Quick Upshot: Looking to let off some steam this long New Year Weekend in Goa but don’t want to get bogged down by the crowds? We have just the thing for you. Check out our top picks of secluded beaches in Goa that are sure to satisfy the true blue beach bum in you who loves the whole package of the sun, sand, surf and sea minus the crowd and littered beaches..
Some years ago, we made our first trip to Goa and experienced a most magical evening spent on a deck chair on a small, unfrequented beach with nothing but the sound of the waves making landfall and a star spangled sky for company. The solitude that evening is a memory we’ll always cherish as it helped us tune out the din from the world outside and tune in to ourselves. Unfortunately, the one thing we forgot to do was to make a note of where we were! And thus, began a series of futile attempts at recreating that experience on subsequent trips to Goa. Ultimately, we turned to our Featured Experts on GoPo and checked for advice from Locals on GoPo to help us discover more such experiences. Here’s our pick- in no particular order- of the most recommended beaches in Goa that miraculously remain largely unexplored and hence, tranquil and pristine.
1. Majorda Beach, South Goa: While this is not exactly a secluded beach, it is nevertheless clean and less ‘touristy’. The beach is also famous for the bakery items and breads sold here. It is said that the famous Goan Toddy was invented here.
2. Butterfly Beach, South Goa: One of the most secluded and unexplored beaches in Goa, Butterfly Beach is ideal for people looking for tranquility and solitude. The beach is surrounded by thick forests making it difficult to get here by land, unless one is up for a 2 hour trek through the forest. The easier route is to take a boat from Palolem or Agonda.
7. Arambol Beach & Palilem Beach, North Goa: Believed to be the Hippie capital of Goa, this beach may just be the answer to all your Spa requirements. A short walk away from the beach is a sweet water lake at the Palilem Beach. The lake is fed by hot water springs as a result of which sulphurous mud lines the lake. This mud is believed to have healing properties.
8. Morjim, North Goa: Located north of Panaji, this beach is getting increasingly popular. Bird Watching and the fact that this is a nesting ground for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle is part of the allure. By the by, if protecting the Olive Ridleys is something you can relate to but crowds are not, you can also visit the more secluded Galjibag Beach.
Olive Ridleys at the Morjim Beach, Image Source
9. Sinquerim Beach, North Goa: One of the less frequented beaches of North Goa, this one has pristine white sands and is very close to the famous Aguada Fort. It also helps that there are several luxurious hotels in the vicinity making it a complete package if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion.
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