Most people visit Goa to party and relax. But there is more to this state than the amazing beaches. If you are looking to add some adventure to your conventional trip to this popular tourist destination, then here are some lesser-known trekking places in Goa that you can explore.

Trekking in Goa

Take a look at 10 trails to go trekking in Goa that is bound to satiate the adventurer in you.

1. Sonsogor Trek

If you want to feel on top of the world, you can head to Sonsogor for a trek as it has one of the three highest peaks in the state. So, maybe it is not the top of the world, but it is the top of Goa. That’s not so bad either, right? Although this trek lasts only about 2-3 hours, trekkers flock to this place quite often to take in the wonders of the Goan greenery.

  • Location: Sonsogor, Goa
  • How to reach: There are many buses that ply to this trekking spot in Goa. So whether you will be travelling from Goa Airport or any of the railway stations, the buses will take you there.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Best time to visit: November to January

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2. Satregad Fort Trek

At a stretch of 16 km, this trail passes through valleys, hills and waterfalls, bringing every painting of nature you may have ever seen, to life. However, Satregad is one such trekking spot where you get more than just a hiking experience. The Satregad Fort located here displays Portuguese and British influences through its architecture. You can also marvel at the sight of Royal Bengal Tigers, the country’s national animal, at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Location: Nagargaon, Goa
  • How to reach: You can reach the location from Panaji by local buses or shared taxis.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Best time to visit: November to March
  • Important Info: Avoid going here during the monsoons

3. Netravali Waterfalls Trek

This 13 km long trek is situated within the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. Imagine the views you will be privy to. Malabar giant squirrel, Indian bison, four-horned antelope, leopard, etc. are some of the animals that live within this sanctuary. It is also home to birds like the rare Malayan night heron, Nilgiri wood pigeon, great pied hornbill, grey-headed bulbul to name a few. Keep your eyes open and your binoculars handy so that you can catch sight of these amazing bird species as you hike.  

  • Location: Pale, Goa
  • How to reach: You can take the local bus or taxi from Maragao city.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Best time to visit: June

4. Pali Waterfalls Trek

A hidden jewel in Valpoi, the Pali Waterfalls is laden with slippery rocks, thorns and bushes. This trekking trail is relatively easy and spans a mere 6 kilometres. The waterfall is surrounded by dense forest that borders Dandeli, Karnataka. This dense forest provides ample opportunities to spot varied birds and mammals. Trekkers have reported sightings of the most beautiful butterflies and birds on the path.

  • Location: Pale, Goa
  • How to reach: You can take buses from either Panaji or Mapusa to reach Pali Waterfall.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • Must-do: Visit the Budbudyachi Tallem, a bubbling lake, along the way.

5. Udaan Dongor Trek

About 16 kilometres long, the Udaan Dongor trekking experience will take approximately 6 hours to complete. It begins at Panjim and ends at the fourth largest peak in Goa. The views are mesmerising and the region has impressive biodiversity – greenery coupled with rich wildlife. It presents an ideal opportunity for nature and wildlife photographers to capture the raw beauty of Goa. Carry chocolates, dry fruits and water to sustain yourself.  

  • Location: Valpoi, Goa
  • How to reach: Buses and taxis are easily available from all regions of Goa to Panjim.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Best time to visit: June to February

6. Sanguem Trek

The exhilarating trail of this challenging trek in South Goa is quite steep and is around 15 kilometres long. Think this would excite the adrenaline junkie in you? In addition, it is located in Sanguem city, which is also known for other tourist attractions like Mollem National Park, Sagameshwar Temple and Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. Once the trek is over, you can explore these places the next day too.

  • Location: Sanguem Taluka, South Goa
  • How to reach: Reach South Goa and take a local bus to Sanguem city.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Best time to visit: November to February

7. Vagheri Mountain Trek

Are you a seasoned trekker looking for challenging trails in Goa to conquer? Then the Vagheri Trek might just be for you. One of the highest peaks of Goa, the Vagheri Mountain provides a breath-taking view of the city. It is a one-hour trek that covers 7 kilometres from Chorla Ghats to Vagheri Mountain. However, the trail can get quite steep, making the pro-trekker in you smile with satisfaction. Having said that, it is best you hire an expert, who will lead the way safely.

  • Location: Zormen, Goa
  • How to reach: Several local buses and taxis ply from different places in Goa to Chorla Ghats.
  • Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult
  • Best time to visit: June to September

Also Read: List of Waterfalls in India

8. Tambdi Surla Waterfalls Trek

There is no dearth of amazing trails for trekking in Goa. Tambdi Surla Waterfalls Trek is another one that will bring you a sense of calm at the end of the trail. The 6 kilometres trek takes about 90 minutes to complete and starts from the ancient Tambdi Surla Temple. This trek is located inside Bhagwan Mahavir National Park so make sure you hire a local guide who will help you navigate through the thick forests.

  • Location: Surla, Goa
  • How to reach: There are local buses and taxis you can take from different locations in Goa to reach this place.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Best time to visit: June to December
  • Other facts: The Tambdi Surla Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was constructed in the 13th century.

9. Dudhsagar Falls Trek

The name Dudhsagar translates to the Ocean of Milk, which is derived from the white froth that forms, owing to the high force. Standing at 310 metres, this waterfall is the fifth tallest waterfall in India. Dudhsagar Falls trekking trail is considered among the top 5 trekking trails in the state and it begins at the base of this wonderful waterfall. Once you reach the end of the trek, which is at the top of the waterfall, you can soak in the view of Goa while the cool breeze brushes your face.

  • Location: Sonaulim, Goa
  • How to reach: Kulem Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Take a jeep or taxi from there to Dudhsagar Falls.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • Important Info: Do not stray from the trail, it could be dangerous. It is advisable to hire a local tour guide.

10. Todo Waterfalls Trek 

If you want to be on a safe side, then try trekking in Goa at Todo Waterfalls. The 5 kilometres trek begins from Panjim and is one that adventurers simply love. This terrain is laden with dense forests, river streams and mini waterfalls, which are a sight for sore eyes. Don’t forget to blink, but keep your camera ready.

  • Location: Bandh, Santa Cruz, Goa
  • How to reach: Dabolim Airport is the nearest airport. You can also take the train to Panjim. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to the waterfall.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Best time to visit: June to February

If you have already planned to go hiking in Goa, keep this list close and book your hotel in Goa accordingly. The valuable information here will ensure that you pick the ones that will suit you best and alleviate your experience for sure. If you are a beginner, it is best to start from the easy to medium trails first and gradually progress towards the difficult ones. Make sure you have the right gear, guide and set of information whenever you take on any trekking expedition.

So, from all the trekking places in Goa mentioned here, which one do you want to go for first?

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