SUNSHINE, SAND, SKY AND SEA- YOU GET THEM ALL IN GOA!

The Most Unexplored and Peaceful Beaches of Goa!

The pristine blue waves, the sunny hues, the sandcastles and the salty breeze are what keep me going back to Goa. Now, anybody who has been to Goa even once would have surely visited a few popular beaches here. Be it the shacks, cocktail starry nights, soulful music, seafood, the rocking nightlife or the tranquillity it offers – different people chase different things in Goa! There are many popular beaches like Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute or Vagator, the list is pretty long. I am an absolute beach person and as a beach-craving soul, I went on to explore some unexplored beach spots in Goa during my last visit.

I am listing down my top 5 favourite unexplored beaches of Goa, check them out below!

1. COLA BEACH:

Cola Beach is in the Canacona region of South Goa, 31.1 kms from Margao and 9.6 kms from Agonda Beach. Cola Beach is an unexplored beach in South Goa that not many tourists are yet aware of. With its tall coconut trees and beautiful terrain, it almost feels like a private beach.

Cola Beach

The beach is divided into two parts – North Cola, and South Cola, with a small hill separating the two.

North Cola Beach is 800 meters long, while South Cola at 145 meters is much smaller.

There is a small river (Khola) that creates a lagoon on the northern side, which is why Cola Beach is often referred to as Khola beach. The river and its lagoon give Cola Beach a unique landscape, different from most other beaches in Goa. There are a handful of hotels and accommodation options around, and only a few beach shacks, keeping Cola’s serenity intact.

The tranquillity of this beach is incomparable. If you’re someone who likes peace more than the party spots, then Cola Beach is the place for you!

– Exact Location: Cola Beach Road, Cola, Goa!

– How to Reach: From Margao, you can reach the Cola Beach by first taking the MDR41 and then the MDR49. You have to hire a car or a bike to reach this beautiful beach.

2. KAKOLEM BEACH:

Another tranquil beach that has made it to our list is Kakolem Beach. It is one of the raw beaches of South Goa. Also known as the Tiger Beach, Kakolem Beach is one of the most secluded and naturally beautiful beaches in Goa. You will hardly see any people around, and it is a haven for peace lovers! It is squeaky clean and can only be accessed from

Cola village or if you take a boat to reach here. There are a few eco-friendly resorts as you reach Cola village, in case you want to stay.

Would you like to know that why this beach is called Tiger Beach?

According to an urban legend, this used to be the spot to hunt tigers. But truth be told, no one has really spotted tigers here, recently.

– Exact Location: Kakolem Beach, South Goa, Located 31 kms away from the city of Margao, Kakolem Beach is about 7 kms to the South of the Cabo de Rama resort.

– How to Reach: One can reach this beach only by private transport, such as cabs, auto-rickshaws available from Margao. You can also reach the beach by boat or motorboat.

3. VELSAO BEACH:

Now let me tell you about one of the most beautiful beaches to visit in Goa, which is another hidden gem here. Velsao Beach is located in Vasco da Gama, quite close to the Dabolim Airport and is richly blessed with silver sands, coconut groves and lakes decked up with lilies.

Situated on the southern coast of Goa, Velsao Beach connects with the Bogmalo Beach lying to its north side and the Majorda & Colva Beach lying to its south. It’s a beautiful beach lined with thick coconut trees. It has a lovely long stretch of white sand which is a treat to the eyes and makes for a perfect place for relaxation, soothing walks and sunbathing. It’s such a peaceful beach which lets you be close to nature, you can hear the chirping of birds and peaceful sounds

of nature. The soothing air, cool breeze and water of the beach simply create a perfect picturesque view. It offers a mesmerising view of the sunrise and sunset, so make sure to be here at the time of dawn and dusk.

– Exact Location: 9V3M+QG9, Consua, Goa 403712. – How to Reach: There are direct buses services available from Panaji to Velsao.

4. BUTTERFLY BEACH:

Butterfly Beach is situated in the Canacona region of Goa. This beach is also known as the Honeymoon Beach which is in the form of a small cove surrounded by dense trees. One of the most secluded and lesser-known beaches of Goa, Butterfly Beach is mostly accessible by a boat (ferry) ride from the nearby beaches, which only adds to the overall charm of this beach.

You can bag the best time of your vacation at Butterfly Beach which is north of Palolem Beach in Southern Goa. Enjoy your solitude, away from the rest of the world and also experience the wonderful aquatic life out in the open front of the beach.

It’s a haven for the newlyweds and lovebirds for a secluded vacation, and hence it’s also popularly called the Honeymoon Beach. It’s a fun picnic spot; you can spend quality time with your family, friends, BFF or your partner. You can also get to witness the wandering sea urchins, redfish, goldfish and sea cucumbers here. You would rarely get to see this sight anywhere else in Goa. Bookmark this one right away!

– Exact Location: This place is located at the end of Palolem Beach.

– How to Reach: You can opt for a ferry from Palolem or Agonda Beach or even a boat ride is available too.

