Goan beaches, its chill vibe, the shacks, sun, seafood and sand is now the stuff of legend. But there is an as yet unexplored side to Goa for those looking for something new. Perhaps you want to do more than drink and party, perhaps you are travelling with young children and want a holiday that offers a little bit of history, culture, adventure, or you are on your 7th trip and need a small break from the lovely swim-eat-repeat routine. Whatever be your reasons, just hop into a car courtesy Savaari Car Rentals and explore these options in the state known for sunshine and susegad.
Eat exotic food
Yes traditional goan seafood is incredibly good, but could we interest you in some traditional Greek food at Vagator, at Thalassa. If you are lucky you can get a real feel of a Greek taverna spirit and participate in the traditional communal dancing or ‘Sirtaki’ at the end of the evening, as you look upon the ocean. Or you could head to some great French food at La Plage, in Morjim. And if reviews are anything to go by, you cannot go wrong with their chocolate thali for dessert! Or hop into your chauffeured Savaari Car and check out Bomra’s close to Fort Aguada some Burmese cuisine which features dishes like the Black Pomfret in Black Bean paste, Coconut noodle soup and the Lime n Chilli Red Snapper. Yum!
Make a trip to Tiracol Fort
Head to Goa’s northernmost village, to take in the Tiracol Heritage Fort before the area is ruined by a proposed luxury golf resort. Your journey is guaranteed to be memorably scenic. Just take in the sights in a Savaari Car Rental as you pass through the picturesque villages of Siolim, Ashvem, and Querim. The fort is just 40 kms from Calangute and closer to the Maharashtra border. A ferry service takes your vehicle across the Tiracol river. The fort itself was built by a Sawantwadi ruler in the 17th Century, and offers great views of the river, Kalacha beach, and the occasional colorful paraglider.
Go on a spice trail
Goa is a tropical paradise and home to the bounty of spices that attracted the very first explorers from the outside world. And you if fancy a fun filled walk through a breathtakingly green plantation, home to all varieties of spice and fruit bearing trees, head to one of Goa’s oldest kept secrets. We recommend the Savoi Plantation which is over 200 years old! Get a guided tour; see where the pepper, star anise, chilli, cinnamon, and cardamom in your kitchen comes from. Watch exotic birds come to the natural lake on site and sit down to a local meal Shetye family style. Spice estates, sprawling 100s of acres, are in Ponda. In a Savaari Car they are a quick drive away, about 25 kms from Panjim and 40 kms from the popular beaches like Calangute in the north.