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5 offbeat Beaches in Goa


Yash Bhatia

26 Aug



If you’ve come looking for some sun, sand and sea on Goa’s vast coastline without the crowds and the fuss, you’ll be pleased to discover these beaches that offer solitude and an escape from the world – or at least relief from prying eyes and annoying hawkers.

Here’s a list of five offbeat, Travelogist-verified beaches that are a must-visit for travelers seeking out some calm! And a handy tip: consider carrying along your own snacks and water, because eateries tend to be few and far between here. You’ll be glad for the peace and quiet when you get there.


  • Arambol Beach


Arambol is a beautiful, quiet beach in Pernem, perfect for lively evening barbeques and family picnics. Enjoy the views from the cliffs that border this cove-shaped beach on either side. As the area gradually gains popularity with a more boho crowd, cafes and restaurants have popped up close by – so grab the chance to enjoy a frosty beer after your swim!



  • Butterfly Beach



The name itself should be enough to turn you on to this exquisite hidden gem. Located on Butterfly Island, this beach remains a relatively unexplored and isolated stretch of land – perfect if you’re looking for total privacy. The only way to reach Butterfly Beach is by boat from Agonda or Palolem beach, and while you’re there, try catching sight of some dolphins or the exotic butterflies this beach is named for!



  • Cola Beach


Imagine a beach so off the beaten path that even locals haven’t heard about it. To reach this hidden treasure, travel south to Canacona and look around for the signs that will lead you to an immaculate beach, pictured against a flawless backdrop of coconut groves and blue skies. If that’s not reason enough, Cola is only five minutes from Agonda beach and has a unique lagoon surrounded by beach huts that you can rent for the night.  



  • Velsao Beach


Just north of the popular Majorda and Colva beaches in the southern part of Goa is this stunning beach with soft, silvery sand and nothing but a lifeguard and some birds to keep you company. You’ll spot a few swimmers here but like you, they’re probably there to escape the crowds of more popular beaches nearby.



  • Betul Beach


The wide expanses of this sandy beach in Goa can be found about 20 minutes from Margao. The scenery will remind you of traditional coastal fishing villages; it even has a small lagoon and 17th century fort nearby. Get to Mobor beach by land and then take the Cavelossim – Assolna ferry across the River Sal to the beach.


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