Top 5 Goa adventures

FEATURED Updated on Sep 19, 2019 by Alastair McClymont

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Take some time off from the beach and explore some of the top Goa adventures on offer across India's most beautiful state.

It is easy to find yourself drawn into the laid-back and languid pace of life during your Goa holiday, spending your days lazing on a sandy beach or sipping cocktails beside your hotel pool. Beyond these chilled vibes however, there is a great deal of action, adventure and discovery to be enjoyed across the state of Goa and beyond. If you fancy injecting a sense of exploration into your holiday in India, look no further than our top 5 Goa adventures.


1. Sail the backwaters on a traditional houseboat

Taking to the waters of the Siolim River for an overnight tour of Goa’s beautiful backwaters is certainly one of the top adventures to embark on in Goa. You’ll encounter the traditions of river life in the form of riverbank farming and cockle fishing, nature in the form of birdlife and dolphins if you’re lucky, and relaxation as you float along amid the state’s most pristine natural settings.


2. Dive into Arpora's Saturday Night Market

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of an authentic India market setting, searching for bargain souvenirs and delightfully tasty street snacks – this is Arpora's Saturday Night Market. Located just inland from Baga Beach and Anjuna Beach, this atmospheric market hosts everything from colourful souvenir stalls and live music, to local food and Goan goods. 


3. Step back in time with a visit to Hampi

Arguably our most fascinating tour that transports you beyond the border of Goa, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi is an unforgettable location in neighbouring Karnataka. The ruins encompass the 14th-century imperial capital of Vijayanagar, one of the largest Hindu empires in Indian history. Visiting Hampi with The Goa Experience is a great way of absorbing the complex, enjoyed over a three-day, two-night tour.

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4. Venture into the wild of the Sahyadri Valley

Goa’s natural beauty is at its finest in the verdant and picturesque Sahyadri Valley. Our Wildernest excursion allows you to stay amid this scenic wonderland in eco-cottages within a nature resort, punctuated by birdwatching trails and other treks aimed at allowing holidaymakers to become more acquainted with the biodiversity of Goa.


5. Swim in Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Located inland in Central Goa is one of India’s highest set of waterfalls, the Dudhsagar Falls. For many, these falls are the pinnacle of Goa’s natural flamboyance, cascading down a cliff-face along four tiers and from a height of 310 metres. One of the most rewarding aspects of a visit to the falls is the opportunity to swim in the natural pools formed by this phenomenon, especially on an extra hot day!


Fancy embracing some more Goa adventures during your holiday in India? Check out the rest of our long list of Excursions and Tours around Goa and its surrounding area.


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