Picture this: Long winding, beautiful roads that take you through some of the quaintest villages in South Goa. You are surrounded by the lush canopy of trees, Indo-Portuguese heritage homes stand tall behind their heavy gates and history peeks at you at every corner.
Move away from the shores and head to Goa’s most loved charming neighbourhoods. Long drives are made for these and it makes for plenty of pretty pictures.
Famous for it’s beaches, eateries, vibrant night life and music scenes, Benaulim beach is a beauty. The long drive through paddy fields on either sides is charming. You can admire the Indo-Portuguese homes and visit the museums in the area. So what are you waiting for. There is a lot to keep you occupied and will take you for a day long road trip you’ll never forget.
History buffs will enjoy their visit to Goa’s oldest capital, Chandor or Chandrapur. It’s steeped in history from the remains of an old fort, to folklore and majestic ancestral homes that are not only larger in size but hold hidden gems inside. It’s about 20 minutes from Margao and you can visit the surrounding villages as well.
The village that inspired India’s great cartoonist Mario Miranda, Loutolim makes for a perfect drive. It’s not too far from the main city and is located in Salcette taluka. You can drop by the Ancestral Goa museum/ Big Foot that will keep you hooked to the many displays. You can spend a whole day going through it all. If you’re hungry Nostalgia, run by Margarida Tavora is a must visit for the taste of authentic Goan food.
If you’re in Loutolim, Rachol village is not far you can continue your drive through the surrounding villages of Rachol. Apart from admiring the scenery you can stop by the Rachol Seminary and pass through the old stone arch way, similar to the one in Old Goa.
Located further hinterland Rivona is best visited in the monsoons.The little springs are gurgling with excitement of the fresh showers and the old Pandava caves are in the vicinity. The exact dates are unknown, but sometimes called as Buddhist caves.