Offbeat Goa – Secret things that only locals know

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If you’ll ask someone in India about their favourite place, most likely you’ll hear the word Goa. However, after visiting the land of sun, sand and sea, people often want to discover the newer side of the state – offbeat Goa. They are always curious about the secret things that only locals know. Instead of asking ‘things to do in Goa’ they ask ‘what are the most offbeat places in Goa’. And instead for rushing to the famous beaches of Goa they search for places to see in Goa other than beaches”. So, here is a different way to explore the most famous state of India – going off road to discover offbeat goa. 


A hectic sightseeing day had come to an end. I had cosily retreated to the softness of my bed. Suddenly I heard some murmurs. The first thought that came to my mind was about someone trying to break in our villa. But the accompanying laughter put that theory to rest. I nudged Chetna to find out what was going on outside. Chetna, who was already in her dream-trail, tried to shrug me off but I wasn’t the one to give up. Pestering never fails. Finally, she conceded. With irritation written all over her face, she said, “So jao na. Jyada kuch khaas nahi hai. Ladke frog hunting par ja rahe hain.” (Go back to sleep. There’s nothing much. The boys are going out on Frog Hunting)

That was the first time I heard about midnight Frog Hunting. During my numerous trips to Goa, I discovered many unique things that define the essence of Offbeat Goa. An essence which thrives in the secret things that only locals know.

So wear your seatbelts and come along to explore the Offbeat Goa with Travel See Write.


During monsoon season when the paddy fields are lush green and brimming with rainwater there’s one species that is overpowered with lust. Monsoon is a mating season and as the saying goes Sawan ke andhe ko sab hara hi hara nazar aata hai (One who goes blind in spring, sees the only greenery all around) likewise the only thing that matters to frogs in this season is their sky-high libido. Putting aside the fear of their life they come out bouncing and croaking at midnight to find the right someone to cosy up with for the night or for whatever time they can coax their partners. While many fulfil their desire, others become a delicacy on someone’s plate.

The happy-go-lucky local boys are adept in Midnight Frog Hunting
The happy-go-lucky local boys are adept in Midnight Frog Hunting

When the world sleeps the local boys go out on their midnight adventure. But to master the art of Midnight Frog Hunting they have to patiently play the wait-n-watch game and pounce like a tiger when the right time arrives. To kill time they organize bonfires singing local Goan songs and guzzling downloads of beer and feni. Secrets are shared and bro bonding is strengthened during these midnight adventures. And once the frogs are out the group hunts them down in unison.

PS: Frog hunting is banned and Travel See Write doesn’t recommend this activity at all.

Although Frog Hunting has been banned in Goa under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the midnight adventure essence is still intact. The boys still venture out at midnight but they no more hunt down the frogs. They have developed other interests.


Even an offseason proof place like Goa witnesses tourist lag in monsoon season. However, I would say it’s the best time to visit Goa. This is when Goa looks mind-blowingly spectacular than the rest of the year. You see greenery all around and many ‘limited period only’ seasonal waterfalls give darshan. They aren’t as giant as a Dudhsagar waterfall is but are a great sight to soak in the monsoon magic. All you have to do is ride a scooter or a bike and go chasing the monsoon.

Offbeat Goa: seasonal waterfall, South Goa
Offbeat Goa: seasonal waterfall, South Goa
Offbeat Goa: seasonal waterfall
Offbeat Goa: seasonal waterfall

Also, one should definitely visit Dudhsagar Falls in monsoon namely for two reasons – less crowded and more swelled up.

Offbeat Goa: The milky white water of Dudhsagar
Offbeat Goa: The milky white water of Dudhsagar
Offbeat Goa: The milky white water of Dudhsagar
Offbeat Goa: The milky white water of Dudhsagar


Imagine a place set in the most stunning geography but having a dark history. A place which is a house to angels as well as demons. A place where both good and bad resides. The “Three Kings Church” at Cansaulim village represents such paradox. A place infamous for being the most haunted place in Goa. Legend says the bodies of the three Kings lie in this church and their ghosts can often be seen roaming in the church at night. However, I wasn’t lucky enough to meet them in person. Probably they weren’t up for a challenge 😛

Three Kings Church by Navin Sigamany
Three Kings Church, Goa. Pic courtesy: Navin Sigamany, CC Attribution 2.0 generic license.

Besides the paranormal allure of the Three Kings Church I would recommend to visit it for the stunning panoramic view it offers from the hilltop. Reach here before sunset and you’ll be treated to the spellbinding views of Goa at golden hour. This Church makes one believe that there are many places to see in Goa other than beaches

Offbeat Goa: visit the serene and quaint Cansaulim Beach, Goa
Offbeat Goa: visit the serene and quaint Cansaulim Beach, Goa


When you think of Indian weddings, Big Fat North Indian weddings come to mind but my favourite wedding is Goan Wedding because not only it follows the customs and traditions but it lets the elder people take center stage. Right from making special marriage delicacies like dosh, samarachi koddi, Sorpotel, Patoleo, Soji, Vonn to ‘Roas’ ceremony (bathing of the bride and groom with coconut milk and water) to participating in the wedding dance to adorning the bride with the Saddo and other Goan rituals it’s the elders who are at the forefront of everything. Isn’t that a really cool way to show our gratitude towards our golden generation? Goans don’t forget them in their most important days but instead, they turn the limelight on the elders. Thanks to my Goan friend, I could get to know about the rich Goan wedding culture.

