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Must-visit local attractions in Goa

Local activities to do during your stay in Goa

Goa is known for its lush greenery and beaches. But what we don't realise is, Goa is way beyond just that. If we take some time out and explore the hidden gems in Goa it is truly worth the experience. So without keeping you waiting, let us dive into some wonderful experiences for you to indulge in, during your stay in Goa.


Have you been offroading to explore and witness how beautiful waterfalls are in Goa? Well here is a list of the top 5 must-visit waterfalls that need to be added to your bucket list.

Dudhsagar Falls
It is located amongst the western ghats and is one of the tallest waterfalls in India with a height of 310m. You can get there with your vehicle or via train. Further, it requires you to trek till you reach the falls.
Arvalem waterfall in Sanquelim
This is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Goa. It is best to go there during the monsoons as water gushes down perfectly during the season. While you are there you should visit Arvalem rock-cut caves, which are believed to have been carved out in the 12th century by Buddhist monks.
Sada Falls
This magnificent waterfall is situated in Chorla Ghat. To get there there's a 4km long yet thrilling walk. The water falls from a height of roughly 200 feet, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Goa.
Netravali Falls
This waterfall is located in the middle of a dense forest. It is situated close to the Netravali wildlife sanctuary. You will have to undertake a 3 km trek inside the sanctuary to reach the destination. It is an exceptionally beautiful sight to come across.
Kesarval Waterfalls
This waterfall is much more than just a beautiful sight. Kesarval Waterfalls are 70m high. Their mineral-rich waters are believed to have healing and medicinal properties. It is located off the highway near Cortalim village.


When in Goa, visiting Goan churches is a must! The churches in Goa display Portuguese architecture which is breathtaking. Each of these churches have historical and cultural significance.
Some of the well known churches are:

  • Bom Jesus Basilica
  • Se Cathedral
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Church of Our Lady of Miracles
  • Chapel of St. Catherine
  • Church of St. Cajetan
  • Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception


In Goa, you will discover meandering ways that lead to some of the most spectacular forts. Each of these forts has a story to tell and are impressive enough to make you stand and wonder.
We present to you the top forts in Goa:

  • Aguada Fort
  • Terekhol Fort
  • Chapora Fort
  • Reis Magos Fort
  • Cabo-de-Rama Fort
  • Mormugao Fort

Scenic places

While you are here, why miss out on some of the most Instagram worthy scenic places, starting with the

  • Breathtaking view from Cabo-de-Rama
  • The famous Parra road which is lined with coconut trees on both the sides
  • The quaint and colorful houses in Fontainhas
  • Heart-shaped lake in Bogmallo, Vasco
  • Not forgetting the famous beaches like Calangute, Baga, Palolem, Anjuna, Vagator, Galgibaga and the list goes on!

Cafes & Restaurants

While we all go on a hunt for cafes and restaurants all over the country or the world, there is something special about the cafes and restaurants in Goa. May it be the touch of Portuguese architecture or munching on some delicious Goan specialities while slipping our legs in the sand by the beach. The feels and vibes at the local eateries in Goa is something that's bound to add to the fun element of your getaway! Don’t forget to try out a few famous delicacies like the Goan fish thali, ros omelette, prawn rissois, chicken cafreal, Bebinca, Serradura and many such others.

These were our top 5 picks for you to make the most of your Goa getaway. If you are new in town, we recommend you contact travel guides or get in touch with locals who have good knowledge about the area you plan to visit. We hope these suggestions help you plan your bucket list!

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