Lying around on sun-drenched beaches, dozing at the shacks, partying at Tito’s and enjoying few drinks – that about sums up the itinerary of every other tourist in Goa.

As much as we relish the perfect beaches and partying, Goa is so much more, and there is a lot to discover here, off the beaten track. You just need to dig a little deeper and you will feel the real pulse of Goa and find places that are beyond a tourist’s perspective.

Devil’s Canyon

Legend is that a demon used to rule over this place and controlled all living beings in the area including the fishes. However, a local conned the demon and stole his fishes, so the demon cursed the area. The place is spooky with chilling silence. There is a river flowing in the gorge with various rock faces, which has taken the lives of many swimmers. Visit this offbeat place in Goa, if spooky adventure is your thing. (Photo Credit: Jenny)

Private Yacht Party

Sail along the Arabian Sea coastline aboard a luxurious Yacht; Your private sea adventure. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding proposal, bachelor party, it is the ultimate way to party with your loved ones.

Spice Plantation

Visit Savoi plantations and Sahakar Spice Farm to learn about various spices. Walkthrough the plantation and enjoy the natural beauty it offers. You can also play with the majestic tuskers; they let you sit on their back and then splash you with waters. (Photo Credit: Dreamadventure)

Crab Catching

Sounds crazy? Well, it is not for weak hearts who are afraid of a bite. Try catching crabs using homemade nets called ‘Kobblem’ in the Goan backwaters or the seaside. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and something you can brag about to your friends. Just sign up with one of the various tours that take place in Goa or you can just visit one of the villages of Goa and make a friend.

Saturday Night Market

You must visit ‘The Saturday Night Market’ in Arpora. It is one grand party bustling with endless lanes of food stalls, bars, and music – An insight into real Goa. If you are there, you must absolutely try the delicious rotisserie chicken by the “French” guy. Ask around for it!

Dine On A Houseboat

Houseboats are the last thing, which comes to mind when you talk about Goa but it is “must” when you are in Goa. Book a houseboat in the waters of Chapora River and sail through the Goa backwaters. Enjoy a romantic dinner with your partner or have a dance party with your friends; it will be an unforgettable experience.

Trek to Todo Waterfalls

If you are an offbeat traveler, this is something you will definitely love. Todo waterfalls situated in Netravali, a small town in Goa. The trek will take you through dense forest and small water bodies. It will be nature at its best offering scenic beauty and immense relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist attractions.