Offbeat Goa: Attend a Roas ceremony during Goan Wedding
Offbeat Goa: Attend a Roas ceremony during Goan Wedding


The first step to getting what you want in life is to know what you don’t want. When I went to the sunshine state last time I did not crave for golden sandy beaches of Goa and it’s wild trance parties so I went around exploring the offbeat Goa. A Goa, which is so different from the Goa clichés we see around. There is a Goa which is tucked away in its secluded islands and forest trails. All I had to do was take a ferry ride and reach these hidden islands. I was warmly welcomed by old Portuguese-style houses dotted with lush green vegetation and quaint environment where both humans and wildlife lived at peace. The icing on the cake was the authentic Goan cuisines and delicious bakery items I got to taste.

Offbeat Goa: Visit the Terekhol River Islands, North Goa
Offbeat Goa: Visit the Terekhol River Islands, North Goa
Offbeat Goa: The calm waters of Chapora River are ideal for island hopping
Offbeat Goa: The calm waters of Chapora River are ideal for island hopping

The only thing I wish I had done was to plan my trip during the Bonderam festival organized on the last Saturday of August at Divar Island. Now that will be my reason to go back to Goa in monsoon 🙂


If bird-watching is your hobby then you cannot miss Goa’s only bird century – Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary near Chorao Island. In spite of not being a morning person, I woke up early to catch the sunrise from the ferry en-route to Chorao Island via Mondovi River. Silently rowing through the Goan backwaters lined with Mangrove trees was a surreal and hard to imagine the experience in the tropical paradise. A therapeutic bird watching experience often missed in favor of touristy trails. I am glad I didn’t. If you are a nature lover like me and prefers to be woken up by the birds chirping then do check out Jungle retreat in Goa.

Offbeat Goa: Don't miss the glorious sunrise at any cost.
Offbeat Goa: Don’t miss the glorious sunrise at any cost.
Offbeat Goa: TGo bird watching at Salim Ali Bird Century
Offbeat Goa: TGo bird watching at Salim Ali Bird Century

Besides bird watching, I loved kayaking in the Sal backwaters and boating in the Mayem Lake. It was after my few visits to Goa that I discovered little gems like Divar Island, Netravali, Agonda Beach, Morjim Beach, Hollant Beach, Palolem Beach and Galgibaga Beach. One place that I loved visiting in the Offbeat Goa was the Loutolim village. A village set in the scenic countryside where the architectural relics of ancient Goan architecture are still well preserved. When I started missing a bit of spice in my life I visited the nearby Spice plantations. These are the kinds of experiences in Goa I love.

Offbeat Goa: The lush green Countryside of South Goa
Offbeat Goa: The lush green Countryside of South Goa

Your discovery about most offbeat places in Goa is directly proportional to your curiosity. I hope this post can spark your curiosity.

So when are you going to Travel See and Write about the secret things that only locals know in Offbeat Goa?


  • Natasha says:

    This looks like an awesome trip! I have always dreamed of seeing India, especially Goa. Looks like a trip to remember. Our son would love the bird watching

  • Arnob Islam says:

    Awesome post for any traveler. This post just motivated me to go to Goa Again. I am a traveler myself and I’ve always preferred road trips as it has always given me the ultimate pleasure of sight seeing. I still remember my road trip from Bangalore to Goa. I went with my friends and we made a road trip as usual. We rented six bikes from Wheelstreet bike rentals and trust me that was one of the best trips I ever had. recently we have a plan to go to Mumbai. And this post is really motivating me to take another road trip to Goa but this time it is gonna be from Mumbai. Thanks a lot for such amazing post. Keep up the good work.

  • Hariom says:

    Wow! There’s so much to explore in Goa/

  • Fehmeez says:

    This is a great a post I must Say, Goa is not only about beaches, But There is also so many things to explore, I have stayed in almost a year, then I Have a chance to visit so many places and dudhsagar is one among them. They say heaven on Earth Exists and that’s goa.

  • Keshav Padvi says:

    hahaha Thank you for good information, photos are really awesome. and yes very good information.

  • Janhvi Khante says:

    You have given some amazing insights about Goa. Your work is awesome. Keep up the good work!

  • Swarnim Raj says:

    Very detailed and impressive insight about goa, I have been living there since 2018.. good to see people promoting goa tourism. Thank you

  • Sam says:

    Nice one. Makes me want to travel to Goa again!

  • Sam says:

    Nice one! Makes me want to go to Goa again!

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