Think of Goa and the first thing that comes to mind is its picture-perfect beaches. This small state has an abundance of natural beauty, and that is why it is one of the most frequented destinations in the country. Besides, it is well known for Se Cathedral, Shree Shantadurga Temple, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa State Museum and Fort Aguada. The Church of St. Cajetan, originally called The Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, which was built by Italian friars belonging to the order of Theatines, is also quite famous. Sites like these perfectly display the rich cultural heritage of Goa that it has successfully preserved for centuries.
Right from Karnataka in the south to Maharashtra in the north, the shoreline of Goa is adorned with splendid beaches one after the other. The state is divided into two districts, namely North Goa and South Goa, and none of these lag behind in any aspect, be it natural splendour or popularity. While the beach scene of the northern district starts near Fort Aguada and runs to Maharashtra, the shores of the southern part of Goa begin near Margao and run south. Anjuna, Vagator, Benaulim, Majorda, Calangute and Mobor are some of the most charming beaches in Goa.
Besides soaking the sun at these pristine beaches, you can also try a plethora of adventure sports like sailing, kayaking, rafting, angling and snorkelling. Goa is also a major hub for scuba diving in India and if you are looking to explore the underwater world, then there could hardly be any better option. A number of terrestrial sports can also be enjoyed here, and one such option is Hot Air Ballooning. Floating hundreds of feet above the ground, you capture truly unparalleled views of the Goan landscape. A great thing is that you do not need any prior experience and there is a little requirement in terms of physical ability. So, whenever you are in Goa and want to experience an adrenaline rush, you can try this aerial activity.
Another adventurous sport that you can try during a vacation in Goa is trekking. This outdoor activity is a favourite for many, mostly because it is relatively less exhausting. From a few hours to well over two or maybe three-week long ones, a wide range of trekking excursions are available for you to choose from. The thrill quotient of trekking increases when you combine camping and other such exciting activities with it.
Blessed with magnificent mountain ranges like the Himalayas and Karakoram, India is a great place to go for trekking. Be it any part of the country, east, west, north or south, you can find apt trekking locations if you are into the sport. Valley of Flowers, Pin Parvati, and Har Ki Doon are some popular treks in the northern part of the country. The north-eastern region of India, which also boasts the highest peak in the country, Kangchenjunga, is brilliant for the activity. Many easy to moderate to demanding treks are organised here. Goecha La and Sandakphu are worth mentioning. You can choose the one that suits your strength and stamina, and then embark on an amazing holiday experience.
The Western Ghats or Sahyadri Hills, which are older than the Himalayas, offer infinite trekking opportunities in the western and southern part of the country. Running parallel to the western coast of the country, the mountain range crosses the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. This 1600-km stretch of mountains and hills covers a total area of about 140000 sq km. Owing to the biological diversity and the geological and cultural significance; the Western Ghats are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also recognised as one of the 8 hottest hotspots of biological diversity in the world.
The Ocean trek in Goa is a complete journey where you can admire the magnificence of the Arabian Sea and traverse high hills, soaking in the immense beauty that nature has bestowed on the small state of Goa. The refreshing sounds of the Indian Ocean accompany you on this trail, treating your senses with great pleasure. The perfect stretches of Goan beaches, wedged between azure waters of the ocean and lush palm trees, are insanely irresistible. This full-day trek will give you infinite opportunities to explore these shores.
On this Ocean Trek Neuti excursion, breakfast and lunch will be provided to you by us. Besides trekking, you can also go for swimming in the sparkling, refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean. These and other such numerous things have earned fame for Ocean Trek to Neuti Beach trail.
This Ocean Trek in Goa starts at 7:00 in the morning from Porvorim, from where you drive to a small hamlet in the state of Maharashtra, between the towns of Vengurla and Malvan. This is from where your trekking adventure will begin. After some snacks and tea, proceed along the sea on a hilly path in the refreshing air of the Arabian Sea. After walking for some time, you will find an unspoilt beach in a secluded cove. If you want, you can hike down and relax at the seafront for a few moments. This is just the first one of the various beaches you are going to come across on this trail. Besides trekking, there is a lot more to this adventurous excursion. When the trek ends at the pristine Neuti Beach, you still would have a plethora of things to do.
After arriving at the serene shore wading an estuary, you are offered a tender coconut to wash off all the exertion. This is followed by a delicious Malvani coastal lunch. After the meal, you are free to explore the placid Neuti Beach on your own. You can take a refreshing dip in the ocean or enjoy different beach sports with your fellows. A giant rock here will give you an opportunity to make a 20-feet drop into the ocean. A small hike will allow you to capture a glimpse of the historic Neuti Fort. Here, a sight of the fascinating Vengurla Rocks and the sun-kissed Bhogwe Beach will also treat your eyes. At 3:30 PM, begin your journey back to Porvorim and reach there by 7:30 PM, to end this adventurous, memorable jaunt.
Duration: 1 Day
Timing: Depart 7 AM (Porvorim) and Return 7:30 PM (Porvorim)
Note: Price for a group of up to 6 people is Rs. 13990. Each extra person above that would be charged Rs. 1890
Trekking in Western Ghats: Trekking in the Western Ghats is certainly a unique experience, as you not only get to try your favourite sport, but also get to spot rare wildlife. If you want to explore natural bounties, then Goa is an apt destination for you. The 600 sqkm area of Goa, covered by the Western Ghats, is dotted with natural wonders like Dudhsagar Falls and Sada Waterfall. No surprise that treks to these spectacular falls are a hit. To spot wildlife, you can go for trekking in the famous Mollem National Park. Located within the 240-sq km Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, this park is home to a large number of cobras, pythons, jungle cats, squirrels, deer and leopards.