Over the years, most of us have been bitten by the travel bug. Explorers, backpackers, and tourists would flock all over varied destinations especially to bring in the New Year. Unfortunately, the pandemic outbreak forced us to shun all our travel plans for 2020. This year has indeed been a roller coaster ride for most of us. However, with the Indian Government now easing the lockdown restrictions, the last few months have witnessed a slight surge in travel, provided all the COVID protocols are in check and duly followed. With New Year’s around the corner, travel plans are all set to the most favored destination by many- Goa! Be it singles or couples, party lovers or families, this sunshine state is a hit! Goa is indeed known for its parties and sun-kissed beaches, but there’s more to Goa than trance raves and alcohol. From hidden waterfalls and backwaters, Goa is a treasure trove of unusual experiences. And with the pandemic crisis still on, it is advisable to travel responsibly, maintain social distancing, and wear masks while outdoors. If you are planning a trip to Goa to usher in the next decade, then here are some offbeat places that can be visited.
These waterfalls are one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in the state and worth a visit. Bamanbudo waterfalls are located bang on the Canacona-Naturlim Road and are visible from the road. These waterfalls don’t have a strong current. Hence, you can splash around in the pond below. You could also explore the Gordongram village and soak in its greenery. There are some good AirBnb’s near Palolem beach for your stay on New Year’s Eve. The distance between Canacona to Palolem is about 10 km. Book a safe and sanitized car on rent in Goa to take you around safely.
The Butterfly Beach is the abode of numerous exotic species of beautiful butterflies. This beach is semicircular in shape and you can take a boat from Palolem/Agonda to reach here. During low tides, when the seashore widens, you will witness crabs and goldfishes. While sunsets by the beach can never be underestimated, the Butterfly Beach is no exception. You could also visit nearby places like the Conco Island, Leopard Valley, Yoga Land, Agonda, and Palolem beaches. This beach is not commercial. Hence, you will not find any shacks/restaurants. Make sure you carry a picnic basket with all the essentials required to bring in the New Year.
Another offbeat experience is catamaran sailing. Goa is the ideal destination for sailing and a perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the sea. Book yourself a cruise and enjoy sailing into the sea. You can witness the beautiful array of fireworks light up the sky at the stroke of midnight.
Located in the Bicholim taluka, North Goa, the Mayem Lake can be easily reached using public transport. While in Goa, make sure to book an affordable and reliable Goa taxi service to explore these offbeat locations. The winding Goan roads through the thickets of cashew trees, areca nut trees, and pineapple plantations make the journey to this lake truly mesmerizing. The historic Arvalem caves are also located close by here. Adventure sports enthusiasts can get their adrenaline rush with the water rafting facilities which have been set up on the Mhadei River. Mayem Lake offers peace and tranquillity and is not too crowded making it a perfect way to ring in the New Year.
Amidst all the fun and excitement of celebrating the New Year’s Eve in Goa, it is advisable to be responsible citizens and follow all COVID protocols. You don’t need a medical report confirming that you are COVID-negative to enter the state. Download the Aarogya Setu app to indicate that ‘You are Safe’ status. Avoid crowded places, maintain social distancing, use sanitizers, and wear masks at all times. There are several Goa Taxi Service options and you must ensure that you book a reliable car on rent in Goa to take you around. Travel responsibly, stay safe, and have fun!