Goa is the heaven on Earth! The infinite and unlimited festive and active atmosphere, the affordable food and drinks along with the splendid and mesmerizing beaches, it’s not just one thing that sets Goa on the podium in India.
With an uncountable number of beaches, casinos, bars and eateries, Goa has put itself on the world map for one of the must visit tourist places, as well as a place for Adventure motorcycle travellers to explore. Many events, such as the Sunburn or the New Year’s Party, have skyrocketed Goa to one of the must visit destinations.
Being such an amazing and well known tourist destination, it is true that most of the town has been explored, and is a tourist haven. But for many of us Adventure riders we don’t want the standard crowded tourist destination. We seek areas and destinations less travelled should we say. So, we decided to tell you about the amazing places which aren’t widely known, but awesome to hit in your travels!
All these destinations can be hit by riding the Calangute-Baga Road, which connects many of these great places, but remember to always use caution while traveling this road by motorcycle. You won’t hit big boulders, or deep muddy water crossings but you will hit a high energy hustle and bustle of Indian roadways, where the biggest vehicle has the right of way. Some consider it an “aggressive” driving environment, but once in the “flow” it is like riding in any city, you must be alert and careful at all times. Many world travelers are aware of the India method of driving, it can be a little crazy but at the same time exhilarating and adventurous.
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Known for its milky white appearance, the Dudhsagar waterfalls being the largest of its kind and the fifth largest in the country, doesn’t cease to amuse the experienced of travellers with its mind-boggling beauty. Extremely popular for the trek around the falls and the amazingly crafted way of the falls across the greens of the mountain are a miracle in itself.
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Known for beaches, the Mobor beach in South Goa is one of the popularly known beaches for adventure sports. If you’re the person with a knack for getting your feet wet in the sea water, trying out some surfboarding or speed boating adventures, then you’re headed out to the right place! Make sure to clip on your life jackets as the waters are pretty rough!
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The Vagator beach, the northern most beach in Goa, is popularly known for its serenity coupled with beauty. Not very popular among Indian tourists, the beach is primarily filled with tourists from the west. With great cliffs that look down on the shore and some relaxing fresh water springs, the place is ideal for anyone looking to while away time in Goa.
Mysteriously producing bubbles, the Netravalli Lake, also called as the Bubbling Lake, is under the light for its weird behaviour. The bubbles are continuous and emerge to the surface of the lake. Local stories say that fairies have rendered the lake magical, so it’s your time to test! Clapping at the lake is said to increase the intensity of the bubbles and also bring to life the water springs.
Carambolim lake, in the Carambolim district of North Goa, is the heart of Goan birds. The lake is a habitat for the birds that are largely survival in the inland water bodies that contain fresh water. The lake helps irrigate the paddy fields in the surrounding which also develop the habitat of the birds and animals. Many migratory ducks, agile jacanas, kingfishers and numerous other species do come over to Goa for chilling and partying in their own style.
Cabo De Rama
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Situated in one of the secret beaches of Goa, the Agonda beach, the Cabo De Rama fort is a silent getaway. The place is just perfect for any person looking to catch a break from the hustle and bustle of the Goa city and wishes to spend some time in isolation far away from the mundate Goan lifestyle. The fort is pristine to this date and has an amazing view of the seashore to gaze at.
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Also, locally known as the Keri Beach, the Querim beach is one of the unique beaches you’d ever come across. Lying on the edge of the Arabian Sea, it catches the view of the Terekhol River subtly congregating into the sea. The opposite bank of the river houses the Terekhol fort which is accessible through a ferry ride and overlooks the river where one is allowed to try their luck at fishing.
It isn’t without reason that Goa is a popular tourist destination. Even though these are some of the lesser known locations they are so enthralling. No wonder it is Goa, let the adventure begin!
About the Author:
Rohit is an extensive traveller with an urge to explore the unexplored via foot, car and motorcycle. He does so by visiting the less travelled to places across the country and writes about them at http://www.transindiatravels.com/ for everyone who shares the same urge to benefit from.
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Check it out here on NatGeo TV.
The Trans-Canada Trail is an awesome route that touches 3, that’s right 3 oceans! It is perfect for Adventure bikes as well as other recreational 4×4 overland vehicles. It is a network of trails, but starts in St. Johns, Newfoundland and ends in via a ferry ride to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Trans-Canada Trail claims to be the World’s longest recreational trail system, but is still in progress but when complete it will connect the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans!
Trans-Canada Recreation Trail is great for Adventure WorldCrosser Motorcycle Riders!
It is broken down into a few sections as it traverses the great country of Canada. When complete it will have shelter and fresh water along the trail system. It is a combined effort of over 400 community trails and has been funded by the Canadian government.
One doesn’t have to do the entire route in one trip, if they do not have the time and resources, but a leg of the trail can satisfy your Adventure craving and provide you a taste and experience of Canada. Remember you may want to sharpen up on your French as some Canadian towns you will be going through and stopping in may not speak English.
Read more about the sections, some stories of travelers and the trail itself at– http://tctrail.ca/
More Adventure motorcycle and dual sport centric is the TCAT – Trans-Canada Adventure Trail.