Goa, the tropical paradise of India
is loved by vacationers for its bountiful of natural beauty, magnificent
churches, ancient Portuguese mansions, and colorful fairs and festivals but
also because Goa is hemmed by several beautiful places which are still
hidden in the lap of Mother Nature.
Most of these nearby excursion places are located just few hours drive from
Goa and offers a good option to spend some solitary moments as these places
are less explored. Some of the finest tourist places around Goa are as
Daman and Diu
If you are in quest of solitude and wants to spend some solitary
moments away from the hustle and bustle of crowded Goa, then you must visit
Daman and Diu. This is the smallest Union territory of India and is located
on the west coast of Gujarat. Daman and Diu are two separate areas and are
blessed with some serene and clean beaches. Daman is separated by Damanganga
river into two parts and has two forts namely Moti Daman and Nani Daman.
Even it has two beautiful beaches known as Devka Beach and Nani Daman Beach
which are bedecked with amusement parks. Another awesome beach of Daman is
Jampore beach which provides quite retreat on the sea shore. Diu is also
famous for its shoe-shaped Nagoa Beach.
Gokarna which literally means cow's
ear is a pilgrimage town, located along the Konkani coastline of Uttara
Kannada district of Karnataka state. This beautiful town is hemmed by vast
Arabian sea and situated at the ear shaped confluence of Gangavali and
Aghanashini river. Gokarna is highly revered among the Hindus because of its
Mahabaleshwar temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is often called
as 'Kashi of South' as Hindus come here to perform the death rites for
departed ancestors. Apart from its religious significance, Gokarna is an
alluring tourist place adorn with five beaches namely Gokarna beach, Kudle
beach, Om beach, Half moon beach and Paradise beach and lush hills. Gokarna
is just 1 hour 23 minute drive from Goa.
Karwar is another nearby excursion
place to Goa and is just 1 hour 36 minute. It is located 15 km south of
Goa-Karnataka border in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It is a
sea-side town, sandwich between Arabian sea and Western Ghats. Karwar is an
ancient site for sea trade and visited by Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French
and later the British traders. This place is rich in bio-diversity and serve
as a home to large number of flora and fauna. Some of the famous tourist
places of this coastal town are Oyster Rock Lighthouse, Karwar Beach,
Devbagh Beach, Kurumgad Island, Sadashivgad Fort and many more.
Vengrula is another alluring tourist
place around Goa, which is located on the Konkan coast in Sindhudurg
district of Maharastra. This town is surrounded by hills of Dabholi, Tulas,
and Mochemad which respectively lies in the north, east, and south direction
while the Arabian Sea is located on its west. Vengrula offers variety of
options for tourism. It is bedeck with various temples namely Shri Sateri,
Shri Rameshwar, Shri Navadurga at Kanyale Redi, Shri Mauli at Redi and
Shiroda, Shri Vetoba at Aaravali, Shri Ganesh at Redi and Shri Ravalnath.
Apart from this Vengrula is also famous for its, Vayangani Beach, Mochemad
Beach, Fruit Research Centre and verdant plantations of cashew-nuts, mango,
coconut and a variety of berry trees.
For a change, vacationers can also
explore Amboli, a nearby hill resort , nestled in the southern range of
Sahyadri hills in the state of Maharashtra. This unspoilt hill station is a
favourite destination for honeymoon vacation as it offers the require
seclusion and the romantic ambiance to newly wedded couples. Amboli has an
exciting array of alluring spots of tourism significance such as
Hiranyakeshi temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Nagatta Falls, ruins
of MahadevGad Fort, Narayan Gad, Shirgaonkar, historic Botanical gardens and
Bauxite Mines. View Points of the town like Purvicha Vas, Sea-view Point and
Mahadevgad Point offers panoramic vistas of Konkan coast. So, whenever you
are in a trip to Goa, don't forget to visit Amboli as it is just 2hr away.