Goa, wedged between Karnataka and Maharashtra, is known for its effervescent nightlife, beach parties and fun-filled ambience. It is things like these that make this small western state the ultimate holiday or party destination in India. Every year, millions of vacationers from all parts of the world come here to relax on beaches, try adventure sports, and explore its numerous points of interest. Se Cathedral, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Fort Aguada, Church of St. Cajetan and the Goa State Museum are a few tourist hotspots here. The UNESCO-listed Basilica of Bom Jesus is among the most frequented attractions in the state.
Snorkelling, kayaking, and sailing are some activities that are a hit among adventure seekers. Besides these, paddle boarding, knee boarding and wind surfing are also gaining huge fame here. If you want to discover the underwater world of this small state, then you must go for scuba diving. There are numerous locations where you can try it, varying in depth and the treasures in the waters around. The Jetty, Davy Jones Locker and Shelter Cove are some of the best diving sites here. You can also go to Grande Island to try the sport. Diving in clear waters, you will be able to see corals and come across the diverse fish the region is blessed with.
In the words of a layman, trekking can be defined as a long walk, especially on hilly terrains. But it is not simply traversing mountains; it is a lot more. This sport may also involve other activities like camping and wildlife spotting. These things make it more fun, and this is why the number of people going on such excursions is on the rise. It is a good way of spending a vacation, combining thrill and sightseeing. Since it is relatively easier and involves less risk than adventure sports like mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting, anyone can go for it.
India, with astonishing mountain ranges like the Himalayas and Karakoram, is an ideal location to try the activity. While in the northern part, the Karakoram and Himalayas are great for trekking, in the southern, the Western Ghats are apt. The Chadar, Roopkund, Hampta Pass and Kedarkantha treks are some of the most popular ones in North India. Goecha La, Yuksom Dzongri and Singalila are apt hikes if you want to explore the Himalayas in Eastern India.
The Sahyadri Hills, as the Western Ghats are often called, cover an area of about 600 sq km in Goa. This makes it a brilliant destination for hikers and campers. The natural bounties of Goa make trekking here more fun and exciting than usual. That is why it is emerging as a prominent sport in the state. To accompany trekking with wildlife exploration, you can go to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and capture the diverse flora and fauna in your cameras. On-foot excursions to Dudhsagar Falls are also quite popular among adventurers. A beach trek in Goa is perfect if you want to admire the surreal beauty of the Arabian Sea while walking along its shores at a leisurely pace.
The Keri Beach to Arambol Beach trek is not just an adventurous excursion, but a chance for you to explore the coastline of Goa like you have never done before. North Goan beaches are known for their beauty, and Keri and Arambol are undoubtedly among the most charming ones. The best thing about the Keri to Arambol trek is that it takes you past the diverse terrain of the state. Starting from a peaceful beach, you climb to the top of a hill and then descend to another beach. You also get to capture mesmerising views of a serene lake, set amidst the lushness of the state. This half-day hike is perfect to explore the shoreline of Goa and soak in its surreal beauty.
The Keri to Arambol trek begins in North Goa from its northernmost shore – Querim Beach, also known as Keri or Kerim Beach. There could hardly be a better place to start a trekking excursion than this white, velvety and secluded seafront. While walking, you might be able to see the 17th-century Terekhol Fort across the Terekhol River. The wind, coming from palm forests, will treat your senses to immense pleasure. Later, you hike to the Paliyem Hills, an activity that will be a bit challenging. The views of the surroundings from the top of the small hill would be unique.
As you travel south and hike downhill, reach the famous Arambol Beach. Located in a traditional fishing village, it is one of the most sought-after ocean fronts among tourists. An apt word to define the vibe of this place is Bohemian. The place is also famous for a freshwater lake, which is surrounded by lushness on all sides. Later, treading along the banks of a small stream, reach your pick-up point. Once here, transfer to Porvorim, from where you can travel further on your own. We will also provide you with bottled water and lunch for the journey.
Duration: Half a day
Starting Point: Querim Beach
Note: Price for a group of up to 6 people is Rs. 6990. Each extra person above that would be charged Rs. 890
About Goa: Goan beaches are renowned all over the world for their grainy sands and swaying palms, and the hordes of globetrotters thronging this state every year are a testament to it. From Maharashtra in the north to Karnataka in the south, the shoreline of Goa stretches for about 131 km along the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. While unspoilt, secluded beaches are perfect for solitude seekers, the buzzing ones with lively celebrations lure partygoers. Some of the most sought-after beaches in the state are Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Varca, Majorda, Mobor and Betul. You can just relax and soak in the sun or try a plethora of thrilling sports. One activity, which is slowly gaining popularity in the region, is trekking.