January, February, March, Quarantine and suddenly it is December! The year 2020 summed up in a sentence!The Pandemic has brought everything to a halt. Quite literally! As a result, every one of us had to spend the last 7-8 months locked inside our homes. Now, going on vacations seems like a far-fetched dream.Individuals who are working from home must have worn out completely. Afterall, WFH comes with its own set of challenges and is known for blurring the lines between professional and personal life.How about if we tell you that you can now travel and work simultaneously?In India, Goa provides an excellent opportunity to unify with nature all while keeping up with office work. So, get ready to reclaim your long lost work-life balance and explore things in an offbeat way.If you believe Goa is all about pleasant beaches and peppy nightlife, we are here to break that myth. It has a lot of unexplored avenues, cosmopolitan vibes and a collaborative community. Look beyond and you will get to indulge in the unseen wilderness, newly discovered pre-historic sites, architectural grandeur, delicious cuisine and exotic spices!Here’s how you can experience the offbeat Goa like a true-blue Goan!
1. Heritage Walk at Chandor, South Goa:
Spend a day in the middle of the magnificent Portuguese-era mansions and get a sneak peek of the offbeat Goa in a unique way. Here, the remnants are more than 1000 years old and are worth a visit. Along the banks of River Kushavati, Chandor was originally known as Chandrapura. Long before the Portuguese arrived in Goa, Chandor
served as the capital of the eminent dynasties like Bhojas and Kadambas. Today, it stands as the testimony to the rich history of Goa and is a wonderful option to indulge in a Heritage Walk with your peers. Get accompanied by a friendly chaperone who will happily escort you around the old lanes and keep everyone entertained via incredible storytelling skills.
2.Wildlife Spotting At Sanctuaries:
Nestled in the lap of Western Ghats, Goa is immensely rich in flora and fauna. No surprise, it is home to numerous Wildlife Sanctuaries. The Natural Reserves are less known to the travellers and are the best-kept secrets of Goa. If you are genuinely looking forward to exploring the offbeat Goa, you can’t possibly miss out these hidden gems. Get up, close and personal with the wilderness and spot rare species like Indian Bison, Sambar Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Mugger Crocodile, Leopard, Bengal Tiger, Great Indian Hornbill and Indian Cobra. Besides, Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa also serve an unparalleled experience for the wildlife photographers who love capturing the wildlife in their natural habitat. Our picks for you would be Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary
and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.
3.Exploring Pre-Historic Usgalimal Rock Carvings:
Very few places in India have pre-historic sites, and luckily Goa is one of them. On the bed of the Kushavati River, Usgalimal Rock Engravings
belongs to the Mesolithic Age. If our calculations are right, Usgalimal Petroglyphs would be 20,000 to 30,000 years old. Incredible! Isn’t it? No one in Goa knew about their existence until the local people happened to notice them in 1993. Here, one can easily spot more than alluring 100 rock carvings portraying animals, birds, dancing figures, triskelions and symbols of religious cults. Include this in your itinerary to witness the enigmatic art from the Mesolithic Period carved by pre-historic humans.
4.Visiting The Tropical Spice Plantation in Goa:
Beyond happening beaches and lively parties, Goa has exotic Tropical Spice Plantation which offers a delightful trip through the Goa’s signature spices filled with fragrance and flavours. A visit to the Spice Plantation at Ponda is just perfect for people who are experience seekers and nature lovers. Visitors will also get the golden opportunity to play with Elephants in their condominium. Conclude your happening excursion to the Tropical Spice Plantation by gorging into a traditional Goan lunch which is bound to leave your taste buds asking for more.
5.Historical Escapade at Cabo De Rama Fort, South Goa:
In South Goa, Cabo De Rama Fort
is an amalgamation of historical charm and splendid atmosphere. To reach here, one has to drive past the muddy track, which is nothing short of a unique experience itself. It is truly an offbeat spot and provides a scintillating frame of the Arabian Sea for the photo fanatics. If you are in Goa or you’re planning to visit soon, don’t forget to add this place to your roster to dive into a quaint escapade for a day. Our
co-living and co-working space in Goa are specially designed with care to cater to the needs of the Digital Nomads and provide you with local experiences.Avail our Soft Landing Packages to get the best of offbeat Goa and what better time than now when the little paradise has opened up and heartily welcoming travellers?Hurry up!