5. SINQUERIM BEACH:

Sinquerim Beach is located just beside Aguada Fort, a major tourist attraction in Goa with immense historical significance.

Beach is located around 13 kms from Panaji and has a spectacular stretch of sand.

It is located in the south of famous beaches like Baga, Calangute and Candolim. An ideal place for swimming, this beach at Sinquerim lies adjacent to the Aguada Beach.

This beach stretches all the way north to Baga, making it great for casual walking, enjoying the spectacular sunset views & capturing them in your camera. Its beauty is enhanced several times during the sunset, and taking a walk on the beach then is an altogether different experience. There are a few tourist resorts, hotels and some amazing restaurants at this beach. You can catch a taxi, motorbike or a bus to go to Sinquerim.

Exact Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa.

How to Reach: Sinquerim Beach is located just 14 kms from Panjim. You can hire a taxi or private vehicle to reach it.

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NORTH SOUTH DIVIDE

NORTH SOUTH DIVIDE

Yes, you read it right. In Goa, there is a pretty distinct divide between North & South Goa. Enough and more has been written about both but my attempt is to illuminate three lovely places one must visit in South Goa. I mean your trip would be incomplete without a visit to these three, similar in many ways and yet quite distinct, restaurants.

  1. MARTIN’S CORNER: One of the most popular and sought-after places in South Goa close to Utorda, Martin’s Corner has been my haunt in all my six visits to Goa. From the food, drinks to the live music and karaoke nights Martin’s Corner is a place that exudes the true Goan spirit. The moment you sit under the covered roof and side open restaurant your eyes can’t help but notice the live catch of the day. What a sight! Lobsters, crabs, prawn & fish are integral to the menu and believe me they taste delicious because the raw material is of the finest and freshest quality. Somehow their pricing seems so accurate, inexpensive for items which are meant to be (read fresh lime soda, aerated water and bottled water) and well-priced for the lovely sea food preparations. So, while we were there we indulged in Lobster thermidor their signature dish, cheese bruschetta’s, French fries and Manchurian fish. Draught beer and breezers flowed liberally and to top it all there was live music filled with classics by Clapton, Bon Jovi and Elton John. Perfect setting for a pleasant evening. I must add there is plenty of variety in their menu and a good spread of North Indian kebabs if that is your calling. A Live dessert counter adds to the fun and the service is friendly and familiar. We were lucky that the weather was good with mild rain and cool sea breeze and a large screen for live sport.

Location- 69, Binwaddo, Betalbatim, Salcette, Goa

 

Martin's Corner

 

  1. FISHERMAN’S WHARF: My next haunt that is on my must recommend list is Fisherman’s Wharf close to the Leela Hotel. A short drive way leads you to the place with ample parking. The restaurant has a mix of open air and under the roof sitting. If you want to sit facing the sea you better reserve your table or go early. Else make do with seating in the inside portion of the restaurant which too is nice nevertheless. The interiors are done up very tastefully with lovely vintage chairs, modern bar stools (around a huge bar in the center) and drums which are filled with live catch and a price tag. Once you settle down the menu will amaze you with its spread. We gorged on the butter garlic prawns, chilli prawns, spring rolls, honey chilli chicken and hakka noodles. Blue curacao cocktail and vodka was the order of the day to wash it down, our waiter served with a perpetual smile. At the end of the meal we asked for a tiramisu and I can officially state it was one of the finest ones I have ever had after the one I had in Bali. Attractively served and melting in your mouth I almost ordered another one. And then of course was the live music by a band of boys belting out classic soft rock numbers almost like the original. We were compelled to dance after a bit and the momentum didn’t recede. Singing with such ease they effortlessly switched genres between rock and blues with country roads, mambo no. 5, wonderful tonight, sultans of swing, careless whisper and black magic women amongst many of the tracks they pelted. Oh, what a super night it made.

Location- Before The Leela, Mobor, Cavelossim, Goa

 

  1. RAJ’S PENTAGON: Now this is a surprise entrant. Opened only a few summers back and owned by an ex-chef Raj, this place is very popular amongst the locals. Walking distance from the Majorda beach, Pentagon does what it does brilliantly. Live catch is brought to every table to purchase (crabs, prawns and fish) and the crooner is a fellow with a keen interest in reggae music. So, you know he played almost some calypso tunes and did it to perfection. We were a bit early and began with a pint of Bira and Pina Colada and followed that up with fish fingers, calamari, noodles and to my most wonderful surprise chicken gold coins. It reminded me of the good old Calcutta club days where gold coins were a hit. The music soon took over and the place filled up with inhabitants which were all looking familiar with the place and the food. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating and they do a pretty neat job of disinfecting the place for mosquitos. Well priced, Raj is present there in person and does shyly interact with the patrons and enquires if all is smooth. Time moves fast here and food grips you pretty hard. Considering the place has a valet parking, rather rare in Goa, the place is full and ensures you have a feast.\

 Location- Majorda Beach Road, Opp. Majorda Beach Resort, Salcete, Goa

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