Goa is synonymous with fun, food and frolic for every Indian, but sometimes, the uninvited stares and interruptions from pushy hawkers and maddening crowd kill the fun for us. Well, don’t give up yet coz we’ve got you a list of 11 secret beaches in Goa. These are the most secluded virgin beaches where you can escape from the hustling crowd, loud hawkers and unnecessary attention. Whether you want to read a book beside a clear freshwater lagoon, do some introspection, meditate at the sunrise or just absorb some vitamin D, these beaches are the perfect getaway, and you must include these in your Goa trip.
1. Butterfly Beach
Located to the north of Palolem Beach, this is a small beach cove with white sands and clear blue waters. There’s no way to reach this small beach except a 2 hours trek or a boat ride. No vehicles can make it to this beach because the trek takes you through brooks, dense forests, climbs and opens you to this undiscovered beauty of Goa. There are no places to stay on this beach, so that’s not an option unless you are carrying your own tent. Since the beach is so inaccessible, not many people visit it, and it remains a virgin beach.
2. Galgibaga Beach
Galgibaga beach is the turtle nesting beach to the extreme south of Goa. So, this could be a total surprise for you and a pleasant one. Watching thousands of sea turtles on the shore while you lie down on the clean sands of this beach. The beach is least visited by tourists because of its far off location. It’s to the south of Rajbag at a distance of about 45kms. You can reach it from Rajbag through a bridge across the river, but only pedestrians or two-wheelers can cross this bridge which brings us to another interesting thing to do in Goa. Hire a bike and explore!
3. Cola Beach
Located 5kms to the north of Agonda Beach in the deep south of Goa lays this beautiful piece of paradise. A shoreline lined with swaying coconut trees and a fresh water lagoon, this makes for the perfect getaway. The beach has a few resorts that offer tent and beach huts to stay in. There are no buses or public transport to this beach and you can only reach here with your own transport. Hence, you will find this place more inhibited and perfect for indulging in private pleasures. The lagoon is a deep blue and is separated from the sea by a thin strip of sand. The Blue Lagoon Resort on Cola beach has an amazing restaurant which offers a delightful view of the lagoon and the sea, apart from Goan delicacies.
4. Polem Beach
The southernmost beach of Goa! This beautiful white sand stretch lays just where Goa beaches are ending and the Karnataka sea coastline starts. It’s a perfect place if you want to take a quite stroll along the shore. Tourist establishments have not reached this beach yet, so don’t expect much of luxury. There are a few hotels which offer fresh fish delights and also beer to go with it. Sit on these deserted sands while you take in the view of the under construction naval base towards the horizon.
5. Caranzalem Beach
Located at a distance of about 5kms from Panaji, Caranzalem beach is situated to the west of Miramar Beach. This beach is considered a safe beach for swimming because of very few undercurrents. The Dona Paula road runs along to the beach. This 3.5kms stretch is adorned with casuarinas pines and grassy lawns. You can find some shacks around here. It’s also a great beach for water sports and adventure activities.
6. Agonda Beach
Situated in South Goa, this one gives you an escape from the hustle-bustle of North Goa, and you can have a relaxing vacation. The beach has some good stay options- beach huts and restaurants, to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the Goan fun treats. A perfect sandy stretch for sunbathing! Though, it’s not the best for swimming; we’d suggest you to get into the sea and feel some currents, of course, with due permission from the lifeguards.
7. Velsao Beach
This 20kms long, broad beach stretch is one of the most breathtaking beaches in Goa. It’s known for its white shells and starfish infested sand. This beach is a getaway from the tourist’s flocks and hawkers. You will have a few sea birds and the lifeguards to accompany you. Since it’s tucked away in the south of Goa, there aren’t any fancy places to eat or a lot of things to do around here, but that is the point.
8. Siridao Beach
Known as a shell collector’s paradise, Siridao Beach is located near Zuari estuary. It’s a rocky beach which is known for its mysterious caves. This is a place you’d come to when you are done with the sandy stroll-worthy stretches. Here you will find a wide variety of oyster shells and pebbles, so you can feed the child in you with the treasure hunt on the rocky stretch of this beach.
9. Vainguinim Beach
Vainguinim is a quiet, clean stretch situated within Vainguinim Valley at a distance of 9kms from Panaji. You can spot a few beach umbrellas and recliners lined on the white sand stretch, maintained by the Vainguinim Valley Resort. Most people think; it’s a private beach, but it’s not. The beach has remained clean and secluded because there aren’t many tourists over here. A perfect beach for kayaking.
10. Betul Beach
This small picturesque beach is known for fishing and ocean-going trawlers. You can catch up with the fishermen and have a look at the Goan lifestyle in Betul village. It’s an incredibly beautiful stretch opposite to the banks of river Sal. The soft silvery sand and the shadow of coconut and palms make it a perfect resting place.
11. Lovers Beach
Situated to the north of Betalbatim beach, this clean stretch got its name from the no. of couples which can be seen romancing in the evenings on this beach. There are no shacks and no disturbance on this beach, and it’s a perfect place to watch sunset with your loved one. The only way to reach this beach is by private transport.
12. Canaiguinim Beach
On the way to Cabo de Rama beach, this long lonely stretch can be a welcome surprise for people looking for seclusion in the crowded Goa. The beach has a brook that empties into a beautiful green lagoon. To the left of the beach lies a small bridge that connects the lagoon to the sea. The beach doesn’t have any facilities to offer, but it’s still a lovely spot for picnickers. It is 26kms from the city of Margao and almost unnoticed by the tourists.