Top 5 unique experiences in Goa

Updated on Dec 21, 2023 by Ella Brundle

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A Goan holiday is the ultimate destination to experience unique excursions and tours, we have put together a run-down of the top 5 – chosen by our Goa experts!

1. Houseboat 

Sail the pristine waters of Siolim River, with an insightful houseboat tour along the backwaters of Goa. You will be introduced to the traditions of the state, including riverbank farming and cockle fishing. Cruise past the 16th-century Chapora Fort and enjoy the views, before heading towards the open sea to hopefully spot dolphins or go for a swim at Morjim Beach. 

2. Wildernest 

This 1- or 2-night excursion is perfect for those who seek the utmost tranquillity. Set within a nature resort hidden away in the picturesque Sahyadri Valley, you’ll be surrounded by lush forest whilst overlooking the Vazra Falls. During your stay, take part in various treks within the stunning scenery and immerse yourself in nature through birdwatching and wildlife talks. Enjoy fabulous Goan meals and spend the night in the eco-cottages before heading back to the coast!

3. Waterfalls and Spice

This is a ‘2 in 1’ trip with an earlier start, where you will have the chance to enjoy a hearty breakfast in Collem, a small village. Once you’re energised and ready to go, your special four-wheel jeep will take you in to the heart of Bhagwan Mahveer Sanctuary, enjoy the views of lush green passing by. Then embark on a short hike to the foot of the falls, where you can enjoy their grandeur and take a refreshing dip in the pools themselves. Once you have enjoyed the invigorating waters and stunning scenery its time to move on to the spice plantation, where you’ll be able to curb the hunger from your morning dip! Enjoy a delicious lunch before exploring the fabulous sites and aromas around the plantation such as, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg.

4. Glimpses of Goa

Take a memorable day’s tour around this fascinating state of India, with reminders of Portuguese colonial heritage. Begin your day in Ponda and visit the Shri Shantadurga and Shri Mangeshi Temples, with designs influenced by Christianity and Islam showing through. Experience a Goan buffet lunch followed by a tour of one of Goa’s oldest spice plantations, then you will have the chance to discover Goa’s Old Town – once the largest, richest and most affluent city in the whole of Asia. Take in this beautiful old city, explore churches and spot signs of the golden era. End your day with a spot of retail therapy and enjoy the many sights of the Panjim markets and shops, Goa’s capital.

This is one of our most popular tours, providing you with a real sense of Goan life and culture!

5. Hampi World Heritage Site 

Saving perhaps the most spectacular until last… one of India’s most stunning archaeological sites that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Hampi.
This is a 2-night, 3-day excursion that really is a unique experience and allows you to delve into the culture and history of Southern India. This is a fabulous insight into the largest Hindu empire in Indian history, Hampi is a sight to behold. You will arrive by train, so sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of Goa rolling past your window!

You will be staying in Hospet, where you will be able to enjoy its vibrant market and have the chance to get an early night after your journey. The following day is filled with a full guided tour of Hampi’s primary sites, a lunch is included and a chance to reset at your hotel before heading out on a guided tour of Tunghabadra River. From here you will be able to access the highest point of Hampi, where the tour ends with a stunning sunset! 

To find out more about all of the excursions off with Goa Experience click here.


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