Stay at a 500-year-old Goan-Portuguese home Kayak in the virgin backwaters Village trip Goan breads at a traditional bakery Home-cooked Goan cuisine Secret caves, lakes and waterfalls
Meet the homestay hosts. Explore Aldona on mountain bikes
The Goa Away from the Beaches experience starts with your arrival in Goa. From Goa's Panjim Airport or at the Thivim station in North Goa, a pickup can be organized if required. For the perfect start of the offbeat tour, hop into a local bus or taxi and reach Aldona Village in North Goa. Your stay, during your tour is arranged with the Amaral family. Meet the hosts, Roberto and Raquel. In the sleepy little village of Aldona, deep in the heart of North Goa, they own a beautiful Goan-Portuguese house. The homestay is at least 500 years old, though the exact age remains unknown. The family allots one or two of the private rooms in the outhouse cottage. The lodging enjoys the feel of the colonial times. These rooms are equipped with a common verandah, surrounded by the verdant greenery of trees. Hear the melodies of the chirping birds, and the harmonies life of the peaceful village. Relax for a while or spend time getting to know your hosts. Roberto and Raquel have grown up in these parts, and are full of fascinating stories. Know about how Goa has transformed since the hippie era. Lie on a hammock, read, write, draw, paint and do the things you love.
Aravalem waterfalls, rock-cut caves, Mayem Lake OR to Mapusa Market
Aravalem waterfalls, rock-cut caves, Mayem Lake OR to Mapusa Market The morning starts with the calls of birds and the melodies of the village. Have breakfast and get ready for a day trip. The day trips can be to Arvalem or Mapusa. In Arvalem, visit the rock-cut caves and the waterfalls. The rock-cut caves is believed to be Asia's oldest, yet is completely off the tourist radar. The spectacular Arvalem waterfall is a good picnic spot. Splash in the azure waters. Next, row a paddleboat into the serene Mayem Lake. You can also choose to visit the favorite street market in the town of Mapusa.
Kayak in the backwaters. Guided village trip
Goa cannot stop surprising you. Today after a healthy breakfast, gear up for something unknown to many. Today you are all set to explore the backwaters of Goa. The rivers, lagoons, lakes and the sea have created one of the most beautiful eco-system, and what better is very few actually know about it. Unlike the backwaters of Kerala, the popular counterpart there are no houseboats and nor commercialization, only an endless stretch of serenity. Board a kayak and get ready to explore. There are small coves, mangroves, little hamlets on the shores, and other enchantments of nature. Spot birds and wildlife, it is a world untouched. Watch the sunset and be back to your homestay in Aldona Village.
Goa is not visited but experienced. Today, there are no concrete plans. Make your own plans or relax in your homestay. If you feel like you want to pack in more, your options are abundant. You can join your host Roberto for a speedboat trip through the uncharted backwaters of Goa. This 1.5-hour trip, offers to revel in the natural beauty. Pass through secluded villages and intricate mangroves. Bird spotting is the real pleasure. Watch eagles, kingfishers, peacocks perched on trees, and some species you may have never even seen before. The Indian Mugger Crocodile might also make appearance if you are lucky. Between October and March, you can choose to speedboat into the Arabian Sea. In these months is possible to scout for dolphins. Unlike the Dolphin charters, it is a personalized experience of visiting the gentle beasts. For an alternate tour, go island hopping on a ferry. Rent a bike or car. Take the drive through the less travelled river route via Pomburpa.
Departure from Goa Airport - Railway station
Today is the last day of your trip. Enjoy a delicious platter and bid farewell to your hosts. Get a transfer to catch your flight or train home. Your tour is over, but you take a little bit of Goa along in your hearts.