17th August 2016 to 19th August, 2016.
August is probably the best time to visit Goa. Everything is green and beautiful, and it not too touristy yet. We do not want to talk to you about Goa’s well known tourist attractions. So here is a list of half a dozen places that are more or less off the tourist map. We had most of these places to ourselves when we visited them. We are including a lot of pictures as it is difficult to explain how beautiful these places are.
The rice fields of South Goa
South Goa, especially the Vasco region, is filled with beautiful rice fields. During this time of the year, they are lush green, and driving along these roads is an experience to cherish. So do rent a two wheeler, and drive through these winding lanes surrounded by paddy fields.
Three King’s Church
A supposedly haunted church with a dark past, this church sits atop a hill in Cansaulim near Velsao in South Goa. Haunted or not, the church offers an amazing view of the surrounding paddy fields, coconut groves, and the ocean. For the budding bird watchers, you can find Orioles, Barbets, Swifts, and Bee eaters here.
São Jacinto Island
São Jacinto Island near Vasco is a place that can put time itself to sleep. São Jacinto Church and an Old Portuguese light house are the key landmarks of this place. This place is ideal for a walk, filled with narrow lanes and old houses.
Quepem in South Goa is best known for Palácio do Deão, a recently restored 18th century villa. One can easily spend a few hours exploring the building, and then explore the surrounding country side flagged by the Zuari river. On the way do stop at Loutolim JILA bakery for a quick snack.
Fontainhas is an old Latin quarter in Panaji. With old, well preserved buildings, quaint eateries and an old world charm, this region is ideal for a long stroll with a loved one. Do check out Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro if you are hungry any time.
Big Vagator Beach
Well, this place is not entirely devoid of tourists. We did see a couple (literally a couple) of foreign tourists here. This beach can be accessed by walking down a red cliff. Rock formations scattered across the beach add a certain charm to this place.
Arguably the remotest village in Goa, Rachol (Near Margao) was once home to a Portugese fort. Only the fort gate is visible now, restored in 1756. Rachol is also home to the Rachol Seminary (founded in 1609) and The Church of Our Lady of Snows. This place is ideal if you want to spend a day exploring a typical Goan village.