Yes, we all know about the beaches, the parties, and the great food. But Goa has much more to offer. Here are some unique experiences worth exploring:
Covering 130 acres Sahakari Spice Farm in Ponda, a plantation growing various spices, fruits, medicinal trees and herbs, is quite a sight. The dense forest and aromatic plantations are a treat to wander through. You can even enjoy experiences like elephant washing, swinging in between trees, and a traditional folk dance performance.
Feeling lucky? Well give your luck a run at the Deltin Royale Casino. Docked off Panjim’s coast, the Deltin remains Goa’s largest luxury floating casino. The casino is spread over 40,000 square feet, offering over 123 gaming tables, with a dedicated poker room and even an exclusive room for Indian flush (Teen Patti). You can also enjoy a fine selection of single malts and hand-rolled cigars at Deltin’s exclusive whiskey lounge.
A Portuguese Villa Stay
Life feels different under the roof of a 500-year old villa. The Amaral’s Goan-Potuguese home lies far from Goa’s crowded beaches, serenaded by the backwaters of the Aldona river. You can expect loads of family stories from the owners, delicious home-cooked meals, and the delightful solitude of a Goan village.
Paddle-Boating, Mayem Lake
Amidst sleepy villages and a dense forest, lies the pristine Mayem Lake. On this charming lake, let your journey to the other shore be slow and unhurried. The stillness of your surroundings and the sweet sounds of Mayem’s rich birdlife are sure to leave you mesmerized.
Some journeys lead inwards. A yoga retreat is a great way to reconnect with yourself. Banyan Tree Yoga, an eco-village with 10 huts made of sustainable materials, offers an extensive yoga and healing experience.
There are sessions on hatha flow yoga and pranayama, by Yogi Bhagavati – A yoga teacher specialising in the BKS Iyengyar system of yoga. You can also enjoy massage sessions which are a unique combination of different massage techniques and energy healing, suited for your personal needs.
At Banya Tree Yoga, the stay may end. But you always carry that sense of peace with you.
Tambdi Surla Waterfalls Trek
The gorgeous Tambdi Waterfalls lie a short distance from the 13th century Tambdi Mahadev Temple. The trek to the waterfall can take about 2 hours. It’s an exciting route through jungles, waterfalls and river streams. At the end you are rewarded with the view of surreal backdrops and a stunning waterfall. You can also explore the ancient Mahadev temple with its prominent idols and beautiful carvings.
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