that takes you to Terekol every 30 min, except at low tide. From the Terekol fort the Keri beach has an exotic view.

How to get here: located to the north of the Arambol beach

7. Galgibaga Beach

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Galgibaga Beach is also known as the Turtle Beach and is one of three other Goa beaches (alongside with Agonda and Morjim Beaches) where the state program of olive turtles saving and protection works and implemented perfectly. The whole northern part of this beautiful beach is used for turtles nesting. Claimed to be the cleanest beach seen in Goa or maybe even India. With silvery sands, clear water and rows after rows of coconut and pine trees, this beach is the perfect place for the turtles that choose to nest here.

How to get here: located in the south of Goa in Canacona region (Canacona Taluk), 7 km from famous Palolem Beach resort.

8. Cola Beach

A stunning uninhibited remote beach surrounded by coconut swaying palm trees, a breathtaking freshwater blue lagoon; and the Arabian sea, Cola beach is the perfect place to get away from it all, and experience one of the few remaining Goa beach paradises off the beaten path. It is often said that this place is a kind of mysterious and even secret, probably, because both of its beaches are almost hidden from prying eyes among thick overgrown hills, and until recent time tourists evaded them with their attention.During hot flushes the cool fresh lagoon water is mixing with warm salty sea water. Cola Beach has soft nice sand of golden hue, but still lots of huge stones can be found even on the seashore itself.

How to het here: located 5 kms north of Agonda beach in South Goa.

9. Betul Beach


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Betul beach is located to the south of the Mobor beachjust across the Sal river. From Mobor, one can reach Betul, either by taking the ferry at Assolna or taking a boat from Mobor to reach to Betul. From Margao, one can take the road towards Cabo de Rama. Betul is a small but beautiful beach. The beach has a small lagoon and rivulet that flows to the sea. Betul beach is famous for fishing so the shacks here serve the freshest and tastiest seafood, your trip to Goa cannot be complete without tasting the food here.

Concealed Waterfalls in Goa :

10. Bamanbudo waterfalls

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This spectacular waterfall is located in Gaodongrem, Canacona. Bamanbudo waterfalls flows down along the rocks looking more like a waterslide than a waterfall. It flows right by the road side and is easily accessible. Since the water slides down on the rocks, there is no well at the bottom and bathing is fun due to the force of the water. Other than this, there are streams rushing down the slopes, churning out milky foam amidst the breathtaking scenary.

How to get here: Located deep inside the Villages of Canacona. 16kms from Canacona city.

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11. Harvalem Falls

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Harvelam Falls is one of the most splendid waterfalls in Goa. It cascades down from the mountains from a height of 70 meters and is one of the most awe-amazing spots This secluded region with the astounding vista of the leaping waters in the laps of nature is an ideal destination for private picnics and bird watching. The famous site is also a favorite hunt of the filmmaker, film directors and photographers who love capturing the beauty of this idyllic place.

How to get here: situated at about 2km from the small town of Sanquelim and 8kms from Bicholim, in North Goa

12. Kesarval Waterfall

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Another treat to your eyes, Kesarval waterfalls will keep you awestruck.The spring is surrounded by tropical woodlands and swaying betel palms and emerges from the hard rocks.The spring is in its full glory in the monsoons and looks fabulous, brimming with sparkling water. However it is not that impressive during summers. Kesarval, with its rolling terraced hills, running down to the wooded countryside is a place where time is stagnant. This has to be on your to-do list of Goa!

How to get here: situated 22 km away from Panaji on Verna plateau off the Panaji-Margao highway.

Unexplored Forts in Goa :

13. Fort Tiracol

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Fort Tiracol, sometimes known as Terekhol Fort, is a fort in Goa. Located on the northern tip of Goa at the mouth of the Tiracol River. Once an armed fortress that belonged to the Portuguese, Fort Tiracol is now content to spend the rest of its days on a cliff enjoying the kaleidoscopic view of the Arabian Sea and the spectacular estuary of the Tiracol River. At a glance Set foot in its charming courtyard, you will be taken aback by the charming 17th century church standing there bang in the middle.

How to get here: Fort Tiracol can be reached by a ferry from Querim, 42 km North of Panaji.

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14. Cabo De Rama

Cabo de Rama, also known as Cab de Ram beach by the locals is a beautiful beach located in south Goa.The waters here have a pristine greenish blue hue. To the north of the beach lies a small river that is shallow enough for one to wade across.Groves of palm trees line up the shoreline a short distance from the waves. Overlooking the beach to it's south is the Portuguese Cabo de Rama Fort. From the fort, one can see the Cabo de Rama beach and the Arabian sea. The view from the ramparts of the fort is truly breathtaking!

