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Goa is a place in India that is part of the earliest hippie trails. People from all across the world come here. When I first came here, a photograph shocked me. A very old photograph which was taken in a cafe near Mapusa had a board on which bus details from Goa to Berlin were written.

People from all over Europe traveled all the way to Goa in the '60s and '70s itself. The RV life we dream about in recent times is embedded in Goan culture for a long time now. People from Goa call the '70s as the golden time for tourism. On my first visit, I really didn't understand why there is so much hype about Goa.

I knew I was going to come back to this beach town and explore the soul of the place which is still kept intact. And now I keep going back to Goa every now and then to find inspiration, to write, to rejuvenate, to go back to basics and you know just to live.

Goa pops images of warm beaches, parties, and Konkan food. While living a beach life is fun......Staying inland, exploring the Goan culture, kayaking in the backwaters, lunching with locals, crashing into the laid back music concerts and jam sessions for suppers, church and art gallery hopping all while kicking off at the pretty shacks watching the beach sunsets can be an experience in itself.

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So What is Inland

Anything that is a little far (>10km) from the shoreline is considered as in-land in Goa. Why there is no place like Goa is because here the jungle meets the beach. some famous inland villages are near Anjuna beach and Vagator beach which are Assagaon, saligaon and siolim and even further are the villages of Olaulim, Socorro, bicholim, charo islands

Most of these villages are laid back, quaint with narrow alleys of pretty colorful houses and a lot of trees.

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Adventure and Activities in Inland Goa

1. Sleepy Chorao Island

One can reach these islands by a ferry from Ribander or Pomburpa. Chorao islands is surrounded by Mandovi river and backwaters, there is a beautiful church here to explore. Events, community gatherings, music concerts, and festivals are celebrated in the church grounds.

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2. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

On the same islands, the Salim Ali bird sanctuary is a mangrove habitat for so many species of birds along the Mandovi river. The trails are well paved. It’s a wonderful experience.

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3. Visit the Caves

The Pandava Caves or Arvalem Caves and Lamgao Caves near Bicholim can be visited on the same day. Both of them have historical prominence, Goa being an ancient town. The origin of these caves dates back to the 6th century. They are plain mysterious rock cuts with no intricate carvings but if you are curious to trace back the mythological stories from these places they are worth a visit.

4. Mayem Lake

Located in Bicholim, Mayem is a serene freshwater lake. The sleepy countryside is perfect to relax, read a book or sip coffee while watching the water ripples.

5. Olaulim Backyards

This is a heavenly place in Olaulim village. They have a private river where you can get a clay bath, swim and Kayak. Its an eco stay with a farm and friendly animals including a donkey and a pony. The local food they serve is fresh and delicious. Olaulim is a humble, green and silent village, a place where Goan locals reside.

It's away from the tourists and crowds yet not far from the beaches in Goa, Panjim and popular attractions.

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6. Shopping in Anjuna Flea Market

This is one of the famous Saturday night markets. Legend says that this market was started hippies who came from Europe and settled down in Anjuna. They started selling their belonging in this very place to get some money to stay here for a little longer. With the time the small hippie place grew into a famous Anjuna flea market.

Its a place to shop some fun-hippie clothes and hand made stuff, enjoy some trance music, get mouthwatering local food and drinks and call it a night.

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7. Kayaking Through The Backwaters

Terra Conscious is into responsible and sustainable tourism. They organize ethical outdoor activities collaborating with locals thereby empowering the local communities. Some of the activities include walk/cycling in the forest trails, scuba diving and coral ecology and experiences related to ocean biodiversity.

8. Tito's White House

I know Tito's remind of the busy part street near Baga but this is no way similar. Tito's White House is really maintained well. Head there if you are a creative person. They organize art shows, and you can attend classes, watch plays, meet like-minded people and much more. Check ahead what they are up to.

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9. Walking & Biking Tours in Goa

Apart from these activities, one can always part take in the cycling and walking tours in Panjim like b-live tours and mangrove boardwalk. Watch the sun setting on the Arabian sea from a shack while the waves hot your feet, Drive to the Panjim conservation area, the old Latin quarter- Fountainhas and Old Goa to admire the Portuguese architecture, visit the beautiful churches and soak in some Goan charm.

10. Best Place to Stay in Goa

There is a great selection of eco stays and jungle stays on the in-land Goa. I highly recommend staying in one of these or local BnBs in Goa for a unique experience. Off the grid, Shanti Morada amidst birdsong and wilderness are some of the nicest places to stay.

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11. Goan Food

Head to Gunpowder or Saligao for authentic Indian food, Thalassa and Soro for partying and nightlife, and the Project Cafe and 7 Short 1 Long Restaurant to chill.

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12. Local Transport in Goa

Public transport is definitely not the best in Goa. It connects from one town to another but since the places in Goa are usually far from a bus stop and taxis are very expensive I always recommend renting a bike or a moped. It comes very economically and handy to commute in Goa.

13. What To Wear In Goa

Goa is a chill place and most of the locals are not too conservative when it comes to dressing. If you are staying in a local village it's better to dress moderately. Carry a lot of light cotton clothes as the climate is humid throughout the year.

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14. Shopping in Goa

Apart from the Anjuna Flea Market, The Goa Collective Bazaar, Saturday Night Market at Arpora, Mapusa Friday Market are great places for shopping. Assagao area has some really nice boutiques and local studios for shopping knick-knacks, clothes, home decor, art, and jewelry.
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