Goa is renowned for its very long coastline with almost never ending sand lands. So, if you wanna have some offbeat fun along with the sun, sand, and sea without a loads of people then you will be happy to explore these secretly hidden Goa beaches tucked away in quiet recesses where you can totally find your inner peace or at least won’t get annoyed with prying eyes and sticky hawkers.
Here we, traveldglobe listed down the getaway beaches to visit on your next trip to Goa. Some of these beaches lack in terms of offering food and accommodation, so you have to carry that on your own or you’ll get starved. Although some of the best beaches in Goa may seem out of the way, you’ll be glad for the peace and quiet when you get there.
1. Butterfly Beach
Located in the north of the Palolem beach with just 37 km away from Margao, the charmingly named Butterfly beach is an unexplored beach, offering unspoilt scenery and much-needed privacy. This tiny beach lies on the Butterfly Island and is a wonderful place with glowing crystal clear waters. As the beach lies amidst a forest, it is no accessible by roads.
You can rent a short ride from Agonda or Palolem beach to come here. If you wish to walk up to the beach, the trek through is forest takes around 2 hours but this is worthwhile, because of the serenity. Behind the beach, there is lush and thick vegetation.
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2. Kakolem Beach
If you are really up for an adventure try getting to this little-known beach in Goa, also known as Tiger beach. Located in a bay, its breathtaking beauty makes up for almost getting lost on the way there. The sands are clean and deserted.
The only way by land is to take the NH 66 towards Cola village. Turn north-east and drive on a broken old road which will lead you to a small platform. Take the narrow steep winding stone stairs leading down to the beach. A much easier way to get there is by renting a boat to transport you there and back.
3. Betul Beach
Also known as the fishing beach of Goa, the quiet Betul beach is located at a distance of 18 km from Margao. Blessed with a cool and serene environment, the beach looks like a typical coastal fishing village. To get to the beach by land, one first needs to come at Mobor beach as from here you take the Cavelossim-Assolna ferry that takes you across the Sal River and finally you get down to your destination.
A 17th-century fort, Canaguinim beach, and a small lagoon near this place are worth-visiting. The silver colored sand, the coconut palms, and the fruit trees make the beach a picturesque one. If you love fishing, this is the place to be. You might also get your hand one some fresh and cheap seafood from the nearby market. The nearby restaurant serves lip-smacking fish delicacies.
4. Galjibag Beach
Just like the increasingly popular Morjim beach, Galjibag is also a seasonal nesting and hatching site for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. But unlike Morjim, this beach is deserted except for a handful of shacks that sell cheap, delicious seafood. Galjibag is 18 km from Canacona, south of Talpona river estuary.
5. Hollant Beach
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One of the best secret beaches of Goa to enjoy a memorable sunrise, Hollant or Issorcim beach is quite close to the Bogmalo beach. The beautiful bay with an extended stretch has shallow water that mingles into the sea, making it a perfect sight for non-swimmers. The boats of the fishermen line the curvy shore of this rocky beach. Lying in South Goa along the foothills of the Western Ghats, the beach has some good eateries and shacks, churning out some yummy seafood dishes.
The serenity, the scenic views, and an unforgettable sunset view is the highlight of this beach. Very close to the beach is a Chapel where Feast of Three Kings is celebrated on the 6th January. The beach is ideal for enjoying some ‘me-time’.
6. Arambol Beach
The perfect beach for enjoying Barbecue evenings with your loved ones, Arambol beach is a quiet one that has lovely views of the cliffs lining both the sides of the beaches. There are restaurants and cafes nearby, for the visiting tourists. If you love swimming, this beach is a must-visit.
This bohemian sort of beach makes it an ideal alternative to beaches like Calangute if you prefer ‘less busy’ beaches. Bordering Keri Beach on the northern side and sharing its southern border with Mandrem Beach, Arambol is one of the most beautiful beaches here.
A small walk lands you to a smaller beach that has a freshwater lake with thermals. Relax at this site. This beach is ideal for Yoga and Meditation sessions. This cove-like beach has a gentle curve, making it safe for swimming. The headland above offers paragliding opportunities too.
7. Cola Beach
Another lesser-known beach of Goa placed in the southern part of the state, Cola beach is an ideal escape, if you wish to get away from regular tourist activity. To arrive at this beach, you need to travel southwards to Canacona on a scenic road, from here signboards will take to this flawless beach, with a lovely backdrop of coconut palm groves.
This beach is around 10 km away from Agonda beach and 15 km from Palolem beach, and boasts of an exotic lagoon, encircled by beach huts and Rajasthani style tents. Abundant tranquility and nature’s beauty awaits you here. Just sit back and relax, lit the bonfire and listen to the music of the waves. It is also known as the Khola beach and the Little Cola.
8. Velsao Beach
Just north of the popular Majorda and Colva beaches in the southern part of Goa is this stunning beach with soft, silvery sand and nothing but a lifeguard and some birds to keep you company. You’ll spot a few swimmers here but they are like you here to escape the crowds of more popular beaches nearby.
9. Siridao Beach
Lying close to the Zuari river estuary, around 12 km southwards from Goa capital city Panjim, Siridao beach has been blessed with a dramatic landscape of scattered rocks and smooth sandy strips. The oyster and pearl shells that get washed ashore, look extremely beautiful. The nearest attraction is The Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth, an extremely popular one in the region. If you like adventure, there are a number of mystery caves too nearby.
A shell collector’s haven, this beach is a lovely place. This beach is an amazing place for honeymooning couple and seclusion seekers.
10. Sinquerim Beach
Located close to the very well-known Fort Aguada, right adjacent to Beach Aguada and 13 km from Panaji, Sinquerim beach is an unspoiled beach, which is a superb place to relax and enjoy lovely sunset views. Though there are a few luxury resorts close to this beach, but the environment here is pretty calm. It is a long stretch of beach with shiny soft sand where visitors can enjoy leisure walk while the cool breeze brushes past their face and the waves kiss their feet.
Binge on your favorite drinks and delicacies at the nearby eateries. Enjoy swimming and beach volleyball here. Scuba diving, water skiing, fishing, and windsurfing are the other activities here.
11. Agonda Beach
This is a fabulous place for a beach picnic under a beach umbrella. The rocky crag on the southern tip of the beach against an azure sky lends a bit of drama to the serene landscape. Go looking for the bats nesting in trees that line the shore. You can’t miss their black capes and orange-brown faces. It is located about 37kms from Margao.