How to get here: The beach is located at a distance of 28 kms. from Margao.

15. Sinquerim Fort

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If you’re a photographer, this is the location for you next shoot! Sinquerim fort is well known for it’s architecture and stunning view of sunsets. It is also the perfect place for a get away because of its quaint and serene environment. You can also engage in water sports activities here so, what’s not to be excited about Sinquerim? Make sure you don't miss this one out of you Goa Itinerary.

How to get here: The Sinquerim Fort is located at a distance of 18 kms. from Panaji

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Secret Caves in Goa :

16. Lamgau Caves

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Goa as a destination is not only about beaches as most of us would like to imagine. There is a whole range of ecology which thrives on its varied topography. The caves found in Goa are either manmade or natural ones. Lamgau Caves of Bicholim in north Goa is a must visit location for all who want to combine sightseeing with a bit of adventure added to it. The approach to the caves is a little arduous as they are nestled deep inside the areca nut plantation with a rugged terrain to trek on.

How to get here: it lies about 35 km east of Panjim

17. Arvalem Caves

All you Shiv bhakra out there, this one is for you. Arvalem caves is home to four Shivlings. The Shivlings show carvings which are similar to those seen at the Ellora and Elephanta caves. Simple and rustic, these caves are a great place to visit to see with one’s own eyes the enduring nature of the endeavours of man. A visit to the caves can be clubbed together with a visit to the Arvalem Falls as well as the famous Rudhreshwar temple which is located in the nearby village of Harvalem.

How to get here: situated at about 2km from the small town of Sanquelim and 8kms from Bicholim, in North Goa

18. Rivona Caves

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Rivona caves is known for its buddhist history. It is also known as the Pandava caves are situated in the village of Rivona in South Goa. At the Buddhist caves at Rivona one can see a "Pitha", which is carved out of laterite and is believed to have served as the seat of the teacher. The caves are also considered one of the few examples of Buddhist influence visible in Goa today. You can say this is one of the hidden secrets of Goa because literally, it’s very hard to find these caves. Anyways, we’ll make it a littlee easier for you to get here; situated in the village of Rivona in South Goa at about 5 km northeast of Ponda.

Undiscovered Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa :

19. Butterfly Conservatory of Goa

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Butterfly Conservatory is located 3 km from the Tropical Spice Farm and 4 km from Sahakari Spice Farm. The conservatory is spread over 4000 sq mts and is founded by a couple who are nature enthusiasts and also environmentally conscious. At the time of establishment only 25 species of the butterflies could be seen here but currently 133 species of butterflies beautifying the conservatory. The entire conservatory is designed in the manner of a park like structure where one can stroll and indulge in a visual treat of the nature. It is a great place to take the kids to introduce them to the colorful world of butterflies and caterpillars.Mystic Woods is a conservation project of Butterfly Conservatory of Goa, a NGO dedicated to restoring the green heritage of Western Ghats.

How to get here: A distance of 26 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 25 km from Margao Railway Station and 4 km from Ponda Bus Stand

20. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary & Mollem National Park



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Set amidst the foothills of the Western Ghats and covering an impressive 240 sq. km the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary holds the title of the largest wildlife preserve within the state of Goa.

Another facet of Goa’s varied bouquet of attractions, this National Park/Wildlife Sanctuary is undoubtedly a must see for all those nature and animal lover tourists. Touring the park is also a great leisure activity during the monsoon season. Those who wish to can find adequate accommodation available near the park and spend a part of their Goan holiday amidst these beautiful and majestic natural surroundings.

How to get here: It is about 53km from Margao and 54km from Panaji.

21. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

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If you love bird watching, this is your paradise. The beauteous island of Chorao in the river mandovi, near Panaji is the heart of the avian land with several species dotting the skyline while other perch perfunctorily in the magnificent and ecologically sound mangroves. Come winter and this place plays home to several migratory species of birds, indeed every birdwatcher's ecstasy!

How to get here:The Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary is located on an island in the Mandovi River about 4kms from Panaji

22. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

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Cortigao National Park is primarily known for its ultra-high (30 meters!) trees with so much heavy cover, that sometimes do not even access the sun light onto the earth surface, reminds you of a Canopy? Yeah that’s exactly what it is.18 meters moving stairways are given the most brave tourists the chance to climb up the high tree for watching breathtakingly beautiful sightseeing which stands before an eye from the top of trees. Forest vegetation in Cotigao is represented by three main types: deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen.On Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary territory there is also a watchtower that was built here in the XVI century.

How to get here: 10 km from the City of Chaudi and Palolem Beach resort

Other Hidden Places in Goa:

23. Chorla Ghats

Surrounded by three states Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Chorla Ghat is an enthralling hillock. A lot of endangered and rare species of fauna of the Sahyadri Ranges can be found here, e.g., wolf snake. A state of the art Natural Conservation Center has been setup to monitor and preserve the bio diversity of this region. Chorla Ghat is a delight for ecologists, biologists and trekkers. The Lasni Temb peak and Twin Vajra Waterfalls are a sight to behold. During monsoon these ghats look nothing less than paradise.

How to get here: It lies to the north-east of Panaji and nearly 55 kilometers from Belgium, karnataka

24. Savoi Spice Plantations

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Savoi Spice plantation is an organic paradise in Goa.Visitors will learn about spices such as cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, tumeric and chilli, as well as native Goan fruits such as the jackfruit, mango, banana, pineapple and breadfruit. The three main spice plantations in Goa that are open to visitors lie in fairly close proximity to the busy, inland town of Ponda, with two to the east and one to the north. Travelling east from Ponda will take you to the Sahakari Spice Farm (1km from town) and the Pascoal Spice Farm (15 minutes drive from town). To the north of Ponda, and more easily accessible if you are staying in north Goa is the Savoi Spice Plantation. This is definitely one Spicy affair!

How to get here: Located towards Ponda, North Goa .

25. Carambolim Lake

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Built to facilitate irrigation of the nearby fields, the Carambolim lake is a man made freshwater lake that is situated within walking distance from the Karmali Railway Station. It is a famous bird watching spot in Goa where one can see a lot of species of migratory birds as well as a lot of waterbirds.The Carambolim Lake is indeed a bird-watcher's paradise where one can see some exotic, migratory birds, which have been flocking here for hundreds of years. One can also see paddy fields, trees and woodland in the area that makes the place very picturesque.

How to get here: 2 kms southeast of Old Goa in the Tiswadi taluka

26. Cumbarjua Backwater Canal



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The intricate and delicate mangrove ecosystem of the Cumbarjua canal, along with its unusual inhabitants, makes it a unique tourist spot in all of India. A peaceful backwater cruise down this little marshy stretch is a relaxing way to spend the day and is sure to give you plenty of great memories to take back home with you. It is also home for a wide range of crocodiles. The crocodiles themselves are used to the presence of humans and if they are feeling anti-social will simply swim away.

How to get here: A 20-km eastward drive from Panjim

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27. Pequeno (Bat) Island

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The Pequeno Island forms a great surprise for those seeking adventures and comprises of a small rocky beach and a small stretch of green. The Bat Island is famous for snorkeling and is considered a perfect destination for the snorkelers. For snorkeling, the training and equipment are provided by the tour organizers and operators. The island provides a very interesting stopover along the Goan coast and can be reached by a 30 minute ride into the sea. If you are into adventure and water sports, you would love snorkeling in the sea around the Pequeno Island. It is a perfect place for snorkeling in the whole of major Goan destinations. If you are new to these kinds of water sports, you do not need to worry. You can contact your tour operator for formal training and equipment as well.

How to get here: A kilometre away from Baina beach of Vasco-da-Gama.

28. Netravali – Bubbling Lake

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Bubble Lake, also known by the locals as Budbud Tali or the Budbuyanchi Tali, is fascinating place to visit. The lake is more like a pond, which lies in the compound of the old Gopinath Temple at Netravali in Goa. Considered sacred by the locals and the people of Goa, the Bubble Lake has many stories attached to it. Folklore believes that the resident deities were magical, rendering the pool of water with magical bubbles too!Bubble Lake (Budbud Tali) is said to have been renovated by the Kadamba king, Jayakeshi I. The sacred lake emits bubbles, which the scientists believe are due to the presence of sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, methane or limestone. The bubbles form concentric shapes rising to the surface of the lake.

How to get here: Around 80 Kilometer from Panaji Via Margao 50 kilometer.

29. Our Lady of the Mount

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Although its secluded location often leads to this little church being overlooked, it is certainly worth a stop on a tour of Velha Goa (Old Goa). With simple exteriors, lavish interiors and wealth of historical significance, this chapel is what one might call a hidden treasure. Its plain whitewashed walls present a delightful picture at sunset, and the view from its vantage point is truly breath taking. Situated as it is atop the Monte near the Church of St. Cajetan, it overlooks the expanse of the Mandovi and the islands of Devar and Chorao.

How to get here: 12 kms from Panaji

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30. Convent of Santa Monica and the Chapel of the Weeping Cross

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The Convent of Santa Monica is of great architectural and historic importance to Goa. This convent bears a great deal of historical relevance, since it was the very first (and the largest) nunnery in all of Asia, making it something of great interest to those tourists who have come to Goa in order to learn more about the cultural history which has influenced this state.

How to get here: A distance of 8.6 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station.

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